Chad Coleman
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  Sacramento HQ & Central Valley Offices - Servicing Sacramento, Stockton, Redding, and Eureka WCAB District Offices

  • Chad Coleman - Senior Partner  

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    Chad Coleman was born in Macon, Georgia. Mr. Coleman moved to Rocklin, California in 1981. In 1995, Mr. Coleman graduated California State University at Sacramento receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology while receiving Dean’s Honor List recognition. In 1999, Mr. Coleman graduated from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor while also receiving Dean’s List recognition. Mr. Coleman published in The Transnational Lawyer in 1998 and went on to become that publication’s Managing Editor in 1999.

    Mr. Coleman is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, and all California Administrative Law Courts. Mr. Coleman’s practice focuses on the defense and subrogation of employers and insurance carriers for workers’ compensation and related claims.

    Mr. Coleman is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. This certification was bestowed in 2005 by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California at the recommendation of both fellow lawyers and local Workers’ Compensation Judges.

    Mr. Coleman is a frequent lecturer for various educational associations throughout California. Mr. Coleman served on the Board of Directors for the Valley Industrial Claims Association in Sacramento and was its’ president in 2010. Mr. Coleman is also a member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Association of Workers’ Compensation Professionals, California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation, Professionals in Workers’ Compensation, and the Sacramento County Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section.

    When away from work Mr. Coleman enjoys spending time with his wife and son, as well as outdoor activities which include coaching little league, golfing, and fishing.


    E-mail: ccoleman@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2310

  • Anne Brownell - Junior Partner

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    Anne Brownell was born in White Plains, New York. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Ms. Brownell received her Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA in 1987. Ms. Brownell was admitted to the California State Bar in 1988. Ms. Brownell became certified with the State Bar of California as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist in 1996.

    Ms. Brownell joins Coleman, Chavez and Associates with 25 years of legal experience practicing in workers compensation law. She began practicing in San Diego prior to relocating to Northern California. She has prior experience running her won small law corporation. She has worked as associate attorney for another Northern Calfironia defense firm prior to that.

    Ms. Brownell’s practice areas include Workers’ Compensation and all related employment matters. As a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation she represents insurance companies, third party administrators and employers in defending workers’ compensation claims and all related employment matters. Ms. Brownell is knowledgeable and expereinced with all WCAB judges, board procedures and all aspects of the EAMS system.

    Currently, Ms. Brownell is a member of the California Bar Association and Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section. She is also admitted to the United States Court for the Southern District of California. She has provided legal representation at all Workers Compensation Appeals Boards in Northern California and multiple Boards in Southern California.

    When away from work, Anne enjoys visiting her two children with her husband, snow skiing, yoga, gardening and reading.


    E-mail: abrownell@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2319

  • Amanda Raffanti Dunbar - Junior Partner

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    Amanda Raffanti Dunbar received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Union Institute. Ms. Raffanti Dunbar then went on to receive her Juris Doctorate in May of 2000 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During law school, she was a legal intern for the Nevada County District Attorney Family Support Division and a Legislative Assistant for the Congress of California Seniors.

    Ms. Raffanti Dunbar is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. This certification was bestowed in 2006 by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California at the recommendation of both fellow lawyers and local Workers’ Compensation Judges.

    Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates in January of 2013, Ms. Raffanti Dunbar practiced mostly in the areas of Workers' Compensation defense, operating her own law office for many of those years in Sacramento. Ms. Raffanti Dunbar is admitted to practice before all California state courts and administrative agencies.


    Ms. Raffanti Dunbar’s interests away from work include active involvement in her daughter’s education and social organizations as well as her husband’s military family groups. She also enjoys many outdoor activities with her family.


    E-mail: adunbar@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2336

  • Brian D. Amonn

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    Brian Amonn received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from University of California at Berkeley in 2002. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2009.

    Mr. Amonn is a member of the State Bar of California and of the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

    After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Amonn worked in the insurance industry for a large California automobile and homeowner insurer where he adjusted high value and litigated claims. He then pursued his legal education at Golden Gate University School of Law where he graduated with honors and obtained his Juris Doctor.


    Prior to joining the Bay Area office of Coleman Chavez & Associates, Mr. Amonn gained extensive civil and workers’ compensation experience in the Oakland area. In his current position with our firm, his practice includes workers’ compensation litigation, Labor Code Section 132a claims, and serious and willful claims.

    In his free time, Mr. Amonn likes taking trail hikes with his wife and dog, rooting for the California Golden Bears and is learning guitar.


    E-mail: bamonn@cca-law.com
    Phone: (925) 627-3702

  • Agnieszka R. Bielecka

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    Agnieszka R. Bielecka is an associate in our Roseville office. She was born and raised in Poland where she graduated from the University of Gdansk with a B.A. and Master’s degree in Polish Law.

    Agnieszka obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento in May 2010, where she graduated salutatorian, magna cum laude. She was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2010, and is licensed to practice law in the State of California and in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts. She is fluent in Polish and Czech and also speaks basic Russian and French.

    While in law school Agnieszka worked as a full time intern practicing criminal law as a Certified Law Student gaining extensive in court and motion practice experience. Prior to settling into Worker’s Compensation defense practice Agnieszka practiced civil law conducting discovery as well as drafting and arguing dispositive and non-dispositive pleadings in the Northern California Superior Courts.

    Agnieszka has been practicing Workers’ Compensation defense exclusively since 2011 and enjoys the practice tremendously. She provides vigorous pro-active defense and pushes for early settlements where warranted but is eager to aggressively litigate when necessary. She is experienced in defending insurance carriers, third party administrators and employers in both Northern and Southern California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards.

    Outside of working diligently on her files Agnieszka enjoys working out and cooking delicious foods for her family and friends.


    E-mail: abielecka@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2308

  • Kevin L. Bryant

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    Kevin Bryant graduated from Sonoma State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. In 2003 he graduated from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor with an emphasis in Intellectual Property. While attending undergraduate and graduate school, Mr. Bryant worked full-time as a licensed pharmacy technician.

    After obtaining his California State Bar license in February 2004, Mr. Bryant began representing automobile and recreational vehicle dealers in franchise disputes before the New Motor Vehicle Board and in consumer litigation. He then transitioned into the field of workers’ compensation law in 2007, representing Applicant’s in all manners of litigation before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and in Social Security proceedings. In 2009 he began representing self-insured employers, insurers, and the California Insurance Guarantee Association in workers’ compensation matters. He has been certified as a Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by the California State Bar.

    Mr. Bryant joined Coleman Chavez & Associates in June 2014.

    E-mail: kbryant@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2318

  • Rebecca M. H. Choi

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    Rebecca Choi was born in Los Angeles, CA. In the early 2000’s she moved to Northern California to attend the University of California, Berkeley where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a concentration in Old English Literature.

