Chad Coleman
Managing Partner - Northern California
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  Sacramento HQ & Central Valley Offices - Servicing Sacramento, Stockton, Redding, and Eureka WCAB District Offices

  • Chad Coleman - Senior Partner  

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    Chad Coleman was born in Macon, Georgia. Mr. Coleman moved to Rocklin, California in 1981. In 1995, Mr. Coleman graduated California State University at Sacramento receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology while receiving Dean’s Honor List recognition. In 1999, Mr. Coleman graduated from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor while also receiving Dean’s List recognition. Mr. Coleman published in The Transnational Lawyer in 1998 and went on to become that publication’s Managing Editor in 1999.

    Mr. Coleman is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, and all California Administrative Law Courts. Mr. Coleman’s practice focuses on the defense and subrogation of employers and insurance carriers for workers’ compensation and related claims.

    Mr. Coleman is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. This certification was bestowed in 2005 by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California at the recommendation of both fellow lawyers and local Workers’ Compensation Judges.

    Mr. Coleman is a frequent lecturer for various educational associations throughout California. Mr. Coleman served on the Board of Directors for the Valley Industrial Claims Association in Sacramento and was its’ president in 2010. Mr. Coleman is also a member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Association of Workers’ Compensation Professionals, California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation, Professionals in Workers’ Compensation, and the Sacramento County Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section.

    When away from work Mr. Coleman enjoys spending time with his wife and son, as well as outdoor activities which include coaching little league, golfing, and fishing.


    E-mail: ccoleman@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2310

  • Anne Brownell - Junior Partner

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    Anne Brownell was born in White Plains, New York. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Ms. Brownell received her Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA in 1987. Ms. Brownell was admitted to the California State Bar in 1988. Ms. Brownell became certified with the State Bar of California as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist in 1996.

    Ms. Brownell joins Coleman, Chavez and Associates with 25 years of legal experience practicing in workers compensation law. She began practicing in San Diego prior to relocating to Northern California. She has prior experience running her won small law corporation. She has worked as associate attorney for another Northern California defense firm prior to that.

    Ms. Brownell’s practice areas include Workers’ Compensation and all related employment matters. As a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation she represents insurance companies, third-party administrators and employers in defending workers’ compensation claims and all related employment matters. Ms. Brownell is knowledgeable and expereinced with all WCAB judges, board procedures and all aspects of the EAMS system.

    Currently, Ms. Brownell is a member of the California Bar Association and Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section. She is also admitted to the United States Court for the Southern District of California. She has provided legal representation at all Workers Compensation Appeals Boards in Northern California and multiple Boards in Southern California.

    When away from work, Anne enjoys visiting her two children with her husband, snow skiing, yoga, gardening and reading.


    E-mail: abrownell@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2319

  • Jeffrey F. Lanterman - Junior Partner

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    Jeffrey Lanterman was born in Mountain View, California. Mr. Lanterman joined Coleman, Chavez & Associates in January of 2009. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1990 (B.A. with honors) and Santa Clara University Law School in 1993. He was admitted to the California State Bar and the U.S. Northern District Court in 1993. His legal career has been devoted exclusively to Workers’ Compensation defense.

    In 2015 Jeff became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

    In addition to the practice of law, Jeff brings related experience in the business world as the operations manager of a multi-specialty medical group, a physician educator, and the Executive Director of a Medical Provider Network. He has also spent a year as a licensed charter boat captain in Kona, Hawaii fishing for Marlin.

    Jeff is married with two children. In what remains of his spare time he enjoys cycling, waterskiing and sport fishing.


    E-mail: jlanterman@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2344

  • Jay S. Shergill - Junior Partner

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    Jay Shergill has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation and has been practicing in the area of Workers’ Compensation before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board since 2002. Mr. Shergill now represents insurance companies, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers as a defense attorney with the law firm of Coleman, Chavez & Associates.


    Mr. Shergill was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee of the California State Bar in 2009 and served for six years. He was selected to the Northern California Rising Stars in 2011 and 2012 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Shergill edits, updates, and contributes to the California Workers’ Compensation Practice Guides section on permanent disability, Herlick's California Workers' Compensation Handbook, and the disability tables in the Workers’ Comp Laws of California.


    Mr. Shergill is a published author in the field of robotics, builds robots in his spare time, and is the founder of PDRater.com an online resource for MPN lists, workers' compensation calculators, and other resources for the workers' compensation professional.

    E-mail: jshergill@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2324

  • Brian D. Amonn

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    Brian Amonn received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from University of California at Berkeley in 2002. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2009.

    Mr. Amonn is a member of the State Bar of California and of the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

    After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Amonn worked in the insurance industry for a large California automobile and homeowner insurer where he adjusted high value and litigated claims. He then pursued his legal education at Golden Gate University School of Law where he graduated with honors and obtained his Juris Doctor.


    Prior to joining the Bay Area office of Coleman Chavez & Associates, Mr. Amonn gained extensive civil and workers’ compensation experience in the Oakland area. In his current position with our firm, his practice includes workers’ compensation litigation, Labor Code Section 132a claims, and serious and willful claims.

    In his free time, Mr. Amonn likes taking trail hikes with his wife and dog, rooting for the California Golden Bears and is learning guitar.


    E-mail: bamonn@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2334

  • Seun Atolagbe

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    Oluwaseun (Seun) Atolagbe was born in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from SUNY Stony Brook University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, cum laude, and received Dean’s Honor recognition. While at Stony Brook University, she interned for the New York State Assembly and was recognized for outstanding research regarding legislation and health care. Ms. Atolagbe received her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law, now known as Maurice E. Deane School of Law, in 2011. While in law school she received clinical training in mediation and conflict resolution, which she credits for her ability to effectively negotiate early settlement and resolution.

    Ms. Atolagbe was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2013 and obtained her second license with the California State Bar in 2019.

    Ms. Atolagbe has prior experience as an immigration attorney affirmatively and defensively representing clients before federal judges and officers in California and New York. She brought her experience with defense work to the area of workers’ compensation and has worked for reputable defense firms in Northern California appearing before Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board judges through the Northern California region. She practices exclusively in the defense of workers’ compensation claims and related matters and specializes in the representation of employers, insurers and third party administrators.


    Outside of work, Ms. Atolagbe enjoys exploring, traveling and spending time with family.

    E-mail: satolagbe@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2304

  • Agnieszka R. Bielecka

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    Agnieszka R. Bielecka is an associate in our Roseville office. She was born and raised in Poland where she graduated from the University of Gdansk with a B.A. and Master’s degree in Polish Law.

    Agnieszka obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento in May 2010, where she graduated salutatorian, magna cum laude. She was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2010, and is licensed to practice law in the State of California and in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts. She is fluent in Polish and Czech and also speaks basic Russian and French.

    While in law school Agnieszka worked as a full time intern practicing criminal law as a Certified Law Student gaining extensive in court and motion practice experience. Prior to settling into Worker’s Compensation defense practice Agnieszka practiced civil law conducting discovery as well as drafting and arguing dispositive and non-dispositive pleadings in the Northern California Superior Courts.

    Agnieszka has been practicing Workers’ Compensation defense exclusively since 2011 and enjoys the practice tremendously. She provides vigorous pro-active defense and pushes for early settlements where warranted but is eager to aggressively litigate when necessary. She is experienced in defending insurance carriers, third-party administrators and employers in both Northern and Southern California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards.

    Outside of working diligently on her files Agnieszka enjoys working out and cooking delicious foods for her family and friends.


    E-mail: abielecka@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2308

  • Kevin L. Bryant

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    Kevin Bryant graduated from Sonoma State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. In 2003 he graduated from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor with an emphasis in Intellectual Property. While attending undergraduate and graduate school, Mr. Bryant worked full-time as a licensed pharmacy technician.

