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Founding Partner
Mr. Tobin is a founding and managing partner of the firm. After earning his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, Mr. Tobin served as Counsel and Assistant Read More
Donald TobinFounding Partner

Mr. Tobin is a founding and managing partner of the firm. 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, a founding partner of the firm in 1982, earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Read More
Irvin LucksFounding and Managing Partner

Irvin Lucks, a founding partner of the firm in 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 44 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. Mr. Lucks is the managing partner of the firm. 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, Orange County
Nate Halprin joined Tobin•Lucks in 1992 after serving five years as the senior workers’ compensation attorney in the Los Angeles office of a national management-side labor and employment law firm. Read More
Nate HalprinManaging Partner, Orange County

Nate Halprin joined Tobin•Lucks in 1992 after serving five years as the senior workers’ compensation attorney in the Los Angeles office of a national management-side labor and employment law firm. Mr. Halprin has served as Judge Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles Municipal and Superior Courts and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. In addition to decades of litigation experience in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation, Mr. Halprin is litigation qualified in employment related civil matters. He has participated as lead counsel in complex jury litigation in both municipal and superior courts of the State of California. Mr. Halprin has lectured nationally and locally at human resource and risk management seminars on labor and employment-related subjects. He is a member of the California Bar, Colorado Bar and Federal Bar. Mr. Halprin is currently the managing shareholder of the Tobin•Lucks’ Orange County office, and a certified specialist in worker’s compensation law.

Managing Partner, Central Coast
John Lamoutte is the managing partner of our Central Coast office. Mr. Lamoutte represents insurance carriers and self-insured employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. This includes the defense Read More
John LamoutteManaging Partner, Central Coast

John Lamoutte is the managing partner of our Central Coast 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 132(a) petitions, as well as serious and willful misconduct claims. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lamoutte acquired extensive experience as an applicants’ attorney before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. He also represented plaintiffs in the civil court.

Managing Partner, Los Angeles County
Mark Stephens is the managing partner of our 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 our 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
Mr. Tobin is currently the managing partner of the San Diego office. Mr. Tobin has defended all aspects of workers’ compensation claims since 1986, including Sports law (NFL, MLB, NBA, Read More
Robert TobinManaging Partner, San Diego County

Mr. Tobin is currently the managing partner of the San Diego office. 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.

Managing Partner, Inland Empire
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 WalshManaging Partner, Inland Empire

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 and is the managing partner of our Inland Empire office. 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.

Managing Partner, Fresno
Jesse Perez is the managing partner of our Fresno office. He has practiced law since 1988 with an emphasis in workers’ compensation and civil liability. He has represented private enterprises Read More
Jesse PerezManaging Partner, Fresno

Jesse Perez is the managing partner of our Fresno office. 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 an active member of the Cuban American Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar.

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 the firm 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 Read More
Jeannine ArcePartner

Jeannine Arce joined the firm 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 132(a) claims.

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
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
After a thirteen year career as a claims representative, hearing representative, and education coordinator for a major insurance company, Ms. Pearson joined the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses Read More
Cindy PearsonPartner

After a thirteen year career as a claims representative, hearing representative, and education coordinator for a major insurance company, Ms. Pearson joined the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Ms. Pearson is a member of the State Bar of California.

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
Karmen Heacox practices in the firm’s San Diego office. Ms. Heacox received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Ms. Heacox’s practice has focused Read More
Karmen HeacoxPartner

Karmen Heacox practices in the firm’s San Diego office. Ms. Heacox received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Ms. Heacox’s practice has focused on workers’ compensation defense since her admission to the California State Bar and the U.S. District Court in December 1997. She has also practiced in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith defense and employment law.

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.

Partner
Jessica Jorgenson 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 Read More
Jessica JorgensonPartner

Jessica Jorgenson 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.

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
Yunna 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 MirolyanPartner

Yunna 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, and is currently working in our Los Angeles office.

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.

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
Christopher Ball practices in the firm’s Inland Empire office. Mr. Ball is a graduate of Long Beach State University earning a B.S. in Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctor Read More
Christopher BallAssociate

Christopher Ball practices in the firm’s Inland Empire office. Mr. Ball is a graduate of Long Beach State University earning a B.S. in Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ball was an associate for a large workers’ compensation firm in Ontario. He is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation and a published author on workers’ compensation law.

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
Mr. Flanagan joined our Orange County office in July of 2005. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1978 and his Read More
Joseph FlanaganAssociate

Mr. Flanagan joined our Orange County office in July of 2005. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1978 and his B.A. degree from USC in 1975. From 1993 to 2005, Mr. Flanagan served as Managing Attorney for a large reputable company. Prior to that he was a partner in a private workers’ compensation defense firm in Orange County. He is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law and was named a Superlawyer in the February 2005 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

Associate
Leigh Bove practices in the firm’s San Diego office. Ms. Bove received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1993. Ms. Bove is admitted to the California, Read More
Leigh BoveAssociate

Leigh Bove practices in the firm’s San Diego office. Ms. Bove received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1993. Ms. Bove is admitted to the California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Bars. Her practice focuses on the defense of workers’ compensation claims. She also has a significant amount of experience with workers’ compensation subrogation matters. Ms. Bove has been employed as an in-house attorney for a workers’ compensation insurance carrier and was also in private practice with a law firm specializing in workers’ compensation defense prior to joining the firm.

