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Our Team A-Z list

We are often told we have some of the best attorneys and support staff in California and beyond.

Partners

Dagmawi (Dag) Adane
Sacramento

Dagmawi (Dag) Adane

11171 Sun Center Drive, Suite 260,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(+1) 916 852 0501

dag @ lmlalaw.com

Summary:Dag Adane is the Managing Partner in our Sacramento Office. Mr. Adane joined Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, in 2012 with a legal background in criminal defense, civil litigation and workers’ compensation defense. Mr. Adane represents employers, insurance carriers, and third party administrators in all aspects of workers’ compensation claims, claimed violations of L.C. section 132(a) and Serious & Willful Misconduct claims. A distinguishing feature of Mr. Adane’s legal representation is the zealous and aggressive handling of cases for his clients to secure a favorable resolution or “take nothings.” Mr. Adane has extensive experience in litigating complex injuries and high value cases with the ability to keep his client’s goal and needs in the forefront.

Mr. Adane obtained his undergraduate degree from the California State University of Sacramento and Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law. During law school, Mr. Adane was ranked in the top four trial teams in the nation for an American Bar Association Mock Trial competition. He speaks and writes fluent Amharic. He is also proficient in written and oral Spanish.

Education: J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville; 2011 | B.S., California State University, Sacramento; 2007

Admissions: California State Courts

Gina Azizad
Orange

Gina Azizad

333 South Anita Drive, Suite 780
Orange, CA 92868

(+1) 657 888 5700

ginaA @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: After a successful career as an in-house counsel and with other practices, Gina Azizad joined LMLA as a managing attorney and in recognition of her talents, she has become a Manging Partner with the firm, based in the Orange County office. Mrs. Azizad is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist by the State Bar of California and represents insurance carriers, third-party administrators and self-insured employers in the defense of workers’ compensation matters, alleged Labor Code Section 132(a) violations as well as Serious & Willful Misconduct claims.

Mrs Azizad has also extensive experience advocating for large companies with a unionized workforce.

Ms. Azizad has a wealth of experience in workers’ compensation defense and litigation management and is one of the industry’s brightest attorneys.

Education: J.D., University of San Francisco, School of Law; 2011 | B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; 2008

Admissions: California State Courts

llarena
Sacramento

Carlos A Llarena, Jr

11171 Sun Center Drive, Suite 260,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(+1) 916 852 0501

carlos @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Mr. Llarena is the firm’s co-founding principal and has been practicing law since 2002 and workers’ compensation defense since 2004. He maintains a full case load specializing in the litigation of workers’ compensation defense representing insurance carriers, third party administrators and self-insured employers with legal representation throughout the state of California while co-managing the law firm in Sacramento, California.

Mr. Llarena represents employers and insurance carriers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims, claimed violations of L.C. section 132(a), and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims and keeping the client satisfied is top priority.

Mr. Llarena graduated from California State University Sacramento with a degree in biology, magna cum laude. During his undergraduate years, Mr. Llarena served as an adjunct professor for inorganic chemistry and performed medical research with the University of Texas, Houston Medical School. He worked as an operating room technician for nine years and as a laboratory technician for three years. He gained invaluable medical experience and applies his medical background litigating workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Llarena obtained his Juris Doctor from McGeorge SOL University of the Pacific, California.

Mr. Llarena served seven years with the United States Army and the California Army National Guard. He is a native Spanish speaker.

Education: J.D., McGeorge SOL University of the Pacific, California; 2002 | B.A., California State University, Sacramento; 1998

Admissions: California State Courts | U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Dominic A. Lopez
Pasadena

Dominic A. Lopez

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

dominic @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Mr. Lopez, the firm’s general managing partner, has been practicing workers’ compensation law exclusively since 2007. He is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist who represents insurance carriers, third-party administrators and self-insured employers in the defense of workers’ compensation matters, alleged Labor Code Section 132(a) violations as well as Serious & Willful Misconduct claims.