    After obtaining his California State Bar license in February 2004, Mr. Bryant began representing automobile and recreational vehicle dealers in franchise disputes before the New Motor Vehicle Board and in consumer litigation. He then transitioned into the field of workers’ compensation law in 2007, representing Applicant’s in all manners of litigation before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and in Social Security proceedings. In 2009 he began representing self-insured employers, insurers, and the California Insurance Guarantee Association in workers’ compensation matters. He has been certified as a Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by the California State Bar.

    Mr. Bryant joined Coleman Chavez & Associates in June 2014.

    E-mail: kbryant@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2318

  • Melanie Coffman

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    Melanie Coffman was born is Glasgow, Scotland. She spent her early childhood growing up with her parents and sisters in Scotland, England, and Germany before moving to California in 1989. She played first chair trumpet in the concert band during middle school and scrum-half on her high school’s rugby team.

    Mrs. Coffman pursued a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, and graduated Manga Cum Laude in 2004. She was a Collegiate All-American Scholar and belonged to multiple honor societies, including Alpha Phi Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.

    Mrs. Coffman earned her Juris Doctorate in 2007 from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. During law school she was awarded Best in Brief distinction while participating in the Traynor Moot Court Competition. Mrs. Coffman worked as a law clerk in the Housing Division of Utah Legal Services and as a legal intern for the Utah Office of Crime Victim Reparations. She was a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and spent a semester studying law in London as part of the Study Abroad Program.

    Mrs. Coffman was admitted to the California State Bar in 2008 and has focused her legal career exclusively on workers’ compensation law. She spent one year representing injured workers before joining Coleman Chavez & Associates in 2009. Mrs. Coffman briefly paused her legal career in 2017 to raise and home school her young sons before returning to her home away from home (Coleman Chavez & Associates) in 2021.

    While at Coleman Chavez & Associates, Mrs. Coffman has presented in-house and client training seminars on various aspects of workers’ compensation law and enjoys fostering long term relationships with her clients. She is skilled at taking and defending doctor depositions, litigating triable issues, and negotiating quick and favorable settlements.

    Outside of work, Mrs. Coffman spends time with her husband and two sons. Mrs. Coffman met her husband while attending a work function at a River Cats game in 2010 and they married in Hawaii a few years later. Their sons share their love of baseball and are excited to go to their first game to root for the Giants at Oracle Park. The Coffman family recently added a sweet and energetic Labrador puppy, Bochy, to their family. The Coffman crew enjoys camping, swimming, snowboarding, hiking, and relaxing on the beach.

    E-mail: mcoffman@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2316

  • Caleb M. Couchman

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    Caleb Couchman was born in a small town in Texas and lived there for a few years. He lived in Sacramento from second to ninth grade and then moved to the Modesto area where he graduated from Modesto Christian High School in 2001. He attended Modesto Junior College and nearby California State University, Stanislaus where he acquired a degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy in 2005. He attended ABA accredited Regent University, School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He then returned to California with his Juris Doctor degree and passed the bar there in 2008.

    In 2009, he was a parent’s attorney for dependency law matters. He regularly practiced in the William Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse and conducted nearly 200 bench trials. In 2013, he was an applicant's attorney in the Workers’ Compensation department at Mastagni Holstedt. He represented injured workers in hearings and trials before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board at multiple locations. In 2014, he joined Coleman Chavez & Associates to practice Workers' Compensation defense. He is admitted to all California State courts.

    When away from work, Mr. Couchman enjoys spending time with his family, watching baseball and other sports, and is a fan of political articles and science fiction.

    E-mail: ccouchman@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2315

  • Sharon Didion

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    Sharon Didion was born and raised in Illinois. She spent a year during high school as a Rotary International Youth Exchange Student in Nibe, Denmark and was able to visit 8 other countries during her exchange year. She completed high school in Spring Valley, Ca, and from there attended UCLA, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology. During University, she worked for Ronald N. Kent, MD, a neurologist who continues to act as an Agreed Medical Examiner in Southern California. After graduation she worked as a claims assistant, claims examiner and claims supervisor for several insurance companies, third-party administrators and self-administered governmental entities in San Diego. She completed the IEA workers’ compensation coursework and obtained her Self-Insurance Administrator’s Certificate in 1993. While working full time, she attended law school at night, completing her Juris Doctor degree in 2003 at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. She was admitted to the California State bar that same year.

    Since becoming a member of the California State Bar, she has worked in the defense arena throughout the state. She has experience in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation including filing Petitions for Writ of Review with publication, trials, third-party and employer negligence, uninsured employer litigation, subrogation, CIGA defenses, Education Code, 4850 benefits, public entity work, jurisdictional disputes, depositions and arbitration. Ms. Didion regularly provides training for clients and industry continuing education events.

    Away from work, Ms. Didion owns, breeds and shows dairy goats with her 2 teenage daughters. They make goat milk soap, lotions, yogurt and cheese and participate in 4H and county fair events. They also raise chickens and other animals on their ranch.


    E-mail: sdidion@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2345

  • Justin S. Drake

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    Justin Drake was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2003 where he was a member of the Swimming and Diving Team, twice as Big 10 Champions. Individually, he received All-American Honorable-Mention his last three years in the mile swim. After graduation he spent a year in Chicago watching Cubs games during the day and waiting tables at night. He then moved to Sacramento where he attended University of The Pacific McGeorge School of Law. While in Law School, Mr. Drake was a judicial extern for Hon. Paul A. Katz of the Maricopa County Superior Court and an intern with the Sacramento County Public Defender’s office in the Misdemeanor Division. Mr. Drake received the Honors at Entrance Scholarship, Barrister’s Scholarship, and was a member of the Dean’s list.

    Upon graduation from McGeorge and admission the California bar in 2009, Mr. Drake spent several years in civil litigation representing insurance carriers and property owners in personal injury claims and unlawful detainers.

    In 2013, Mr. Drake began his workers’ compensation practice with a state-wide applicant’s firm. Mr. Drake secured a $2.1 million settlement for the applicant in a complex third-party brain injury case. He then transitioned to representation of carriers, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers with a state-wide defense firm. He has handled all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation including uninsured employers and Labor Code Section 132a and Serious and Willful claims. Mr. Drake takes immense pride in finding the most expeditious and cost-effective solutions for his clients.

    When away from work Mr. Drake enjoys being outside with his family, building and riding bicycles, and home improvement projects.


    E-mail: jdrake@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2329

  • Adam Hahn

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    Adam Hahn was born in Indianapolis, Indiana but has lived in more than ten different states. Adam has worked internationally in Europe and has a diverse background from both his life and career experiences. Before entering the legal profession, Adam’s career endeavors span the gamut from President of an institution of higher education, College Professor, Entrepreneur, Director with a Fortune 200 company to a Staff Member for a California State Assembly Member.

    Adam earned his undergraduate degree from California State University at Sacramento, his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Davis and his Juris Doctorate from Lincoln Law School. Adam has also completed his doctorate course studies at the University of Pacific in Leadership and Administration. While in law school Adam won “Best Overall” in the annual Moot Court competition and later won for “Best Advocacy” in the annual Trial Advocacy competition.

    Adam has devoted his legal career to workers’ compensation law where he handles all manner of claims. Prior to joining our firm Adam worked for one of the State’s largest Applicant Attorney firms with a concentration in public service employees. Adam then transitioned his practice to the defense of workers’ compensation claims and worked for another statewide defense firm prior to joining Coleman, Chavez and Associates. In his practice, Adam represents clients in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation, including hearings and trials, as well as Labor Code 132 discrimination and Serious & Willful Misconduct defenses.

