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Founding Partner
Mr. Tobin was a founding partner of the firm and retired in 2018. After earning his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, Mr. Tobin served as Counsel Read More
Donald Tobin (Retired)Founding Partner
Mr. Tobin was a founding partner of the firm and retired in 2018. After earning his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, Mr. Tobin served as Counsel and Assistant Vice President for Republic Indemnity Company of America from 1963-74. He spent the next eight years as a partner in a private Workers Compensation defense firm and co-founded Tobin • Lucks in 1982. Mr. Tobin, a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, has served on the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and belongs to the American Bar Association.
Founding and Managing Partner
Irvin Lucks, the firm’s founding and Managing Partner since 1982, earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University Read More
Irvin LucksFounding and Managing Partner
Irvin Lucks, the firm’s founding and Managing Partner since 1982, earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 46 years of trial experience representing employers and insurance companies in the areas of workers’ compensation, employer practices, human resources issues, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Lucks has lectured widely to employers and insurance companies regarding the interplay of workers’ compensation, employer practices, and ADA issues. He is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, a member of the Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the California State Bar.
Partner
Mr. Lucks received his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1970. He has managed the firm’s civil litigation department since 1984. Mr. Lucks specializes in representing Read More
Edwin LucksPartner
Mr. Lucks received his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1970. He has managed the firm’s civil litigation department since 1984. Mr. Lucks specializes in representing management in all areas of employment litigation and counseling including employment discrimination and harassment claims, and wrongful termination litigation. Mr. Lucks’ practice includes providing mediation services to the legal community as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of the Los Angeles Superior Court, through which he has mediated numerous cases throughout Southern California. He received his mediation training from the Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University and the California Academy of Mediation Professionals. Mr. Lucks is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.
Partner
Mr. Christine is a Cum Laude graduate of UCLA and received his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law in 1981. A Deputy District Attorney with the Ventura County Read More
Frank ChristinePartner
Mr. Christine is a Cum Laude graduate of UCLA and received his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law in 1981. A Deputy District Attorney with the Ventura County District Attorney’s office from 1981 to 1987, Mr. Christine handled hundreds of non-jury and jury trials in Municipal, Traffic and Juvenile Courts, and successfully prosecuted eight felony jury trials with a 100% conviction rate. He joined the firm in 1987 and became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law in 1993. Mr. Christine has spoken to a number of groups and organizations on workers’ compensation law and is a member of the American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Langston Bar Association.
Managing Partner, Central Coast
John Lamoutte joined Tobin•Lucks as an associate in 1994 and is currently the Managing Partner of our Santa Barbara office. Mr. Lamoutte represents insurance carriers and self-insured employers in the Read More
John LamoutteManaging Partner, Central Coast
John Lamoutte joined Tobin•Lucks as an associate in 1994 and is currently the Managing Partner of our Santa Barbara office. Mr. Lamoutte represents insurance carriers and self-insured employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. This includes the defense of Labor Code Section 132a petitions, as well as serious and willful misconduct claims. Prior to joining Tobin•Lucks, Mr. Lamoutte acquired extensive experience as an applicant’s attorney before the WCAB. He also represented plaintiffs in the civil courts.
Managing Partner, Fresno
Jesse Perez joined Tobin•Lucks in 1998. He has practiced law since 1988 with an emphasis in workers’ compensation and civil liability. He has represented private enterprises as well as public Read More
Jesse PerezManaging Partner, Fresno
Jesse Perez joined Tobin•Lucks in 1998. He has practiced law since 1988 with an emphasis in workers’ compensation and civil liability. He has represented private enterprises as well as public and governmental agencies in all aspects of workers’ compensation matters. Mr. Perez is the Managing Partner of the Fresno Office.
Managing Partner, Los Angeles County
Mark Stephens is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles County office. Mr. Stephens received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2005. Mr. Stephens Read More
Mark StephensManaging Partner, Los Angeles County
Mark Stephens is the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles County office. Mr. Stephens received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2005. Mr. Stephens began working for the firm as a calendar clerk in the Central Coast office shortly after graduating from Westmont College in 2001 with a B.S. in Psychology. He continued to work with Tobin•Lucks throughout his law school career, with the exception of the time he spent at Fordham Law School in New York City. Mr. Stephens has passed both the New York and California Bar exams. He is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.
Managing Partner, San Diego County
Jessica Jorgenson is currently the managing partner of the San Diego office. Jessica received her B.A. from Pepperdine University, her M.B.A. from University of California, Irvine and her Juris Doctorate from University Read More
Jessica JorgensonManaging Partner, San Diego County
Jessica Jorgenson is currently the managing partner of the San Diego office. Jessica received her B.A. from Pepperdine University, her M.B.A. from University of California, Irvine and her Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Jorgenson worked for the Department of Personnel Administrations, the Attorney General’s Office – Employment Division, and the Public Employment Relations Board before joining the firm in August, 2010.