    In May 2011, Ms. Choi received her Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property. During her law school education, she worked for the public defender’s office and a private family law firm. Her early legal experience was honed as a contract defense attorney where she handled a large volume of litigated files throughout Northern and Southern California. She is well versed in law and motion practice, handling discovery matters, and settling cases.

    Ms. Choi began working exclusively in workers compensation in 2014. She brings with her, her litigation background resulting in the aggressive defense of her clients, while pushing for early settlement to minimize her clients’ exposure. She is thoughtful and thorough in the handling of her cases, and weighs all litigation and settlement possibilities to provide practical advice to clients for cost-effective and timely resolution of claims.

    When away from work Ms. Choi enjoys hiking and backpacking all over California, winetasting, and attending Comic Con every year.


    E-mail: rchoi@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2311

  • Caleb M. Couchman

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    Caleb Couchman was born in a small town in Texas and lived there for a few years. He lived in Sacramento from second to ninth grade and then moved to the Modesto area where he graduated from Modesto Christian High School in 2001. He attended Modesto Junior College and nearby California State University, Stanislaus where he acquired a degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy in 2005. He attended ABA accredited Regent University, School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He then returned to California with his Juris Doctor degree and passed the bar there in 2008.

    In 2009, he was a parent’s attorney for dependency law matters. He regularly practiced in the William Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse and conducted nearly 200 bench trials. In 2013, he was an applicant's attorney in the Workers’ Compensation department at Mastagni Holstedt. He represented injured workers in hearings and trials before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board at multiple locations. In 2014, he joined Coleman Chavez & Associates to practice Workers' Compensation defense. He is admitted to all California State courts.

    When away from work, Mr. Couchman enjoys spending time with his family, watching baseball and other sports, and is a fan of political articles and science fiction.

    E-mail: ccouchman@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2315

  • Sharon Didion

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    Sharon Didion was born and raised in Illinois. She spent a year during high school as a Rotary International Youth Exchange Student in Nibe, Denmark and was able to visit 8 other countries during her exchange year. She completed high school in Spring Valley, Ca, and from there attended UCLA, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology. During University, she worked for Ronald N. Kent, MD, a neurologist who continues to act as an Agreed Medical Examiner in Southern California. After graduation she worked as a claims assistant, claims examiner and claims supervisor for several insurance companies, third party administrators and self-administered governmental entities in San Diego. She completed the IEA workers’ compensation coursework and obtained her Self-Insurance Administrator’s Certificate in 1993. While working full time, she attended law school at night, completing her Juris Doctor degree in 2003 at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. She was admitted to the California State bar that same year.

    Since becoming a member of the California State Bar, she has worked in the defense arena throughout the state. She has experience in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation including filing Petitions for Writ of Review with publication, trials, third party and employer negligence, uninsured employer litigation, subrogation, CIGA defenses, Education Code, 4850 benefits, public entity work, jurisdictional disputes, depositions and arbitration. Ms. Didion regularly provides training for clients and industry continuing education events.

    Away from work, Ms. Didion owns, breeds and shows dairy goats with her 2 teenage daughters. They make goat milk soap, lotions, yogurt and cheese and participate in 4H and county fair events. They also raise chickens and other animals on their ranch.


    E-mail: sdidion@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2345

  • Justin S. Drake

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    Justin Drake was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2003 where he was a member of the Swimming and Diving Team, twice as Big 10 Champions. Individually, he received All-American Honorable-Mention his last three years in the mile swim. After graduation he spent a year in Chicago watching Cubs games during the day and waiting tables at night. He then moved to Sacramento where he attended University of The Pacific McGeorge School of Law. While in Law School, Mr. Drake was a judicial extern for Hon. Paul A. Katz of the Maricopa County Superior Court and an intern with the Sacramento County Public Defender’s office in the Misdemeanor Division. Mr. Drake received the Honors at Entrance Scholarship, Barrister’s Scholarship, and was a member of the Dean’s list.

    Upon graduation from McGeorge and admission the California bar in 2009, Mr. Drake spent several years in civil litigation representing insurance carriers and property owners in personal injury claims and unlawful detainers.

    In 2013, Mr. Drake began his workers’ compensation practice with a state-wide applicant’s firm. Mr. Drake secured a $2.1 million settlement for the applicant in a complex third-party brain injury case. He then transitioned to representation of carriers, third party administrators, and self-insured employers with a state-wide defense firm. He has handled all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation including uninsured employers and Labor Code Section 132a and Serious and Willful claims. Mr. Drake takes immense pride in finding the most expeditious and cost-effective solutions for his clients.

    When away from work Mr. Drake enjoys being outside with his family, building and riding bicycles, and home improvement projects.


    E-mail: jdrake@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2329

  • Brett Gowen

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    Brett Gowen was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. He attended UC Davis for his undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics. Brett graduated with distinction from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. He is an associate attorney practicing Workers’ Compensation defense for the clients of the firm.

    While in college and before law school, Brett tutored at-risk middle school and high school children in all subjects both privately and in multiple Central Valley school districts.

    During law school, Brett interned for the California Franchise Tax Board’s Legal Division as well as two years with the stellar pro bono McGeorge School of Law, Elder and Health Law Clinic. At McGeorge, Brett handled elder abuse cases, restraining orders, wills, trusts, consumer protection, conservatorships, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, and trust management and disputes.

    At Coleman Chavez & Associates, LLP, Mr. Gowen has been able to continue assisting clients with legal issues covering the full specrum of Workers’ Compensation law. He has a high success rate advocating for his clients before the Workers’ Compesnation Appeals Board.


    E-mail: bgowen@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2317

  • Craig A. Kingscott

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    Craig A. Kingscott received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in 1982 and his Juris Doctor from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1988. He has practiced workers’ compensation law exclusively since 1988. He has received multiple grants of Writs of Review of workers’ compensation cases by the Courts of Appeal, and has two published decisions. He has been a Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation since 1995.


    Mr. Kingscott currently represents employers, self-insureds, and insurance carriers in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense, including Labor Code Section 132a and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims and insurance coverage issues.


    E-mail: ckingscott@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2313

  • Jeffrey F. Lanterman

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    Jeffrey Lanterman was born in Mountain View, California. Mr. Lanterman joined Coleman, Chavez & Associates in January of 2009. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1990 (B.A. with honors) and Santa Clara University Law School in 1993. He was admitted to the California State Bar and the U.S. Northern District Court in 1993. His legal career has been devoted exclusively to Workers’ Compensation defense.

    In 2015 Jeff became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

    In addition to the practice of law, Jeff brings related experience in the business world as the operations manager of a multi-specialty medical group, a physician educator, and the Executive Director of a Medical Provider Network. He has also spent a year as a licensed charter boat captain in Kona, Hawaii fishing for Marlin.

    Jeff is married with two children. In what remains of his spare time he enjoys cycling, waterskiing and sport fishing.


