Floyd Skeren and Kelly LLP Law Firm

Westlake Village, California Workers' Compensation Law Practice


 

OFFICE DETAIL

 

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San Fernando Valley Office (Principal Office)
Terry L. Smith, Managing Attorney, Partner
Workers Compensation Law Practice Address 31229 Cedar Valley Drive
Westlake Village, CA 91362
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Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572
WCAB's or NDA's Served Los Angeles, Oxnard, Santa Monica, Van Nuys

PERSONNEL

   

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JOHN B. FLOYD

Attorney at Law, Senior Partner
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm john.floyd@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7617
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

BIOGRAPHY

   The Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP was established in 1987 by John B. Floyd.  Since then, the firm has experienced significant and steady growth.  Today, the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly has 13 offices throughout California and one in Nevada.  Mr. Floyd is a Certified Specialist and has devoted many years in the workers’ compensation field representing insurance companies, self-insureds, municipalities and employers in §132(a) claims and serious and willful actions.  He has served as an Arbitrator, Mediator, and Judge Pro Tem, as well as being an expert witness in bad faith claims and is a Certified Administrator for Self-Insurers.
   Mr. Floyd is involved in numerous committees, including California Chamber of Commerce Amicus Committee, State Bar Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee and the Employers’ Fraud Task Force.  Additionally, Mr. Floyd is nationally recognized, AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been ranked as a Super Lawyer since 2009.
   Mr. Floyd helped publish Retired Judge David W. O’Brien’s treaties on California Workers’ Compensation Claims and Benefits, California Unemployment and Disability Compensation Programs and the pamphlet entitled California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Employee Rights and Responsibilities.

     
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THOMAS M. SKEREN, JR.

Attorney at Law, Senior Partner
Managing Partner

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm tom.skeren@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 206-9222 ext. 3263
Fax our Law Practice (818) 206-9223

BIOGRAPHY

   Thomas M. Skeren, Jr. is presently the Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP having joined the organization shortly after the firm was founded in 1987 by John B. Floyd.
    Mr. Skeren, a graduate of the University of Buffalo, began his career as a professional human resources and labor relations with Dresser Industries.  After completion of his legal studies at Western State University of Law, he left his post as Vice President of Human Resources and joined the Law Offices of John B. Floyd and commenced his legal career.
    He has represented a variety of insured and uninsured clients defending regular aspects of the claims as well as handling discrimination and serious & willful misconduct claims before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB) throughout California.  He has assisted in overall management and growth of our firm since its inception.

     
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TODD T. KELLY

Attorney at Law, Senior Partner
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm todd.kelly@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 3246
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Todd T. Kelly is a partner with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP. He represents employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators in all aspects of workers’ compensation claims.
   He is a State Bar Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation who has authored articles and spoken on behalf of Lorman Education Services, the Council on Education in Management, and the Employer’s Advisory Council. Mr. Kelly has acted as a Judge Pro Tem with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and serves as a guest speaker for various employers, insurance companies, and administrators. He is licensed to practice before all State and Federal Courts in California and is a member of all applicable Bar Associations.    
   Mr. Kelly is a lifetime member of the Cambridge Who's Who, is a designated Southern California Super Lawyer since 2009, and is the recipient of the 2011 Award of Excellence from the American Biographical Institute. Similarly, he is a Gold Congressional Awardee, is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, and is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International.

     
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TERRY L. SMITH

Attorney at Law, Partner
Managing Attorney
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm terry.smith@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7630
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Terry L. Smith is currently the Managing Attorney of the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's San Fernando Valley office location. Mr. Smith is a Certified Specialist in California Workers' Compensation Law and has defended insurance carriers, private employers, public agencies, self-insured employers, administrators, school districts, and transit districts. He is a Trial attorney litigating special investigation cases, serious willful violations claims, §132(a) claims and appellate work.
   Mr. Smith served as a Deputy Sheriff for the County of Ventura and has worked for the Ventura District Attorney's office. Mr. Smith began his worker's compensation career as a claims adjuster and then as an attorney working at a national insurance carrier specializing in Special Investigations Unit (SIU) cases.
   He has lectured to insurance company's claims units and employers in association with the Employer's Fraud Task Force and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

