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Kimberly Kawahira

KIMBERLY I. KAWAHIRA is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Law & Society. Ms. Kawahira earned her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School where she served as the Note and Comments Editor of the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas. Ms. Kawahira brings a wealth of claims experience to SRTK, having worked as a claims examiner for Sedgwick Claims Management Services and for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. She also worked as a city prosecutor for the law firm of Dapeer, Rosenblit & Litvak, representing various cities in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino County areas prior to re-entering the world of workers’ compensation legal defense with a state-wide firm, where she represented insurers in all aspects of workers’ compensation claims. Ms. Kawahira is proficient in conversational Japanese.

310-649-4911 kkawahira@srtklaw.com

Amir Khorsand

AMIR C. KHORSAND received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami, where he was the first law student in the school's history to win the Business School's highly coveted Rothschild Competition. Mr. Khorsand started his legal career in the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office before returning to his native California. Prior to joining SRTK, he gained a vast amount of experience dealing with municipal safety regulations and accident reconstruction issues while serving as General Counsel to a forensic engineering firm and most recently he was employed at a boutique firm in Los Angeles, practicing primarily workers compensation. Mr. Khorsand enjoys playing golf, traveling, cooking, and is fluent in Farsi.

310-649-4911 akhorsand@srtklaw.com

Nicole Newsom

NICOLE NEWSOM joins the SRTK family after earning her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA. Ms. Newsom was a member of the Mock Trial Advocacy Team and also a member of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program while working as a law clerk for a well-respected litigation firm in Orange County. Ms. Newsom also earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Subsequent to her education, Ms. Newsom was a junior associate for Preferred Legal Support and later managed a team of seven junior associates in labor and employment class action lawsuits and arbitrations.

310-649-4911 nnewsom@srtklaw.com

Alex Shapiro

ALEX SHAPIRO graduated cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs. He attended the University Of Miami School Of Law, where he was a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review, also graduating cum laude. Mr. Shapiro obtained experience in the areas of labor litigation, insurance defense, and served as a summer intern for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in the Major Crimes Division, as well as at the United Nations in New York with the UN Charter Research and Legal Branch. He comes to SRTK with prior litigation experience as a workers’ compensation defense attorney where he handled a full range of issues, including 132a claims, subrogation, lien settlements, structured settlements and Medicare Set-Asides. In his leisure time, Mr. Shapiro enjoys rugby, snowboarding, football and hockey.

310-649-4911 ashapiro@srtklaw.com

Paul Zayat

PAUL ZAYAT is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University in the field of Mechanical Engineering. A recipient of a CALI Award for Excellence in patent prosecution, he received his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School with an emphasis in intellectual property. While a law student, Mr. Zayat was employed as a mechanical building systems engineer. He joined SRTK with legal experience in civil litigation, intellectual property, and workers’ compensation law. Mr. Zayat is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law. Mr. Zayat enjoys spending time with his family, as well as playing basketball and volleyball and is an avid moviegoer.

310-649-4911 pzayat@srtklaw.com
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Joanne Thomas

JOANNE M. THOMAS (Managing Shareholder) is Managing Shareholder of our Inland Empire and San Diego offices. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and her Juris Doctor from Whittier College of Law. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991 and a member of our firm since that time. Ms. Thomas is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law. She has dedicated her practice exclusively to the field of Workers' Compensation and, throughout her career, has gained vast experience in defending -- from inception to appeal -- all aspects of Workers' Compensation, including 132a and Serious and Willful Misconduct Actions. Ms. Thomas has a uniquely aggressive and enthusiastic approach in defending her cases, but her vision is never overshadowed by her objective of bringing closure to cases to our clients' highest satisfaction. Her expertise includes highly specialized representation of employers subject to the jurisdiction of the Alternative Dispute Resolution process, Public Agencies, SISF, SIGs, and matters involving the Joint Power Authorities. She was recently selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s prestigious “Most Influential Women Attorneys” list for 2019 as well as The Who’s Who Directories’ “Top Attorneys of North America 2018-2019” edition. Ms. Thomas is currently the Guest Editor of the firm’s quarterly newsletter and is authoring a year-long series highlighting the past, present, and future of SRTK, in honor of the firm’s 40th anniversary.

