Floyd Skeren and Kelly LLP Law Firm

Hearing Reps of our California Law Practice

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ELIZABETH (BETTY) HERSCHEL

Director, Lien Unit
Hearing Representative

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

BIOGRAPHY

  Elizabeth L. Herschel is the Director of the Lien Unit and a Hearing Representative 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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DENNIS W. BEATON

Paralegal

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm dennis.beaton@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (916) 920-1100 ext. 7279
Fax our Law Practice (916) 920-1150

BIOGRAPHY

   Dennis Beaton is a Paralegal with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our Sacramento office. Dennis has over 35 years of workers’ compensation claims experience.
   He began his career in 1973 with Industrial Indemnity Insurance Company in Los Angeles, CA and has held positions as Vice President, Claims for several companies. Dennis has seven years of legal experience as a Paralegal and provides invaluable expertise in the claims administration procedures and claims aspects of files.
   Dennis has helped several insurance companies and third party administrators go through the State Audit procedure. He is available to assist any office in training issues pertaining to claims handling or in assisting in a State Audit. 

     
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TYRONE W. BELL

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm tyrone.bell@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (626) 316-5720 ext. 7213
Fax our Law Practice (626) 395-7808

BIOGRAPHY

   Tyrone Bell, J.D. is a Hearing Representative with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our firm’s Pasadena office location. Mr. Bell obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from Glendale College of Law before joining the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly legal team.
   Prior to joining the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, Mr. Bell obtained nearly 30 years of experience working in the California workers’ compensation system as a Claims Examiner, AOE/COE Investigator and a Hearing Representative. With this experience, Mr. Bell brings a uniquely strong ability to view his files through the eyes of our clients and ensure that every facet of the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly’s client’s needs are met.
   Mr. Bell currently works with our firm to represent insurance entities, self-insured entities, third party administrators and employers in all aspects of workers’ compensation law. In addition to his vast experience in the workers’ compensation industry, Mr. Bell possesses an SIP Certificate.

     
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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

BIOGRAPHY

   John Castro is a Hearing Representative with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our firm’s Westlake Village office location. His experience began 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 became a Senior Claims Examiner and later began to focus on medical provider liens working in the Insurance Carrier’s in-house litigation department. He now works in our Lien Unit, as his working closely with clients has brought much success in settlement negotiations and lien trials. In 2012, he completed his Certification in Medicare Set Aside, and in 2014, he received his Certification in Fraud Identification from the Insurance Education Association.

     
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NHADIA M. CEBALLOS

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm nhadia.ceballos@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (714) 558-8892 ext. 7941
Fax our Law Practice (714) 558-8759

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   Nhadia Ceballos is a Hearing Representative in our firm’s Orange County office. Originally from Bakersfield, she moved to Southern California to attend Chapman University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and Political Science in 2008. Prior to joining Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, Ms. Ceballos worked for six years in the workers’ compensation field for lien claimants, most recently as an independent lien representative, making appearances at court and negotiating settlements.

     
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KATHY D. GARCIA

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm kathy.garcia@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (562) 200-7400 ext. 7882
Fax our Law Practice (562) 200-7401

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   Kathy D. Garcia is a Hearing Representative in our firm's Long Beach location. Ms. Garcia earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She has over 35 years of workers’ compensation claims experience and began her career in 1975 with CNA Insurance Company. Ms. Garcia has held various positions in claims for several companies and still holds her self-insured certificate.

     
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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

BIOGRAPHY

  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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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

BIOGRAPHY

   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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CLAUDIA C. MCGERR

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm claudia.mcgerr@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (562) 200-7400 ext. 7957
Fax our Law Practice (562) 200-7401

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   Claudia C. McGerr is a Hearing Representative in the firm’s Long Beach location. Ms. McGerr brings the distinct advantage of having over 15 years of experience as a Hearing Representative and a dedicated Lien Specialist. This unique experience allows Ms. McGerr to appear before the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board on not only lien trials but also on case-in-chief hearings, both with the utmost scrutiny and thoroughness. With an in-depth review of cases and liens, Ms. McGerr aggressively handles litigation and negotiates resolution prior to hearings and in collaboration with the attorneys.