     
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DAVID L. JIMENEZ

Attorney at Law, Partner
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm david.jimenez@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7016
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   David L. Jimenez is currently a partner with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, at our firm's Westlake Village office location.  Mr. Jimenez earned his Undergraduate Degree from California State University, Northridge, before attending law school and earning his Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola Law School.
   Prior to joining the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly in 2002, Mr. Jimenez obtained several years of litigation experience in the field of workers’ compensation.
   Mr. Jimenez represents third party administrators, insurance companies, self-insured entities and employers as well as uninsured employers in all standard workers’ compensation issues including §132(a) discrimination claims and serious and willful misconduct allegations.
   Mr. Jimenez is also a member of several professional associations including the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the American Bar Association.

     
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DAVID W. O'BRIEN

Workers' Compensation Judge, Retired
Partner

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm david.obrien@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7035
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   David W. O'Brien, a member of the California and New Hampshire bars, received his Bachelor of Education from Plymouth State University in 1950 and the degree of Doctor of Law from the University of San Francisco in 1960. He is admitted to the U.S. District Courts, Districts of New Hampshire and California. He is also a member of the American Bar Association.
   Retired Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge (WCALJ) O'Brien served as a Workers' Compensation Judge with the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, as an Administrative Law Judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, as a Deputy Commissioner of Corporations for the State of California, and as a Senior Counsel for the State Compensation Insurance Fund. He has also devoted many years to the private practice of law as both a defense and plaintiff attorney, serves as an expert witness in civil cases and is a Certified Administrator for Self-Insurance Plans.
   During the Korean War, Judge O'Brien served as a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps.

     
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HAILEY M. BENTON

Attorney at Law
Assistant Managing Attorney

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm hailey.benton@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7612
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Hailey M. Benton is the Assistant Managing Attorney with the firm’s San Fernando Valley office.  Ms. Benton earned her B.S. in Industrial Organization Psychology from Pepperdine University. Upon graduation she began her career in a human resources and employee benefits consulting firm.  She returned to Pepperdine University for law school and became an active member of several student societies and competed in appellate advocacy tournaments.  After her first year, Ms. Benton served as a summer clerk for Chief Judge Tacha of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Ms. Benton also spent several years clerking in a downtown Los Angeles civil litigation firm. Since graduation in 2008, Ms. Benton has served as a Director of Human Resources; a board member of a non-profit foundation; a human resources and employment law consultant; and an employment specialist for her alma mater.  She remains active in several non-profit organizations and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

     
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TIARA L. BURNETTE

Attorney at Law

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm tiara.burnette@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7631
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Tiara L. Burnette is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our firm's Westlake Village office location. Ms. Burnette earned her Bachelor's Degree at Minnesota State University before going on to earn her Juris Doctorate Degree from Hamline University School of Law.
   While attending college and law school, Ms. Burnette received numerous awards and honors. She earned the Honors Apprentice Academic scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Minnesota State University. She earned the Presidential Academic scholarship for law school, was a member of the National Moot Court team, and was on the Dean's List. She also served two federal judicial internships before moving to the private sector.
   Ms. Burnette represents third party administrators, insurance companies, self-insured entities, and employers in all aspects of workers' compensation defense before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and also defends individuals in criminal matters before the Superior Court of California.

     
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JOHN CASTRO

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm john.castro@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 3238
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   John Castro is a Hearing Representative in our firm’s Westlake Village location. His experience began in 1991 working as both a workers' compensation and personal injury claims examiner. He began his focus on workers' compensation by securing his California Workers' Compensation Claims Administration Certifications in workers' compensation claims and advance course, vocational rehabilitation, permanent disability rating, and medical coordination of workers’ compensation claims. Subsequently he was a senior claims examiner and later focused on medical provider liens working in the insurance carrier's in-house litigation department. In 2012 Mr Castro completed his certification in Medicare Set-Aside law, and in 2013 he completed a 40-hour accredited training course to become certified in California medical bill review. He now works in our Lien Unit to bring about effective settlements and lien trial outcomes.

