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SIEGEL, MORENO & STETTLEROur AttorneysOur attorneys all have excellent negotiation skills and recognize the importance of resolving cases economically and in accordance with our clients’ objectives.

Steven M. Siegel

Partner

San Diego and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

As a principal at Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, Mr. Siegel has dedicated most of his practice to representing municipalities and defending public safety cases.

Steven M. Siegel

As a principal at Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, Mr. Siegel has dedicated most of his practice to representing municipalities and defending public safety cases.

Professional History

  • Successfully founded and built Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, which provides legal specialization in the defense of global issues involving Workers’ Compensation claims.
  • Handles a wide wage of insurance defense matters at the state and federal level.
  • Lauded for effectiveness in dealing with the medical mil phenomena in the Workers’ Compensation community.
  • Demonstrates vast expertise in medical cross examination.
  • Served as a pro tem judge, an arbitrator in general liability and workers’ compensation matters.
  • Joined McCormick & Mitchell, the firm which later became SMS in 1983 and became a full partner in 1986.
  • Worked for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of consumer fraud matters.
  • Has tried actions before the Municipal Court, Superior Court and successfully argued Appellate matters.

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of Worker’s Compensation claims
  • General liability
  • Fraud investigations

Education

  • J.D. – California Western School of Law, San Diego (1976)
  • B.A. in Business Administration – United States International University, San Diego (1973) – Athletic Scholarship.

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • California Bar Association
  • Served as president of the San Diego Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys Association.

Ralph J. Moreno

Partner

San Diego and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

With extensive experience in all areas of Workers’ Compensation, Mr Moreno and has built his practice on the representation of Insurance Companies, self-insured employers and third party administration.

Ralph J. Moreno

With extensive experience in all areas of Workers’ Compensation, Mr. Moreno, principal at Siegel Moreno & Stettler, has built his practice on the representation of insurance Companies, self-insured employers and third party administration.

Professional History

  • Founded and built the firm of Siegel, Moreno & Stettler after joining McCormick & Mitchell in 1985.
  • Successfully argued before the California Court of Appeals with decisions published in the California Appellate Reports and in California Compensation Cases.
  • Taught law school courses.
  • Conducted seminars for employers, insurance companies, physicians, Workers’ Compensation professionals and students.
  • Worked as a high school teacher in rural Idaho, and also coached varsity athletics.

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of Workers’ Compensation claims
  • Serious and Willful Misconduct and 132(a) discrimination claims
  • Representation of insurance companies, self-insured employers and third party administrators
  • Worker’s compensation subrogation

Education

  • J.D. – California Western School of Law – Graduated with distinction. Served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review and served as a teaching assistant tutoring students while working as a volunteer Research Assistant for the Superior Court.
  • M.Ed. in Counseling – University of Idaho, Albertson’s College
  • Ed.D. in Secondary Education – University of Hawaii
  • B.A. in Political Science – UCLA (1969)

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • California Bar Association
  • Presented at the American Public Health Convention.

Scott G. Stettler

Partner

San Diego and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

With deep experience within the insurance industry, Mr. Stettler excels at understanding how to defend worker’s compensation claims in California from the perspective of both an experienced litigator and claims handler.

Scott G. Stettler

With deep experience within the insurance industry, Mr. Stettler excels at understanding how to defend Workers’ Compensation claims in California from the perspective of both an experienced litigator and claims handler.

Professional History

  • Founded and built Siegel, Moreno & Stettler and helped the firm distinguish itself as a leading Workers’ Compensation and Subrogation law firm in Southern California.
  • Prior to graduation from law school, was employed by Golden Eagle Insurance for eight years; served in the litigation department as a hearing representative for three years.
  • While in the litigation department, was responsible for litigation management and handled appearances throughout the Southern California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards.
  • Aided in the evaluation of OBAE audit functions conducted by the state.
  • Experience at Golden Eagle primarily related to the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims.
  • Prior to departing Golden Eagle Insurance, was promoted to manage the Subrogation department. During tenure as manager, the subrogation department was seen as a leader in the industry for paid loss return percentages.