    E-mail: jlanterman@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300

  • Jay S. Shergill

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    Jay Shergill has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation and has been practicing in the area of Workers’ Compensation before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board since 2002. Mr. Shergill now represents insurance companies, third party administrators, and self-insured employers as a defense attorney with the law firm of Coleman, Chavez & Associates.


    Mr. Shergill was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee of the California State Bar in 2009 and served for six years. He was selected to the Northern California Rising Stars in 2011 and 2012 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Shergill edits, updates, and contributes to the California Workers’ Compensation Practice Guides section on permanent disability, Herlick's California Workers' Compensation Handbook, and the disability tables in the Workers’ Comp Laws of California.


    Mr. Shergill is a published author in the field of robotics, builds robots in his spare time, and is the founder of PDRater.com an online resource for MPN lists, workers' compensation calculators, and other resources for the workers' compensation professional.

    E-mail: jshergill@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2324

  • Gareth Trude

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    Gareth Trude was born in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UCLA in 1993.

    Mr. Trude received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego in 1996. While attending law school, he had multiple articles published in the California Regulatory Law Reporter.

    Mr. Trude was admitted to the California State Bar in 1996 and began practicing workers’ compensation law exclusively in 2000. He became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation in 2007 with the recommendation of members of both the applicant’s bar and the defense bar as well as Workers’ Compensation Judges.

    Mr. Trude honed his skills in the San Diego region, representing self-insured employers, insurance companies, third party administrators, and uninsured employers at various WCAB District Offices throughout Southern California to defend them in workers’ compensation claims, serious and willful claims, and Labor Code Section 132a claims. Mr. Trude was also appointed as a Judge Pro-Tem by the WCAB San Diego district office. He relocated to Northern California to join Coleman Chavez & Associates in 2016.

    When not at work, Mr. Trude enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He is active in youth sports and has coached his children’s soccer teams. He enjoys watching soccer as well, particularly the BPL. He is also an avid home brewer.


    E-mail: gtrude@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2314

  • Eugene Vinitsky

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    Eugene N. Vinitsky graduated from the University of California, at Davis in 2006 with Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Religious Studies. Thereafter, Mr. Vinitsky earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2011. While in law school, he was the Vice President of the Community Outreach, Jewish Law Students Association as well as a member of the McGeorge Animal Law Society.

    Prior to beginning his attorney practice, Mr. Vinitsky worked at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. There he gained valuable experience in managing multiple cases and working with administrators regarding medical malpractice issues raised by inmates against the system and its personnel. This experience has served him well in analyzing a wide range of medical and disability issues.

    Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates, Mr. Vinitsky worked at a large well-known workers’ compensation firm in Sacramento. There he gained valuable experience from the applicant’s side of workers’ compensation cases, which has helped him develop assertive and cost-effective defense strategies that have resulted in early settlements. Mr. Vinitsky works in the Sacramento headquarters of Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP.

    While away from the office, Mr. Vinitsky enjoys comics, fantasy football and spending time with his wife, family and friends.


    E-mail: evinitsky@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2331



Bay Area Offices - Servicing San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Salinas WCAB District Offices

  • Amanda Dunbar - Junior Partner

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    Amanda Raffanti Dunbar received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Union Institute. Ms. Raffanti Dunbar then went on to receive her Juris Doctorate in May of 2000 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During law school, she was a legal intern for the Nevada County District Attorney Family Support Division and a Legislative Assistant for the Congress of California Seniors.

    Ms. Raffanti Dunbar is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. This certification was bestowed in 2006 by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California at the recommendation of both fellow lawyers and local Workers’ Compensation Judges.

    Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates in January of 2013, Ms. Raffanti Dunbar practiced mostly in the areas of Workers' Compensation defense, operating her own law office for many of those years in Sacramento. Ms. Raffanti Dunbar is admitted to practice before all California state courts and administrative agencies.


    Ms. Raffanti Dunbar’s interests away from work include active involvement in her daughter’s education and social organizations as well as her husband’s military family groups. She also enjoys many outdoor activities with her family.


    E-mail: adunbar@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2336

  • T. Andrew Kirk - Junior Partner

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    Mr. Kirk graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills in 1998. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature receiving Dean’s Honor List recognition throughout his schooling. Following college Mr. Kirk began his first career as an English teacher in high schools in California as well as abroad in China. While working as a teacher Mr. Kirk attended law school at Empire Law School in Santa Rosa receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 2007. Mr. Kirk graduated law school Cum Laude receiving Witkin Honors Award for Civil Procedure, a Community Service Award, and provided services for the Disability Law Clinic. Mr. Kirk was admitted to the California Bar in December of 2007 and has specialized in Workers’ Compensation since that time. He joined the firm of Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP in 2011. When outside of work Mr. Kirk enjoys reading and mountain biking but most of all treasures his time with his young daughter.


    E-mail: akirk@cca-law.com
    Phone: (925) 627-3700 ext: 3703

  • Barbara L. Cardinal

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    Barbara L. Cardinal received her Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. Seceived her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Diego State University where she played volleyball for the Aztecs. She is also a certified Civil Mediator with the California Courts.

    Ms. Cardinal is active in community services and charity organizations. During law school, she taught legal principals to high school students at Sacramento High and served as the president of the McGeorge Animal Law Society. Following law school, Ms. Cardinal worked for a non-profit addressing health inequalities and promoting health care access for minorities in the Asian/Pacific Islander community. Today, she spends much of her free time volunteering for Foster Love, a non-profit she co-founded to improve animal welfare.

    Ms. Cardinal has exclusively practiced Workers’ Compensation law since 2011. She works to provide practical, cost-effective, and legally sound advice to her clients leading to quick resolution for all claims. Ms. Cardinal aggressively represents her clients and pushes for early settlement helping mitigate client costs and exposure while contemporaneously preparing her claims for adjudication. She has defended a variety of claims including catastrophic injuries, 132(a) claims, and serious and willful claims.


    E-mail: bcardinal@cca-law.com
    Phone: (925) 627-3700 ext: 3705

  • Arnie Hafford

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    Arnold “Arnie” Hafford was born in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Hafford graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1979, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with High Distinction. In 1982 Mr. Hafford graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree.

    Mr. Hafford is admitted to practice in California and Nevada. Since 1983 he has practiced in the State Courts of California, the State and Federal Courts of Nevada, and before Administrative Agencies in both States.

    Mr. Hafford served as an Intern at the Nevada Supreme Court where he researched and prepared Bench Memorandums for use by the Supreme Court Justices during oral argument and wrote per curium opinions approved and issued by the Court. Mr. Hafford then served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Trial Judge John W. Barrett of the Second Judicial District Court for Washoe County, Nevada.