Managing Partner, Inland Empire
Ms. Mirolyan earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law. While attending law school, Ms. Mirolyan clerked for a large firm. She attended the Read More
Yunna MirolyanManaging Partner, Inland Empire
Ms. Mirolyan earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law. While attending law school, Ms. Mirolyan clerked for a large firm. She attended the University of California, Irvine where she graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Criminology, Psychology and Social Behavior. Ms. Mirolyan joined the firm as an associate in August, 2011. On January 1, 2018 Ms. Mirolyan became the Managing Partner of the Inland Empire office.
Partner
John Salisbury joined the firm in 1990. Mr. Salisbury specializes in representing employers in all areas of employment litigation and counseling, including employment discrimination, harassment claims, wrongful termination, wage and Read More
John SalisburyPartner
John Salisbury joined the firm in 1990. Mr. Salisbury specializes in representing employers in all areas of employment litigation and counseling, including employment discrimination, harassment claims, wrongful termination, wage and hour claims, workers compensation and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Salisbury also represents insurers in insurance coverage disputes, bad faith litigation, workers’ compensation claims, and subrogation suits. He is a member of both the California and Illinois Bars, and is admitted to practice in the United States Central District Court and the United States Supreme Court. He has extensive Appellate experience, and is responsible for a number of published Court of Appeals decisions. He is the author of the Tobin • Lucks manual on workers’ compensation subrogation.
Partner
Jeannine Arce joined Tobin•Lucks as an associate in 1994. Ms. Arce represents insurance carriers and self-insured employers in all phases of the defense of workers’ compensation claims, including serious and Read More
Jeannine ArcePartner
Jeannine Arce joined Tobin•Lucks as an associate in 1994. Ms. Arce represents insurance carriers and self-insured employers in all phases of the defense of workers’ compensation claims, including serious and willful misconduct actions, and Labor code Section 132a claims. Ms. Arce is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.
Partner
Mr. Tobin has defended all aspects of workers’ compensation claims since 1986, including Sports law (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) Labor Code §132a, Serious & Willful Misconduct, Asbestosis, Fraud and Uninsured Read More
Robert TobinPartner
Mr. Tobin has defended all aspects of workers’ compensation claims since 1986, including Sports law (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) Labor Code §132a, Serious & Willful Misconduct, Asbestosis, Fraud and Uninsured Employers. Mr. Tobin was Senior Examiner, Longshore & Harbor Examiner, and Reinsurance Examiner at major workers’ compensation carriers from 1986 through 1992, holding certificates in claims from the I.E.A. and the W.C.C.A. After graduating from law school in 1991, Mr. Tobin was House Counsel for a major California workers’ compensation carrier from 1992 through 1995, handling all aspects of the defense of workers’ compensation claims including extensive litigation of Asbestosis claims. Mr. Tobin is an active member of the Sports Law Association, Association of Insurance Professionals, San Diego Workers’ Compensation Forum and the San Diego County Bar Association and has been a Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law since 1999.
Partner
Mr. Beardsley was admitted to the California Bar in 1981, after graduation from New York University School of Law. He specializes in civil litigation and workers compensation defense, including such Read More
Alan BeardsleyPartner
Mr. Beardsley was admitted to the California Bar in 1981, after graduation from New York University School of Law. He specializes in civil litigation and workers compensation defense, including such employment and labor related matters as wrongful terminations, workplace drug testing, ERISA, and sex, age and race discrimination. He has both trial and appellate experience with wrongful termination cases, as well as for a variety of other civil matters, and has defended against filings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. He is also an experienced practitioner before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, defending employers and insurance companies with respect to both regular issues and in defense of section 132a and serious and willful claims. Given his civil background, Mr. Beardsley has also handled numerous workers compensation subrogation cases.
Partner
Therese Walsh is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law. She received B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Southern California. Ms. Walsh joined the Read More
Therese WalshPartner
Therese Walsh is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law. She received B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Southern California. Ms. Walsh joined the firm as an associate in July of 1997. In addition to her previous experience as a defense attorney, she has ten years of experience in the field of workers’ compensation as a claims examiner. Ms. Walsh is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.