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of Workers’ Compensation claims
  • Serious and Willful Misconduct and 132(a) discrimination claims
  • Worker’s compensation subrogation
  • School district Workers’ Compensation defense

Education

  • J.D. – University of San Diego School of Law – cum laude
  • B.A. in Political Science – Ohio University (1989)

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • California Bar Association
  • Two american jurisprudence awards
  • Two corpus juris secundum awards

Todd M. Sheehan

Partner

Inland Empire and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney | Manager, Riverside office

With extensive experience handling Workers’ Compensation claims from discovery through Trial and the appellate process, Mr. Sheehan has a particular interest in the litigation associated with the medical cost of Workers’ Compensation claims.

Todd M. Sheehan

With extensive experience handling Workers’ Compensation claims from discovery through trial and the appellate process, Mr. Sheehan brings to Siegel, Moreno & Stettler his particular interest in the litigation associated with the medical cost of Workers’ Compensation claims.

Professional History

  • Successfully litigated Labor Code Section 139.3 issues before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
  • Prides himself in preventing medical facilities profiting through self-referrals and the continuous, unnecessary treatment of injured workers.
  • Specializes in defending municipalities with an emphasis on public safety claims.
  • Regularly speaks at CJPIA conferences and has also provided training for several clients.
  • Worked with the State of California Department of Corporations. Gained valuable experience both in corporate law and structure.

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of Workers’ Compensation claims
  • Serious and Willful Misconduct and 132(a) discrimination claims
  • Medical cost of Workers’ Compensation claims litigation

Education

  • J.D. – Western Sierra Law School, San Diego (1995)

Professional Memberships

  • California Bar Association

Christopher J. Capalbo

Partner

California statewide subrogation attorney | Manager, subrogation department

While vigorously pursuing his interest in and passion for litigation as a subrogation attorney at Siegel, Moreno & Stettler. His responsibilities include all aspects of the prosecution of subrogation cases for clients as well as managing the Subrogation Department.

Christopher J. Capalbo

While vigorously pursuing his interest in and passion for litigation as a subrogation attorney at Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, Mr. Capalbo was made Partner of the firm in 2009. His responsibilities include all aspects of the prosecution of subrogation cases for clients throughout the state of California as well as managing the Subrogation Department.

Professional History

  • Hired as part of the distinguished subrogation team of Siegel, Moreno & Stettler and was made Partner of the firm in 2009. Responsible for the operation and management of the subrogation department, including two associate attorneys.
  • Pursues recovery in cases including premises liability, products liability, vehicular negligence, and all other aspects of conduct leading to damage to person or property.
  • Represents plaintiffs in personal injury matters, including a $4,700,000.00 recovery.
    After graduating from law school, worked for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. Handled over 250 felony cases during time with the DA’s Office. Was featured on NBC’s nationally televised show “Crime and Punishment” while second-chairing a complex child molestation trial.

California Practice Specialties

  • Worker’s compensation subrogation
  • Property subrogation
  • Personal injury litigation

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • California Bar Association
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Current editor of The Subrogator, the NASP (National Association of Subrogation Professionals) quarterly trade publication.
  • American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • 2010 & 2011: nominated to be the Workers Compensation Track Leader for the NASP Litigation Skills Conferences.
  • 2009: presented to a national audience at NASP’s Litigation Conference on the topic of barriers to settlement.
  • 2006: San Diego Daily Transcript ‘Top Attorneys’ semifinalist.
  • Spoke at the local Southern California NASP chapter meetings.
  • Presented on the topic of MSAs in the context of workers’ compensation subrogation cases to the San Diego Bar Association and at the Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional Program.

Education

J.D. – University of San Diego School of Law

  • Winner of the Thorsnes Closing Argument Competition
  • Highest Grade in Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • Finalist in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Western Regional Tournament
  • Two Semi-Final appearances in the Consumer Attorneys State Trial Competition.

B.S. in Environmental Science – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Stacy K. Bickler

Partner

San Diego and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

Committed to providing all clients with the best possible defense, Mr Bickler maintains a meticulous perspective of each individual case and values, providing an aggressive and proactive defense to bring about efficient resolution of claims.

Stacy K. Bickler

Committed to providing all clients with the best possible defense, Mr Bickler maintains a meticulous perspective of each individual case and values, providing an aggressive and proactive defense to bring about efficient resolution of claims.

