Richard B. Goldman, Central Coast Office
Founding partner Richard B. Goldman graduated with his Bachelors of Arts from California State University Northridge, Cum Laude and received his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern School of Law with Honors in 1978. A Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, Mr. Goldman has practiced exclusively in all aspects of defense of Workers’ Compensation claims with a vast experience in subrogation, retirement hearings and civil litigation involving the management side of employment and labor matters.
Mr. Goldman is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the California State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association and the Los Angeles and Ventura County Bar Associations.
Paul J. Magdalin, Los Angeles Office
Founding partner Paul J. Magdalin graduated from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Mr. Magdalin earned his Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 1978. He is a Certified Specialist and has defended 132a claims, coverage issues, serious and willful claims, and subrogation and appellate practice. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker at industry conventions and seminars.
Mr. Magdalin is licensed to practice in California, Florida, and Massachusetts and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the California State Bar.
George A. Krikes, Ventura County Office
Founding partner George A. Krikes graduated from Loyola College of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1978 after receiving his Bachelors of Arts there in 1974. Mr. Krikes garnered significant trial experience as a Deputy District Attorney in Monterey County, California before coming to the practice of Workers’ Compensation defense. His experience includes defense of all claims including subrogation, litigation, retirement hearings and defense of bad faith claims.
Mr. Krikes is a Certified Specialist and a member of the State Bar, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Tax Court, American Bar Association and Workers’ Compensation Defense Association.
John T. Moorehead, San Diego Office
John T. Moorehead received his undergraduate degree from California State University Northridge and received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 1984. Since 1988 he has represented employers, self insureds and insurance companies in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense including Section 132a and serious and willful claims as well as coverage matters.
Mr. Moorehead belongs to the American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and is a frequent seminar lecturer and speaker. Mr. Moorehead is a certified specialist in workers' compensation.
Julie A. Bienenfeld, Los Angeles Office
Julie A. Bienenfeld is a certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law. Ms. Bienenfeld received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974 and her Juris Doctor degree from Ventura College of Law in 1986. Prior to practicing law Ms. Bienenfeld was an educator in both the Oxnard and Ventura Unified School Districts.
Ms. Bienenfeld presently represents insurance carriers and self insureds in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation claims including defense of 132a, subrogation, arbitration and appellate practice.
She is a member of the California State Bar and Workers’ Compensation Section, Los Angeles and Ventura County Bar Associations.
B. Derek Straatsma, Los Angeles Office
B. Derek Straatsma received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1978 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of West Los Angeles in 1981. Mr. Straatsma's practice involves the representation of both private and public entities in Workers' Compensation, public agency tort liability, labor relations, employment law matters and representation of uninsured employers in both Workers' Compensation and civil forums. He also represents employers in allegations of discrimination pursuant to Labor Code §132a, Serious and Willful Misconduct and subrogation matters. Mr. Straatsma has been a Judge Pro Tem at the Los Angeles WCAB and continues to serve as an Arbitrator for both the Superior and Municipal court.
In addition, Mr. Straatsma has significant experience in Municipal law. He previously served as General Counsel for the El Segundo Senior Housing Corporation Board and has previously served as City Attorney of Glendora and Deputy City Attorney for the City of Manhattan Beach. Mr. Straatsma is a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section and a member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Straatsma is a certified specialist in workers' compensation.
Jeffrey N. Cohen, San Diego Office
Jeffrey N. Cohen received his Juris Doctor in 1994 from Glendale College of Law. He began his career in the Workers’ Compensation defense field as a claims examiner and paralegal for five years and has since been exclusively involved in the practice of Workers’ Compensation defense law.
Mr. Cohen 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. Cohen is a certified specialist in workers' compensation.
Margo Riviera-Myers, Ventura County Office
Ms. Riviera-Myers received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Davis and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of LaVerne College of Law in 1992. Prior to commencing the practice of law Ms. Riviera-Myers worked as a law clerk and hearing representative in the Workers’ Compensation field.
Ms. Riviera-Myers currently represents self insureds, insurance carriers and employers in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense including 132a, and serious and willful claims. Ms. Riviera-Myers is a certified specialist in workers' compensation.