Partner
Mr. Cameron received his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He works out of the Central Coast office and is local to the central coast region, having Read More
Gregory CameronPartner
Mr. Cameron received his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He works out of the Central Coast office and is local to the central coast region, having received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara. Mr. Cameron has been representing insurance carriers, self-insured employers and third-party administrators since 1997. This includes all aspects of defending Workers’ Compensation claims including the defense of 132a discrimination claims and allegations of serious and willful misconduct. Mr. Cameron is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.
Partner
Mr. Levine practices in our Central Coast office defending insured and self-insureds in workers compensation and related employment matters including discrimination claims. In addition to case in chief trials, Mr. Read More
Brent LevinePartner
Mr. Levine practices in our Central Coast office defending insured and self-insureds in workers compensation and related employment matters including discrimination claims. In addition to case in chief trials, Mr. Levine has been called upon by several clients to exclusively litigate and try liens in several Southern California venues filed by various healthcare providers including outpatient surgery centers. Mr. Levine attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society in 1994. Thereafter, he was admitted to California Western School of Law in San Diego, California with First Year Recruiting Scholarship. Mr. Levine is a member of the State Bar of California. He was formerly an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Mr. Levine is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.
Partner
Mark Tobin practices in our Los Angeles office. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tobin had a successful high volume solo practice for 24 years. His practice was limited to Read More
Mark TobinPartner
Mark Tobin practices in our Los Angeles office. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tobin had a successful high volume solo practice for 24 years. His practice was limited to personal injury and workers’ compensation law. He earned his BA degree in English from California State University Northridge and his juris doctor degree from the University of San Fernando College of Law. Mr. Tobin has had extensive trial, arbitration and mediation experience at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and Superior Courts and has previously lectured on the psychological injury aspects of workers’ compensation law to the medical community.
Partner
Ms. Flynn received her Bachelor of Science in Law while concurrently obtaining her Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern California Institute of Law school. While attending law school, Ms. Flynn was Read More
Sarah FlynnPartner
Ms. Flynn received her Bachelor of Science in Law while concurrently obtaining her Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern California Institute of Law school. While attending law school, Ms. Flynn was granted an internship with the Central Coast Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Flynn researched and drafted motions with the SBPD’s office in reference to serious felonies, three strikes law and capital punishment crimes. Ms. Flynn was admitted to practice law in the State of California in June of 2004. She practiced in the general civil spectrum of the legal field until she joined the firm in 2005. Ms. Flynn is certified by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law. She currently practices in our Central Coast office.
Partner
Carolyn Lopez joined the firm as an associate in January, 2011. Ms. Lopez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whittier Law School in 2010, where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholarship Read More
Carolyn LopezPartner
Carolyn Lopez joined the firm as an associate in January, 2011. Ms. Lopez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whittier Law School in 2010, where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. She was admitted to practice in California in 2010. Ms. Lopez also holds a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida.
Partner
David Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College and his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude. While at Pepperdine, he received Read More
David LeePartner
David Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College and his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude. While at Pepperdine, he received the CALI Award for excellent achievement in the study of Workers’ Compensation law. During law school, Mr. Lee began working at the firm as a law clerk. He joined as an associate in 2011, and is currently practicing in our Los Angeles office.
Partner
Mr. Toomer received his Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Occidental College. He joined the firm in July 2012 after 15 years as a Read More
Bruce ToomerPartner
Mr. Toomer received his Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Occidental College. He joined the firm in July 2012 after 15 years as a Superior Court Referee. Mr. Toomer has extensive litigation experience including over 30 jury trials, and 12 years of handling workers’ compensation cases.
Sean Rivera joined the firm in August of 2017. He was originally with the firm from 1998-2016. Mr. Rivera started in the field of workers compensation in 1989 as a Read More
Sean V. Rivera
Sean Rivera joined the firm in August of 2017. He was originally with the firm from 1998-2016. Mr. Rivera started in the field of workers compensation in 1989 as a claims examiner until 1994 when he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of La Verne. From 1994 to 1998 he worked as an in-house counsel for a major carrier handling all aspects of the defense of workers compensation claims. Mr. Rivera has continued to practice in all phases of defense workers compensation claims including serious and willful misconduct actions, and labor code section 132a claims. Mr. Rivera is a member of the American Bar Association and a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law.
Associate
Timothy Tobin has been an associate with the firm since 2000, and works in our Los Angeles County office.. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a claims adjuster, Read More
Timothy TobinAssociate
Timothy Tobin has been an associate with the firm since 2000, and works in our Los Angeles County office.. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a claims adjuster, obtaining certificates for I.E.A. And W.C.C.A., and has an investigator for over 10 years, handling all aspects of workers’ compensation claims. Mr. Tobin became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law in 2010.