     
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FIORELLA L. CIURLIZZA

Attorney at Law

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm fiorella.ciurlizza@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7025
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Fiorella L. Ciurlizza is an associate attorney in our firm’s Westlake Village office. Ms. Ciurlizza earned her graduate degree in Law and Political Science from Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz Gallo in Lambayeque, Peru. While in law school, Ms. Ciurlizza interned at SUNARP Chiclayo—the government entity for title registration—as well as the Superior Court of Chiclayo. Ms. Ciurlizza began her career at Ciurlizza & Ciurlizza Abogados in Peru, where she litigated in the areas of civil, labor, real estate, and commercial law. After moving to the United States and becoming a naturalized citizen, Ms. Ciurlizza was admitted to the California State Bar. She subsequently opened a law practice in Los Angeles, specializing in immigration, bankruptcy, and international trade law. Ms. Ciurlizza brings a diverse background and broad range of professional experience to the firm. She is licensed to practice law in Peru and California, is a certified mediator and arbitrator in Peru, and is fluent in both written and spoken Spanish.

     
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RENE T. FOLSE

Of Counsel

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm rene.folse@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7028
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Rene Thomas Folse, J.D., Ph.D. is affiliated with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in an of counsel position working closely with many of the firm’s office locations. Mr. Folse earned his Undergraduate Degree from California State University, Long Beach, before going on to earn his Juris Doctorate Degree from the San Fernando College of Law. Mr. Folse also has the distinction of having earned his Masters of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology as well as his Juris Doctorate Degree in clinical psychology.
   Prior to joining Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, Mr. Folse had the distinction of co-founding one of Southern California’s most reputable law firms, Miller & Folse, in 1974.
   Throughout his career, Mr. Folse has focused his attention on all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation. Mr. Folse has acted as a Judge Pro Tem with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, has been appointed to numerous faculty and teaching positions and has co-authored a leading treaty discussing psychological injury claims.
   In addition to his many other accomplishments, Mr. Folse is a highly sought after speaker.
   Mr. Folse currently works with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly in an of counsel position assisting the firm in matters of complex litigation in all aspects of workers' compensation.

     
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ELIZABETH (BETTY) HERSCHEL

Hearing Representative, Manager

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm elizabeth.herschel@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7611
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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  Elizabeth L. Herschel is the Hearing Representative Manager with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in the firm's Westlake Village office location.
  Ms. Herschel has been with the firm since June of 2006. Ms. Herschel was previously employed with Miller & Associates for 14 years.
  Ms. Herschel is currently focusing her attention in the Westlake Village Lien Unit. She negotiates and resolves all lien matters as well as attends Lien Hearings at the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).

     
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WALTER D. HESSE

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm walter.hesse@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7009
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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  Walter Hesse is a 12-year seasoned hearing representative based out of our Westlake Village office. He brings over 35 years of claims experience including teaching at the IEA level, while working as a claims examiner, claims supervisor, and claims manager. With 21 years of lien litigation experience, he is courted by the defense industry to appear at all Southern California District Offices. His special insight towards lien defense, coupled with his recognition, respect, and goodwill within our community, makes Mr. Hesse an invaluable asset to our firm.

     
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SUZANNE P. HONOR-VANGEROV

Attorney at Law
Managing Attorney, Lien Unit

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm suzanne.honor@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 8860
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Suzanne Honor-Vangerov is the Managing Attorney of the Lien Unit in our firm's Westlake Village office location. Ms. Honor-Vangerov received her Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing from the California State University, Hayward. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate degree from Abraham Lincoln University in Los Angeles.
  Ms. Honor-Vangerov began her workers' compensation career as a claims adjuster for the State Compensation Insurance Fund and then transitioned into a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.   In 1994 Ms. Honor-Vangerov moved into the position of Information and Assistance Officer for the Van Nuys District Office of the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC). She held various positions of increasing responsibility within the DWC culminating in becoming the Manager of the DWC Medical Unit. As the Medical Unit Manager she oversaw the Qualified Medical Evaluator, Spinal Surgery Second Opinion, Medical Provider Network, and Utilization Review programs. She is considered to be an expert in medical billing and fee schedule issues.  She has served as a speaker for the annual DWC Educational Conference, has been an instructor with the Insurance Education Association (IEA), and has been a frequent speaker on workers' compensation issues for a variety of associations.  
  Ms. Honor-Vangerov brings over an extensive amount of workers' compensation experience to Floyd, Skeren & Kelly and will use it to represent employers, insurance entities, self-insured entities and third party administrators before the WCAB on standard workers' compensation defense, medical liens, subrogation, §132(a) discrimination claims, and serious and willful misconduct allegations.