    Adam is married and the proud father of two children who also serves as an Officer on the Sacramento County Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Division Leadership committee. When he is not working Adam can often be found exploring the great outdoors with his family and their loyal dog.


    E-mail: ahahn@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2335

  • Brittany Hart

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    Brittany Hart was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to the Sacramento area when she was five years old. She went to the University of California, Davis where she double majored in English and Psychology. After graduating in 2012, she began working at Sedgwick adjusting workers’ compensation claims and obtained her Self-Insurance Administrator's Certification in 2013. While at Sedgwick, she advanced quickly from a Trainee to a Senior Examiner handling complex workers’ compensation claims and mentoring new adjusters.

    While working fulltime at Sedgwick, Ms. Hart enrolled in the evening program at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and an editor for the University of the Pacific Law Review. She was exposed to various areas of law and litigation during her time as a judicial extern with the El Dorado County Superior Court. She graduated with distinction and as part of the Traynor Honor Society in 2019 with concentrations in Trial and Appellate Advocacy and Business Law. She was admitted to the State Bar that same year.

    Ms. Hart joined Coleman, Chavez, and Associates as a Law Clerk during her last semester of law school. She transitioned into her role as an attorney after passing the Bar Exam. Her background as an adjuster allows her to understand the needs of clients and work closely with them to effectively bring cases to resolution.

    Outside of work, Ms. Hart enjoys traveling, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, and spending time with her boyfriend, their son, and two dogs.


    E-mail: bhart@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2327

  • Craig A. Kingscott

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    Craig A. Kingscott received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in 1982 and his Juris Doctor from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1988. He has practiced workers’ compensation law exclusively since 1988. He has received multiple grants of Writs of Review of workers’ compensation cases by the Courts of Appeal, and has two published decisions. He has been a Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation since 1995.


    Mr. Kingscott currently represents employers, self-insureds, and insurance carriers in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense, including Labor Code Section 132a and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims and insurance coverage issues.


    E-mail: ckingscott@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2313

  • Nick S. Stark

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    Nicolas S. Stark was born in the bay area and grew up in the greater Sacramento area. He graduated from California State University at Northridge in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mr. Stark received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California at Davis, King Hall School of Law in 2012.


    While attending Davis, Mr. Stark participated in mock trials and negotiation competitions as well as serving as an editor on the school’s Environs Law Journal.


    Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates, he worked with workers’ compensation defense firms in Sacramento, representing clients throughout Northern California.


    Mr. Stark specializes in the defense of workers’ compensation claims on behalf of employers, insurers, and third-party administrators. By working closely with adjusters in developing and pursuing aggressive defense plans aimed at closure, Mr. Stark produces timely and cost-effective results for his clients.


    When away from work, Mr. Stark enjoys spending time with his family.


    E-mail: nstark@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2317

  • Gareth Trude

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    Gareth Trude was born in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UCLA in 1993.

    Mr. Trude received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego in 1996. While attending law school, he had multiple articles published in the California Regulatory Law Reporter.

    Mr. Trude was admitted to the California State Bar in 1996 and began practicing workers’ compensation law exclusively in 2000. He became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation in 2007 with the recommendation of members of both the applicant’s bar and the defense bar as well as Workers’ Compensation Judges.

    Mr. Trude honed his skills in the San Diego region, representing self-insured employers, insurance companies, third-party administrators, and uninsured employers at various WCAB District Offices throughout Southern California to defend them in workers’ compensation claims, serious and willful claims, and Labor Code Section 132a claims. Mr. Trude was also appointed as a Judge Pro-Tem by the WCAB San Diego district office. He relocated to Northern California to join Coleman Chavez & Associates in 2016.

    When not at work, Mr. Trude enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He is active in youth sports and has coached his children’s soccer teams. He enjoys watching soccer as well, particularly the BPL. He is also an avid home brewer.


    E-mail: gtrude@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2314

  • Eugene Vinitsky

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    Eugene Vinitsky was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He moved to San Francisco, California in 1989. In 2006, Eugene graduated University of California Davis receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Religious Studies. In 2011, he graduated from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor and certificate in Trial Advocacy.

    Eugene began his Worker’s Compensation career at the largest Applicant’s firm in Sacramento representing injured workers in all facets of their claims. Since then he has represented employers, insurance carriers and TPA’s in all areas of Worker’s Compensation litigation. Eugene was selected to Super Lawyers list of rising stars in Workers Compensation in Northern California 2017-2021.

    When not working he enjoys watching the sports, playing with his pets, DIY projects and cooking.


    E-mail: evinitsky@cca-law.com
    Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2311



Santa Rosa Offices - Servicing Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Oakland and Eureka WCAB District Offices

  • Stacy E. McCorquodale

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    Stacy McCorquodale was born and raised in Sonoma County Wine Country. She graduated from University of California Davis with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. Thereafter, she worked with brain injured persons at Bozeman Care Center in Bozeman, Montana.

    Ms. McCorquodale returned home to attend law school at Empire School of Law in Santa Rosa, California. During law school, she won the Best Oral Argument in Moot Court. Thereafter, she was inspired to participate in the Traynor Court competition, and her team won the Best Overall Brief and Best Overall Advocacy.

    Ms. McCorquodale became a member of the California Bar in 2002. Since that time she has represented insurance companies, self-insured employers, and legally uninsured employers before District Offices of the Workers Compensation Appeals Board throughout most of the Northern state. She has taken hundreds of depositions of both lay and expert witnesses. She routinely engages in complex negotiations helping to determine the range of value of any issue. She also has extensive practical experience appearing at arbitrations, hearings, trials, and appeals, at every level of the Workers’ Compensation system.

    Ms. McCorquodale joined Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP in 2014. She practices out of the firm’s Northern California Bay Area offices.

    In Ms. McCorquodale’s spare time her hobbies include performing stand-up comedy; salsa dancing; cheering on the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco Forty-Niners; traveling; and spending time with her boyfriend and family.


    E-mail: smccorquodale@cca-law.com
    Phone: (415) 595-2734



  • Bay Area Offices - Servicing San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Salinas WCAB District Offices

    • Chad Coleman - Senior Partner  

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      Chad Coleman was born in Macon, Georgia. Mr. Coleman moved to Rocklin, California in 1981. In 1995, Mr. Coleman graduated California State University at Sacramento receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology while receiving Dean’s Honor List recognition. In 1999, Mr. Coleman graduated from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor while also receiving Dean’s List recognition. Mr. Coleman published in The Transnational Lawyer in 1998 and went on to become that publication’s Managing Editor in 1999.

      Mr. Coleman is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, and all California Administrative Law Courts. Mr. Coleman’s practice focuses on the defense and subrogation of employers and insurance carriers for workers’ compensation and related claims.

      Mr. Coleman is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. This certification was bestowed in 2005 by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California at the recommendation of both fellow lawyers and local Workers’ Compensation Judges.

      Mr. Coleman is a frequent lecturer for various educational associations throughout California. Mr. Coleman served on the Board of Directors for the Valley Industrial Claims Association in Sacramento and was its’ president in 2010. Mr. Coleman is also a member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Association of Workers’ Compensation Professionals, California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation, Professionals in Workers’ Compensation, and the Sacramento County Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section.

      When away from work Mr. Coleman enjoys spending time with his wife and son, as well as outdoor activities which include coaching little league, golfing, and fishing.


      E-mail: ccoleman@cca-law.com
      Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2310

    • Jessica J. Snyder - Junior Partner  

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      Jessica Snyder is originally from Encinitas, California and attended the University of California, San Diego where she majored in Psychology. Ms. Snyder served as an elected student representative of Associate Students and active member of Alpha Chi Omega before graduating from UCSD in 2002. Ms. Snyder then went on to attend law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego. At California Western, she was an editor and writer for Law Review, a member of Amnesty International and received prestigious American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts, Property and Torts. Ms. Snyder graduated with honors distinction from California Western and passed the California Bar exam in 2006.

