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Terence A. Tungseth, Orange County Office

Terence A. Tungseth received his Juris Doctor in 2000 from Loyola College of Law. He began his career in the Workers’ Compensation field as an adjuster and a hearing representative for eight years prior to joining Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP.

Mr. Tungseth currently represents employers, self-insureds and insurance carriers in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense including 132a and Serious and Willful claims as well as coverage matters.

Mr. Tungseth is a certified specialist in Workers' Compensation.

Judith Anne Pirkle, Ventura County Office

Judith Anne Pirkle received her Juris Doctor degree in 2002 from the Ventura College of Law. She began her career in the workers’ compensation defense field in 1973 at State Compensation Insurance Fund as an Office Services Supervisor III and legal secretary to the senior partner. She moved into the field of legal assistant in 1986 when she began working with Richard Goldman. In 2001 she became Mr. Goldman’s law clerk and in June 2003, joined the firm as an associate representing employers, self-insureds and insurance carriers in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense including Labor Code §132a claims, Serious and Willful Misconduct claims, and coverage issues. In addition to handling workers’ compensation matters, she handles civil litigation and is versed in disability retirement claims (PERS and the 1937 County Retirement Act).

Ms. Pirkle is a certified specialist in Workers' Compensation.

Leonard R. Matylewicz, Los Angeles Office

Leonard R. MatylewiczLeonard R. Matylewicz received his Juris Doctor Degree from Ventura College of Law in 1989. Mr. Matylewicz has practiced all aspects of workers’ compensation law since 1990. Mr. Matylewicz presently defends insurance carriers and self insured entities in all aspects of workers’ compensation claims including defense of 132 (a) and Serious and Willful claims. In addition, Mr. Matylewicz has experience handling public entity police and fire personnel issues.

Deborah E. Winer, Los Angeles Office

Deborah E. WinerDeborah E. Winer received her undergraduate degree in 1973 from the University of California at Los Angeles and Université de Bordeaux, France. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976. Prior to practicing Workers’ Compensation law, Ms. Winer represented individual and commercial clients, employers, self-insureds, insurance carriers and third-party administrators in civil litigation and insurance defense matters.

Ms. Winer currently represents self-insureds, employers and insurance carriers in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

Robert B. Stake, Central Coast Office

Robert B. StakeRobert B. Stake attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he majored in Public Relations and European History. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Barbara College of Law in 1989. Mr. Stake has been practicing workers compensation law since 1989, and previously managed his own law firm before joining Goldman, Magdalin and Krikes in 2005. Mr. Stake has developed computer software for the workers compensation community, including permanent disability rating and case management software applications.

Mr. Stake is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before the United States Federal Courts. Mr. Stake is a certified specialist in workers' compensation.

Larry  D. Preece, Orange County Office

Larry D. Preece Mr. Preece received his Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University of Law in 1986. Mr. Preece has over twenty years of workers’ compensation defense experience including 132a, serious and willful and insurance coverage issues with a special emphasis on Appelate work including Statutory and Discretionary Writs and Petitions for Reconsideration. Mr. Preece is a certified specialist in workers' compensation and a member of the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys Association.

Marc D. Borenstein, Sacramento Office

Marc BorensteinMarc Borenstein graduated from Yeshiva University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2009. Mr. Borenstein currently represents employers, self-insureds and insurance carriers in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

 

Lawrence I. Kirk, Los Angeles Office

Lawrence KirkLarry Kirk is a 1963 cum laude graduate of the UCLA School of Law, where he achieved the highest academic honors (Law Review, Order of the Coif). A member of The State Bar of California since 1964, Larry is a certified specialist in worker’s compensation law and a former shareholder/branch manager of a prominent statewide worker’s compensation defense firm. Further specializing in appellate work, Larry has successfully briefed and argued numerous cases before the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal and was most recently on the winning team in the monumental Welcher/Brodie apportionment decision, saving millions of dollars for California employers.

Bette A. Baker, Los Angeles Office

Bette A. BakerBette A. Baker received her undergraduate degree in English and Nursing from Simmons College and a Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Rochester. Prior to attending Law School she taught in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas and was also consultant with the World Health Association based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1982.

She began her practice of law as a litigation associate at McCutchen, Black, Verleger and Shea doing products liability defense. She left McCutchen to take an in-house position as Chief Counsel for Beverly Enterprises where she handled a variety of health-care administrative and regulatory as well as medical malpractice matters. She was most recently Director of Risk Management for the 99¢ Only Stores where she spent a considerable amount of time overseeing the company’s worker’s compensation program.

Ms. Baker is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and served as Chair of the Bioethics Committee from 2003-2005.

Jeanne R. Flaherty, Los Angeles Office

Jeanne FlahertyJeanne Flaherty received her undergraduate degree in economics from Indiana University. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1978. She subsequently received an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1993.

Ms. Flaherty has practiced labor and employment law exclusively for over 20 years. She began her legal career as a Field Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board at Region 31 in Los Angeles, California. She has served as Assistant General Counsel/Labor Counsel for Beverly Enterprises responsible for all employment-related legal matters. She has been a member of the firm of Marrs & Flaherty and counsel to Agricultural Producers, an employer association dedicated to working with members to enhance legal compliance, providing training and education in employment-related issues and representing employer members in state and federal court and before various enforcement agencies. Most recently Ms. Flaherty has represented employers as the President and Managing Attorney of her own firm, Employer’s Legal Advisor, Inc.

Ms. Flaherty’s practice encompasses advising and representing employers on all labor and employment issues, including discrimination/harassment, wage and hour, Cal-OSHA and all other federal and state statutory requirements. She also conducts investigations and provides training on employment law compliance issues. She is a frequent speaker at educational seminars.

Ms. Flaherty is a member of the State Bars of California, Nevada and Texas and is admitted to practice before the Central District and Eastern District of the U.S. District Court in California. She is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California and the Ventura County Bar Association.

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