Mr. Lopez provides strong legal representation, aggressive case resolution, and successful litigation with a focus on client driven results. Prior to joining the Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, Mr. Lopez was a Senior Attorney at a state-wide workers’ compensation defense firm. There he earned his reputation for quick, decisive and tactical case handling. The settlement of claims became a trademark of his practice and resulted in a large number of file closures in a short period of time. He has been innovative in setting up large informal settlement conferences and has taken the lead on multiple file closure projects.

As General Managing Partner for the Firm, Mr. Lopez handles client relations, manages attorneys and administrative staff, as well as oversees finances and day to day executive activities. He is a direct communicator whose focus on action driven results, and commitment to finding the most talented workers’ compensation personnel in the industry, has been an integral contributor to the firm’s tremendous growth. Under Mr. Lopez’s leadership the firm continues to expand throughout the State of California.

Mr. Lopez obtained his double major undergraduate degrees in History and Latin American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Education: J.D., University California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco; 2007 | B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; 2001

Admissions: United States Supreme Court | California State Courts | U.S. District Court, Central District of California | U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Professional Association and Memberships: State Bar of California | Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law | Mexican American Bar Association – Los Angeles | Los Angeles County Bar Association | Member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) | Accredited U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Attorney

Daniel Murdock
Sacramento

Daniel P. Murdock

6475 Christie Avenue, Suite 315
Emeryville, CA 94608

(+1) 510 285 9255

daniel @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Daniel Murdock is the firm’s co-founding principal, managing partner of the Bay Area Office and has been practicing workers’ compensation law since 2004. He maintains a full case load, specializing in the litigation of workers’ compensation defense and represents insurance carriers, third party administrators and self-insured employers with legal representation throughout the State of California. Mr. Murdock provides training seminars with clients about changes in the law, administrative rulings, case updates, effective handling of claims at the WCAB, and all topics which effect and involve litigation.

Prior to the formation of the Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, Mr. Murdock practiced medical malpractice law in Sacramento for one year and then joined a Law Firm specializing in workers’ compensation defense. Mr. Murdock obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and was invited to join the Golden Key Honor Society for academic excellence. He began his law career as a paralegal and shortly thereafter earned his Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, California.

Mr. Murdock was a member of the United States Army Reserve from 1991 to 2005 assigned to the 75th Legal Support Organization (LSO). He was awarded two Army Achievement Medals with Operation Enduring Freedom serving the 75th LSO.

Education: J.D., McGeorge SOL University of the Pacific, California; 2002 | B.A., University of California, San Diego; 1997

Admissions: California State Courts

Professional Association and Memberships: State Bar of California | Member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) | Accredited U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Attorney

Attorneys

Bethel
Sacramento

Blake C. Bethel

11171 Sun Center Drive, Suite 260,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(+1) 916 852 0501

blake @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Blake is an associate attorney in the Sacramento office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, where he practices Workers' Compensation defense.

Mr. Bethel started his career in civil litigation focused in Insurance Defense, and in that time, he represented both insurance carriers and private employers. He is experienced in working directly with both clients and administrators to pragmatically reach the most beneficial cost-effective case resolution for his clients. Blake also spent time in family law civil litigation dealing with sophisticated financial matters, including business appreciation apportionment, reimbursement, and contribution issues among other things. He draws on his varied valuable background experience to advocate exclusively on behalf of his Workers' Compensation clients.

He received his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, Cum Laude. Mr. Bethel obtained his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law, Cum Laude, in May 2014. While at Syracuse, Mr. Bethel was a member of the Justinian Honor Society, received Am. Jur. awards for Evidence and Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and served as a student attorney in the low income tax payer clinic. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2014.

Personally, Blake is a die-hard sports fan, specifically professional and college basketball and football. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, exercising, and outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and water sports.