Associate
Mr. Tan-Sanchez practices in our Los Angeles office. He started in the field of Workers’ Compensation as a claims examiner in 1992. He was admitted to the California Bar in Read More
Roy Tan-SanchezAssociate
Mr. Tan-Sanchez practices in our Los Angeles office. He started in the field of Workers’ Compensation as a claims examiner in 1992. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1994 and immediately joined the legal department of a major defense firm as a staff counsel.Mr. Tan-Sanchez earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Southwestern University and Bachelor of Law at San Beda College, in the Philippines. He was a member of the Philippine Bar and specialized in Corporate and Labor Laws. Mr. Tan-Sanchez is a member of the San Fernando Bar Association.
Associate
Debra Shackelford joined the firm as an associate in the Los Angeles office in 2004. Ms. Shackelford earned her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law where she Read More
Debra ShackelfordAssociate
Debra Shackelford joined the firm as an associate in the Los Angeles office in 2004. Ms. Shackelford earned her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law where she holds a certificate of outstanding achievement in Federal Corporate Taxation. She has a B.A. in economics from California State University Northridge where she graduated with honors. While attending law school, Ms. Shackelford practiced as a law clerk for the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service.
Associate
Jessica Muto graduated from Loyola Law School in 2008. Prior to joining our Los Angeles office in 2010, she served as a Law Clerk at the Los Angeles County Superior Read More
Jessica MutoAssociate
Jessica Muto graduated from Loyola Law School in 2008. Prior to joining our Los Angeles office in 2010, she served as a Law Clerk at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in the Civil Division. Ms. Muto has been admitted to practice law in California and Illinois.
Associate
Neil Vanderwoude earned his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he double majored in Philosophy and Religious Studies. During his undergraduate career Mr. Vanderwoude worked as Read More
Neil VanderwoudeAssociate
Neil Vanderwoude earned his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he double majored in Philosophy and Religious Studies. During his undergraduate career Mr. Vanderwoude worked as a file clerk in the Central Coast office and after graduation as the calendar clerk. He earned his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School where he served as a Lead Articles Editor for the Law Review. Mr. Vanderwoude joined the firm in 2011, and practices in our Central Coast office. He became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law in 2016.
Associate
Susan Price joined the firm in 2011 and practices in our Los Angeles office. She received her B.A. from Drew University in Madison, NJ, and her Juris Doctorate from University of Read More
Susan PriceAssociate
Susan Price joined the firm in 2011 and practices in our Los Angeles office. She received her B.A. from Drew University in Madison, NJ, and her Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Price has defended employers and insurance carriers in all phases of workers’ compensation litigation since 2002. She has been employed as in-house counsel for a national insurance carrier, handling workers’ compensation claims, and in private practice with firms specializing in workers’ compensation defense. Prior to her workers’ compensation practice, Ms. Price defended insurance carriers in general civil litigation matters.
Associate
Timothy Kelly attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Advocacy in 2011. While in law school, he Read More
Timothy KellyAssociate
Timothy Kelly attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Advocacy in 2011. While in law school, he worked as a certified law student for the Federal Public Defender and the Public Defender’s Office, earning him a Superior Commitment Commendation for Public Service. Prior to attending law school, he received his B.A. from Bob Jones University. Before joining our Fresno Office, Mr. Kelly practiced in the areas of personal injury, family law, and immigration.
Associate
Joel Gross is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. He received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the firm, Read More
Joel GrossAssociate
Joel Gross is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. He received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted criminal misdemeanor jury trials. He also has civil litigation experience. Mr. Gross is a member of the State Bar of California.
Associate
David Jones received his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law in 1991 and has practiced workers’ compensation defense exclusively throughout his career. He has extensive trial Read More
David JonesAssociate
David Jones received his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law in 1991 and has practiced workers’ compensation defense exclusively throughout his career. He has extensive trial experience, and has handled cases for insured, self-insured, and government entities.
Associate
Nir Asseraf is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. Thereafter, he attended Southwestern Law School and received his Juris Read More
Nir AsserafAssociate
Nir Asseraf is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. Thereafter, he attended Southwestern Law School and received his Juris Doctor degree. While at Southwestern, he received “Public Service” recognition, and he served as a member of the Student Body Association and the Jewish Law Students Association. During law school, Mr. Asseraf was an intern at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, where he clerked at the Hardcore Gang Division and the Preliminary Hearing Unit. Mr. Asseraf joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in July 2013. He is an active member of Southwestern Law School’s Nickel Club alumni organization. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Mr. Asseraf is admitted to practice in California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Associate
Sam Dardashti attended the University of California Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Subsequently, Mr. Dardashti’s passion for the law and interest in the art Read More
Sam DardashtiAssociate
Sam Dardashti attended the University of California Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Subsequently, Mr. Dardashti’s passion for the law and interest in the art of negotiation and debate naturally led him to Pepperdine University School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor Degree, as well as a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the renowned Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution. Prior to joining Tobin • Lucks, Mr. Dardashti clerked for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office — Family Violence Unit, and practiced civil litigation with a focus on the area of personal injury.