Professional History

  • Practicing attorney for nearly twenty years, fifteen of which have been devoted to handling all aspects of workers’ compensation defense.
  • Adept and well-versed in the nuances of Workers’ Compensation cases for a diverse group of clients ranging from municipalities, large corporations, hospitals and school districts to insurance companies, third party administrators and self-insureds.
  • Extensively experienced in defending against claims made by safety officers which have their own subset of rules within the Labor Code and require an understanding of the importance of coordinating the interests of the particular employer municipality.
  • Worked for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office until joining Siegel, Moreno & Stettler in 2001.
  • While in law school, interned with the business litigation firm of Brown, McDonnell & Romaker where he assisted with complex corporate matters and business litigation
  • Also while in law school, worked as a law clerk for the Moose Restaurant Group assisting with claims including Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment.

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of Workers’ Compensation claims
  • Serious and Willful Misconduct and 132(a) discrimination claims
  • Workers’ Compensation Subrogation

Professional Memberships

  • California State Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association

Education

  • J.D. – California Western School of Law
  • B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Political Science – Minot State University, North Dakota

Professional Memberships

  • California State Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association

Kelsey Daniel

Associate

California statewide subrogation attorney | Southern California worker's compensation defense attorney

As an associate with SMS, Ms. Daniel specializes in pursuing Workers’ Compensation Subrogation. Since joining the firm in 2013, she has become a client favorite with her extensive knowledge base and tenacity in recovering subrogation claims.

Kelsey Daniel

As an associate with Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, Ms. Daniels specializes in pursuing Workers’ Compensation Subrogation. Since joining the firm in 2013, she has become a client favorite with her extensive knowledge base and tenacity in recovering subrogation claims.

Professional History

  • Attorney: Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, San Diego, CA (December 2013 – Present)
  • Handle and manage cases from intake to settlement and/or trial preparation in the areas of Subrogation and Workers’ Compensation Defense including all motions, pleadings, discovery, appearances and client relations.
  • Principal and attorney: Law Office of Kelsey Mezzanatto, Riverside, CA (February 2011 – December 2013)
  • Perform and manage cases in the following areas of law: family, criminal, civil, and immigration.
  • Attorney: The Law Office of R.M. Schlosser, Ontario, CA (November 2010 – March 2011).
  • Drafted motions and oppositions such as demurrers, motions to strike, motions for sanctions, motions in limine, motions for continuance of trial, and motions to intervene.
  • Performed discovery, researched and analyzed legal issues involving civil procedure, case management, and claims.
  • Temporary Attorney: Shernoff Bidart Echeverria, Claremont, CA (December 2010 – January 2011, April 2011 – May 2011).
  • Performed discovery utilizing the Clearwell e-Discovery program.
  • Judicial Externship: The Honorable Peter H. Carroll, United States Bankruptcy Court, Riverside, CA (January 2009 – August 2009).
  • Drafted bench memos on motions to value, reaffirmation agreements, objections to claims, fee applications, orders to show cause, motions to dismiss, and oppositions to motions to dismiss.
  • Researched and analyzed various types of motions involving adversary proceedings
  • Intern: The Law Offices of Kathleen Albrektson, Redlands, CA (January 2006 – March 2006).
    Prepared powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, wills, and trusts.

Education

  • J.D. – University of La Verne College of Law – Ontario, CA (2010) – University of La Verne Law Review, Senior Accounts Editor 2009-2010, Staff Editor, 2008-2009, Dean’s List.
  • M.B.A. – University of La Verne College of Business & Public Management – La Verne, CA (2011)
  • B.A. in Political Science – California State University, San Bernardino (2006)

Professional Memberships

  • California Bar Association (#273664)

Publication

  • Kelsey Mezzanatto, The Birth of Criminal “Pandering” and The Death of Free Speech Coalition’s “Actual Child” Requirement: The Implications of United States v. Williams, 30 U. LA VERNE L. REV. 532 (2009).

Skills

  • AdvantageLaw
  • Westlaw
  • LexisNexis
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Joshua T. Goldsmith

Associate

San Diego and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

An associate attorney with Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, Mr. Goldsmith specializes in Workers’ Compensation Defense with an emphasis in professional athletic claims.

Joshua T. Goldsmith

An associate attorney with Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, Mr Goldsmith specializes in Worker’s Compensation with an emphasis in professional athletic claims.