Education: J.D., Syracuse University College of Law; 2014 | B.A., San Diego State University; 2011

Admissions: California State Courts

Shilpa Bodiwala
Van Nuys

Shilpa Bodiwala

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2557

info @ lmlalaw.com

Berman
Van Nuys

Y. Gina Boksar

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2557

gina @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Gina Boksar is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, where she practices Workers' Compensation defense. Gina graduated from UCLA Law in 2006, and subsequently engaged in business litigation. She has practiced worker’s compensation since 2010 and in that time has represented employers and insurance companies in all stages of litigation. Gina is comfortable at trial, deposing physicians, and has done a significant amount of appeals work. She is excellent at resolving cases, litigation, trial, depositions and cross-examinations of Primary Treating Physicians, Agreed Medical Examiners and Panel Qualified Medical Examiners.

Education: J.D., University of California, Los Angeles; 2006 | B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; 2002

Admissions: California State Courts

Krista Cartier
Van Nuys

Krista J. Cartier

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2362

krista @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Krista Cartier is an associate attorney in LMLA's Sherman Oaks Office. Ms. Cartier joined Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, with a legal background in civil litigation, transactional law and workers’ compensation defense. While completing her undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees, Ms. Cartier worked for several law firms in a variety of capacities, including as a legal secretary, case manager and law clerk. Ms. Cartier graduated from Whittier Law School, and was admitted to the California State Bar, in December 2013. Subsequently, Ms. Cartier performed transactional work, reviewing and negotiating land use contracts for a Fortune 500 company.

Education: J.D., Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa; 2013 | B.S., California State University, Sacramento; 2008

Admissions: California State Courts | U.S. District Court, Central District of California | Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Eugenia Chentsova
Van Nuys

Eugenia Chentsova

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2557

jenny @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Eugenia “Jenny” Chentsova joined Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad in 2017 as an associate attorney of the firm’s Van Nuys Office. Ms. Chentsova brings with her 8 years of extensive experience in civil litigation. She possesses acute analytical skills, with the ability to spot issues and develop creative solutions in order to achieve optimal results for her clients. Ms. Chentsova has practiced Worker’s Compensation defense since 2015. Applying a respectful, but aggressive approach, she has performed all aspects of litigation including development of strategies that lead to efficient case resolution. Ms. Chentsova is bilingual in Russian and English.

Education: J.D., University of West Los Angeles; 2014 | B.A., Pedagogical University, Russia; 2005

Admissions: California State Courts

Yuriye Choi
Orange

Yuriye Choi

333 South Anita Drive, Suite 780
Orange, CA 92868

(+1) 657 888 5700

Yuriye @ lmlalaw.com

Yuriye Choi is an associate attorney in the Orange office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, where she represents insurance carriers, self‐insured employers and public entities in all aspects of workers’ compensation. Before joining LMLA, Ms. Choi was an associate with several large and mid-size defense firms, appearing at WCABs throughout Southern California.

Ms. Choi graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History. In 2013 she obtained her J.D. from Loyola Law School, where she served as a Production Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review.

Education: J.D., Loyola School of Law; 2013 | B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr; 2006

Admissions: California State Courts | State Bar of California

John Paul Fickes
Sacramento

John Paul Fickes

11171 Sun Center Drive, Suite 260,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(+1) 916 852 0501

john @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: John Paul Fickes joined the Sacramento office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez, & Azizad APC in December of 2016. He has practiced Workers’ Compensation defense exclusively since 2014. His legal representation is marked by his excellent analytical skills, his thorough knowledge of statute and case law, and his clear and direct style of communication. He works quickly to resolve his cases in a timely manner and clients enjoy his comfortable and friendly demeanor.

Education: J.D., University of La Verne, La Verne; 2012 | B.A., Simpson University, Redding; 2008

Admissions: California State Courts

Miriam Gregory
Van Nuys

Miriam Gregory

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2360

miriam @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Ms. Gregory joined the Van Nuys office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad in February 2019. Prior to joining LMLA, Ms. Gregory worked as an in-house workers’ compensation attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, as well as panel counsel with a large California defense firm.