Associate
Ms. Cunningham practices in our Los Angeles office.  She joined the firm in 2007 as a legal assistant. While working full time, she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Read More
Diana CunninghamAssociate
Ms. Cunningham practices in our Los Angeles office.  She joined the firm in 2007 as a legal assistant. While working full time, she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of West Los Angeles-School of Law, where she was placed on the Dean’s List for academic excellence and received academic achievement awards. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Management from BYU-Hawaii, and graduated Cum Laude. Ms. Cunningham has been trained in the handling of workers’ compensation matters since joining the firm in 2007. Her legal experience has made her well versed in all stages of litigation and case management.  Outside of legal practice, she is a member of the Board of Directors for a local Non-Profit Organization assisting adults with developmental disabilities.
Dat Pham earned his Juris Doctor From California Western School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and received three Academic Achievement Awards. During law school, he worked as a Read More
Dat Pham
Dat Pham earned his Juris Doctor From California Western School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and received three Academic Achievement Awards. During law school, he worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. Mr. Pham earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2012, and joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in 2014.
Associate
Mr. Porter received his B.A. degree in American History from Boston University in 2007. He received his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2010, where he was a Read More
Blake PorterAssociate
Mr. Porter received his B.A. degree in American History from Boston University in 2007. He received his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2010, where he was a member of the Dean’s List. Blake is admitted to practice in California and in the U.S. District Court, Central District. Prior to joining the firm, he had a private civil litigation practice which focused on personal injury and employment litigation.
Associate
Mr. Holm obtained his law degree from Western State College of Law in 2013, and his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Fresno State in 2009. He Read More
Miles HolmAssociate
Mr. Holm obtained his law degree from Western State College of Law in 2013, and his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Fresno State in 2009. He is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in California.
Jonathan Miller received his law degree from the University of California-Davis, King Hall School of Law, and was admitted to the California Bar in 2009. During law school he was an Read More
Jonathan Miller
Jonathan Miller received his law degree from the University of California-Davis, King Hall School of Law, and was admitted to the California Bar in 2009. During law school he was an editor for the Journal of International Law and Policy, in addition to being a member of the National Trials Honor Board. Prior to this, he attended Westmont College, where he graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in Economics and Business. Prior to joining the firm in March, 2014, Mr. Miller worked for a municipal litigation firm, where he litigated municipal, employment, and contract matters in state and federal court.
Associate
Natalie Djabourian joined the firm’s Inland Empire office as an associate in 2014. She received a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School, a Master of Arts degree in English from Read More
Natalie DjabourianAssociate
Natalie Djabourian joined the firm’s Inland Empire office as an associate in 2014. She received a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School, a Master of Arts degree in English from California State University at Los Angeles, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of California at Irvine. During law school, Ms. Djabourian was a Certified Law Clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, and a Law Clerk at a large insurance defense firm. Ms. Djabourian is admitted to practice in California, and before the United States District Court in California.
Associate
Mr. Zatikyan earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law, ranked in the top 10 percent of his graduating class. He attended the University Read More
Zareh ZatikyanAssociate
Mr. Zatikyan earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law, ranked in the top 10 percent of his graduating class. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he majored in Sociology, and graduated with honors. Mr. Zatikyan joined the firm in July, 2014, and is currently working in our Inland Empire office.
Associate
Mr. Hinds joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in October 2014. He devotes the majority of his practice to the defense of workers’ compensation claims for both self-insured employers and Read More
Omar HindsAssociate
Mr. Hinds joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in October 2014. He devotes the majority of his practice to the defense of workers’ compensation claims for both self-insured employers and insurance companies. He handles all facets of workers’ compensation claims, including representing clients at depositions, hearings, trials as well as defending clients on appeal. He began his legal career in 2001, practicing primarily civil litigation as an associate attorney in private practice. In 2003, Mr. Hinds began practicing in the area of workers’ compensation defense. Mr. Hinds’ law school achievements include serving the Law Student Division liaison to the American Bar Association’s AIDS Coordinating Committee. He was also an ABA Law Student Division representative, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the California State Bar, and has volunteered his time with the Los Angeles Barristers Domestic Violence Project.