     
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JOAQUIN G. MONTANO

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm joaquin.montano@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (805) 764-2380 ext. 8921
Fax our Law Practice (805) 764-2383

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   Joaquin G. Montano is a Hearing Representative with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Camarillo location. After leaving the United States Army as a Military Policeman in 1988, Mr. Montano joined the State Compensation Insurance Fund as a claims examiner and soon thereafter became an expert lien negotiator. He simultaneously obtained a Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California in 1991. Mr. Montano brings more than 25 years of experience in all areas of the workers’ compensation system.
   Currently, he works closely with all the attorneys and clients in defending all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation.

     
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CYNTHIA L. MULLEN

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm cynthia.mullen@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (951) 684-6870 ext. 7578
Fax our Law Practice (951) 684-6878

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   Cynthia Mullen is a Hearing Representative and lien specialist in our firm’s Riverside office. Ms. Mullen has experience as senior level claims analyst, mentor, and claim consultant. Ms. Mullen has more than 20 years of experience in the workers’ compensation industry. Ms. Mullen's training in Medical bill review, attention to detail, and extensive claims experience, provide knowledge for aggressive lien defense.

     
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TAUZETTI PRITCHARD

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm tauzetti.pritchard@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (559) 244-0959 ext. 7515
Fax our Law Practice (559) 244-0963

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   Tauzetti Pritchard is a Hearing Representative in our firm’s Fresno office. Ms. Pritchard has more than 14 years of experience in the workers’ compensation industry as a law firm senior paralegal. Her accomplishments also include winning many cases before both the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration. Ms. Pritchard was also awarded the Legal Studies Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement from Delmar Learning/Westlaw in 2008.

     
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SYLVIA PULIDO

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm sylvia.pulido@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (805) 764-2380 ext. 8905
Fax our Law Practice (805) 764-2383

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   Sylvia Pulido is a Hearing Representative in our Camarillo office. Sylvia expands on a quarter-century experience in workers' compensation industry by now joining the defense litigation ranks. She began in 1989 representing applicants and managing the office. She subsequently worked as a Senior Claim Examiner before joining our firm. Sylvia is a Certified Paralegal who is also experienced in Social Security Administration proceedings, Unemployment Insurance Appeal hearings, Personal Injury claims, and the Long Shore and Harbor Act. Adding to her credentials, she is versed in defending uninsured employers, is experienced with the Education Code benefits system, and is adept at handling Medicare-Set-Aside and excess retention issues. Sylvia is certified by the Department of Industrial Relations, Self-Insurance Plans as a Workers’ Compensation Administrator. Similarly, she has completed both the Workers' Compensation Claims Administration (WCCA) and Workers' Compensation Claims Professional (WCCP) Certifications by the Insurance Education Association. As a value-added benefit, she is bilingual and a Certified Notary. In her personal life, Sylvia is a Lector, a mentor, and a youth instructor at her local church.

     
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OSCAR R. RODRIGUEZ

Hearing Representative

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm oscar.rodriguez@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (626) 316-5720 ext. 7234
Fax our Law Practice (626) 395-7808

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  Oscar Rodriguez is a Hearing Representative with our firm’s Pasadena location. Mr. Rodriguez is not only a certified Workers’ Compensation Claims Adjuster (WCCA), but he completed his certificate with advanced courses provided by the Insurance Education Associates for his WCCP. Before joining our firm, Mr. Rodriguez obtained over 10 years of experience in the California workers’ compensation system as a hearing representative. With that sophistication, Mr. Rodriguez is able to analyze medical and legal evidence, and he is able to resolve lien matters quickly and efficiently, saving both time and litigation costs to his clients.