      Since that time, Ms. Snyder has practiced a diversified field of civil and administrative law and has settled into legal representation of employer and insurance carriers in defense of work-related injuries in 2011. Her current practice includes the defense of employers in worker’s compensation, subrogation matters and Asbestos-related claims. Ms. Snyder has vast experience with discovery, settlement, mediation, trials and appeals.

      Ms. Snyder is licensed to practice with the United States District Court in both the Southern & Eastern Districts. She is also licensed to practice before the California Supreme Court and all California Superior Courts.

      When Ms. Snyder is not working at the various WCAB locations throughout Northern California, she enjoys camping and any outdoor recreation with her husband, son and daughter.

      E-mail: jsnyder@cca-law.com
      Phone: (858) 623-4257

    • Hielam Chan

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      Hielam Chan was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is proficient in Chinese, both Cantonese and Mandarin. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis in 2004 where he was on the Dean’s List.

      Mr. Chan continued his education at the UC Davis School of Law, King Hall. During law school, he won the Irving L. Neumiller Memorial Moot Court Competition and Best Oral Argument at the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition. He was on the Trial Practice Honors Board and the Moot Court Board. He was also a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate Political Science courses. Mr. Chan graduated in 2009 and was admitted to the California State Bar that same year.

      Mr. Chan began his legal career as a defense attorney and practiced at an Am Law 100 firm and a top tech company prior to starting his own firm. He has represented clients in a variety of practice areas, including complex litigation, insurance coverage, commercial banking and business law. Mr. Chan is admitted to United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, Eastern District of California and Central District of California.

      In 2016 Mr. Chan specialized in Workers’ Compensation defense exclusively. He represents employers, self-insured entities, insurance carriers and third-party administrators in all areas of Workers’ Compensation defense.

      Away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family (trying to keep up with his young son and dog), watching sports and traveling.


      E-mail: hchan@cca-law.com
      Phone: (925) 627-3704

    • Stacy E. McCorquodale

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      Stacy McCorquodale was born and raised in Sonoma County Wine Country. She graduated from University of California Davis with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. Thereafter, she worked with brain injured persons at Bozeman Care Center in Bozeman, Montana.

      Ms. McCorquodale returned home to attend law school at Empire School of Law in Santa Rosa, California. During law school, she won the Best Oral Argument in Moot Court. Thereafter, she was inspired to participate in the Traynor Court competition, and her team won the Best Overall Brief and Best Overall Advocacy.

      Ms. McCorquodale became a member of the California Bar in 2002. Since that time she has represented insurance companies, self-insured employers, and legally uninsured employers before District Offices of the Workers Compensation Appeals Board throughout most of the Northern state. She has taken hundreds of depositions of both lay and expert witnesses. She routinely engages in complex negotiations helping to determine the range of value of any issue. She also has extensive practical experience appearing at arbitrations, hearings, trials, and appeals, at every level of the Workers’ Compensation system.

      Ms. McCorquodale joined Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP in 2014. She practices out of the firm’s Northern California Bay Area offices.

      In Ms. McCorquodale’s spare time her hobbies include performing stand-up comedy; salsa dancing; cheering on the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco Forty-Niners; traveling; and spending time with her boyfriend and family.


      E-mail: smccorquodale@cca-law.com
      Phone: (415) 595-2734

    • Rebecca M. H. Martinez

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      Rebecca Martinez was born in Los Angeles, CA. In the early 2000’s she moved to Northern California to attend the University of California, Berkeley where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a concentration in Old English Literature.

      In May 2011, Ms. Martinez received her Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property. During her law school education, she worked for the public defender’s office and a private family law firm. Her early legal experience was honed as a contract defense attorney where she handled a large volume of litigated files throughout Northern and Southern California. She is well versed in law and motion practice, handling discovery matters, and settling cases.

      Ms. Martinez began working exclusively in workers compensation in 2014. She brings with her, her litigation background resulting in the aggressive defense of her clients, while pushing for early settlement to minimize her clients’ exposure. She is thoughtful and thorough in the handling of her cases, and weighs all litigation and settlement possibilities to provide practical advice to clients for cost-effective and timely resolution of claims.

      When away from work Ms. Martinez enjoys hiking and backpacking all over California, winetasting, and attending Comic Con every year.


      E-mail: rmartinez@cca-law.com
      Phone: (925) 627-3726

    • Clara L. Vaquero

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      Ms. Vaquero attended the University of California in Berkeley, California, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture in 1994. Thereafter, she studied law at Loyola Marymount School of Law in Los Angeles receiving her Juris Doctor degree in 2001. Ms. Vaquero has been a practitioner in the field of workers’ compensation since entering practice in 2001.

      In 2001, Ms. Vaquero began her workers’ compensation practice representing injured workers. She learned to advocate and secure deserved benefits within the system. In 2005, she took her expertise to the other side of the isle to represent employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators. She has specialized in defense practice ever since. She has worked in all facets of defense practice from Associate Attorney to Managing Attorney and even run satellite offices for larger statewide firms.

      Ms. Vaquero is an expert in workers’ compensation defense practice. She has done it all, from deposing medical experts on complex issues to litigating high dollar cases at Trial. She has deposed hundreds of injured workers and attended hundreds of WCAB Hearings at venues up and down the state.

      In her spare time, Ms. Vaquero enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys traveling, reading, and attending concerts. She is learning play the piano and Italian and French.


      E-mail: cvaquero@cca-law.com
      Phone:(925) 627-3702



    Salinas Offices - Servicing Salinas, San Luis Obispo, and San Jose WCAB District Offices

    • Rebecca M. H. Martinez

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      Rebecca Martinez was born in Los Angeles, CA. In the early 2000’s she moved to Northern California to attend the University of California, Berkeley where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a concentration in Old English Literature.

      In May 2011, Ms. Martinez received her Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property. During her law school education, she worked for the public defender’s office and a private family law firm. Her early legal experience was honed as a contract defense attorney where she handled a large volume of litigated files throughout Northern and Southern California. She is well versed in law and motion practice, handling discovery matters, and settling cases.

      Ms. Martinez began working exclusively in workers compensation in 2014. She brings with her, her litigation background resulting in the aggressive defense of her clients, while pushing for early settlement to minimize her clients’ exposure. She is thoughtful and thorough in the handling of her cases, and weighs all litigation and settlement possibilities to provide practical advice to clients for cost-effective and timely resolution of claims.

      When away from work Ms. Martinez enjoys hiking and backpacking all over California, winetasting, and attending Comic Con every year.


      E-mail: rmartinez@cca-law.com
      Phone: (925) 627-3726



    • Fresno Offices - Servicing Fresno and Stockton WCAB District Offices

      • Amanda Raffanti Dunbar - Junior Partner

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        Amanda Raffanti Dunbar received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Union Institute. Ms. Raffanti Dunbar then went on to receive her Juris Doctorate in May of 2000 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During law school, she was a legal intern for the Nevada County District Attorney Family Support Division and a Legislative Assistant for the Congress of California Seniors.

        Ms. Raffanti Dunbar is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. This certification was bestowed in 2006 by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California at the recommendation of both fellow lawyers and local Workers’ Compensation Judges.

        Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates in January of 2013, Ms. Raffanti Dunbar practiced mostly in the areas of Workers' Compensation defense, operating her own law office for many of those years in Sacramento. Ms. Raffanti Dunbar is admitted to practice before all California state courts and administrative agencies.