     
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RICHARD M. JACKMAN

Attorney at Law
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm richard.jackman@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 8890
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Mr. Jackman graduated from UCLA with a major in political science, with his graduate studies in the same discipline at Purdue University. He earned his Juris Doctorate at Loyola Law School, where he was on Dean’s list, and a member of both the Student/Faculty Curriculum Committee and the Student Council. He is a member of the State Bar of California and Los Angeles County Bar Association. Prior to embarking on his legal career, he worked for Matthew Bender in their Electronic Publishing Division, and was the administrator and program director for a juvenile delinquency prevention foundation. He continues to be actively involved in non-profit organizations.
   In nearly thirty years of workers’ compensation practice, he has provided representation to insurance carriers, third party administrators, school districts, governmental entities, and uninsured employers in all areas of workers’ compensation defense, to include Labor Code 132a discrimination and Labor Code 4553 serious and willful misconduct matters. Experienced in all aspects of workers’ compensation, Mr. Jackman has lectured for both applicant and defense bar associations. He is an associate attorney in the FSK Westlake Village office.

     
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DANIEL K. JOSEPH

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm daniel.joseph@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7632
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Daniel is an accomplished Workers Compensation Hearing Representative. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Granada Hills High with an interest in Mathematics and Science. He attended CSUN and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting. He was introduced to the Workers Compensation world as a Claims Adjuster for C.N.A. Insurance Company. After six years at C.N.A., he worked as a Hearing Representative with ex retired Judge Lester Volchok.
   After gaining knowledge of the WCAB Procedures and Practices, Daniel worked for In-House Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. He utilized his knowledge of the Labor Code and Regulations to defend employers and minimize risk to the insured. His emphasis was lien negotiation and resolution with proficiency of the OMFS, Medical Bill Review, Lien Defense, and WCAB Lien Procedures. His accomplishments also include over five years of experience with an outside counsel law firm representing a variety of insured’s including the County of L.A., LAUSD, and other major employers in Southern California.
   In his personal life, Daniel plays bass and guitar, participates as a basketball coach, and is a mentor to youth.

     
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ERIC L. LAW

Attorney at Law

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm eric.law@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7036
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Eric L. Law is an associate attorney in the firm’s Westlake Village office. Mr. Law earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing, from California Lutheran University, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded the Corporate Scholar Award for academic excellence. Thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree from The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, with a certificate of concentration in Business Law. He was awarded a Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for academic achievement in Legal Writing; a Scholastic Achievement award for highest course grade in Legal Writing; and a Scholastic Achievement award for highest course grade in Legal Research. During law school, he served at the campus library as the law librarian. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Law worked for many years in publishing as a copyeditor, and since March 2013, he has worked closely with Retired Judge David W. O’Brien as a law clerk and as editor-in-chief of Mr. O’Brien’s publications California Workers’ Compensation Claims and Benefits; California Unemployment, Disability, and Paid Family Leave; and Time of Hire. He also serves as a news broadcaster with WorkCompAcademy Weekly News. Mr. Law is an active volunteer with Grey Law, a nonprofit entity that provides legal advice to senior citizens. He serves as well at the Family Law Self-Help Center at the Ventura County Superior Court. He is a notary public, speaks Spanish fluently, and is an Eagle Scout.

