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NEW MANAGING ATTORNEY IN SACRAMENTO OFFICE

Marc Borenstein, Associate in GMK’s Los Angeles Office has been appointed Managing Attorney of GMK’s Sacramento Office.

Marc 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. Marc began his career at Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP in 2010 in our Los Angeles Office. He currently represents employers, self-insureds and insurance carriers in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense.

Marc is a frequent speaker at GMK’s Annual Seminar and will participate at both the Claremont and San Diego Seminars this year.

We congratulate Marc on his move to the Sacramento Office and this exciting opportunity for Marc and GMK.

NEW PARTNERS AT GMK

Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP is proud to announce 6 new Partners in the firm - Robert Choi, Sherian Lynch, Jeremiah Heisler, Abel Calderon, Jeff Soll and Danny Barwald.

Robert Choi - Robert is the Managing Partner in the Orange County Office. Prior to joining Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP in 2013, Robert worked with the State Fund of California as the Deputy Chief Counsel in charge of all Workers' Compensation litigation within the Orange County region. Robert also oversaw State Fund's Appellate and Complex Legal Units. Robert is a certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation.

Sherian Lynch - Sherian is a Partner in the Orange County Office. Before joining Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP, Sherian worked as defense counsel representing insureds, self-insureds, government agencies, and school districts in all aspects of workers’ compensation. Sherian has been with GMK since 2012 and is a certified specialist in workers' compensation since 1999.

Jeremiah Heisler - Jeremiah is a Partner in the Los Angeles Office. Jeremiah has worked for Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes representing insureds, self-insureds, government agencies and school districts since 2010. Jeremiah is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation.

Abel Calderon - Abel is a Partner in the Glendale Office. Before joining Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP, Mr. Calderon was a lien representative for several years handling appearances before the WCAB. Since joining GMK in 2010, Abel represents insureds, self-insureds and has worked on special projects for lien resolution. Abel is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation.

Jeff Soll - Jeff is a Partner in the Los Angeles Office. Jeff heads GMK’s Liability Defense and Subrogation Department. Jeff worked as in-house counsel for Zenith prior to coming to GMK in 2011.

Danny Barwald - Danny is a Partner in the Los Angeles Office. Danny has extensive experience defending worker’s compensation cases since 1991. Most of his defense work has been as outside counsel where he has represented self insured employers, high deductible employers, and insurance clients. Danny joined GMK in 2013. He is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation.

GMK welcomes its newest Partners to the firm. We look forward to a long professional and committed relationship with the firm and our client’s.

SANTA BARBARA POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION FRAUD

In a case filed against the City of Santa Barbara and defended by Rick Goldman, Jacob Finerty, a 28 year old former police officer, has been sentenced to 120 days in jail, 5 years probation and ordered to make restitution to the City of Santa Barbara in the amount of $115,669.86.

Mr. Finerty claimed to have sustained injury to his head, neck, low back and lower extremity in an on-duty auto accident on 06/05/13. He also claimed that he was unable to perform his usual and customary occupation as a police officer due to the back injury.

During the time he claimed he could not perform the duties of a police officer because of his injuries, our investigation determined that on multiple occasions he was observed lifting heavy weights, engaging in strongman weight lifting competitions and competing in MAS wrestling. He even won the California’s Strongest Man competition in 2015. Many of his competitions were videographed, photographed and posted on social media.

After a subsequent comprehensive investigation conducted by the Santa Barbara Police Department, its findings were turned over to the District Attorney. Officer Finerty was charged with four felony counts of making false oral statements and false written statements for the purpose of collecting benefits.

There was no plea agreement and Finerty pled to the four felony counts on 09/23/16.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Although safety officers in California are granted special entitlements pursuant to Labor Code §4850 et. seq., as this case reveals those entitlements do not permit allegedly injured safety officers to engage in activities that belie their claims of injury and disability. While we applaud the difficult and dangerous work that our police and fire men and women do every day, we must be especially vigilant to protect our state, counties, cities and towns from being taken advantage of despite those special entitlements. GMK represents numerous public entities throughout California and we ask that if you see (or suspect) some untoward conduct concerning an applicant in one of your cases, say something.

LAST CHANCE TO RSVP for our Annual Southern California Seminar

Our Annual Southern California Seminar's are fast approaching and you do not want to miss out! Space is limited, so RSVP your reservation today.

This year, instead of having a single seminar in Southern California, we will present our same training 2 times in 2 new locations.

GMK Annual Southern California Seminar

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Claremont - Double Tree Hilton
and
Friday, November 4th, 2016
San Diego - Mission Valley Marriott Courtyard

Do you know Workers’ Compensation law?

Agenda


7:15-8:00 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:15 Welcome
8:15-9:00 What Would You Do? An Interactive Discussion
9:00-9:15 Break
9:15-10:00 Compensability, Statutory Defenses and Good Faith Personnel Actions
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 New Case Law Update
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 Updating you on UR and IMR
12:00-12:10 Closing

Approval for 3.0 MCLE credits by the State Bar of California and Board of Legal Specialization is currently pending for attorneys. Certificates of attendance for obtaining continuing education credits will be available for Claims Professionals.

Please RSVP your reservation today to ddon@gmklaw.com.

GMK Oksana Vovk crowned Ms. America 2017

GMK is very pleased to announce that on September 3, 2016 Oksana Vovk, associate attorney in our Orange County office, was crowned Ms. America 2017. The Ms. America Pageant started in 1997 for women 26 years of age or older.

Titleholders are required to have a platform or a cause that they believe in and would like to promote along with other appearances they make throughout their reign. They are to use their crown for a purpose in order to make a difference in their communities and around the world. This year there were 43 contestants representing numerous states and communities. All contestants were awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Award by the President of the United States for their community service and volunteering.

The Ms. America pageant has a mission statement to:

TO EMPOWER WOMEN ACROSS THE NATION

* Celebrate their accomplishments.
* Encourage involvement in community service.
* Use the "crown for a purpose" to make a difference.
* To promote, honor & advance the status of women.

Ms. Vovk has been an associate attorney with Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP since December 2015. She initially completed her law degree in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in 1995. Oksana later obtained her Juris Doctor degree after graduating from Western State University, College of Law in Fullerton, California in 2000. She has been working in the legal field since 1997 in civil litigation and workers’ compensation. She has been a practicing workers’ compensation defense attorney since 2004, representing self-insured employers, third-party administrators and carriers.

Ms. Vovk plans to use her “crown for a purpose” by encouraging involvement and enlightenment for fighting autism and promoting organic living.

GMK is proud to congratulate Oksana for being crowed Ms. America 2017 and especially for her unselfish work to fight autism!!

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