Since 2014, Ms. Gregory has defended clients in all aspects of workers’ compensation. Ms. Gregory's practice before workers’ compensation included civil litigation defense in the areas of insurance coverage, subrogation, and personal injury. While in law school, Ms. Gregory clerked for Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also represented asylum-seekers in immigration proceedings as a clerk with Pepperdine’s Refugee and Asylum Clinic.

She is a detail-oriented advocate for her clients, focusing on providing comprehensive legal counsel and an aggressive defense. She aims to provide the highest level of service with an emphasis on understanding her clients’ needs.

Education: J.D., Pepperdine School of Law; 2011 | B.A., University of California, San Diego; 2008

Admissions: California State Courts | U.S. District Courts, Central District of California | State Bar of California

B. Clark Haman
Van Nuys

B. Clark Haman

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2362

info @ lmlalaw.com

Maliha Haque
Orange

Maliha Haque

333 South Anita Drive, Suite 780
Orange, CA 92868

(+1) 657 888 5700

maliha @ lmlalaw.com

Summary:Maliha Haque is an associate attorney in the Orange office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, where she represents insurance carriers, self‐insured employers and public entities in all aspects of workers’ compensation. Before joining LMLA, Ms. Haque was an associate with several large defense firms in Orange County and Los Angeles, appearing at WCABs throughout Southern California.

Prior to her experience in workers’ compensation, she practiced in the area of entertainment and transactional law working with production companies and studios.

Education: J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA; 2011 | B.A., University of California, Riverside; 2007

Admissions: California State Courts

Glen Hatfield
Los Angeles

Glen Hatfield

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

glen @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Glen Hatfield is an associate attorney in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Prior to joining the firm and becoming an attorney, he worked as a worker’s compensation adjuster for a large insurance company. As an adjuster, he primarily handled the settlement of complex and high exposure claims.

Glen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.

Education: J.D., Loyola Law School; 2016 | B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; 2008

Admissions: California State Courts

Andrew Krikorian
Los Angeles

Andrew Krikorian

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

info @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Andrew Krikorian is an associate attorney at the Pasadena office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad. His practice focuses on defense of all aspects of workers’ compensation claims on behalf of insurance carriers, third party administrators, and employers. Mr. Krikorian began his career working in Family Law, focusing on alternative dispute resolution. He also has experience as corporate counsel, overseeing operations for large multi-state corporations. At our firm, he is primarily adept at aggressive claim resolution in all aspects of workers compensation defense for large national insurance carriers and third party administrators.

Education: J.D., Western Michigan University; 2013 | B.A., California State University, Northridge; 2008

Admissions: California State Courts

Edgar Medina
Bay Area

Aarti Kumar

6475 Christie Avenue, Suite 315
Emeryville, CA, 94608

(+1) 510 285 9255

aarti @ lmlalaw.com

Nixon Ma
Orange

Nixon Ma

333 South Anita Drive, Suite 780
Orange, CA 92868

(+1) 657 888 5700

nixon @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Nixon Ma is an associate in LMLA’s Orange County Office. Mr. Ma has experience representing employers, third party administrators and insurance carriers in all aspects of workers’ compensation claims. Mr. Ma graduated, with Honors, from the University of California, San Diego where he earned a degree in Political Science and minor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. He received his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law where he received multiple Witkins Awards for Academic Excellence, externed for the Honorable Barry Russell in the United States Bankruptcy Court and served as an Editor for the Southwestern Journal of International Law.

Education: J.D., Southwestern University School of Law; 2014 | B.A., California State University, San Diego; 2010

Admissions: California State Courts | U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Edgar Medina
Van Nuys

Edgar Medina

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2362

edgar @ lmlalaw.com

Alexander Mikaelian
Van Nuys

Alexander Mikaelian

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2557

alexander @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Alexander Mikaelian is the Managing Attorney in the firm’s Van Nuys office. Mr. Mikaelian has represented public entities, major corporations and hospitals, private self-insured employers, and insurance carriers in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation. He is a skilled negotiator and litigator. Prior to his experience in workers’ compensation, he worked in the area of complex constructions defect, and civil litigation.
Mr. Mikaelian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Policy from UCLA, and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.