951-778-2514 jthomas@srtklaw.com

Mya Gibson

MYA GIBSON (Senior Associate) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Willamette University, Salem, Oregon and her Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law, subsequently earning her advanced professional law degree known as the Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation, also from the University of San Diego. Ms. Gibson was an Editor on the International Law Journal and attended the Institute on International and Comparative Law in Dublin, Ireland. Ms. Gibson joined the firm in 2006 and is a Certified Legal Specialist in Workers’ Compensation and provides quarterly presentations to various industry clients. Ms. Gibson is a member of the Association of Insurance Professionals and the Risk Insurance Management Society, along with being a Member Donor to the San Diego Blood Bank and avid supporter of the San Diego Zoo. A devoted Oakland Raiders fan, her interests include cooking, English Bulldogs and hippos. She often visits the only three hippos in California: Funani, Otis and their calf, Adama, even owning an original “paw-painting” from Otis himself.

858-678-9448 mgibson@srtklaw.com

Peter M. Golden

PETER M. GOLDEN is a graduate of the University of Washington, receiving two Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Speech Communication. He received his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law and practiced law in Washington before being admitted to the California Bar in 2002. Pete has over 18 years of experience in California workers’ compensation law and has represented employers, third-party administrators, and insurance carriers in workers' compensation and related matters including subrogation, Labor Code 132a and claims of serious & willful misconduct. In addition to being a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation for the State Bar of California, Pete has experience in civil litigation, including being the lead attorney in trials to verdict before the Superior Court in Shasta and Butte Counties and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of California. Pete returned to the firm in 2019 in our San Diego office, having previously worked in our Chico office. Pete enjoys writing and presenting educational training seminars and serving as a resource for our clients. Pete enjoys the active lifestyle of San Diego. His recreational pursuits have included alpine climbing, rock climbing, camping, sailing, and recently surfing. His competitive sports pursuits include soccer, tennis, swimming, and springboard diving.

858-678-9448 pgolden@srtklaw.com

Marni J. Kulberg

MARNI J. KULBERG graduated from the University of Arizona with her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Development and her minor in Business Administration. She then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. Ms. Kulberg worked at a civil insurance defense firm before joining SRTK and has successfully transferred her negotiations skills and knowledge of insurance defense to the practice of workers’ compensation. She has knowledge of and experience in settling claims involving multiple parties, structured settlements, and MSAs, coming up with new and creative ways to get the case settled early. In her spare time, Ms. Kulberg enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family and miniature poodle, Olaf.

858-678-9448 mkulberg@srtklaw.com

James Wolken

JAMES A. WOLKEN (Senior Associate) earned his Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, graduating cum laude in Business Administration, with Concentration in Computer Information Systems. Mr. Wolken was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law graduating cum laude, and was Chief Notes Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, in which he was also published and recipient of the Pro Bono Service Award. During law school, Mr. Wolken completed an internship with the Office of the Alternate Public Defender of San Diego County and with the San Diego Unified School District. After passing the Bar Exam, Mr. Wolken volunteered with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer program. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, playing guitar and has participated in the Tough Mudder, considered the “toughest event on the planet”, raising money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.

858-678-9448 jwolken@srtklaw.com
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Tim Kinsey

TIMOTHY E. KINSEY (Managing Shareholder) received his Bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1987 and his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in 1991. Mr. Kinsey has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991 and has practiced workers' compensation defense since 1992. Mr. Kinsey handles all aspects of workers' compensation litigation through trial and appeal on behalf of both local and national employers, insurers, and public entities including safety officer and disability retirement claims. Mr. Kinsey was also lead counsel in the California Supreme Court case of Valdez vs. WCAB and Warehouse Demo Services which resulted in legislative amendments to Labor Code section 4605 expressly precluding an award of benefits based solely upon the opinions of non-MPN physicians, to the benefit of employers and insurers throughout California. Mr. Kinsey has obtained multiple fraud convictions in both LA County and Orange County, as well as numerous “take nothings” during his workers’ compensation career over the last 28 years. He is a member of the Orange County and Los Angles Bar Associations, Council of Self-Insured Public Agencies, Risk Insurance Management Society, Association of Workers’ Compensation Professionals, Public Agency Risk Management Association, and California Self-Insurers Association. Mr. Kinsey is a frequent lecturer on workers' compensation issues to include fraud, case law updates, safety officer disability retirements and presumptions, and most recently the new legislative additions addressing Covid claims. Mr. Kinsey has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law since 1995 and is a shareholder and manager of our Orange County office, as well as the Chief Financial Officer for the firm. In his spare time Tim supports various animal rescue organizations including Best Friends Animal Society. ASPCA, The Humane Society, Road Dogs, Seal Beach Animal Care Center and Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue. Mr. Kinsey is also a volunteer for Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue.