Professional History

  • Successfully litigated hundreds of claims from opening to closing, settling hundreds of cases and preparing dozens more for trial at the WCAB.
  • In California, served as the lead attorney on over 500 sport-related workers’ compensation claims.
  • In Ohio, argued successfully in front of the 10th District Court of Appeals and submitted briefs to the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Practiced workers’ compensation law as an Applicant’s attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio
    While in law school, clerked at The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati on the housing and family law teams, and interned at an environmental NGO in Bangkok, Thailand.

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of all aspects of workers’ compensation claims
  • Extensive experience with sports-related workers’ compensation claims
  • Serious and Willful Misconduct and 132(a) discrimination claims

Education

  • J.D. – University of Cincinnati College of Law – was a four-time member of the Dean’s List and an Arthur Russell Morgan Fellow in International Human Rights.
  • Studied Art History at Cambridge University in England as an ESU Scholarship recipient.
  • B.A. in English Literature and minor in Art History – Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky – graduated magna cum laude as a William T. Young Scholar.

Professional Memberships

  • Ohio Bar Association
  • California Bar Association

Lawrence Y. Kao

Junior Partner

Los Angeles workers' compensation defense attorney | Manager, Los Angeles Office

An expert in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation Defense, from discovery and trial through the appellate phase, Mr. Kao was a natural choice to oversee the Siegel, Moreno & Stettler Los Angeles office.

Lawrence Y. Kao

An expert in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense, from discovery and trial through the appellate phase, Mr. Kao was a natural choice to oversee the Siegel, Moreno & Stettler Los Angeles office.

Professional History

  • Handles municipalities, hospitals, school districts and large self-insured claims.
  • Aggressive with a very impressive rate of file closures.
  • Since returning to Los Angeles in 2002, now has more than 13 years of Workers’ Compensation experience defending cities, school districts and large self-insured which included Serious and Willful Misconduct and 132(a) Discrimination claims.
  • After completing law school, joined the office of the State of Alaska, Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office. Prosecuted criminal cases. Tried more than 60 jury trials in 2 years as a state prosecutor.

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of workers’ compensation claims
  • Serious and Willful Misconduct and 132(a) discrimination claims
  • Worker’s compensation subrogation

Education

  • J.D. – Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Timothy W. Rose

Junior Partner

Sacramento workers' compensation defense attorney

An Associate of Siegel, Moreno & Stettler in the Sacramento office, Mr. Rose has found particular success with litigation of liens and also litigated multiple cases involving various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs with multiple unions throughout California.

Timothy W. Rose

A Junior Partner of Siegel, Moreno & Stettler in the Sacramento office, Mr. Rose has found particular success with litigation of liens and also litigated multiple cases involving various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs with multiple unions throughout California.

Professional History

  • Provides a complete defense for self-insureds, hospitals, municipalities and school districts.
  • Has extensive experience with various unions and ombudsman programs.
  • Excels in contractual and coverage disputes.
  • Has particular expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolutions.
  • Provides hands-on training for employees and claims staff.
  • Managed an office in Santa Rosa in Northern California, handling multiple venues in that area and obtained partner status.
  • Transferred to Sacramento to address the specific needs of various clients.
  • Upon returning to Southern California, opened a Workers’ Compensation office in Los Angeles for an out-of-state law firm.
  • Specialized in representing personnel leasing companies (PEO’s).
  • Worked as senior claims examiner for over 5 years at AIG where he piloted an ADR program.
  • Worked at ICW Group.
  • Has been published in multiple publications on a variety of topics involving Workers’ Compensation litigation.

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of all aspects of Workers’ Compensation claims including 132(a) defense
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) experience with various unions and ombudsman programs
  • Personnel leasing company (PEO) representation and contractual/coverage disputes

Education

  • J.D. – Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego (2009)
  • B.A in Political Science and Marketing – San Diego State University (2000)

Professional Memberships

  • California Bar Association

Fernando Navarrete

Associate

Los Angeles and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

Recently joining our Los Angeles office, Mr, Navarrete brings tenacity and experience to our clients. Expect dedication and expediency in closing all manner of workers’ compensation cases.

Fernando Navarrete

Mr. Navarrete excels in providing legal representation for clients who are typically workers’ compensation insurance carriers, to defend workers’ compensation claims filed by applicants

Professional Experience

Associate Attorney: Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, Long Beach, CA (2013 – 2016 )

  • Responsibilities included case assessment; consulting with clients, witnesses and claims personnel to develop litigation strategies; attended hearings, depositions and trials; drafted and responded to a multitude of case-related documents including standard workers’ compensation forms and pleadings, position papers and related documents.