Education: J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; 2008 | B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; 2004

Admissions: California State Courts

Professional Associations: State Bar of California

Diana L Mejia
Los Angeles

Diana L Mejia

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

diana @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Diana L Mejia is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, where she practices Workers' Compensation defense. Prior to entering the field of Workers Compensation, Ms. Mejia worked in general civil and criminal litigation practice, which included but was not limited to construction defect, medical malpractice, personal injury, family law and estate planning.
Ms. Mejia has been practicing Worker’s Compensation law since 2002, which includes all aspects of litigation including but not limited to development of litigation plans, drafting legal pleadings and motions, legal research, depositions of applicant’s and physicians, Labor Code Section 132(a) claims, Serious and Willful claims, uninsured employers, and some subrogation. She has also participated in hearings, conferences, arbitrations and trials. Her goal is to always provide the client with assertive and focus oriented representation that will lead to an advantageous resolution of the claim.
Ms. Mejia graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Thereafter, she earned a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law. While at the UCLA School of Law, Ms. Mejia participated in a summer internship with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Hearings and Appeals in Washington D.C. where she assisted attorneys in matters involving the Crude Oil Refund Program, requests for department information through the Freedom of Information Act and security clearance cases. She also was an intern at the U.S. National Labor Relations Board in Los Angeles where she researched and drafted memorandum in labor law, including unfair labor practices, collective bargaining and union electoral practices. Ms. Mejia is fluent in Spanish.

Education: J.D., University of California, Los Angeles; 1997 | B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; 1994

Admissions: California State Courts | US District Court, Central District of California | U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit | United States Supreme Court | United States Tax Court

Bretton J. Morris
Bay Area

Bretton J. Morris

6475 Christie Avenue, Suite 315
Emeryville, CA 94608

(+1) 510 285 9255

bretton @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Bretton Morris is an associate attorney in the Emeryville office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, where he practices Workers' Compensation defense. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Morris served as Associate Counsel for the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB). Mr. Morris's work at the WCIRB included revising the Insurance Commissioner's workers' compensation regulations, responding to appeals and dispute letters from employers and insurers regarding the application of the regulations, and providing legal advice regarding workers' compensation policy forms, endorsements and policyholder notices. Mr. Morris's extensive litigation experience includes trials, cross-examinations, depositions, settlement conferences and the preparation of briefs and petitions.

Education: J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco 2006 | B.A., University of California, Davis; 2001

Admissions: California State Courts | U.S. District Court, Central District of California | U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California | U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Kevin Ortiz
Sacramento

Kevin Ortiz

11171 Sun Center Drive, Suite 260,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(+1) 916 852 0501

info @ lmlalaw.com

Gayaneh Petrosyan
Van Nuys

Gayaneh Petrosyan

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2557

gayaneh @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Gayaneh Petrosyan joined Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad as an associate attorney based at the firm’s Pasadena office in 2018. She focuses her practice on the defense of workers’ compensation claims on behalf of insurance carriers, third party administrators and self‐insured employers. Ms. Petrosyan brings with her extensive experience as a former applicant’s attorney which informs her strategies and makes her an aggressive legal advocate for her clients.

Ms. Petrosyan began her career representing insurance carriers in civil litigation matters and has experience in corporate & business law, labor and employment law, landlord & tenant litigation, Social Security disability and dental malpractice.

Ms. Petrosyan obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Glendale University College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Northridge.