     
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JAMES K. LOWERY

Attorney at Law
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm james.lowery@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7613
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   James K. Lowery is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our firm's Westlake Village office location. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree from California State University, Northridge, Mr. Lowery moved forward to obtain his Juris Doctorate Degree at the University of La Verne College of Law.
   Prior to joining the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly in 2003, Mr. Lowery had obtained years of experience in standard workers' compensation defense as well as expertise in the myriad of nuances in handling complex and high exposure lien matters.
   Mr. Lowery currently represents employers, insurance companies, third party administrators and uninsured employers in all matters before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).

     
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CHRISTINE M. MACFARLANE

Attorney at Law

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm christine.macfarlane@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7637
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   Christine M. Macfarlane is employed in our Westlake Village location and is a member in good standing of the California Bar. Christine received her Juris Doctor degree from Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana where she was on the Law Review. She has more than 20 years of experience in civil litigation, encompassing primarily trademark and copyright law, aviation products liability, and family law. She has recently obtained mediation training and training in collaborative legal practice.
   She has tried cases in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the United States District Court (Central, Eastern, and Western Divisions), and opposed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed in the United States Supreme Court. She has also appeared pro hac vice in both federal and state courts in numerous other states. She is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, and for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as before all of the California State Courts.
   Christine is a member of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, a member of the San Fernando Valley Collaborative Law Professionals Group, and a licensed pilot who enjoys flying in her spare time.

     
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JOHN W. MILLER

Of Counsel

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm john.miller@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7618
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   John W. Miller is affiliated with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in an of counsel position working closely with the firm's Westlake Village office location. Mr. Miller obtained his Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree from the University of San Fernando Valley before going on to obtain his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Fernando College of Law.
    Following receipt of his Juris Doctorate Degree, Mr. Miller quickly founded one of Southern California's most reputable law offices, Miller & Folse, in 1974 where he focused on the litigation of all aspects of workers' compensation matters including standard litigation, §132(a) discrimination claims and serious and willful misconduct allegations. Mr. Miller has also had substantial experience in litigating insurance coverage issues.
   In addition to a welcome affiliation with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly which began in 2007, Mr. Miller has also served as a Judge Pro Tem with the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), has been an Arbitrator for the WCAB and an Instructor teaching workers' compensation for employers at the University of California in Los Angeles. Mr. Miller is a highly sought after lecturer by many business and insurance industry groups.

     
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TIMOTHY D. MORGAN

Attorney at Law

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm timothy.morgan@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7607
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   Timothy Morgan is an associate in the firm’s Westlake Village office. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, he attended the Ventura College of Law where he received the Witkin Award of Academic Excellence for his coursework in Constitutional Criminal Procedure. After clerking for then Presiding Judge in Ventura County, the Honorable Vincent J. O’Neill, Mr. Morgan began his career as a civil litigator defending doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals as a medical malpractice defense lawyer. Mr. Morgan recently joined the firm bringing his civil litigation experience and extensive background in the field of medicine to form a practice that will be dedicated to the defense of workers' compensation matters of all types. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Leslie, herself a lifelong resident of Westlake Village, and his children, Makena and Mason.

     
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PETER R. NELSON

Attorney at Law
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm peter.nelson@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7623
Fax our Law Practice (818) 591-3572

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   Peter R. Nelson is an associate and senior trial attorney in the firm's Westlake Village office.  Mr. Nelson is a highly effective and successful defense attorney.  He is certified as a lecturer by the State Bar of California Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Program, is the author of multiple publications in the areas of workers’ compensation and claims handling, and is extensively trained with experience in the specialized area of fraud defense.  He is a featured lecturer at numerous seminars to employer groups, trade organizations, human resources personnel, and claims examiners.  In addition to workers’ compensation, Mr. Nelson has considerable experience in state and federal court civil litigation.  Because of his background as a former private investigator, he is particularly attuned to correct and cost effective investigative techniques and has overseen numerous complex investigations.  Mr. Nelson has also acted as an invited judge at the prestigious National Civil Trial Competition hosted by Loyola Law School.