        Ms. Raffanti Dunbar’s interests away from work include active involvement in her daughter’s education and social organizations as well as her husband’s military family groups. She also enjoys many outdoor activities with her family.


        E-mail: adunbar@cca-law.com
        Phone: (916) 787-2300 Ext: 2336

      • Emilee Brown

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        Emilee Brown was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ms. Brown received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University, majoring in psychology with a minor in anthropology, Summa Cum Laude. She received her law degree in San Diego from California Western School of Law, Cum Laude. During her time in law school, Ms. Brown participated in the California Innocence Project where she helped wrongfully convicted individuals fight their convictions. Ms. Brown is currently licensed to practice law in California and Utah.

        Ms. Brown's practice includes representing insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers in all areas of state workers’ compensation law since 2015. Ms. Brown serves Fresno, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Salinas, and Stockton. Ms. Brown serves on the Fresno Industrial Claims Association and is a frequent lecturer at local educational associations.

        When away from work, Ms. Brown enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, and cat, as well as spending time in the mountains skiing, hiking, and biking.

        E-mail: ebrown@cca-law.com
        Phone: (559) 490-1510

      • Jeremy Crowley

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        Jeremy Crowley was born in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Crowley moved to Fresno, California in 2006. Mr. Crowley graduated from Brigham Young University at Utah in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts, and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University Of Michigan State College Of Law in 2002.

        Mr. Crowley focuses on defending insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers in all areas of workers’ compensation law. His early legal skills were honed as a family law attorney where he handled a large volume of litigated cases in the counties in the Central Valley of California.

        Mr. Crowley is well versed in law and motion practice, discovery, settling cases and trials. Mr. Crowley is affiliated with the Fresno Industrial Claims Association and Professionals in Workers’ Compensation-Fresno.

        When away from work, Mr. Crowley enjoys spending time with his 4 children, as well as outdoor activities which include playing basketball and volunteering with Boy Scouts of America.

        E-mail: jcrowley@cca-law.com
        Phone: (559) 490-2311 Ext: 2308

      • Scott W. Darling

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        Scott Darling was born in Lafayette, Indiana but grew up in Tulare, California. Mr. Darling graduate from California State University in Fresno, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. He went on to serve as a Deputy Probation Officer for the County of Fresno for 15 years.

        In 2010, Mr. Darling graduated from San Joaquin College of Law. During his studies he earned Witkin Award recognition in Contracts, Research & Writing, and Professional Responsibility. Following his admission to the California State Bar, Mr. Darling began his legal career as a criminal attorney where he advocated in both misdemeanor and felony cases.

        Mr. Darling practices in Coleman Chavez & Associates’ Fresno Office. He defends insurance carriers, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers in all areas of worker’s compensation litigation. He is also well versed in defending employers in Labor Code 132(a) and Serious & Willful allegations.

        Mr. Darling currently admitted to practice in the California Supreme Courts, the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, all State Courts and all Administrative Law Courts including the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board. Mr. Darling is a member of the Fresno County Bar Association, Fresno Industrial Claims Association, and the Professionals in Workers’ Compensation chapter in Fresno. Mr. Darling is a member of the San Joaquin College of Law Alumni Association and previously served as the Association’s Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017.

        Away from the office, Mr. Darling enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, as well as playing golf and avidly following his beloved Chicago Cubs.

        E-mail: sdarling@cca-law.com
        Phone: (559) 490-2311 Ext: 8002



      • Encino/Van Nuys Offices - Servicing Marina Del Rey, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Oxnard and Santa Barbara WCAB District Offices

        • Thomas Trutanich - Junior Partner

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          Thomas Trutanich was born in San Pedro, California. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2011, Mr. Trutanich received his Juris Doctor from Western State University with an emphasis in Business Law Studies.

          Mr. Trutanich commenced his legal practice as a civil litigation and consumer rights attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel W. Dunbar. In doing so, he successfully represented numerous plaintiffs in all phases of litigation, mediation and arbitration. As such, Mr. Trutanich has a wide-variety of legal experience in negligence claims, product liability, premises liability, breach of contract and landlord/tenant disputes.

          Mr. Trutanich also has significant experience in representing corporate employers, major insurance carriers and TPA’s on a broad range of employment law issues and claims management counseling.

          Mr. Trutanich joined Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP in 2016 as a member of its Orange County office and focuses his practice on workers’ compensation defense and subrogation. He is an active member of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

          When he is not practicing law, Mr. Trutanich enjoys spending time outdoors exercising, playing golf and spending time with his wife whom he met in law school.


          E-mail: TTrutanich@cca-law.com
          Phone: (657) 245-2007

        • Faisal Moledina

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          Faisal Moledina was born and raised in Torrance, California. He attended the University of California Santa Barbara, where he appeared on the Dean’s List and graduated with honors in 2009, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Media, & Cultural Studies as well as a minor in Art History. Mr. Moledina then continued on to Loyola Law School on a merit-based scholarship where he earned his Juris Doctorate in May 2015, graduating with Concentrations in Corporate and Intellectual Property Law.

          During his legal education, he spent time studying abroad in Beijing, China, broadening his understanding of international judicial systems. Following graduation, Mr. Moledina worked in civil litigation in Santa Monica where he focused on business litigation and partnership disputes, drafting and filing motions and gaining invaluable litigation experience in the California Superior Courts.

          Shortly thereafter, he transitioned to practicing workers’ compensation law throughout the state of California, vigorously representing and defending insurance carriers, self-insured employers, third-party administrators, and Professional Employer Organizations in all aspects of workers’ compensation law, including subrogation.

          In his spare time, Mr. Moledina enjoys baseball, camping, cycling, and spending time with his family and pet Husky. He has traveled extensively, spending several months backpacking and traveling through South East Asia and Central America. Mr. Moledina speaks intermediate Spanish and Hindi.


          E-mail: fmoledina@cca-law.com
          Phone: (818) 751-5743

        • Laura D. Murcott

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          Following matriculation from the University of California, San Diego, Laura Murcott began her career as a workers’ compensation claims professional at Fremont Compensation and subsequently Employers Compensation where she eventually specialized in complex industrial claims. Concurrent with her time as a claims professional, Ms. Murcott joined the Air National Guard component of the United States Air Force, ultimately becoming a rated officer and C-130E Navigator, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. After completion of military service and following the arrival of her children, she set her sights on law school, graduating with honors from Glendale University College of Law in 2016.

          Prior to joining Coleman & Chavez, Ms. Murcott began her litigation career at a workers’ compensation defense firm representing the interests of various insurance carriers and their clients throughout Southern California. As a result of her prior experience, she is acutely aware of her clients’ expectations for vigorous and cost-effective representation and seeks to deliver the same through expertly calibrated discovery methods and aggressive representation.

          In her spare time, Ms. Murcott enjoys hiking, camping and exploring with her children.


          E-mail: lmurcott@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 395-9085

        • Kenton Trigger

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          Kenton Trigger was raised in Loomis, California – a small town located in the foothills near Sacramento. He attended California State University of Chico where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an option in Legal Studies in 2009. In 2014, Mr. Trigger graduated with Distinction from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in Business Law. While at McGeorge, Mr. Trigger volunteered at both the Housing Mediation and Bankruptcy Clinics where he mediated disputes between tenants and landlords and assisted the local community in their bankruptcy proceedings. He was also a staff writer and ultimately a became Comment Editor for the McGeorge Law Review.

          Since graduating law school, Mr. Trigger has been focused solely on the practice of workers’ compensation law. He has worked for successful defense firms in both northern and southern California, giving him exposure and litigation experience at Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards throughout the state. Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates, Mr. Trigger ran a successful Applicant’s practice giving him a unique perspective and ability to anticipate issues and bring claims to a quick resolution.