714-543-9090 tkinsey@srtklaw.com

Anastasiya Franco

ANASTASIYA FRANCO obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Law, from University of California, Irvine, where she was named several times to the Dean’s List. She later graduated cum laude from Western State College of Law in Fullerton, California, where she was a member and editor of the Law Review and received several other academic excellence awards. Prior to joining our firm, Ms. Franco worked as associate counsel, providing legal counsel on workers’ compensation and employment law issues. Ms. Franco is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation. Ms. Franco enjoys being outdoors, hiking, and reading. She also loves exploring new places and trying new foods.

714-543-9090 afranco@srtklaw.com

Anna Ghajar

ANNA A. GHAJAR earned both Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degrees from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, subsequently earning her Juris Doctor from the University of La Verne College of Law in Ontario, California. Ms. Ghajar brings several years of experience as a defense attorney in workers’ compensation, representing self-insureds, insurance carriers and various employers. She also had brief experience representing applicants, as well as performing real estate, mortgage and bankruptcy litigation. Her wealth of knowledge and legal experience, particularly in the court room and during depositions are a welcome addition to the SRTK family. Ms. Ghajar is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation. In her spare time, Ms. Ghajar enjoys working out, hot yoga and cycling.

714-543-9090 aghajar@srtklaw.com

Gabriela Guzman

GABRIELA GUZMAN earned both Bachelor of degrees in Spanish and Political Science from Pepperdine University, receiving the distinguished honor of outstanding political science graduate for the class of 2001. Ms. Guzman subsequently earned her Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she was President of the Hispanic Law Student Association and a student recruiter for the admissions office, in addition to her excellence academics, placing her on the Dean’s List. Ms. Guzman has worked for eight years exclusively defending employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators at some of the top law firms in the state. Ms. Guzman is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation. We are pleased to have her wealth of experience and knowledge in the Orange office of SRTK.

714-543-9090 gguzman@srtklaw.com

Ryan Hubler

RYAN P. HUBLER (Senior Associate) received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach, graduating cum laude and a member of the University Honors Program. Mr. Hubler then earned his Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law. In the course of his academic career, he completed a university honors thesis in Islamic Terrorism, achieved standing on the President’s and Dean’s list for academic achievement, and received a CALI award for his work in the Chapman Family Violence Clinic. Prior to entering the world of workers’ compensation, Mr. Hubler gained experience as a law clerk and legal assistant in the County of Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. He joined SRTK in 2010 with experience in the workers’ compensation industry as a legal assistant and hearing representative. Mr. Hubler is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Family Law Society and occasionally enjoys a good poker game.

714-543-9090 rhubler@srtklaw.com

Nicolette Iwan

NICOLETTE IWAN received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Legal Studies Certificate from California State University, Long Beach, where she was also named on the Dean’s List. Ms. Iwan then earned her Juris Doctor from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law. During her law school career, Ms. Iwan obtained experience clerking for corporate in-house counsel, externing for a personal injury firm, and interning at the Alona Cortese Elder Law Clinic. She also received a CALI excellence for the future award in Comparative Law. After joining SRTK, Ms. Iwan dedicated her legal knowledge and skills to aggressively defending representing employers, carriers and third party administrators in Workers’ Compensation issues. She is conversational in Polish, and in her free time enjoys traveling, playing board games, and working out at her local boxing gym.

714-543-9090 niwan@srtklaw.com

Dawn Kaps

DAWN M. KAPS received two Bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Chico in English and Political Science. Ms. Kaps earned her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, during which time she clerked for the San Diego District Attorney and worked as a paralegal in a civil firm. Prior to joining our firm in 2004, she practiced workers’ compensation defense exclusively. With over a decade of experience defending employers, self-insureds, insurance companies and CIGA, Ms. Kaps is well versed in all aspects of Workers' Compensation.

714-543-9090 dkaps@srtklaw.com

James Lim

JAMES LIM Senior Associate, received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from University of California, Irvine and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School, where he was a member of the Honors Board in both Moot Court and Trial Advocacy. Just Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lim worked in the field of employment law, handling wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination claims. He also has a background in criminal law, previously working as a Law Clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Lim speaks conversational Korean.