Education: J.D., Glendale University College of Law; 2013  | B.A., California State University, Northridge; 2008

Admissions: California State Courts | US District Court, Central District of California

Delwin Por
Los Angeles

Delwin Por

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

Delwin @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Delwin Por joined LMLA as a senior associate in 2019. He has been defending insurance carriers, third-party administrators and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation matters for approximately eight years. Prior to joining LMLA, he was a partner at a large defense firm assisting in the management and operations of their multiple offices.

Mr. Por enjoys his work tremendously and is extremely passionate in representing his clients at every stage of litigation.

Education: J.D., Chapman University College of Law; 2010  | M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; | B.A., University of California, Irvine; 2004

Admissions: California State Courts

Dominic A. Santos
Bay Area

Dominic A. Santos

6475 Christie Avenue, Suite 315
Emeryville, CA 94608

(+1) 510 285 9255

dominics @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Dominic Aguon Santos is an associate attorney in the Bay Area offices of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, where he practices Workers' Compensation defense. Mr. Santos joined Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, in 2015 with a legal background in taxation, insurance defense, and workers’ compensation defense. Mr. Santos began practicing Workers’ Compensation law in 2009 and has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, including drafting pleadings, motions and med–legal correspondence, conducting depositions of applicants and doctors, and performing settlement evaluations. Mr. Santos has appeared at WCAB's throughout California, representing his clients' interests at hearings, trials, and informal settlement conferences.

Education: J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco; 2006 | B.A., University of California, Riverside; 2002

Admissions: California State Courts | U.S. District Court, Central District of California | United States Supreme Court

Robert C. Schmalzbach
Orange

Robert C. Schmalzbach

333 South Anita Drive, Suite 780
Orange, CA 92868

(+1) 657 888 5700

robert @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Robert C. Schmalzbach is an associate attorney in the Firm’s Orange County office. Mr. Schmalzbach has represented public entities, private self-insured employers, and insurance carriers in all aspects of workers’ compensation. Prior to his experience in workers’ compensation, he worked in the area of corporate finance, civil litigation, and civil defense. He also successfully prosecuted criminal matters on behalf of municipalities. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from California State Poly Technic University and a Juris Doctor from University of La Verne College of Law.

Education: J.D., University of La Verne College of Law; 2011 | B.A., California State Polytechnic University; 2002

Admissions: California State Courts | U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Adam J. Shipley
Van Nuys

Adam J. Shipley

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2557

adam @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Adam Shipley is an associate attorney at the Pasadena office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad. His practice focuses on defense of all aspects of workers’ compensation claims on behalf of insurance carriers, third party administrators, and employers. Mr. Shipley has built his career with a focus on aggressively litigating on his clients’ behalf across a broad range of legal areas. He began his career practicing general civil litigation in a variety of matters, including bankruptcy, labor and employment, and contract disputes. Throughout his career he has represented both insurance companies and applicants within the workers’ compensation system. This background provides Mr. Shipley with a unique perspective and informs his understanding of the objectives and strategies of opposing counsel.

Education: J.D., University of Southern California Law School; 2010 | B.A., University of Alabama, Huntsville; 2007

Admissions: California State Courts

Of Counsel

Craig Lusiani

11171 Sun Center Drive, Suite 260,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(+1) 916 852 0501

craig @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Mr. Lusiani provides legal services to Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, on an of counsel basis. He has enjoyed a diverse law practice over the years while staying focused predominantly in the areas of transactional/ business matters and representing insurance carriers, third-party administrators and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims and related issues/litigation.

Much of Mr. Lusiani practice has been in areas of workers ‘compensation and subrogation litigation in the Administrative Hearing tribunals and Civil Courts of Northern California and Northern Nevada from 1980, to date and continuing.

Mr. Lusiani commenced his international practice as a legal advisor with a short stint with a property and indemnity “club”, interpreting insurance coverage issues and handling claims for personal injury, cargo, property damage and environmental pollution arising in maritime settings at major seaports around the world.