Project Manager, Design & Construction: Navarrete & Associates, Los Angeles, CA (June 2013-December 2013)

  • Drafted design services agreements, fee statement schedules, and correspondence to clients regarding the status of their project.
  • Presented design solutions to clients and negotiated services agreements.
  • Organized appointments with engineers, draftsmen, and city inspectors.
  • Managed daily business operations.

Advocate/Translator, Center for Children’s Rights: Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, CA (Aug. 2012 – Dec. 2012)

  • Advocated on behalf of children with developmental disabilities.
  • Conducted legal research, drafted memoranda regarding case status to clients and supervising attorneys, drafted compliance complaints.
  • Managed multiple cases simultaneously, maintained regular client contact, and quickly answered client inquiries.
  • Translated written and verbal material from English to Spanish.

Legal Assistant: Floyd, Skeren & Kelly LLP, Culver City, CA (July 2009 – July 2010)

  • Managed assignments from five attorneys, successfully prioritizing tasks.
  • Transcribed memoranda regarding case status to clients and attorneys.
  • Organized appointments with various entities and closed all office files.

Volunteer Experience

  • Lanterman Special Education Law Clinic (Oct. 2013 – Dec 2013)

Education

J.D.: Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, CA (2013)

  • Graduated magna cum laude
  • Class Rank: Top 10% (20/210)
  • Dean’s Merit Scholarship (Two Years)
  • CALI Award (Highest grade),
  • Uniform Commercial Code 1

Language Skills

  • Fluent in Spanish

Chalsie D. Keller

Associate

California statewide subrogation attorney

After starting with Siegel Moreno & Stettler performing clerical tasks and then moving on to drafting court documents and memoranda in a matter of a few months, Ms. Keller now works as an associate representing plaintiffs in civil litigation involving personal injury and subrogation in California courts.

Chalsie D. Keller

After starting with Siegel Moreno & Stettler performing clerical tasks and then moving on to drafting court documents and memoranda in a matter of a few months, Ms. Keller now works as an associate representing plaintiffs in civil litigation involving personal injury and subrogation in California courts.

Professional History

  • During law school, developed her passion for litigation and skills in negotiation and trial advocacy.
  • By the end of first year with SMS, successfully assisted in the settlement of six cases, drafted winning arguments and motions, and had been assigned the task of assisting the managing partner with all aspects of investigation and litigation of the firm’s cases.
  • Honed her skills as a representative, public speaker and effective negotiator during undergraduate years.
  • Committed a large portion of her time working in the Community Legal Information Center where she handled Social Security cases before an Administrative Law Judge.
  • Was actively involved in California State University, Chico’s moot court and debate teams, winning multiple awards including First Place and Best Presentation in debate and Third Place and Best Brief in moot court.
  • Has been determined to be an active member of the community. Being the first in her family to achieve a post-secondary education, she has anchored her studies and career on the foundational belief everyone in life has a special gift or talent and once they realize what that talent is, they should use it to help better the world in any way they can.

California Practice Specialties

  • Worker’s Compensation Subrogation
  • Property Subrogation
  • Personal Injury Litigation

Education

  • J.D. – Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2015) – graduated top third of class
  • B.A. – California State University, Chico (2010)

Professional Memberships

  • California Bar Association

Philip Hermanson

Associate

Inland Empire and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

Philip Hermanson

Adam Tatlow

Associate

Orange County and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

Practicing in our Orange County office, Mr. Tatlow specializes in Worker’s Compensation Defense and proudly serves clients throughout Southern California. He is known for his diligence and dedication and is a welcome member of the SMS team.

Adam Tatlow

Practicing in our Orange County office, Mr. Tatlow specializes in Worker’s Compensation Defense and proudly serves clients throughout Southern California. He is known for his diligence and dedication and is a welcome member of the SMS team.

Bar Membership

Admitted to California State Bar, June 2010.  Bar number is 270156.