714-543-9090 jlim@srtklaw.com

Jesse Peck

JESSE C. PECK received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, majoring in Political Science with Concentration in International Relations and his Juris Doctor as a magna cum laude from Whittier Law School, where he also served as Sergeant at Arms for the Student Bar Association. Prior to joining our firm in 2009, Mr. Peck was a law clerk and a Judicial Extern. Mr. Peck also served as an Army Interrogator and Counter Intelligence Agent and is fluent in Spanish, which often makes for interesting depositions. Mr. Peck is an avid sports fan and currently handles a broad range of complex workers’ compensation cases, including the very specialized and highly litigious National Football League litigation in our state. Mr. Peck is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation. In his spare time, Mr. Peck coaches, manages and umpires Little League Baseball for Costa Mesa National Little League, coaches youth basketball for TH Hoops and coaches for Costa Mesa Pop Warner Tackle Football after ending his coaching tenure with Newport Mesa Friday Night Lights. In addition to adopting shelter animals with alarming frequency, he goes to as many Dodgers, Lakers and Chargers games as he can.

714-543-9090 jpeck@srtklaw.com
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Joanne Thomas

JOANNE M. THOMAS (Managing Shareholder) is Managing Shareholder of our Inland Empire and San Diego offices. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and her Juris Doctor from Whittier College of Law. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991 and a member of our firm since that time. Ms. Thomas is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law. She has dedicated her practice exclusively to the field of Workers' Compensation and, throughout her career, has gained vast experience in defending -- from inception to appeal -- all aspects of Workers' Compensation, including 132a and Serious and Willful Misconduct Actions. Ms. Thomas has a uniquely aggressive and enthusiastic approach in defending her cases, but her vision is never overshadowed by her objective of bringing closure to cases to our clients' highest satisfaction. Her expertise includes highly specialized representation of employers subject to the jurisdiction of the Alternative Dispute Resolution process, Public Agencies, SISF, SIGs, and matters involving the Joint Power Authorities. She was recently selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s prestigious “Most Influential Women Attorneys” list for 2019 as well as The Who’s Who Directories’ “Top Attorneys of North America 2018-2019” edition. Ms. Thomas is currently the Guest Editor of the firm’s quarterly newsletter and is authoring a year-long series highlighting the past, present, and future of SRTK, in honor of the firm’s 40th anniversary.

951-778-2514 jthomas@srtklaw.com

Eric Barr

ERIC S. BARR received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton and his Juris Doctor from Newport University School of Law. Mr. Barr came to the Corona office of SRTK in 2009, with a distinguished workers’ compensation claims background. He has been a claims unit manager, supervisor and claims adjuster for Safeco Insurance Company and Golden Eagle Insurance Company, where he maintained the California Workers’ Compensation Claims Professional (WCCP) designation. Mr. Barr handles all aspects of workers’ compensation cases for various insurance clients and self-insured groups. During his leisure time in the Inland Empire, Mr. Barr enjoys motorcycles, computers and investing. He is also a dedicated volunteer coach for his children’s baseball and soccer teams.

951-778-2514 ebarr@srtklaw.com

Christine Elliott

CHRISTINE ELLIOTT is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Ms. Elliott earned her Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, focusing on administrative law and contributed to the McGeorge School of Law California Initiative Review. Christine has been practicing in the workers’ compensation field since 2011, and has vast experience representing a variety of defendants including self-insured employers and carriers, along with public agencies. Her experience includes taking successful physician cross examinations, litigating AOE/COE cases through trial and negotiating favorable settlements on exposure cases. Christine is a dedicated and passionate soccer fan, traveling most recently to France for the Women’s World Cup and Spain to visit FC Barcelona’s stadium and training grounds. Christine also enjoys swimming, volunteering with a local nonprofit dealing with homelessness, and from time to time she fosters kittens until they find permanent homes.

951-778-2514 celliott@srtklaw.com

Jennifer Kranbuhl

JENNIFER KRANBUHL (Senior Managing Attorney) received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside and her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law where she was on the Distinguished Honor Roll and graduated magna cum laude. During law school, Ms. Kranbuhl externed for the California Court of Appeal, 4th District and was a Law Review Note Editor. Jennifer has been practicing workers’ compensation defense since she began working in our Inland Empire office in February 2005. Ms. Kranbuhl is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation. She has vast experience in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense, working with self-insureds, third party administrators, employers, and insurance carriers. She has vast experience in litigation, from hearing through appeal, including 132a and S&W defense. She has strong litigation and negotiating skills. Jennifer works close with an array of high profile clients and successfully brings results that earn the respect and trust of her many clients. Jennifer mentors new attorneys, as well as develops office procedures and protocols to exceed client expectations, making her a strong resource for the firm. In her spare time, Jennifer loves traveling, playing soccer and enjoying time with her family and friends.