          While working defense, Mr. Trigger has handled a variety of issues, from settlement negotiations to trials, and has represented a wide variety of self-insured employers, public entities, insurers, and third-party administrators throughout California. He strongly believes that communication and actively listening to the client’s needs are imperative for a quick resolution. Above all, he believes all claims are defensible.

          When away from work, Mr. Trigger enjoys spending time with his wife, who is a Physician Assistant for an Urgent Care and Family Practice. He has two dogs and cats and enjoys traveling, golf, and reality TV.


          E-mail: ktrigger@cca-law.com
          Phone: (657) 245-2007



        L.A. Offices - Servicing Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, Long Beach and Van Nuys WCAB District Offices

        • Richard Chavez - Senior Partner  

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          Richard Chavez was born in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from California State University at Sonoma in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Mr. Chavez received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999. While at McGeorge, he was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society on May 15, 1998. Mr. Chavez was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999.

          Mr. Chavez's practice areas include Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Subrogation, Appellate, and Employment Counseling & Litigation.  He previously worked for Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler as a Partner and Associate.  He is now a founding partner of Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP.  Mr. Chavez has extensive experience representing employers in a full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights and unfair competition proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Chavez has represented public entities on civil rights claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX.  He also has substantial experience in complex tort claims involving product liability and premise issues, industrial workplace injuries, and construction site accidents.

          Currently, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, The Hispanic National Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers of California, La Raza Lawyers of Sacramento, California State Bar Workers' Compensation Section, Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section, and the Valley Industrial Claims Association. In addition, Mr. Chavez occasionally speaks to businesses regarding employment related issues.

          When away from work, Mr. Chavez enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, as well as golfing, tennis, baseball, and traveling.


          E-mail: rchavez@cca-law.com
          Phone: (916) 787-2312

        • William K. Hong - Junior Partner

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          William Hong was born in Seoul, South Korea and was raised in the Inland Empire in Southern California. Mr. Hong is an associate attorney with the law firm Coleman, Chavez & Associates. His primary concentration is in workers’ compensation law.

          Prior to joining Coleman, Chavez & Associates, Mr. Hong represented a range of clients in matters involving workers’ compensation, bankruptcy, and general civil litigation including personal injury. He has represented insured and uninsured employers, as well as, major third-party administrators in workers’ compensation defense. Mr. Hong has also represented insolvent debtors and secured lenders in both simple and complex bankruptcy matters.

          Mr. Hong obtained his Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Riverside in Political Science and History in 2004. He continued on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. He was admitted to practice law within the state of California since December of 2009. He is also admitted to practice in all California Federal District Courts.

          During his matriculation at the New England School of Law, Mr. Hong has interned and clerked with judges in Suffolk County Superior Court as well as for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office with their Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Unit.

          Mr. Hong resides in downtown Los Angeles. Outside of work he enjoys running, watching basketball games, trying out new restaurants , spending time with family and friends, and watching 80’s and 90’s movies obsessively.

          E-mail: whong@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 395-9088

        • Jose Morales - Junior Partner

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          Jose Morales is a 2008 graduate of San Diego State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He continued on to Loyola Law School where he received his Juris Doctor in 2011. In 2011 Mr. Morales was admitted to practice law before the State of California, the Central District of California, and all administrative courts.

          During law school Mr. Morales worked as a clerk first for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and then for the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. Thereafter Mr. Morales began practicing as an attorney and representing clients in mass tort litigation in both State and Federal Courts. He began his workers' compensation law practice in 2013 focusing solely on workers' compensation defense. Since that time he has represented insurance carriers, employers, third-party administrators, and Professional Employer Organizations in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation.

          In his spare time, Mr. Morales enjoys spending time with family, as well as traveling, camping, and hiking.


          E-mail: jmorales@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 395-9084

        • J. Gabriel Amezcua

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          J. Gabriel Amezcua grew up in Davis, California and graduated from UC Davis with a double major in History and Spanish. Mr. Amezcua continued his education at San Francisco State University, where he received a Master of Arts in History. Mr. Amezcua then moved to Southern California, where he attended Loyola Law School and received his Juris Doctor while serving as a research assistant, editor, and student mentor. Mr. Amezcua became a member of the State Bar of California in 2008.

          Prior to working for Coleman Chavez & Associates, Mr. Amezcua gained invaluable experience working for one of California's largest workers' compensation defense law firms, where he represented insurance carriers, self-insured employers, school districts, counties, and municipalities, and TPAs in all aspects of workers' compensation defense. Mr Amezcua has over ten years of experience as a workers' compensation defense attorney.

          When away from work, Mr. Amezcua and his wife can be found traveling with their dogs in tow, hanging out with their amazing family, or grabbing a bite and a pint at the local soccer pub.


          E-mail: gamezcua@cca-law.com
          Phone: (916) 787-2300

        • Jacqueline A. Clemett

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          Jacqueline A. Clemett is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP.

          Ms. Clemett graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1994. As a result of her studies, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and International Relations. During this time Ms. Clemett was distinguished with Summa Cum Laude designation. After completing her undergraduate degree, she enrolled at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. In 1998, she completed her studies and was conferred a juris doctor degree while receiving Magna Cum Laude recognition.

          During her legal education Ms. Clemett studied abroad at the Universitat de Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria. She also studied at La Universite de La Sorbonne in Paris, France.

          Following school, Ms. Clemett was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999 and thereafter began her legal practice. Since 1999 she has been practicing Workers’ Compensation law throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In that time she has gained valuable experience representing a wide variety of clients including self-insured employers, insurance companies and legally uninsured employers.

          Ms. Clemett is considered an expert in her field, receiving a Certificate of Specialization in Workers’ Compensation designation from her peers and the California Board of Legal Specialization in 2005.

          Ms. Clemett is fluent in the Spanish language and is conversationally proficient in the French language.


          E-mail: jclemett@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 395-9098

        • Vanessa E. Coe

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          Vanessa Coe was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She currently works in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

          In 2010, Ms. Coe graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Ms. Coe received her Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2015.

          During and after law school, Ms. Coe spent several years practicing Civil Litigation, where she obtained an extensive background in Labor and Employment law and litigated cases at all levels of State and Federal courts. She has experience in a wide range of employment disputes, ranging from discrimination, wrongful termination, as well as class action wage and hour cases.

          Ms. Coe's employment law background allowed her to seamlessly transition into Workers’ Compensation. Prior to joining Coleman & Chavez, she worked for a defense firm representing the interests of multiple employers, insurance carriers and third-party administrators throughout the Southern California WCAB District Offices. Ms. Coe’s background allows her to thoughtfully and effectively analyze and assess the value of claims while avidly advocating for her clients' interests.

          Ms. Coe is fluent in Spanish. When away from work, Ms. Coe enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.


          E-mail: vcoe@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 395-9087

        • Robert C. Eckl

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          Robert C. Eckl is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP. Mr. Eckl graduated from the California State University at Long Beach in 2010 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. During this time Mr. Eckl was distinguished as a President’s List designee for high grad point average. After completing his undergraduate degree, he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he completed his juris doctor degree receiving recognition as a Dean’s Scholarship recipient.

          During his school Mr. Eckl followed a study abroad passion experiencing unparalleled diversity. In 2009 he undertook undergraduate studies at the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Valparaiso Chile. In 2012 he studied international business transactions at the Zhejiang University, Guanghua College of Law in Hangzhou China. These worldly experiences have prepared him for the diversity of culture and experience in the Los Angeles workers’ compensation community.

          Mr. Eckl was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2015. Since that time he has been practicing Workers’ Compensation defense throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In that time he has gained valuable experience representing a wide variety of clients including self-insured, insured and legally uninsured clients.