Education

WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW, Fullerton, California – Juris Doctor (2009)

  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence – Constitutional Law, Spring 2008.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, California – Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (2002)

Experience

LAW OFFICES OF DOUGLAS W. LARR, Irvine, California – Associate Attorney
August 2, 2010 – Present

  • Aggressive representation of employers and insurance carriers rights in the defense of worker’s compensation, Labor Code Section 132(a), and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims. This entails handling worker’s compensation claims from beginning to end, including the filing of Petitions for Reconsideration/Removal and the filing of Writs.
  • Handling subrogation claims on behalf of insurance carriers.
  • Extensive legal research skills both on a conventional and computerized basis.
  • Writing of legal motions and pleadings.
  • Interviewing potential witnesses for trial/deposition proceedings.
  • Deposing applicants, doctors and/or witnesses for case preparation.

WALLIN & KLARICH, A LAW CORPORATION, Tustin, California – Legal Assistant/Law Clerk
June 2002 – August, 1 2010

  • Perform extensive research and prepare legal memoranda on criminal law issues.
  • Interview clients and/or potential witnesses.
  • Speaks with new, and existing, clients regarding their cases and potential avenues for resolving their legal issues.
  • Create trial binders for Partner of firm. Assist with trial preparation.
  • Prepare criminal motions, and have them filed with appropriate parties.
  • Motions to Sever, Motions to Suppress Evidence, Motion for Jury View, Bail Motions, Sentencing Memoranda, Discovery Motions, Motions to Continue.
  • Schedule appointments and court appearances for attorneys.
  • Organize case materials and update master files.
  • Interact with District Attorney’s Office regarding status of client cases.
  • Collaborate with Experts and Private Investigators regarding case details.
  • Set future court dates, organize proffer sessions, and coordinate client interactions with the Assistant United States Attorney.
    Draft sentencing briefs in federal criminal cases.
  • E-file federal documents.

Computer Experience

  • Research: Internet Search Engines, Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, Westlaw Next
  • Software Proficiency: Microsoft Office, Word Perfect, Time Matters, Legal Solutions, EAMS site and forms, and various
  • internet applications such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
  • Operating Systems: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10.

College Activities

  • University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band.
  • Volunteer for J.E.P. (Joint Educational Program).
  • Volunteer for Spirits in Action.
  • Volunteer for Swim with Mike.

Christopher Stettler

Of Counsel

San Diego and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

Besides being a frequently awarded law scholar, Mr. Stettler brings over 20 years of workers’ compensation defense experience to SMS.

Christopher Stettler

With a depth of experience in workers’ compensation defense under his belt, Mr. Stettler brings nuance, savvy and excellent negotiation skills to the firm. He strives to ensure that all cases are litigated with out clients’ best possible outcomes in mind.

Professional History

  • Bradford & Barthel, LLP (San Diego) Senior Litigator, Partner and Managing Attorney – Sports Law Division (2014-17)
  • Republic Indemnity Company of America – Senior Hearing Representative/Litigation Coordinator (1991-2000)
  • American Financial Group (AIG) (1989-1991)

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of workers’ compensation claims

Professional Memberships

  • California Bar Association

Education

  • J.D. – Thomas Jefferson School of Law -Trustee’s Scholarship for Academic Achievement for three years,
    Honor Roll and National Dean’s List achievements, LSAT Scholarship
  • B.A. – Business Administration – University of New Mexico, Anderson Schools of Management – Bachelor of Business Administration (Business Marketing, with Honors, Honor Roll for two years)

Reported Cases

  • 2005 American Tissue Corporation v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, et al. 70 Cal. Comp. Cas 771
  • 2004 Tonya Morris v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, et al.69 Cal. Comp. Cas 819
  • 2003 Wal-Mart, Inc, et al. v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (Garcia)68 Cal. Comp. Cas 1575

Eric A. Thompson

Junior Partner

Inland Empire and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

While giving the firm deeper appellant experience, Eric also excels at worker’s compensation defense for large self-insured has specific expertise in working with grocery store chains.

Eric A. Thompson

At Siegel Moreno & Stettler since 2017, Eric has defended workers’ compensation cases from initiation to closing. Eric manages all correspondence, pleadings, discovery and WCAB appearances related to successfully litigating a client’s file.

Professional History

  • For 15 years, prior to joining SMS, worked for the Law Offices of Brian W. Collins, Inc. as an Attorney litigating workers’ compensation defense cases.
  • Worked for Klute & Pennel (2001 – 2002) as an Associate Attorney where he reviewed and summarized medical records, answered and propounded discovery, prepared motions, communicated with clients, civil court appearances for status conferences and completed various assigned projects.
  • Interned under Judge Robert Martinez at the Juvenile Court of Pomona during law school.