    After his Clerkship Mr. Hafford entered the practice of civil litigation in Reno with the branch office of a National Law Firm, where he became a partner. Mr. Hafford prosecuted and defended cases in many areas of law, including workers’ compensation, personal injury, probate, natural resources, business, contract and construction. He frequently handled complex litigation tried before juries and the bench.

    Mr. Hafford ultimately opened his own Law Office in Reno where his practice for almost 7 years focused on plaintiff’s personal injury and applicant’s workers’ compensation in Nevada and California.

    In late 2002 Mr. Hafford and his family moved to the Bay Area. Since that time, he has practiced workers’ compensation defense exclusively in California, representing insurance companies, self-insured employers, third party administrators and other entities. This representation has also included the prosecution of claims for subrogation.

    For over 13 years Mr. Hafford was employed as house counsel for a well-known Insurance Company. During that time, he served as a Senior Litigation Attorney and an Assistant Vice President, where he developed, managed and supervised the Company’s Trial Initiative Program. Mr. Hafford also chaired the Company’s Coverage Committee.

    Mr. Hafford specializes in complex, high exposure and fraud cases. He has also developed an expertise in the AMA Guides and permanent disability rating and enjoys the challenge of medical/legal issues and doctor cross-examinations.

    Mr. Hafford treasures his free time with his wife, Linda. They love to visit their 6 grown children and 5 grandchildren as often as they can, especially any opportunity to watch them play softball, baseball, basketball & soccer.


    E-mail: AHafford@cca-law.com
    Phone: (925) 627-3715

  • Norman L. Hallquist

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    An experienced workers' compensation defense attorney, Norman L. Hallquist was born and spent his early years in Rhode Island. He lived and attended high school in Pasadena, California, before obtaining his Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of California in Berkeley.

    After graduation, Norm worked for two newspapers as a reporter. He served four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet's amphibious warfare forces.

    A graduate of the McGeorge School of Law, Norm started out his workers' compensation career as an applicant's attorney but then moved on to defense practice. He is a certified specialist in workers' compensation through the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

    Norm has represented large and small employers--insured, self-insured, and uninsured--as well as insurance carriers, and government entities, throughout the State of California. He has appeared at every Northern California WCAB District Office (except Eureka), and all but a few Southern California offices.

    His practice has included the full gamut of workers' compensation issues, including representing employers on 132a and serious and willful misconduct petitions, both sides in insurance coverage questions, and carriers in simple and complex cases including various subrogation and contribution/reimbursement proceedings. He has enjoyed success in resolving cases by agreement, in trying cases to decision before workers' compensation judges, and in appealing improper trial awards.

    When away from the office and the WCAB, Norm enjoys socializing with family and friends, playing golf, noodling around on a guitar, and reading.


    E-mail: nhallquist@cca-law.com
    Phone: (925) 478-3726

  • Stacy E. McCorquodale

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    Stacy McCorquodale was born and raised in Sonoma County Wine Country.  She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. Thereafter, she worked with brain injured persons at Bozeman Care Center in Bozeman, Montana. 

    Ms. McCorquodale returned to California to attend law school at Empire School of Law.  During law school, she won the Best Oral Argument in Moot Court. Thereafter, she was inspired to participate in the Traynor Court competition, and her team won the Best Overall Brief and Best Overall Advocacy.

    For the last 13 years, she has represented insurance companies in Workers Compensation. She has extensive experience in taking depositions (lay and expert witnesses), negotiations (determining the range of value of any issue), arbitration, trials and appeals.

    In Ms. McCorquodale’s spare time her hobbies include performing stand-up comedy; salsa dancing; cheering on the Giants, Warriors, and Forty-Niners; traveling; and spending time with her boyfriend and family.


    E-mail: smccorquodale@cca-law.com
    Phone: (925) 627-3700 ext: 3707

  • Monique Ouellette

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    Monique Ouellette was born in Mountain View, California, and grew up in Los Gatos, California. In 1994, Ms. Ouellette graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science. In 1998, Ms. Ouellette graduated with Honors from George Washington University Law School.

    Ms. Ouellette is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and all California Administrative Law Courts.

    Ms. Ouellette has been specializing in workers’ compensation for over 10 years and has represented insurance companies and self-insured employers. She also spent 3 years working as in-house counsel for a major insurance company. Ms. Ouellette’s experience includes representing defendants in all aspects of workers’ compensation, including 132(a) claims and subrogation.

    Ms. Ouellette has been a volunteer with the UCLA Alumni Association for several years, helping with recruiting through attending college fairs at local high schools and evaluating applicants for scholarships.

    When away from work, Ms. Ouellette enjoys spending time with her dogs, making jewelry, reading, stamping, attending plays and concerts, attending college football games, and traveling.


    E-mail: mouellette@cca-law.com
    Phone: (925) 627-3700 ext: 3704



Fresno Offices - Servicing Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton, and San Luis Obispo WCAB District Offices

  • Amanda Raffanti Dunbar - Junior Partner

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    Amanda Raffanti Dunbar received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Union Institute. Ms. Raffanti Dunbar then went on to receive her Juris Doctorate in May of 2000 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During law school, she was a legal intern for the Nevada County District Attorney Family Support Division and a Legislative Assistant for the Congress of California Seniors.

    Ms. Raffanti Dunbar is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. This certification was bestowed in 2006 by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California at the recommendation of both fellow lawyers and local Workers’ Compensation Judges.

    Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates in January of 2013, Ms. Raffanti Dunbar practiced mostly in the areas of Workers' Compensation defense, operating her own law office for many of those years in Sacramento. Ms. Raffanti Dunbar is admitted to practice before all California state courts and administrative agencies.


    Ms. Raffanti Dunbar’s interests away from work include active involvement in her daughter’s education and social organizations as well as her husband’s military family groups. She also enjoys many outdoor activities with her family.


    E-mail: adunbar@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 ext: 2336

  • Jeremy Crowley

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    Jeremy Crowley was born in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Crowley moved to Fresno, California in 2006. Mr. Crowley graduated from Brigham Young University at Utah in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts, and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University Of Michigan State College Of Law in 2002.

    Mr. Crowley focuses on defending insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers in all areas of workers’ compensation law. His early legal skills were honed as a family law attorney where he handled a large volume of litigated cases in the counties in the Central Valley of California.

    Mr. Crowley is well versed in law and motion practice, discovery, settling cases and trials. Mr. Crowley is affiliated with the Fresno Industrial Claims Association and Professionals in Workers’ Compensation-Fresno.

    When away from work, Mr. Crowley enjoys spending time with his 4 children, as well as outdoor activities which include playing basketball and volunteering with Boy Scouts of America.

    E-mail: jcrowley@cca-law.com
    Phone: (559) 490-2311 ext: 2308

  • Bryce Y. Hatakeyama

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    Bryce Hatakeyama was born and raised in Visalia, California. In 2005, he graduated Cum Laude from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law and a Minor in Sociology.