951-778-2514 jkranbuhl@srtklaw.com

Julie Lamptey

JULIE LAMPTEY earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach, a postgraduate degree from the University of California Los Angeles, and her Juris Doctor at Chapman University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review Criminal Journal. Ms. Lamptey has been a member of the California State Bar since 2011. She has been practicing workers' compensation law exclusively since 2012, garnering an ocean of experience defending third-party administrators and insurance companies from case inception to final resolution, including countless depositions of applicants and doctors, as well as obtaining favorable Trial results. Ms. Lamptey prides herself on consistently bringing about truly beneficial results for her clients by fiercely representing their interests. In her spare time, Ms. Lamptey is active in her faith, loves to bake, lives for beach vacations with her husband and young children, and is passionate about cancer-related causes.

951-778-2514 jlamptey@srtklaw.com

Brittney Outzen

BRITTNEY OUTZEN is a graduate of University of La Verne where she majored in legal studies and obtained a paralegal certificate. While attending law school, she was employed in the legal field as a paralegal and notary for law firms and banking institutions. She earned her Juris Doctor from Western State College of Law with a business law certificate. Brittney has extensive experience with legal research, preparing pleadings and motions, and reviewing contracts. Ms. Outzen prides herself on her organizational skills, which are apparent in the quality of her work. Her robust experience in the legal field and strong work ethic are a recipe for success, and she is a valuable addition to our firm. Ms. Outzen is a member of the Orange County Bar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, Pilates, watching documentaries, and hiking with her Labradoodle, Kylo Ren.

951-778-2514 boutzen@srtklaw.com

Vahe Tchoukadarian

VAHE TCHOUKADARIAN Senior Associate, is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where he majored in Criminology, Law and Society with a Minor in Sociology and was a Scholar Athlete on the UC Irvine Men’s Rowing Team. He earned his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, during which time he served the County of Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office as a law clerk and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy sheriff. His legal career includes experience in workers’ compensation law, personal injury, and bankruptcy law. Mr. Tchoukadarian is fluent in the Armenian language and speaks conversational Turkish. He is a passionate supporter of the Pasadena Humane Society and Armenia Fund and spends his leisure time playing basketball, fishing and rowing.

951-778-2514 vtchoukadarian@srtklaw.com

Giselle Wallace

GISELLE WALLACE is a veteran of the United States Navy, earned her BA in philosophy from California State University, San Bernardino, and her Juris Doctorate from Western State College of Law. Prior to joining the firm, she handled all aspects of workers’ compensation defense, as well as lemon law matters. In her spare time, she enjoys serving as a council member on the board of the Orange County chapter of Tomorrow’s Leaders, which is the networking arm of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, helping others build their professional network and fundraise for finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.

951-778-2514 gwallace@srtklaw.com
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Aaron Hemmings

AARON HEMMINGS (Managing Shareholder) received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law. During law school, he served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Judge Matusinka, Torrance Superior Court. Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Mr. Hemmings practiced civil litigation, immigration and workers’ compensation as an associate for a well-respected firm. He has provided several workers' compensation seminars and presentations for insurance companies, self-insured employers and the firm’s attorneys, covering a breadth of workers’ compensation topics and changes in statutory and case law. He has aggressively and successively handled all aspects of Workers’ Compensation Defense for both public and private employers and is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law. Mr. Hemmings is a shareholder and the manager of our Central Coast office in Thousand Oaks and San Fernando Valley office in Woodland Hills. Mr. Hemmings is an avid supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. He is an Assistant Den/Patrol Leader and Popcorn “Colonel” Coordinator and is dedicated to helping “special needs” children through scouting activities. In his spare time, Mr. Hemmings enjoys surfing, camping, swimming and sports of all kinds.

805-654-0256 ahemmings@srtklaw.com

Tate Bejanyan

TATE BEJANYAN joins the SRTK family after earning her Juris Doctor from University of California, Hastings College of Law where she was a legal intern for Neighborhood Legal Services, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, as well as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall and the Honorable Alexander H. Williams. Tate also earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from University of Southern California. In addition to her academic achievements, Tate previously practiced workers' compensation defense for employers, insurance companies and third party administrators at two reputable firms.