California Practice Specialties

  • Defense of workers’ compensation claims

Education

  • J.D. – University of La Verne (1999)
  • B.A. – Philosophy – California Polytechnic University
  • Certificate – University of California, Riverside (2003)

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • California Bar Association
  • Law Review, University of LaVerne College of Law College of Law Recognition Award, Agency & Partnership

Publications

  • Law Review, Journal of Juvenile Law

William C. Smail

Junior Partner

Inland Empire and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

With extensive experience handling Workers’ Compensation claims from discovery through Trial and the appellate process, Mr. Smail has been very successful defending cases involving Western Growers and Labor Code Section 5412.

William C. Smail

William (Bill) Smail has extensive experience handling Workers’ Compensation claims from discovery through Trial and the appellate process. Mr. Smail has been very successful defending cases involving Western Growers and Labor Code Section 5412.

He is an expert with cumulative trauma cases and has an impressive track record reducing claim costs through reimbursement/contribution dollars.

Mr. Smail completed his undergraduate study at La Salle University and received his Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) from University of Miami School of Law in 1996. During law school, Mr. Smail worked for the Office of Statewide Prosecution and upon graduation he worked as in-house counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

He continued his career in the defense industry and in 2012 he opened his own practice. Mr. Smail joined Siegel, Moreno & Stettler in 2017 and was quickly promoted to a Junior Partner due to his extensive experience.

Jessica I. Cha

Associate

Orange County and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

As the newest Associate in the SMS Orange County office, Jessica helps round out the OC team with her extensive knowledge of employment law, wrongful termination and employment discrimination claims as well as her tenacity in fighting for her clients’ best interests.

Jessica I. Cha

As the newest Associate in the SMS Orange County office, Jessica helps round out the OC team with her extensive knowledge of workers’ compensation defense, employment law, wrongful termination and employment discrimination claims as well as her tenacity in fighting for her clients’ best interests.

Professional History

  • Law Offices of Schlossberg & Umholtz: As an associate attorney, successfully negotiated settlements to resolve workers’ compensation claims, employment law, wrongful termination, serious and willful, lien litigation, and employment discrimination claims. She also created and led training conferences and claims reviews focusing on efficient defense litigation of workers’ compensation and employment claims to educate claims professionals.
  • Western State University Immigration Clinic: As a Certified Law Clerk, successfully petitioned for immigration visas, including U-Visas and VAWA visas as well as conducted training and personalized case analysis for applications under the DREAM Act.
  • State of California, Division of Workers’ Compensation: As a law clerk, composed decisional memoranda reflecting legal analysis of civil and administrative law and their impact on cases before Presiding Judge Hon. Ellen Flynn
  • Riverside City Attorney’s Office: As a law clerk, developed legal memoranda regarding imminent domain, zoning, and pre-emption issues for motions to compel, answers to complaints, and interrogatories.
  • Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Identity Theft and Fraud: As a law clerk, composed Los Angeles County informational pamphlets detailing identity theft and methods to protect oneself from identity theft as well as prepared detailed deposition summaries and analyses of discovery in criminal and civil matters relating to interstate fraud prosecution

Education

  • J.D. – Western State University College of Law (2012)
  • B.A. Political Science, Minor in Cognitive Psychology – University of California, Irvine (2009)

Professional Memberships

  • California Bar Association (#273664)

Skills

  • Fluent Korean (conversant) | Intermediate Spanish (spoken and written)

Lauren J. Feliciano

Associate

Los Angeles and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney

As the newest Associate in the SMS Los Angeles office, Lauren brings superb cross examination skills that have propelled her to the highest levels of achievement in workers’ compensation defense litigation. Her SMS clients are already amazed at her deposition preparedness and sharp negotiating skills.

Lauren J. Feliciano

As the newest Associate in the SMS Los Angeles office, Lauren brings superb cross examination skills that have propelled her to the highest levels of achievement in workers’ compensation defense litigation. Her SMS clients are already amazed at her deposition preparedness and sharp negotiating skills.