    Mr. Hatakeyama then returned to the Central Valley to attend the San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California. Besides making lifelong friends during law school, Mr. Hatakeyama was a published author of the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review and served as their Executive Editor in 2008. He received a Juris Doctorate with Distinction upon his graduation in 2009 and was admitted to the California Bar that same year.

    Mr. Hatakeyama is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, and all California Administrative Law Courts. His practice focuses on defending insurers against their workers' compensation claims, but he particularly enjoys collaborating with employers to achieve effective outcomes for their cases.

    Mr. Hatakeyama is a member of the Fresno Industrial Claims Association and currently serves as one of their legal advisors. He has also provided in-house training on a variety of Workers Compensation issues to employers and claims handlers throughout California.

    When away from work, Mr. Hatakeyama enjoys spending time with his wife and son, coaching the Redwood High School Mock Trial team, watching football, and playing video games.

    E-mail: bhatakeyama@cca-law.com
    Phone: (559) 490-8002



L.A. Offices - Servicing Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, Long Beach, Van Nuys, Oxnard and Santa Barbara WCAB District Offices

  • Richard Chavez - Senior Partner  

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    Richard Chavez was born in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from California State University at Sonoma in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Mr. Chavez received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999. While at McGeorge, he was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society on May 15, 1998. Mr. Chavez was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999.

    Mr. Chavez's practice areas include Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Subrogation, Appellate, and Employment Counseling & Litigation.  He previously worked for Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler as a Partner and Associate.  He is now a founding partner of Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP.  Mr. Chavez has extensive experience representing employers in a full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights and unfair competition proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Chavez has represented public entities on civil rights claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX.  He also has substantial experience in complex tort claims involving product liability and premise issues, industrial workplace injuries, and construction site accidents.

    Currently, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, The Hispanic National Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers of California, La Raza Lawyers of Sacramento, California State Bar Workers' Compensation Section, Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section, and the Valley Industrial Claims Association. In addition, Mr. Chavez occasionally speaks to businesses regarding employment related issues.

    When away from work, Mr. Chavez enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, as well as golfing, tennis, baseball, and traveling.


    E-mail: rchavez@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2312

  • William K. Hong - Junior Partner

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    William Hong was born in Seoul, South Korea and was raised in the Inland Empire in Southern California. Mr. Hong is an associate attorney with the law firm Coleman, Chavez & Associates. His primary concentration is in workers’ compensation law.

    Prior to joining Coleman, Chavez & Associates, Mr. Hong represented a range of clients in matters involving workers’ compensation, bankruptcy, and general civil litigation including personal injury. He has represented insured and uninsured employers, as well as, major third party administrators in workers’ compensation defense. Mr. Hong has also represented insolvent debtors and secured lenders in both simple and complex bankruptcy matters.

    Mr. Hong obtained his Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Riverside in Political Science and History in 2004. He continued on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. He was admitted to practice law within the state of California since December of 2009. He is also admitted to practice in all California Federal District Courts.

    During his matriculation at the New England School of Law, Mr. Hong has interned and clerked with judges in Suffolk County Superior Court as well as for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office with their Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Unit.

    Mr. Hong resides in downtown Los Angeles. Outside of work he enjoys running, watching basketball games, trying out new restaurants , spending time with family and friends, and watching 80’s and 90’s movies obsessively.

    E-mail: whong@cca-law.com
    Phone: (424) 702-5581

  • Jacqueline A. Clemett

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    Jacqueline A. Clemett is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP.

    Ms. Clemett graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1994. As a result of her studies, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and International Relations. During this time Ms. Clemett was distinguished with Summa Cum Laude designation. After completing her undergraduate degree, she enrolled at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. In 1998, she completed her studies and was conferred a juris doctor degree while receiving Magna Cum Laude recognition.

    During her legal education Ms. Clemett studied abroad at the Universitat de Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria. She also studied at La Universite de La Sorbonne in Paris, France.

    Following school, Ms. Clemett was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999 and thereafter began her legal practice. Since 1999 she has been practicing Workers’ Compensation law throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In that time she has gained valuable experience representing a wide variety of clients including self-insured employers, insurance companies and legally uninsured employers.

    Ms. Clemett is considered an expert in her field, receiving a Certificate of Specialization in Workers’ Compensation designation from her peers and the California Board of Legal Specialization in 2005.

    Ms. Clemett is fluent in the Spanish language and is conversationally proficient in the French language.


    E-mail: jclemett@cca-law.com
    Phone: (424) 702-5581 ext. 204

  • Robert C. Eckl

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    Robert C. Eckl is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP. Mr. Eckl graduated from the California State University at Long Beach in 2010 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. During this time Mr. Eckl was distinguished as a President’s List designee for high grad point average. After completing his undergraduate degree, he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he completed his juris doctor degree receiving recognition as a Dean’s Scholarship recipient.

    During his school Mr. Eckl followed a study abroad passion experiencing unparalleled diversity. In 2009 he undertook undergraduate studies at the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Valparaiso Chile. In 2012 he studied international business transactions at the Zhejiang University, Guanghua College of Law in Hangzhou China. These worldly experiences have prepared him for the diversity of culture and experience in the Los Angeles workers’ compensation community.

    Mr. Eckl was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2015. Since that time he has been practicing Workers’ Compensation defense throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In that time he has gained valuable experience representing a wide variety of clients including self-insured, insured and legally uninsured clients.

    As a result of his undergraduate minor studies and his travels and studies abroad, Mr. Eckl is proficient in the Spanish language.

    When not zealously advocating on behalf of our clients, Mr. Eckl enjoys reading a good book and exploring the outdoors. Specifically, Mr. Eckl enjoys snowboarding in the wintertime.

    Mr. Garrison is active in the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Association, and provides educational and legislative updates to our clients.


    E-mail: reckl@cca-law.com
    Phone: (951) 368-9014

  • Kristoffer M. Garrison

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    Kristoffer M. Garrison attended the University of California Los Angeles where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2007 graduating Summa Cum Laude. He continued at the University of California Los Angeles where he received his Juris Doctor with a Business Law Specialization in 2012. Mr. Garrison is a member of the California State Bar.

    During law school Mr. Garrison worked for the LA County District Attorney’s Office specializing in the hardcore gang division. Since that time, Mr. Garrison has worked with employers and insurance companies to investigate issues of potential fraud and the filing of unmeritorious claims. Additionally, Mr. Garrison uses his skills in financial analysis and negotiation to help minimize costs for the employer and secure favorable settlements. Mr. Garrison has been practicing Workers’ Compensation defense exclusively since 2012 and enjoys the practice tremendously. He provides vigorous pro-active defense and pushes for early settlements where warranted but is eager to aggressively litigate when necessary. He is experienced in defending insurance carriers, third party administrators and employers in most Southern California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards.

