Kathryn L. Rooney Partner / Orange County and Southern California workers' compensation defense attorney | Manager, Orange County Office

As an associate with Siegel, Moreno & Stettler since 2002, Ms. Rooney specializes in defense of California Workers’ Compensation claims on behalf of professional sports teams, hospitals, school districts and third party administrators.

Professional History

  • Excels in up-to-the minute analysis of current changes in the law, liens, exposure, and jurisdictional issues.
  • Responsible for managing work groups and manages cases on an aggressive basis with a focus on mitigation of costs to clients.
  • Case management duties include initial assessment, discovery, legal and medical research, preparation of opinion letters, negotiations, conclusion of case through settlement, arbitration or trial, appeal/Petition for Reconsideration if necessary, and finalizing lien settlement of outstanding medical provider charges, including negotiation and/or litigation.
  • Supervisory duties include overseeing the work of four associates and necessary paralegals/support staff, as well as providing direction, reviews, salary recommendations, and counseling.
    Currently supervises the Orange County offices of SMS.


  • J.D – University of San Diego – San Diego, CA (2003)
  • B.A. in History with a Minor in Political Science – Randolph-Macon College – Ashland, VA (2000)

Professional Memberships

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • California Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Soldiers’ Angels – Volunteer
  • Marine Special Operations Command – Volunteer, Fundraiser
  • Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA – Board of Managers
  • YMCA Encinitas Bike-a-Thon – Planning Committee, Captain, Committee Chair
  • Helen Woodward Animal Center – Planning Committee
  • USA Triathlon Organization (Ironman) – Competitor

Cal/OSHA has cited a Bay Area contractor for serious safety violations after a worker was fatally crushed at a San Rafael construction site. #injuredworker #violation #workerdeath #workplacesafety #safetyrisk