Professional History

  • The Law Office of Berger & Michelena: As an associate, represented applicants in all facets of the workers’ compensation system; responsible for a high case volume; worked up and evaluated case files; made daily appearances on numerous WCAB conferences, trials, and/or expedited hearings; prepared and accompanied applicants to depositions; conducted doctor cross-examinations with AMA Guides proficiency; conducted legal research; drafted trial briefs, motions, and petitions.
  • Pebble Beach Company: As a Legal Affairs Intern Assisted general counsel with drafting sponsorship and licensing contracts; conducted legal research and wrote legal memoranda; investigated possible trademark infringements; drafted updates to the employee handbook.
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office: As a law clerk, drafted motions; assisted the Deputy District Attorney during court proceedings; researched new case law regarding due process issues.
  • Monterey City Attorney’s Office: As a legal intern, Wrote legal memoranda; took notes and read case law for the Assistant City Attorney during court proceedings;
    assisted the paralegal with filing, copying, telephone calls, and bates-stamping.

Education

  • J.D. – Southwestern Law School (2014): Recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Intellectual Property (Spring, 2014); Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Remedies (Fall, 2013), Dean’s Merit Award Scholarship (2013-2014); Professor Zervas Memorial Scholarship (2013-2014); Top 20%.
  • B.A. History & Sociology – University of California, Santa Barbara (2010): Recipient: University Award of Distinction (2010); Dean’s List (2008-2010).

Professional Memberships

  • California Bar Association

SIEGEL, MORENO & STETTLERSupporting Staff

Arlene Sherreitt

Office Manager

With us from the beginning

Ms. Sherreitt started with the core group of the founders of Siegel, Moreno & Stettler in 1980. Her experience has made her well-versed in Workers’ Compensation matters and makes her a hands-on office manager.

Arlene Sherreitt

Ms. Sherreitt started with the core group of the founders of Siegel, Moreno & Stettler in 1980.

Her longevity and experience with the firm as it has grown through the years has made her well-versed in workers’ compensation matters and makes her a hands-on office manager. She has the unique ability to see and understand all the moving parts and positions that make the firm productive and successful. Her positive and encouraging outlook allows her the ability to recognize the strengths in each of our staff members and allows them to work to those strengths. She strives to manage an efficient office with consideration for the best interests of our clients.

Brenda Winter

Financial Manager

Keeping the wheels turning at SMS

Ms. Winter also started with the core group of the founders of Siegel, Moreno & Stettler in 1983. She has managed the financial and IT operations of the firm for 33 years, constantly striving to improve productivity while maximizing profitability.

Brenda Winter

Ms. Winter also started with the core group of the founders of Siegel, Moreno & Stettler in 1983. She has managed the financial and IT operations of the firm for 33 years, constantly striving to improve productivity while maximizing profitability.

As the lead of billing department, she works closely with its members fostering teamwork and individual strengths enhancing the firm’s overall performance.

Her strong educational background in accounting has played a key role in her ability to analyze and calculate complex permanent impairment and disability ratings. She has attended multiple instructional seminars on the principles of using the AMA Guides 5th edition for rating California Workers’ Compensation claims and has been frequently asked and given seminars on ratings. She has also been instrumental in the accurate assessment of settlement values of many claims handled by our firm.

Ms. Winter is also an active member and past Treasurer of the Association of Legal Administrators.

Jennifer McCaw

Client Relations Manager

Rounding out the SMS team

Ms. McCaw strives to be at the forefront of the ever changing world of Workers’ Compensation and provides legal and procedural updates to our clients while also acting as the firm’s Client Relations Manager.

Jennifer McCaw

Ms. McCaw has been with Siegel Moreno & Stettler for 27 years. She began her career with the firm as a paralegal and is now the Client Relations Manager. She is an important part of the legal team and provides training as well as legal and procedural updates to the firm’s clients.

Ms.McCaw also manages Siegel Moreno & Stettler’s charitable interests, events and programs. She is Committee Chair organizer for Kid’s Chance of California and is a member of PARMA, AIP and RIMS. Ms.

McCaw strives to provide the very best results and service to all of the firm’s clients.

Say hello to us at the 17th Annual CCWC conference, which starts tomorrow. Our conference crew includes Steven M. Siegel, Esq. - Todd M. Sheehan, Esq. - Timothy Rose, Esq. and representing Kids'​ Chance of America - Jennifer McCaw! ccwcworkcomp.org/events/annua…