805-654-0256 tbejanyan@srtklaw.com

Samuel Carter

SAMUEL CARTER is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2014. He then earned his Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he served for two years as an editor for the Environmental Law Review and participated in various moot court and trial advocacy courses. As a third-year law student, he conducted misdemeanor trials and hearings on his own as a court-certified law clerk for the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's office. After graduating in May of 2018, he clerked for both personal injury plaintiff and workers' compensation defense firms. Since getting sworn in in June of 2019, he has practiced law as a workers’ compensation defense attorney for multiple prominent firms. Outside of work, Sam is an avid supporter of the San Francisco Giants. In addition to attending their games, he enjoys jogging, reading, and going to the beach.

805-654-0256 scarter@srtklaw.com

Yan Falkinstein

YAN FALKINSTEIN graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and received his Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. As a law student Mr. Falkinstein worked as an employment law and business litigation assistant and, prior to joining SRTK, he was a Litigation Specialist at Bank of America Corp., In-House Counsel Legal Assistant at Nervous Tattoo, Inc., dba Ed Hardy. In addition to his impressive legal skills, Mr. Falkinstein is also fluent in Russian and conversant in Spanish. In his leisure time, he enjoys soccer, hockey, guitar, travel, movies and acting.

805-654-0256 yfalkinstein@srtklaw.com

Nicole Termechi

NICOLE TERMECHI graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School, where she wrote for the Law Review and was the recipient of Witkin Awards for Contracts and Sales. Nicole has spent her entire law career in workers' compensation defense, first as a law clerk and then as an associate at two major Los Angeles area workers' compensation firms, where she appeared before the WCAB on all issues, litigated cases in chief, conducted depositions, and performed client education sessions. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and hiking. She is fluent in Farsi and Hebrew.

805-654-0256 ntermechi@srtklaw.com

Charlene Underwood

CHARLENE UNDERWOOD earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, in New York. She was a prosecutor with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, for 10 years, prosecuting major and complex felony cases, including domestic violence, sexual assault, environmental crimes, consumer fraud, narcotic offenses, workers’ compensation fraud, and other general felonies. As a prosecutor with the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Division, she prosecuted both individual and provider fraud. Ms. Underwood has spent the past 21 years as a workers’ compensation defense attorney, defending major insurance carriers, self-insured employers, and the California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA), at all stages of litigation, through appeal. Based on her extensive experience prosecuting workers’ compensation fraud with the DA’s office, she has been the point person for the review and the handling of workers’ compensation fraud cases. She has been a featured speaker regarding workers’ compensation fraud issues. In her spare time, Ms. Underwood enjoys music, reading, and pro bono activities.

951-778-2514 cunderwood@srtklaw.com

Martin Vardanyan

MARTIN VARDANYAN received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. At Loyola Law School, Martin was a member of the Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution, the Armenian Bar Association, the Armenian Law Student Association, the Public Interest Law Society, and the Business Law Society. Before joining the firm, Martin gained experience in worker’s compensation law advocating on behalf of both applicants and defendants, drafting opening reports with detailed claim analyses, claim valuations, and plans of action. Martin has also made appearances for depositions, expedited hearings, priority conferences, status conferences, mandatory settlement conferences, and trials. He is an avid “foodie” and enjoys exploring new restaurants, boxing, and hiking.

805-654-0256 mvardanyan@srtklaw.com
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David Chun

DAVID J. CHUN (Managing Shareholder) manages the firm's Fresno office. He received his Bachelor's degree from Amherst College and his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University, where he was actively involved in the Criminal Law Clinic. Prior to passing the bar, he clerked for a civil firm specializing in family law, wills and trusts, and criminal defense. As an attorney, however, Mr. Chun has practiced workers' compensation defense exclusively. Mr. Chun has vast experience in all aspects of defending self-insured employers and insurance carriers on workers' compensation, 132a, and serious and willful matters. In addition, Mr. Chun has lectured on various topics related to this practice and is available to lecture in accordance with his clients' needs and requests. Mr. Chun speaks conversational Spanish, is fluent in Korean and has both studied and worked in South Korea. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. Mr. Chun has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law.