Associate
Ms. Christie joined the firm in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Pepperdine University’s Seaver College, and later returned to Pepperdine to obtain her JD. Read More
Jennifer ChristieAssociate
Ms. Christie joined the firm in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Pepperdine University’s Seaver College, and later returned to Pepperdine to obtain her JD. During Law School, she worked as an intern at the United States Embassy, Civil Division in London, England, and assisted with efforts to implement a plea bargaining system for minors in Uganda.
Associate
Mr. Wilson joined the firm’s Fresno office as an associate attorney in 2014. He received a Juris Doctor from San Joaquin College of Law, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Read More
Mark WilsonAssociate
Mr. Wilson joined the firm’s Fresno office as an associate attorney in 2014. He received a Juris Doctor from San Joaquin College of Law, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. Immediately before joining the firm, Mr. Wilson handled personal injury litigation and mediation. While in law school, he clerked for labor and employment firms, mediated family law matters, and served as a small claims court advisor.
Associate
Nadia Chehade joined the firm as an associate in 2015. Ms. Chehade is a graduate of California State University Long Beach, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Finance with an Read More
Nadia ChehadeAssociate
Nadia Chehade joined the firm as an associate in 2015. Ms. Chehade is a graduate of California State University Long Beach, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Finance with an emphasis in Real Estate Law. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles, where she was Editor of the Brief from 1994-1995, and a contributing writer from 1993-1994. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Chehade had a successful solo practice limited to criminal defense, personal injury and workers’ compensation law.
Associate
Mr. Holiday joined the firm as an associate in 2015. He is a litigator with a wide variety of experience in all matters of litigation involving motions, depositions, mediation, arbitrations Read More
Craig HolidayAssociate
Mr. Holiday joined the firm as an associate in 2015. He is a litigator with a wide variety of experience in all matters of litigation involving motions, depositions, mediation, arbitrations and trials in the business, real estate and employer contexts. Craig received his Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude from Liberty University. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School. He has represented clients before the Superior Court, the California Labor Commissioner, the California State Athletic Commission (Boxing Commission), the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, California Appellate Courts.
Associate
Mr. Samstag joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in July 2015. He attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he received Bachelors of Arts in both Politics and English Read More
Ryan SamstagAssociate
Mr. Samstag joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in July 2015. He attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he received Bachelors of Arts in both Politics and English Language Literature. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2011, and, upon graduation, was awarded the Gregory W. Goff Award for Excellence in Tax Law. Since 2012, his practice has focused on the defense of workers’ compensation claims.
Associate
Ms. Rivera represents insurance carriers, self-insured employers and public entities in all aspects of workers’ compensation law. She graduated in 2009 from Brooklyn Law School in New York City, where Read More
Erica RiveraAssociate
Ms. Rivera represents insurance carriers, self-insured employers and public entities in all aspects of workers’ compensation law. She graduated in 2009 from Brooklyn Law School in New York City, where she clerked for the US Attorney’s Office, and worked as a legal intern for the Office of the Attorney General. After graduation, she served as a Deputy City Attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Volunteer Attorney Program, where she gained criminal trial experience. She began her career as an associate with Tobin•Lucks 2010 – 2013, and returned to the firm in September, 2015. Ms. Rivera is admitted to practice law in California and New York.
Associate
Mr. Rodriguez received his B.A degree in Political Science/Law and Society and History from the University of California Riverside in 2007. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School Los Read More
Adrian RodriguezAssociate
Mr. Rodriguez received his B.A degree in Political Science/Law and Society and History from the University of California Riverside in 2007. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2011. While in law school he clerked at the California Department of Real Estate, Inner City Law Center, and Inland Counties Legal Services. Mr. Rodriguez practiced workers’ compensation law since 2011. He formerly represented injured workers, and has experience with all phases of workers’ compensation litigation.
Associate
Marlene Raheb joined the firm as an associate in March, 2016. She has been practicing management side workers’ compensation law since 2002. Ms. Raheb speaks fluent Armenian. She obtained a Read More
Marlene RahebAssociate
Marlene Raheb joined the firm as an associate in March, 2016. She has been practicing management side workers’ compensation law since 2002. Ms. Raheb speaks fluent Armenian. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1994, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Whittier Law School in 2000.
Associate
Kimberly S. Poese earned her Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California where she graduated Cum Laude and received multiple academic achievement awards. Ms. Poese Read More
Kimberly S. PoeseAssociate
Kimberly S. Poese earned her Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California where she graduated Cum Laude and received multiple academic achievement awards. Ms. Poese was awarded a judicial externship to the Honorable Presiding Justice David Sills at the California Court of Appeal in 1993. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 1994, and has represented clients before the Superior and Criminal Courts of California, and the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
Associate
Michael Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. While at Loyola, he served as a Production Editor for Read More
Michael E. LeeAssociate
Michael Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. While at Loyola, he served as a Production Editor for the school’s flagship law review. Michael joined as an associate in 2017, and is currently practicing in our Los Angeles office.