In 1992 (immediately after the end of the first Gulf War) he became senior counsel with Al-Ayoub & Partners, Safat, Kuwait with direct responsibility over cases involving construction contracts, sales of goods, aircraft leasing, joint ventures and other international business entities, war reparation claims of local ministries of Kuwait, and Kuwaiti individuals and insurance related claims before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands.

Education: J.D., University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA; 1978 | B.A., University of Nevada, Reno; 1972 | LL.M., University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento; 1991 (Transactional Business Practices)

Admissions: California State Courts | Nevada State Courts | U.S. District Court, District of Nevada | U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California | United States Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships: State Bar of California | State Bar of Nevada

Hearing Representatives, Law Clerks and Paralegals

Leonid Albinder
Los Angeles

Leonid Albinder

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

Leonid @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Leonid Albinder is a hearing representative and lien resolution specialist at Los Angeles office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad.

Mr. Albinder has started his workers' compensation career with a large defense firm as a file clerk and in less than a year was working as a Legal Assistant. A year later he was providing support to a brand new defense firm as Office Manager and Legal Assistant. It was at this time that he began appearing at lien conferences throughout Southern California’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards. As the number of nuisance settlements and lien dismissals accumulated, Mr. Albinder applied his growing experience and knowledge in protecting the financial interests of employers and insurers.

Strong negotiation skills and a professional work ethic make Mr. Albinder a valuable member of our defense advocacy team. Previously an owner of a small telecommunication firm, and later a realtor, he fully understands importance of excellent customer service and timely communication with clients.

Mr. Albinder is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian.

Education: Odessa Polytechnic University, 1994-1996 | LAVC, Computer Sciences, General Education and Real Estate License | California Medical Bill Review Credential Program

Stephanie Morales
Los Angeles

Stephanie Morales

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

stephaniem @ LMLA-law.com

Summary: Stephanie Morales is a law clerk in LMLM’s Los Angeles Office. Ms. Morales began working as a paralegal for a California worker’s compensation defense firm in 2015, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at California State University, Northridge. She received extensive training in the procedures of worker’s compensation, strategies for defending matters efficiently, preparing files for successful resolution, and attending depositions and board appearances. She has experience working with case in chief and lien negotiations, and has developed substantial knowledge in handling various types worker’s compensation claims.
Ms. Morales graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2016. While attending, she specialized in Law and Society, which required the taking of rigorous courses to prepare students for Law School. She was secretary of the Central American United Students Association and completed her undergraduate internship at El Rescate, a non-profit organization that offered immigration services to low-income communities. She is a recent graduate of Glendale University, College of Law, to obtain a Juris Doctorate degree.

Education: J.D., Glendale University, College of Law; pending | B.A., California State University, Northridge, 2016 | Certificate in Mediation, Pacific Coast University, School of Law; 2015

Roxanna Sanchez
Orange

Roxanna Sanchez

333 South Anita Drive, Suite 780
Orange, CA 92868

(+1) 657 888 5700

roxannas @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Roxanna Sanchez is a Hearing Representative in LMLA’s Orange County Office. Ms. Sanchez has experience in a wide range of positions in workers compensation ranging from secretarial, lien negotiations, management and hearing representative in both applicant and defense oriented sectors. She has been working in this field since 2011. Prior to joining LMLA Roxanna worked at a Los Angeles County based workers’ compensation defense firm.

Ms. Sanchez graduated, with several accolades from the University of California, Riverside where she served as the student President of the University and earned a degree in Political Science and a minor in French. Her University accomplishments led her to the Study Abroad Program in Bordeaux, France where she was able to develop the skills in French and become a fluent speaker. She received her Master’s degree in International Studies from Chapman University where she researched Gender Equality and Children Development in the City of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. She also served as a volunteer teacher for a semester to High-School students in the village of Ejisu-Abanase in Ghana, Africa.