    Mr. Garrison is active in the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Association, and provides educational and legislative updates to our clients.


    E-mail: kgarrison@cca-law.com
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  • Masha Koft

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    Masha Koft graduated from California State University Northridge, in 2006, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2010, she earned a Juris Doctor, from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California.

    Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates, LLP, Ms. Koft, practiced worker’s compensation defense, representing insurance carriers, self-insured entities, third party administrators and governmental entities, in all aspects of litigation.


    E-mail: mkoft@cca-law.com
    Phone: (424) 702-5581

  • Jose Morales

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    Jose Morales is a 2008 graduate of San Diego State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He continued on to Loyola Law School where he received his Juris Doctor in 2011. In 2011 Mr. Morales was admitted to practice law before the State of California, the Central District of California, and all administrative courts.

    During law school Mr. Morales worked as a clerk first for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and then for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. Thereafter Mr. Morales began practicing as an attorney and representing clients in mass tort litigation in both State and Federal Courts. He began his workers' compensation law practice in 2013 focusing solely on workers' compensation defense. Since that time he has represented insurance carriers, employers, third-party administrators, and Professional Employer Organizations in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation.

    In his spare time, Mr. Morales enjoys spending time with his wife, as well as traveling, hiking, and CrossFit.


    E-mail: jmorales@cca-law.com
    Phone: (424) 702-5581

  • Christina Newell

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    Christina Newell was born in Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, MO in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Japanese. Ms. Newell received her Juris Doctor Degree from Western State College of Law in 2012.

    While a student, Ms. Newell maintained Honor Roll and Dean’s List Recognition in addition to her activities in the Student Government Association and International Law Students Association. She also served as a law clerk assisting in the representation in a Customs and Trade firm.

    Since being admitted to practice law in California, Ms. Newell has focused her practice on Workers’ Compensation defense. She has extensive experience representing self-insured organizations such as school districts and municipalities throughout Southern California. She has provided fierce representation for her clients leading to beneficial settlements and avoiding excessive litigation costs.

    Ms. Newell is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles.

    Outside of work, Ms. Newell is a music lover, being an avid concert goer and playing the violin for over 20 years.


    E-mail: cnewell@cca-law.com
    Phone: (424) 702-5581

  • Yasha C. Rastegari

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    Yasha Cyrus Rastegari was born and raised in Yorba Linda, California. He graduated from the University of California Riverside receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science in 2010. In 2014, Mr. Rastegari graduated from Southwestern University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor along with other Honors.

    While at law school, Mr. Rastegari was the chair for the school’s award winning Negotiation Honors Program. He traveled the country competing in ABA Negotiation and Client Counseling competitions. He was also a recipient of the school’s honors scholarship in 2013 and 2014 respectively, and awarded “Best Analyst” by the Southwestern’s Dean of students in 2013.

    After law school, Mr. Rastegari joined the Hartford, where he served as in-house counsel on all matters pertaining to Workers Compensation Defense. While at the Hartford, Mr. Rastegari appeared extensively in the Los Angeles County venues and conducted numerous depositions, hearings and trials. He also comes to our team having negotiated millions of dollars worth of liens, and having prevailed against providers such as Joyce Altman and others.

    When away from work Mr. Rastegari enjoys spending time with his mom, dad, and two sisters, as well as spending time outdoors. He enjoys hiking, and traveling, and learning new languages.


    E-mail: yrastegari@cca-law.com
    Phone: 424-702-5581 ext. 210

  • Tiffanie Q. Spivey

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    Tiffanie Spivey is a Worker’s Compensation defense attorney in the Los Angeles office of Coleman Chavez, & Associates, LLP.

    In May of 2000, Mrs. Spivey received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She was a Dean’s list recipient and an Alice P. Paden Scholarship recipient. Thereafter, she received her Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law in Syracuse, New York in May of 2005. During law school, Mrs. Spivey participated in various moot court and trial competitions and was an Executive Editor of the Syracuse University Law and Technology Journal. Additionally, she was a summer judicial intern for the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, PA.

    Before joining Colman & Chavez, Mrs. Spivey spent several years practicing general Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy and Family Law. This included a period where she also ran her own law practice, a practice she managed for over 4 years. Thereafter, Mrs. Spivey transitioned to Workers Compensation defense. She worked in house with a very large insurance company, representing their interests throughout the Southern California WCAB District Offices.

    During her free time, Mrs. Spivey enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons.


    E-mail: tspivey@cca-law.com
    Phone: (424) 702-5581 ext. 205

  • Lauren Trenor

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    Lauren Trenor was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended UCLA where she earned a degree in American Literature and Culture and played for the UCLA Women’s Club Volleyball team. She moved to San Francisco to attend University of San Francisco School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Trenor worked in the Child Advocacy Clinic and was a member of the Law Review. She graduated cum laude in 2011.

    After law school, Ms. Trenor practiced personal injury law representing plaintiffs. In 2013, she transitioned to workers’ compensation defense practice at one of the largest firms in California. She joined Coleman Chavez & Associates in 2017.

    Ms. Trenor is an avid runner, having run over 25 half marathons and one full marathon. She still plays volleyball twice a week and loves spending time with her dog.

     


    E-mail: ltrenor@cca-law.com
    Phone: (424) 702-5581 ext.208



Orange County Offices - Servicing Anaheim, Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Pomona WCAB District Offices

  • Richard Chavez - Senior Partner  

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    Richard Chavez was born in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from California State University at Sonoma in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Mr. Chavez received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999. While at McGeorge, he was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society on May 15, 1998. Mr. Chavez was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999.

    Mr. Chavez's practice areas include Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Subrogation, Appellate, and Employment Counseling & Litigation.  He previously worked for Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler as a Partner and Associate.  He is now a founding partner of Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP.  Mr. Chavez has extensive experience representing employers in a full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights and unfair competition proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Chavez has represented public entities on civil rights claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX.  He also has substantial experience in complex tort claims involving product liability and premise issues, industrial workplace injuries, and construction site accidents.

    Currently, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, The Hispanic National Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers of California, La Raza Lawyers of Sacramento, California State Bar Workers' Compensation Section, Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section, and the Valley Industrial Claims Association. In addition, Mr. Chavez occasionally speaks to businesses regarding employment related issues.

    When away from work, Mr. Chavez enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, as well as golfing, tennis, baseball, and traveling.


    E-mail: rchavez@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2312

  • Claudia Cervantes

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    Claudia Cervantes was born in Garden Grove, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mrs. Cervantez earned her Juris Doctorate from Chapman University, School of Law in 2015. While in law school, she was a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation and a staff writer for The Courier.

    Prior to law school, Mrs. Cervantez worked at a very busy applicant workers’ compensation firm. She gained valuable experience in managing multiple cases and speaking to applicants about their primary concerns. After being admitted to the CA bar, Ms. Cervantes devoted her practice to specializing in Workers’ Compensation defense.

    Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates, Mrs. Cervantez worked at a large well-known workers’ compensation defense firm. Mrs. Cervantez gained valuable experience from both the applicant and defense side of workers’ compensation cases, which has helped her develop assertive and cost-effective defense strategies that have resulted in early settlements.

    While away from the office, Mrs. Cervantez enjoys attending concerts, playing tennis, working out, trying out new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.


    E-mail: ccervantes@cca-law.com
    Phone: (657) 245-2009

  • Joyce P. Lim

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    In August of 2002 Joyce Lim received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Ms. Lim was a Provost Honor’s List and a Dean’s List Scholar. During her undergraduate education Ms. Lim studied abroad for 1 year at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. In May of 2008 Ms. Lim received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, where she continued her academic excellence as a member of the prestigious Law Review, a Dean’s List Scholar and as a recipient of the Loyola Academic Scholarship. While in Law School, Ms. Lim served on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and was a member of the Korean American Bar Association.

    Ms. Lim started her legal career in 2008 and began exclusively practicing Workers’ Compensation defense in 2011. Since then she has successfully represented employers, insurance companies and third party administrators throughout Southern California. She has experience handling all phases of Workers’ Compensation litigation from AOE/COE issues to lien issues. Ms. Lim implements a cost effective defense strategy, which has resulted in many early settlements and take nothing awards, including on denied AOE/COE claims. Additionally, she has successfully obtained numerous nuisance value settlements at depositions and hearings to help mitigate client costs. Ms. Lim is a strong believer in the practical importance of early case resolution and strives to resolve cases in an expeditious manner for her clients.

    Ms. Lim works in the Orange County office of Coleman, Chavez & Associates. There she joins a team of professionals covering workers’ compensation matters of all kinds throughout all of the Orange County WCAB District Offices. At client requests, Ms. Lim occasionally covers matters in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire District Offices.

    Ms. Lim is also fluent Korean, both written and oral. She is computer certified by Westlaw in legal education and training using all of their investigative techniques. In her spare time Ms. Lim enjoys reading, cooking, and being physically active.


    E-mail: jlim@cca-law.com
    Phone: (714) 673-9777

  • Peter D. Pham

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    Peter Pham is a Southern California native having grown up in Huntington Beach.  He graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 2010.  During law school, he clerked for a nationally renowned plaintiff's firm in Downtown Los Angeles where he worked on class action and mass tort cases.  After law school, Mr. Pham received a public service fellowship with Public Law Center in Santa Ana where he assisted low-income clients in the areas of landlord-tenant law, property law, elder abuse, and unfair business practices.

    Mr. Pham entered the field of Workers Compensation in 2011, focusing solely on defense work.  Prior to joining Coleman, Chavez & Associates in 2018, Mr. Pham was a senior associate at a large, well-known, and prestigious defense firm and represented both public and private employers and insurance carriers in all aspects of litigation.

    Mr. Pham is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice law in the California state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and all administrative courts.

    In his free time, Mr. Pham enjoys watching football, going to the movies, and travelling.  He is an avid foodie and loves trying new restaurants.  He also plays in a recreational city basketball league having won multiple championships.



    E-mail: ppham@cca-law.com
    Phone: (657) 245-2005

  • Shana L. Prechtl

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    Shana L. Prechtl received her Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton. She continued to receive her Juris Doctorate in 2001 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2001.

    Ms. Prechtl began her career as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office Administrative Law Judges, Judge Alexander Karst in San Francisco, CA where she was exposed to and gained experience preparing cases for hearing and drafting decisions and orders on complex statutory issues arising under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Whistleblower Acts as well as Wage and Hour Laws.

    Ms. Prechtl continued her practice in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense, subrogation and specializing in the US Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions, the Defense Base Act, the Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentality Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and War Hazards Ace. Ms. Prechtl has excelled in handling asbestos related workers compensation claims for many years and has successfully trained law clerks and new associates.

    In recent years, Ms. Prechtl has expanded her expertise to represent insurance companies and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation cases before the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards throughout Southern California.


    E-mail: sprechtl@cca-law.com
    Phone: (657) 245-2011

       
  • Thomas Trutanich

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    Thomas Trutanich was born in San Pedro, California. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2011, Mr. Trutanich received his Juris Doctor from Western State University with an emphasis in Business Law Studies.

    Mr. Trutanich commenced his legal practice as a civil litigation and consumer rights attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel W. Dunbar. In doing so, he successfully represented numerous plaintiffs in all phases of litigation, mediation and arbitration. As such, Mr. Trutanich has a wide-variety of legal experience in negligence claims, product liability, premises liability, breach of contract and landlord/tenant disputes.

    Mr. Trutanich also has significant experience in representing corporate employers, major insurance carriers and TPA’s on a broad range of employment law issues and claims management counseling.

    Mr. Trutanich joined Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP in 2016 as a member of its Orange County office and focuses his practice on workers’ compensation defense and subrogation. He is an active member of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

    When he is not practicing law, Mr. Trutanich enjoys spending time outdoors exercising, playing golf and spending time with his wife whom he met in law school.


    E-mail: TTrutanich@cca-law.com
    Phone: (657) 245-2007

  • John Paul Velasco

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    John Paul “JP” Velasco grew up in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Sociology and International Studies. Mr. Velasco received his Juris Doctor Degree from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009.

    Prior to joining Coleman, Chavez and Associates, Mr. Velasco worked for a workers’ compensation defense firm focusing on the representation of self-insured school districts and the California Insurance Guarantee Association, wherein he handled all aspects of workers’ compensation defense litigation.

    In addition to his workers’ compensation experience, Mr. Velasco has a background in immigration law, tax law and personal injury. He has worked as a law clerk for the Cancer Legal Resource Center. He has also volunteered for the Immigration Legal Assistance Project, NALEO and the Philippine American Bar Association.

    Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports and hiking.


    E-mail: jvelasco@cca-law.com
    Phone: (657) 245-2743



Riverside & Inland Empire Offices - Servicing Riverside, San Bernardino, and Pomona WCAB District Offices

  • Richard Chavez - Senior Partner  

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    Richard Chavez was born in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from California State University at Sonoma in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Mr. Chavez received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999. While at McGeorge, he was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society on May 15, 1998. Mr. Chavez was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999.

    Mr. Chavez's practice areas include Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Subrogation, Appellate, and Employment Counseling & Litigation.  He previously worked for Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler as a Partner and Associate.  He is now a founding partner of Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP.  Mr. Chavez has extensive experience representing employers in a full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights and unfair competition proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Chavez has represented public entities on civil rights claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX.  He also has substantial experience in complex tort claims involving product liability and premise issues, industrial workplace injuries, and construction site accidents.