Associate
Ms. Volk joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as an associate in 2017.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011, Read More
Leeron VolkAssociate
Ms. Volk joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as an associate in 2017.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011, where she graduated Cum Laude and received both Phi Beta Kappa and College Honor distinctions. She earned her J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2015. During law school, Ms. Volk clerked at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, in the Central Trials Unit, and The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, in the Police Employment Litigation Department. She also clerked in Personal Injury, Employment, and Real Estate Litigation firms.  
Associate
Mr. Arebalo earned his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, he worked as a Certified Law Student at Legal Aid Society and Carrazco Law, A.P.C. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Read More
Frank V. ArebaloAssociate
Mr. Arebalo earned his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, he worked as a Certified Law Student at Legal Aid Society and Carrazco Law, A.P.C. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Chapman University. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2014, and joined the firm’s Santa Ana office in 2017.
Associate
Mr. Weitz joined the Los Angeles office of Tobin Lucks in 2017.  He obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2011, and was admitted to the Read More
Barry J. WeitzAssociate
Mr. Weitz joined the Los Angeles office of Tobin Lucks in 2017.  He obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2011, and was admitted to the California Bar in 2012. Since 2012, he has represented employers and insurance carriers in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation claims.
Mr. Ortiz earned his law degree from Whittier Law School, and has been a practicing attorney since 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ortiz had a solo practice where Read More
Guillermo E. Ortiz
Mr. Ortiz earned his law degree from Whittier Law School, and has been a practicing attorney since 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ortiz had a solo practice where he concentrated on criminal and immigration law, including the representation of individuals before the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.
Associate
Lyla Askejian is an associate at our Inland Empire office. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Business Law from California State University, Northridge, in Read More
Lyla AskejianAssociate
Lyla Askejian is an associate at our Inland Empire office. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Business Law from California State University, Northridge, in 2008. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2012. After law school, Ms. Askejian was accepted into the Public Defender Corps, a nationwide fellowship program that placed her in eastern Kentucky where she was a deputy public defender until 2014. Prior to joining Tobin Lucks LLP, Ms. Askejian defended parents facing child custody proceedings in juvenile dependency court.  
Associate
Joseph Zuckerman joined the firm after more than 40 years of workers’ compensation practice, including managing an in-house workers’ compensation legal department. He handles all aspects of workers’ compensation defense Read More
Joseph E. ZuckermanAssociate
Joseph Zuckerman joined the firm after more than 40 years of workers’ compensation practice, including managing an in-house workers’ compensation legal department. He handles all aspects of workers’ compensation defense with extensive experience in coverage, employment, construction, ADR and all associated matters. He has lectured for claims groups and the Insurance Educational Association (IEA), and has served as a workers’ compensation Judge pro tem.
Associate
Alaine Abesamis-Buscaino joined the Inland Empire office as an associate in 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Merced, as a member of the founding class. Read More
Alaine Abesamis-BuscainoAssociate
Alaine Abesamis-Buscaino joined the Inland Empire office as an associate in 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Merced, as a member of the founding class. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, graduating with Dean’s List honors. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced civil litigation and family law.
Associate
Mr. Alvarez is an associate in our Orange County office. He earned his law degree from Trinity Law School, and is admitted to practice by the State Bar in California. Read More
Miguel I. Alvarez RamirezAssociate
Mr. Alvarez is an associate in our Orange County office. He earned his law degree from Trinity Law School, and is admitted to practice by the State Bar in California. Between 2011 and 2017, Mr. Alvarez worked as a hearing representative principally focusing in litigation involving Workers’ Compensation and Personal injury claims. He is well versed in all stages of litigation and case management. He is bilingual, English-Spanish.
Associate
Jason L. Barbanell is an associate at our Los Angeles County office. Mr. Barbanell received his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2003 and his Bachelor’s Read More
Jason L. BarbanellAssociate
Jason L. Barbanell is an associate at our Los Angeles County office. Mr. Barbanell received his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2003 and his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2000. Prior to joining the firm, his practice involved litigating hospital and medical provider liens of all Southern CA WCAB venues. Mr. Barbanell is a member of the State Bar of CA.