          As a result of his undergraduate minor studies and his travels and studies abroad, Mr. Eckl is proficient in the Spanish language.

          When not zealously advocating on behalf of our clients, Mr. Eckl enjoys reading a good book and exploring the outdoors. Specifically, Mr. Eckl enjoys snowboarding in the wintertime.


          E-mail: reckl@cca-law.com
          Phone: (951) 368-9014

        • Theresa Hardjadinata

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          Theresa Hardjadinata was born in Torrance, California but was raised in Cerritos, California. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and majors in Economics and Political Science in 2003. Upon graduation, she enrolled in the University of California, Davis School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 2006. While at UC Davis, Ms. Hardjadinata was a member of University of California, Davis Law Review and spent a summer as a judicial extern for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter of the United States District Court in Los Angeles.

          Ms. Hardjadinata spent several years in civil litigation with a focus on insurance defense, including two years in-house in the Sempra Energy Litigation Department.

          Prior to Coleman Chavez & Associates, LLP, she spent nine years at Peterson/Hardjadinata and Associates, Inc., practicing workers’ compensation defense and rising to partner within 5 years. Ms. Hardjadinata has experience in defending self-insurers and carriers in all aspects of workers compensation, including Petitions for 132a benefits, supplemental job displacement vouchers, contribution issues and liens.

          In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, exploring different cuisines, and rooting for the Los Angeles Angels.


          E-mail: thardjadinata@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 310-8036

        • Diana Mejia

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          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


          E-mail: dmejia@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 395-9094

        • Nune Piloshyan

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          Nune Piloshyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She moved to Southern California as a child. She is fluent in Armenian, English, and speaks intermediate level Spanish. When time permits, she continues to learn Spanish.

          Ms. Piloshyan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis in 2012. Ms. Piloshyan received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree with a concentration in Trial & Appellate Advocacy from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2016. Throughout law school, she was named on the Dean’s List multiple times. Passing the February 2017 California Bar Examination, Ms. Piloshyan was admitted to the California State Bar.

          Since her admission in 2017, Ms. Piloshyan has exclusively been practicing in workers’ compensation defense by representing employers, insurers and self-insured employers in matters throughout the state of California. Clients appreciate her attention to detail and her habit of doing everything possible to save her clients’ financial resources. Her zealous advocacy helped her secure a Take Nothing Award during her very first trial.

          When away from work, Ms. Piloshyan enjoys taking salsa dance classes with her husband, spending time with her family, traveling abroad, listening to music, and gardening.


          E-mail: npiloshyan@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 395-9093

        • Andrew Yen

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          Andrew Yen was born in San Gabriel, California. His family is originally from Taiwan and he is fluent in Mandarin. He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society.

          Mr. Yen received his Juris Doctor Degree from the Southwestern Law School where he served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. He also served as an extern for the Honorable James S. Otero, United States District Court for the Central District of California.Mr. Yen was admitted to the California State Bar in 2013.

          Mr. Yen’s practice areas include Workers’ Compensation and Workers’ Compensation Subrogation. Mr. Yen has extensive experience representing Insurance Carriers and Employers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, as well as representing employers on matters involving discrimination under Labor Code, Section 132 (a) and Serious and Willful Misconduct. Mr. Yen has appeared beforeall the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards in California.

          Currently, Mr. Yen serves on the Board of Governors for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and is actively involved with the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association. While away from work, he enjoys traveling, eating, and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys riding motorcyclesand being with his two huskies.


          E-mail: ayen@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 212-6004

        • Peter Yoon

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          Peter Yoon was born in Los Angeles, California. As a Los Angeles native, Mr. Yoon grew up in Glendale, California. Mr. Yoon graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Criminology, Law, and Society. Prior to pursuing law, he also taught English to pre-school and elementary students in South Korea. Mr. Yoon completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school, Mr. Yoon assisted with legal ethics research. He also served as an extern for Honorable Judge A. James Robertson at the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco.

          Prior to joining Coleman, Chavez & Associates, Mr. Yoon practiced workers’ compensation defense, representing insurance carriers, third party administrators, self-insured employers, and government entities in various aspects of litigation.

          In his spare time, Mr. Yoon enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and motorsports.


          E-mail: pyoon@cca-law.com
          Phone: (213) 395-9086



        Riverside & Inland Empire Offices - Servicing Riverside, San Bernardino, and Pomona WCAB District Offices

        • Richard Chavez - Senior Partner  

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          Richard Chavez was born in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from California State University at Sonoma in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Mr. Chavez received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999. While at McGeorge, he was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society on May 15, 1998. Mr. Chavez was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999.

          Mr. Chavez's practice areas include Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Subrogation, Appellate, and Employment Counseling & Litigation.  He previously worked for Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler as a Partner and Associate.  He is now a founding partner of Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP.  Mr. Chavez has extensive experience representing employers in a full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights and unfair competition proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Chavez has represented public entities on civil rights claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX.  He also has substantial experience in complex tort claims involving product liability and premise issues, industrial workplace injuries, and construction site accidents.

          Currently, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, The Hispanic National Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers of California, La Raza Lawyers of Sacramento, California State Bar Workers' Compensation Section, Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section, and the Valley Industrial Claims Association. In addition, Mr. Chavez occasionally speaks to businesses regarding employment related issues.

          When away from work, Mr. Chavez enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, as well as golfing, tennis, baseball, and traveling.


          E-mail: rchavez@cca-law.com
          Phone: (916) 787-2312

        • Noelle Sage - Junior Partner

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          Attorney Noelle Sage graduated from Chapman University in Orange California in 2007. During her coursework there she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. Thereafter she attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego California graduating cum laude in 2010. Contemporaneously she obtained a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University, also 2010.

          While in law school, Ms. Sage was a Notes Editor on the Thomas Jefferson Law Review Journal and co-authored an article on patent adjudication. She was also a judicial intern for the San Diego Superior Court.

          Ms. Sage began her legal career practicing medical malpractice defense in San Diego, CA, where she represented physicians, registered nurses, hospitals and other health care providers in the defense of complex, multi-party claims before the Superior Court, California Court of Appeals, California Medical Board and private arbitrators.

          Ms. Sage began working exclusively in workers’ compensation in 2013, representing insurance carriers, self-insured entities, third-party administrators and governmental entities in all aspects of litigation.

          Ms. Sage was born, raised and currently lives and works in Orange County California. While away from the office, Ms. Sage enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband, son and daughter.


          E-mail: nsage@cca-law.com
          Phone: (657) 232-2979

        • Robert C. Eckl

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          Robert C. Eckl is an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Coleman, Chavez & Associates, LLP. Mr. Eckl graduated from the California State University at Long Beach in 2010 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. During this time Mr. Eckl was distinguished as a President’s List designee for high grad point average. After completing his undergraduate degree, he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he completed his juris doctor degree receiving recognition as a Dean’s Scholarship recipient.

          During his school Mr. Eckl followed a study abroad passion experiencing unparalleled diversity. In 2009 he undertook undergraduate studies at the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso in Valparaiso Chile. In 2012 he studied international business transactions at the Zhejiang University, Guanghua College of Law in Hangzhou China. These worldly experiences have prepared him for the diversity of culture and experience in the Los Angeles workers’ compensation community.

          Mr. Eckl was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2015. Since that time he has been practicing Workers’ Compensation defense throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In that time he has gained valuable experience representing a wide variety of clients including self-insured, insured and legally uninsured clients.

          As a result of his undergraduate minor studies and his travels and studies abroad, Mr. Eckl is proficient in the Spanish language.

          When not zealously advocating on behalf of our clients, Mr. Eckl enjoys reading a good book and exploring the outdoors. Specifically, Mr. Eckl enjoys snowboarding in the wintertime.