    Currently, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, The Hispanic National Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers of California, La Raza Lawyers of Sacramento, California State Bar Workers' Compensation Section, Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section, and the Valley Industrial Claims Association. In addition, Mr. Chavez occasionally speaks to businesses regarding employment related issues.

    When away from work, Mr. Chavez enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, as well as golfing, tennis, baseball, and traveling.


    E-mail: rchavez@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2312

  • Yuriye Choi

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    Ms. Choi was born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Ms. Choi completed her undergraduate education at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History with departmental honors.

    After completing her undergraduate education, Ms. Choi worked for several years in the legal industry, first as a Paralegal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and then as Project Coordinator for a jury consulting firm in Pasadena, California.

    Ms. Choi obtained her juris doctor from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, where she served as a Production Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review.

    Since 2014, Ms. Choi has been practicing exclusively in worker’s compensation defense, representing insurance carriers, self-insured employers, and public entities in all aspects of worker’s compensation.


    E-mail: ychoi@cca-law.com
    Phone: (951) 368-9013

  • Robert C. Eckl

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    Robert C. Eckl is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP. Mr. Eckl graduated from the California State University at Long Beach in 2010 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. During this time Mr. Eckl was distinguished as a President’s List designee for high grad point average. After completing his undergraduate degree, he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he completed his juris doctor degree receiving recognition as a Dean’s Scholarship recipient.

    During his school Mr. Eckl followed a study abroad passion experiencing unparalleled diversity. In 2009 he undertook undergraduate studies at the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Valparaiso Chile. In 2012 he studied international business transactions at the Zhejiang University, Guanghua College of Law in Hangzhou China. These worldly experiences have prepared him for the diversity of culture and experience in the Los Angeles workers’ compensation community.

    Mr. Eckl was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2015. Since that time he has been practicing Workers’ Compensation defense throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In that time he has gained valuable experience representing a wide variety of clients including self-insured, insured and legally uninsured clients.

    As a result of his undergraduate minor studies and his travels and studies abroad, Mr. Eckl is proficient in the Spanish language.

    When not zealously advocating on behalf of our clients, Mr. Eckl enjoys reading a good book and exploring the outdoors. Specifically, Mr. Eckl enjoys snowboarding in the wintertime.

    Mr. Garrison is active in the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Association, and provides educational and legislative updates to our clients.


    E-mail: reckl@cca-law.com
    Phone: (951) 368-9014

  • Noelle Sage

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    Attorney Noelle Sage graduated from Chapman University in Orange California in 2007. During her coursework there she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. Thereafter she attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego California graduating cum laude in 2010. Contemporaneously she obtained a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University, also 2010.

    While in law school, Ms. Sage was a Notes Editor on the Thomas Jefferson Law Review Journal and co-authored an article on patent adjudication. She was also a judicial intern for the San Diego Superior Court.

    Ms. Sage began her legal career practicing medical malpractice defense in San Diego, CA, where she represented physicians, registered nurses, hospitals and other health care providers in the defense of complex, multi-party claims before the Superior Court, California Court of Appeals, California Medical Board and private arbitrators.

    Ms. Sage began working exclusively in workers’ compensation in 2013, representing insurance carriers, self-insured entities, third party administrators and governmental entities in all aspects of litigation.

    Ms. Sage was born, raised and currently lives and works in Orange County California. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband, young son, and dog. She also enjoys running and hiking when she gets time.


    E-mail: nsage@cca-law.com
    Phone: (657) 245-2006



San Diego Offices - Servicing the San Diego WCAB District Office

  • Richard Chavez - Senior Partner  

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    Richard Chavez was born in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from California State University at Sonoma in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Mr. Chavez received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999. While at McGeorge, he was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society on May 15, 1998. Mr. Chavez was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999.

    Mr. Chavez's practice areas include Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Subrogation, Appellate, and Employment Counseling & Litigation.  He previously worked for Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler as a Partner and Associate.  He is now a founding partner of Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP.  Mr. Chavez has extensive experience representing employers in a full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights and unfair competition proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Chavez has represented public entities on civil rights claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX.  He also has substantial experience in complex tort claims involving product liability and premise issues, industrial workplace injuries, and construction site accidents.

    Currently, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, The Hispanic National Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers of California, La Raza Lawyers of Sacramento, California State Bar Workers' Compensation Section, Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section, and the Valley Industrial Claims Association. In addition, Mr. Chavez occasionally speaks to businesses regarding employment related issues.

    When away from work, Mr. Chavez enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, as well as golfing, tennis, baseball, and traveling.


    E-mail: rchavez@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2312

  • Jessica J. Snyder

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    Jessica Snyder is originally from Encinitas, California and attended the University of California, San Diego where she majored in Psychology. Ms. Snyder served as an elected student representative of Associate Students and active member of Alpha Chi Omega before graduating from UCSD in 2002. Ms. Snyder then went on to attend law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego. At California Western, she was an editor and writer for Law Review, a member of Amnesty International and received prestigious American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts, Property and Torts. Ms. Snyder graduated with honors distinction from California Western and passed the California Bar exam in 2006.

    Since that time, Ms. Snyder has practiced a diversified field of civil and administrative law and has settled into legal representation of employer and insurance carriers in defense of work-related injuries in 2011. Her current practice includes the defense of employers in worker’s compensation, subrogation matters and Asbestos-related claims. Ms. Snyder has vast experience with discovery, settlement, mediation, trials and appeals.

    Ms. Snyder is licensed to practice with the United States District Court in both the Southern & Eastern Districts. She is also licensed to practice before the California Supreme Court and all California Superior Courts.

    When Ms. Snyder is not working at the various WCAB locations throughout Northern California, she enjoys camping and any outdoor recreation with her husband, son and daughter.

    E-mail: jsnyder@cca-law.com
    Phone: (925) 627-3700 ext: 3706

  • Thomas Trutanich

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    Thomas Trutanich was born in San Pedro, California. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2011, Mr. Trutanich received his Juris Doctor from Western State University with an emphasis in Business Law Studies.

    Mr. Trutanich commenced his legal practice as a civil litigation and consumer rights attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel W. Dunbar. In doing so, he successfully represented numerous plaintiffs in all phases of litigation, mediation and arbitration. As such, Mr. Trutanich has a wide-variety of legal experience in negligence claims, product liability, premises liability, breach of contract and landlord/tenant disputes.

    Mr. Trutanich also has significant experience in representing corporate employers, major insurance carriers and TPA’s on a broad range of employment law issues and claims management counseling.

    Mr. Trutanich joined Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP in 2016 as a member of its Orange County office and focuses his practice on workers’ compensation defense and subrogation. He is an active member of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

    When he is not practicing law, Mr. Trutanich enjoys spending time outdoors exercising, playing golf and spending time with his wife whom he met in law school.


    E-mail: TTrutanich@cca-law.com
    Phone: (657) 245-2007

 
 
 
 
   
   
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