Associate
Ms. Landman joined the Los Angeles office of the firm in 2018. Workers’ Compensation has been Elisha’s focus since 2002, during which time she has handled cases in all areas Read More
Elisha Fara LandmanAssociate
Ms. Landman joined the Los Angeles office of the firm in 2018. Workers’ Compensation has been Elisha’s focus since 2002, during which time she has handled cases in all areas of workers’ compensation, including 132a and S&W claims, representing insurance companies, third party administrators, employers, and permissibly self-insured employers. She is a Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law, and she has been a panelist for the State Bar of California and Work Comp Central. She graduated from Brandeis University with Honors in Philosophy, and received her Juris Doctorate from Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.
Associate
Mr. Ter-Kazaryan joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as an associate in May of 2018. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in history from California State University, Northridge in Read More
Karpis G. Ter-KazaryanAssociate
Mr. Ter-Kazaryan joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as an associate in May of 2018. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in history from California State University, Northridge in 2013. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law in 2016. During Law School, Mr. Ter-Kazaryan clerked for an employment defense firm for several years.
Associate
Mr. Jahangard joined our Los Angeles office in June of 2018. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Northridge in 2008. He obtained his Read More
Mohammad JahangardAssociate
Mr. Jahangard joined our Los Angeles office in June of 2018. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Northridge in 2008. He obtained his J.D. from Chapman University School of Law in 2013. While in law school, Mr. Jahangard served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Roy Paul in the Los Angeles Superior Court, assisting in unlimited civil claims and probate matters. Mr. Jahangard has been practicing workers’ compensation law since 2015.
Associate
A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Vongprom (“VP”) earned his B.A. in Management, and Master’s Degree in Project Management, all while serving on active-duty from 2003-2011. While attending law school, he Read More
Pongphon VongpromAssociate
A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Vongprom (“VP”) earned his B.A. in Management, and Master’s Degree in Project Management, all while serving on active-duty from 2003-2011. While attending law school, he worked at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office providing investigative and service of process support to prosecutors. He earned his J.D. from Trinity Law School in 2016, where he ranked #1 in his class, served as Editor of the school’s law review, interned at a poverty law clinic, and competed in national moot court competitions.

He clerked at Veterans Legal Institute, handling veteran benefits, discharge upgrade, general civil and criminal matters. Prior to joining Tobin Lucks in July 2018, he was an associate at a Workers’ Compensation Firm handling cases throughout all Southern California WCAB District Offices.
Associate
Mr. Singh graduated from California State University Fresno with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminology. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from San Joaquin College of Law in 2017. Read More
Kuljit SinghAssociate
Mr. Singh graduated from California State University Fresno with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminology. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from San Joaquin College of Law in 2017. While in law school, he was published in the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review, and served as the Production Editor for the law review. Mr. Singh joined the firm as an associate in 2018, and is currently practicing in our Fresno office.
Associate
Ryan Tobin earned his B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles. During his time in law school, Mr. Read More
Ryan TobinAssociate
Ryan Tobin earned his B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles. During his time in law school, Mr. Tobin received five different Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence, and graduated Cum Laude. Mr. Tobin joined the firm as an associate in November, 2018, and is currently practicing in our Los Angeles Office.

In Memory Of:

Managing Partner
(1957 – 2011) Randy joined the firm in 1987, and through his dedication, loyalty, and professionalism rose to the position of Managing Partner in our Los Angeles office. He was Read More
Randal KleinManaging Partner
(1957 – 2011) Randy joined the firm in 1987, and through his dedication, loyalty, and professionalism rose to the position of Managing Partner in our Los Angeles office. He was respected and liked by both those with whom he worked, and against whom he litigated as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. Randy loved his work, his UCLA Bruins, his vigorous workout regimen, and his many friends. That love was reciprocated, especially during the last several months of his illness when his many friends and colleagues called and visited often. Randy was held in high regard and true affection by all who were lucky enough to be his friend or acquaintance, and his presence is greatly missed.
Partner
(1949 – 1999) Thomas Rafacz joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in September, 1988. Initially, he worked in the Civil Litigation Department, responsible for handling defense of civil litigation, Labor Read More
Thomas RafaczPartner
(1949 – 1999) Thomas Rafacz joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in September, 1988. Initially, he worked in the Civil Litigation Department, responsible for handling defense of civil litigation, Labor Code 132a and related employment law matters. He later began handling the defense of workers’ compensation cases and became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rafacz worked for a nationwide transportation company for ten years as the Director of Risk Management. His responsibilities included management of a self-insured, self-administered workers’ compensation program. Mr. Rafacz became a shareholder in 1998, and was a well-respected attorney. Tom passed away suddenly in April of 1999. He was a friendly, sincere person who will be missed by his family, colleagues and many, many friends.