     
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ROBERT C. NICHOLS

Attorney at Law

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   Robert C. Nichols is an associate and senior trial attorney with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in the firms' Westlake Village office. He is a graduate of Cal State University Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and was awarded a Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude, from the San Fernando Valley College of Law.
   For over thirty years, Mr. Nichols has specialized in the defense of all aspects of Workers' Compensation matters including all standard issues, discrimination claims filed under Labor Code §132(a) and Serious and Willful Claims, at both the trial and the appellate levels. He has also handled subrogation matters and the defense of personal injury matters. Mr. Nichols has tried numerous cases before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and appeared before the California Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court. Mr. Nichols works closely with self-insured employers, third party administrators and insurance carriers.
   Mr. Nichols has been a lecturer at the California Self-Insurers Association, California Manufacturers Association and numerous claims organizations. He has also served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and the Los Angeles Superior Courts.
   In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Nichols has worked for over 23 years as a Certified Level I Reserve Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and has worked uniform patrol, Special Problems Unit, Divisional Vice and Detective Headquarters Motorcycle Gang Unit. His experience has included representing officer in discipline matters at the trial and appellate levels and the representation of officers in civil rights matters.

     
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ROBERT A. ROSE

Attorney at Law
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm robert.rose@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (818) 715-0018 ext. 7627
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   Robert A. Rose is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our firm's Westlake Village office location. Mr. Rose obtained his Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge, before going on to obtain his Juris Doctorate Degree with Pepperdine University School of Law.
  Mr. Rose has been practicing workers’ compensation law since 1991 and became a Certified Specialist in 2003. His experience in workers' compensation matters ranges from standard litigation of workers' compensation claims to defense of serious and willful misconduct allegations. Throughout his career, Mr. Rose has represented employers, insurance companies, third party administrators and uninsured employers in all aspects of workers' compensation litigation.

     
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ANGELA J. SHUTTY

Attorney at Law
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

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   Angela J. Shutty is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our firm’s San Fernando Valley office location.
   Originally from the state of Pennsylvania, Ms. Shutty began her corporate career at the Corporate Headquarters of the Rite Aid Corporation located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania subsequent to obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and also obtaining a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
   Working in all phases of corporate taxation at that position, she developed an interest in the legal field and relocated to California to pursue a Law Degree at the University of San Diego where she obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree.  Combining her interests in tax and accounting drew her to Price Waterhouse in Los Angeles to become a tax attorney.
   For more than 15 years, she has worked solely in the field of workers’ compensation defense as an attorney representing insurance carriers and employers.

     
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KYLE R. UEBELHARDT

Attorney at Law

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   Kyle Uebelhardt is an associate attorney in our firm’s San Fernando Valley office. Mr. Uebelhardt was a high school valedictorian and graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and a Specialization in Political Theory. While at Dartmouth, Kyle played quarterback on the school’s football team and was a member of the dance ensemble. He is currently a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Club Los Angeles and serves as an interviewer for the Dartmouth Admissions Committee. Mr. Uebelhardt obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from Ventura College of Law, earning a Certificate of Concentration in Business Law. While attending law school in the evenings, Mr. Uebelhardt worked full time in the areas of Real Estate Law, representing common interest developments, and in addition, served as legal assistant to international expert Alvaro Pascotto, Esq., drafting transactional documents in the fields of Business Aviation, Tax Planning, Private Equity and Wealth Management. Mr. Uebelhardt is also a trained mediator through the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement. Mr. Uebelhardt enjoys complex legal writing and also serves as a news broadcaster with WorkCompAcademy Weekly News. He is also a member of the Employers’ Fraud Task Force.

     
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DAVID M. WEITZMAN

Attorney at Law
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

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   David M. Weitzman is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our firm's Westlake Village office location. After obtaining his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mr. Weitzman continued on to obtain his Juris Doctorate Degree from Southwestern School of Law.
   Prior to joining the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly in 2006, Mr. Weitzman developed years of experience with civil litigation and workers' compensation matters and has brought this experience to our firm. Mr. Weitzman handles all aspects of workers' compensation litigation including civil subrogation, standard litigation, §132(a) discrimination allegations and serious and willful misconduct allegations.
   Prior to beginning his undergraduate and law school studies, Mr. Weitzman served honorably in the United States Air Force as a Security Specialist.