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
Scott Plyler received his juris doctor degree from Western State University in 1979. He has been actively involved in the workers’ compensation field since 1980, handling the defense of insurance Read More
Scott PlylerAssociate

Scott Plyler received his juris doctor degree from Western State University in 1979. He has been actively involved in the workers’ compensation field since 1980, handling the defense of insurance carriers as well as self-insured, including government entities. Mr. Plyler has been certified by the State Bar of California as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist since 1993. Mr. Plyler is assigned to our Central Coast office.

Associate
Edgar H. Sevilla, III practices in the firm’s San Diego office. He is a native San Diegan. Mr. Sevilla studied at University of California Berkeley before graduating from Arizona State Read More
Edgar SevillaAssociate

Edgar H. Sevilla, III practices in the firm’s San Diego office. He is a native San Diegan. Mr. Sevilla studied at University of California Berkeley before graduating from Arizona State University College of Law. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1992. Mr. Sevilla’s practice focuses on the defense of all aspects of workers’ compensation claims. Mr. Sevilla has worked for a large workers’ compensation insurance carrier and was in private practice prior to joining the firm.

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
Zareh 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 Read More
Zareh ZatikyanAssociate

Zareh 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 Los Angeles 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
Mr. Makover joined the firm in 2015. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University, graduating with Certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Legal Practice. During law school, Mr. Read More
B. Leor MakoverAssociate

Mr. Makover joined the firm in 2015. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University, graduating with Certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Legal Practice. During law school, Mr. Makover interned with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Unit and the Preliminary Hearing Unit. After graduating from Pepperdine, Mr. Makover was a prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Anti-Gang Unit. He later joined the Complex Civil Litigation Unit, where he assisted with Business and Professions Code § 17200 litigation and helped attain injunctive relief and civil penalties for unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices.

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
Jeremy Levy earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School Of Law’s Accelerated Option 2 Year Program in 2015. At Pepperdine, he obtained a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Read More
Jeremy LevyAssociate

Jeremy Levy earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School Of Law’s Accelerated Option 2 Year Program in 2015. At Pepperdine, he obtained a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute, and CALI Awards For Excellence in Negotiation and Mediation. He worked as an editor, and was published in the Pepperdine Law Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law, and was a founding member of the DRPC Networking Society.

In 2014, he clerked in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in Consumer Protection and Environmental Affairs. Prior to law school, Jeremy was a writer for television and film. In 2004, he earned an MFA degree from the California Institute Of The Arts, and a BA from UC Santa Barbara in 2001.

Associate
Anna A. Ghajar received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland.  She began her career with the Santa Ana City Attorney’s Office.  Ms. Ghajar gained experience in Read More
Anna A. GhajarAssociate

Anna A. Ghajar received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland.  She began her career with the Santa Ana City Attorney’s Office.  Ms. Ghajar gained experience in the field of workers’ compensation representing injured workers, and transitioned to the defense of employers and carriers.

Associate
Mr. Doss is an associate attorney in our Fresno office. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis, and his Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College Read More
Bryan C. DossAssociate

Mr. Doss is an associate attorney in our Fresno office. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis, and his Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law. Mr. Doss has defended employers and insurance carriers in all phases of workers compensation litigation since 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Doss was a partner of a state-wide insurance defense firm where he established a workers’ compensation practice group. He has also worked as a litigation manager and SIU coordinator for a commercial insurance carrier.

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
Mr. Southworth joined the firm in 2016, and practices in our Inland Empire office. In 2007, he graduated with a double Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge, in Business Administration, with Read More
Langdon SouthworthAssociate

Mr. Southworth joined the firm in 2016, and practices in our Inland Empire office. In 2007, he graduated with a double Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge, in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law in 2011. From 2012 to 2014 he practiced in general civil litigation. Since 2014, his practice has been focused solely on the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims.

Associate
Mr. Rose received his Juris Doctor in 2000 from the University of Georgia, where he also worked with the Athens Legal Aid and served as Vice-President in the law school Read More
Jeffrey D. RoseAssociate

Mr. Rose received his Juris Doctor in 2000 from the University of Georgia, where he also worked with the Athens Legal Aid and served as Vice-President in the law school student body. He had previously attended the University of Arkansas, where he was a National Merit Scholar and Arkansas Scholar, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. After receiving his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Rose has focused his practice on the defense of workers’ compensation claims since 2002.

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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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
Arthur Shwachman graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Drake University.  Prior to entering the field of workers Read More
Arthur ShwachmanAssociate

Arthur Shwachman graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Drake University.  Prior to entering the field of workers compensation, he was a Vice President with JP Morgan Chase & Co.

For the past four years, Mr. Shwachman has been advocating on behalf of employers, insurance carriers, and the self-insured.

Associate
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Scott LassersAssociate

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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.