Roxanna is a current law student at Pacific Coast University, School of Law where she also underwent rigorous courses and received her certificate in Mediation in 2015

Education: J.D., Pacific Coast University; 2018 | Masters, Chapman University; 2011 | B.A., California State University, Riverside; 2009 | Certificate in Mediation, Pacific Coast University, School of Law; 2015

Maria Starr
Orange

Maria Starr

333 South Anita Drive, Suite 780
Orange, CA 92868

(+1) 657 888 5700

maria @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Maria Starr is a hearing representative and lien resolution specialist in the Orange office of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad. Ms. Starr has appeared at WCAB venues throughout California for lien conferences and lien trials where she has obtained multiple take nothings.

Ms. Starr’s 20+ years of experience in Workers’ Compensation, Collections and Customer Service, paired with her ability to move cases forward when negotiations appear to be at a standstill, make Maria a great addition to our LMLA Lien Resolution Team.

Education: Administration of Justice, Citrus College, Azusa, CA; 1985

Karina Vaysberg
Van Nuys

Karina Vaysberg

15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 250
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

(+1) 818 230 2557

karina @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Karina Vaysberg is a Hearing Representative in LMLA’s Van Nuys Office. Ms. Vaysberg has varied experience in workers compensation ranging from secretarial and record review to legal analysis in the defense oriented sector. She has been with LMLA since May of 2018.

Ms. Vaysberg graduated, with several accolades from California State University, Northridge, where she earned a degree in Business Law and a minor in Economics. Karina undertook various volunteer-work including creating a fundraiser for breast-cancer awareness on GoFundMe, providing community-based services for organization Food-on-Foot, and providing case management and legal support for Bet Tzedek legal services. Karina is a recent graduate of Southwestern University School of Law where she received a Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Tort Law, and is currently awaiting bar results. Karina is passionate about Workers’ Compensation and eager to grow in the field.

Education: J.D., Southwestern University School of Law; 2019 | B.S., California State University, Northridge; 2015

Executive Staff

Dee Dee Demarest
Los Angeles

Dee Dee Demarest  Accounting Manager

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

deedee @ lmlalaw.com

Janine Lopez
Pasadena

Janine N. Lopez  Marketing and Event Co-ordinator

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

janine @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Janine Lopez joined Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC, in January 2017 as the marketing and event co-ordinator, building on her previous experience and now representative of LMLA's emphasis on community events and Continuing Professional Development for the multitude of Claims Analysts working in the field of Workers Compensation. These two services demonstrate the commitment of the company to the citizens of California and Ms. Lopez will be a central part of these initiatives.

Nietani Rodriguez
Pasadena

Nietani Rodriguez  Office Manager

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

nietani @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: Nietani Rodriguez works at the Pasadena offices of Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC. Ms. Rodriguez has spent her professional career of 25+ years working for Workers’ Compensation firms, both on the defense and applicant sides, where she gained extensive knowledge in legal administration and support, as well as billing/accounting.

Ms. Rodriguez applies her experience to overseeing the smooth running of the file intake, calendar and legal support staff functions across our offices. Additionally Ms. Rodriguez is our HR Manager and handles employee relations and benefits at LMLA.

Ms. Rodriguez is an avid supporter of her son’s High School Football team and strongly believes in giving back to the community. She has actively volunteered for various community youth organizations as Athletic Director for 7 years, and most recently an Assistant Cheer Coach

Andra Stasko
Pasadena

Andra D. Staško  Director of Client Services and Operations

505 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

(+1) 626 844 6616

andra @ lmlalaw.com

Summary: In her role of Director of Client Services and Operations, Andra Staško brings a wealth of experience to Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Azizad, APC. Ms. Staško has had an extensive operations career and has worked for some of the largest national and global companies responsible for media planning and buying, as well as legal services. Ms. Staško has a strong background in change management and has developed various systems to maximize efficiencies, accuracy, and accountability.

Prior to joining LMLA Andra was the Operations Director of a major national workers’ compensation law practice with over 300+ employees across 12 states.

Andra is active in her community and contributes time to several cultural groups. She is also fluent in Latvian and contributes time to several Latvian associations.