559-436-8136 dchun@srtklaw.com

Arthur Barrios

ARTHUR BARRIOS is a graduate of the University of Califonia, Riverside, and earned his Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law, where he was a staff writer for the Environmental Law Journal. Prior to joining SRTK, Mr. Barrios honed his skills at two major California workers' compensation defense firms, representing self-insured employers, third-party administrators, and corporations. Before practicing workers' compensation law, Mr. Barrios worked in family and housing law, and helped small businesses navigate business and home disaster loan contracts, leases, and other contracts. He was a Bridge Fellow to the Hon. Tara M. Flanagan of Alameda Superior Court, and served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Newton Lam and Hon. Garrett Wong of San Francisco Superior Court, and for the Hon. Maria-Elena James of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, supporting Bay Area and Chicago sports teams, trying new local restaurants, and traveling.

559-436-8136 abarrios@srtklaw.com

Jeffrey Suggs

JEFFREY R. SUGGS graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism where he was subsequently honored as a former student leader and served as a General Assignment Reporter, University Daily Kansan. Mr. Suggs received his Juris Doctor from the San Joaquin College of Law where he was the recipient of several scholarships and awards for his academic achievements and a member of Delta Theta Phi. Mr. Suggs was successful in the field of media sales and account management before he decided to pursue his legal career. He gained significant legal experience working for the Fresno District Attorney’s Office of Consumer and Environmental Protection where he dealt with civil and criminal environmental violations, as well as consumer and real estate fraud. Mr. Suggs is a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation. He also has the unique experience of living in Portugal for six months where he taught English. Mr. Suggs is highly committed to his family and also enjoys reading, listening to music, and following sports.

559-436-8136 jsuggs@srtklaw.com
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Jerry Rempel

JERRY P. REMPEL (Managing Shareholder) graduated with Honors from Butte College and received his Juris Doctor from Cal Northern School of Law where he represented the school in the National Moot Court Competition. Mr. Rempel joined SRTK in 2003, after spending several years in the workers’ compensation industry representing applicants. Mr. Rempel was also a claims examiner for CSAA. In 2004, he opened the Chico office and, while he has focused primarily on workers’ compensation law since 2001, he has also diversified into the civil/employment law arena where he also represents and advises employers on issues relating to ADA/FEHA compliance, wage and hour claims, and workplace accommodations. Mr. Rempel has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation. Mr. Rempel is a shareholder and manager of our Chico/Redding and Sacramento offices. Mr. Rempel is a frequent presenter and has provided training to our clients and attorneys in virtually all aspects or workers’ compensation law, as well as cross over issues concerning ADA, FEHA, OSHA, Age Discrimination (ADEA) and the like. Mr. Rempel is a third degree black belt in the martial art of Kuk Sul Do and an avid cyclist and triathlete.

530-895-8927 jrempel@srtklaw.com
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Kathleen Roberts (Of Counsel)

KATHLEEN ROBERTS received her Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Roberts was associated with a successful northern California defense firm, specializing in workers’ compensation, subrogation and fraud. Ms. Roberts has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law and is an aggressive litigant on behalf of our clients, while balancing her experience in bringing about settlement as quickly as possible where warranted. Ms. Roberts has achieved many “take nothings” over her years in practice. She retired as a Shareholder on November 30, 2021, and is currently Of Counsel.

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R. Jeffrey Stander (Retired)

R. JEFFREY STANDER received his Bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California and his Juris Doctor from the University Of San Fernando Valley College Of Law. Prior to joining the firm in 1982, he was associated with law firms where he handled workers' compensation and general civil matters. He was also associated with the law firm that is house counsel for Western Employers' Insurance Company, where he handled workers' compensation defense matters exclusively. Mr. Stander has been an instructor for the Insurance Educational Association, a member of the Assessment Committee of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program for the State Bar of California, and a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law. Mr. Stander spends his leisure time weightlifting and gardening. Mr. Stander retired as a Shareholder on November 1, 2016.

Stewart Reubens (Retired)

STEWART R. REUBENS attended Manchester University, England and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles. He has practiced workers' compensation law since becoming a member of the California State Bar in 1989. Mr. Reubens has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law. He is a shareholder and the manager of our Greater San Francisco office and has given several presentations to third party administrators, self-insured client and insurance companies regarding workers’ compensation strategies, updated statutory and case law, as well as cost-effective, yet aggressive claims resolution. Mr. Reubens enjoys spending quality time with his children, hunting, fishing, traveling and baking.