          E-mail: reckl@cca-law.com
          Phone: (951) 368-9014

        • Darla P. Gretzner

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          Darla Priscilla Gretzner grew up in the high desert; in the small town of Apple Valley, located in Southern California. Riding horses was her passion. She started riding at twelve years old and enjoyed competition as an Equestrian. Competition took a lot of preparation and dedication which would be essential to a career in law later in life.

          Ms. Gretzner was raised by entrepreneur parents. Although not a lawyer himself, her dad was an admirer of the law and encouraged her to pursue a career that would bring independence. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from California State University, San Bernardino. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate in 2004 from the University of La Verne, College of Law, where she served on Law Review and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2005.

          She began her career in civil litigation, which included will and trust contests, elder abuse cases, and probate contests. One of the highlights was taking a case to the California State Court of Appeals, and having the opinion published in 2011.

          Eventually, Ms. Gretzner moved on to the worker's compensation field representing applicants and enjoying the challenges of the law. After a short period of time, Ms. Gretzner made her move to the defense side. She has been doing worker's compensation defense exclusively since 2013.

          When not working, Ms. Gretzner enjoys spending time with her young daughter and husband. She continues with her love of horses. She also enjoys all outdoor sports and activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, boating, bicycling. Traveling is also a must.


          E-mail: dgretzner@cca-law.com
          Phone: (951) 368-9013



        • Orange County Offices - Servicing Anaheim, Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Pomona WCAB District Offices

          • Richard Chavez - Senior Partner  

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            Richard Chavez was born in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from California State University at Sonoma in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Mr. Chavez received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999. While at McGeorge, he was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society on May 15, 1998. Mr. Chavez was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999.

            Mr. Chavez's practice areas include Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Subrogation, Appellate, and Employment Counseling & Litigation.  He previously worked for Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler as a Partner and Associate.  He is now a founding partner of Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP.  Mr. Chavez has extensive experience representing employers in a full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights and unfair competition proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Chavez has represented public entities on civil rights claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX.  He also has substantial experience in complex tort claims involving product liability and premise issues, industrial workplace injuries, and construction site accidents.

            Currently, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, The Hispanic National Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers of California, La Raza Lawyers of Sacramento, California State Bar Workers' Compensation Section, Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section, and the Valley Industrial Claims Association. In addition, Mr. Chavez occasionally speaks to businesses regarding employment related issues.

            When away from work, Mr. Chavez enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, as well as golfing, tennis, baseball, and traveling.


            E-mail: rchavez@cca-law.com
            Phone: (916) 787-2312

          • Noelle Sage - Junior Partner

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            Attorney Noelle Sage graduated from Chapman University in Orange California in 2007. During her coursework there she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. Thereafter she attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego California graduating cum laude in 2010. Contemporaneously she obtained a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University, also 2010.

            While in law school, Ms. Sage was a Notes Editor on the Thomas Jefferson Law Review Journal and co-authored an article on patent adjudication. She was also a judicial intern for the San Diego Superior Court.

            Ms. Sage began her legal career practicing medical malpractice defense in San Diego, CA, where she represented physicians, registered nurses, hospitals and other health care providers in the defense of complex, multi-party claims before the Superior Court, California Court of Appeals, California Medical Board and private arbitrators.

            Ms. Sage began working exclusively in workers’ compensation in 2013, representing insurance carriers, self-insured entities, third-party administrators and governmental entities in all aspects of litigation.

            Ms. Sage was born, raised and currently lives and works in Orange County California. While away from the office, Ms. Sage enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband, son and daughter.


            E-mail: nsage@cca-law.com
            Phone: (657) 232-2979

          • Claudia Cervantes

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            Claudia Cervantes was born in Garden Grove, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mrs. Cervantez earned her Juris Doctorate from Chapman University, School of Law in 2015. While in law school, she was a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation and a staff writer for The Courier.

            Prior to law school, Mrs. Cervantez worked at a very busy applicant workers’ compensation firm. She gained valuable experience in managing multiple cases and speaking to applicants about their primary concerns. After being admitted to the CA bar, Ms. Cervantes devoted her practice to specializing in Workers’ Compensation defense.

            Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates, Mrs. Cervantez worked at a large well-known workers’ compensation defense firm. Mrs. Cervantez gained valuable experience from both the applicant and defense side of workers’ compensation cases, which has helped her develop assertive and cost-effective defense strategies that have resulted in early settlements.

            While away from the office, Mrs. Cervantez enjoys attending concerts, playing tennis, working out, trying out new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.


            E-mail: ccervantes@cca-law.com
            Phone: (657) 245-2009

          • Nadia Imtanes

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            Nadia Imtanes was born in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2010 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. While in college, Ms. Imtanes volunteered for the family law facilitator’s office at the Superior Court. There she assisted victims of domestic violence in obtaining temporary restraining orders.

            Ms. Imtanes attended Western State University, College of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2013, also earning a business law specialty certificate. Ms. Imtanes received Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in contracts, professional writing, criminal, and probate law.

            While in law school, Ms. Imtanes was a writer and editor for her school’s law review. She published an article on corporate law that has since been cited by numerous law review journals.

            Ms. Imtanes began her legal career in probate and bankruptcy law in San Diego, CA, where she assisted clients by drafting wills and trusts as well as filing for Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies.

            In 2014, Ms. Imtanes transitioned to working in workers’ compensation defense. Prior to joining Coleman Chavez & Associates, Ms. Imtanes worked at a distinguished workers’ compensation defense firm, where she aggressively represented insurance carriers and self-insured employers on a variety of workers’ compensation issues. Ms. Imtanes is an aggressive litigator and has received multiple take-nothing decisions for her clients.

            In her free time, Ms. Imtanes enjoys snowboarding, karaoke, hiking and going to the movies.


            E-mail: nimtanes@cca-law.com
            Phone: (657) 245-2006

          • Joyce P. Lim

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            In August of 2002 Joyce Lim received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Ms. Lim was a Provost Honor’s List and a Dean’s List Scholar. During her undergraduate education Ms. Lim studied abroad for 1 year at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. In May of 2008 Ms. Lim received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, where she continued her academic excellence as a member of the prestigious Law Review, a Dean’s List Scholar and as a recipient of the Loyola Academic Scholarship. While in Law School, Ms. Lim served on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and was a member of the Korean American Bar Association.

            Ms. Lim started her legal career in 2008 and began exclusively practicing Workers’ Compensation defense in 2011. Since then she has successfully represented employers, insurance companies and third-party administrators throughout Southern California. She has experience handling all phases of Workers’ Compensation litigation from AOE/COE issues to lien issues. Ms. Lim implements a cost effective defense strategy, which has resulted in many early settlements and take nothing awards, including on denied AOE/COE claims. Additionally, she has successfully obtained numerous nuisance value settlements at depositions and hearings to help mitigate client costs. Ms. Lim is a strong believer in the practical importance of early case resolution and strives to resolve cases in an expeditious manner for her clients.

            Ms. Lim works in the Orange County office of Coleman, Chavez & Associates. There she joins a team of professionals covering workers’ compensation matters of all kinds throughout all of the Orange County WCAB District Offices. At client requests, Ms. Lim occasionally covers matters in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire District Offices.

            Ms. Lim is also fluent Korean, both written and oral. She is computer certified by Westlaw in legal education and training using all of their investigative techniques. In her spare time Ms. Lim enjoys reading, cooking, and being physically active.


            E-mail: jlim@cca-law.com
            Phone: (657) 245-2746

          • Audrey Nguyen

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            Audrey Nguyen - Audrey Nguyen grew up in Southern California where she attended undergrad at the University of California in Los Angeles. Ms. Nguyen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. She went on to attend law school at the Chapman University School of Law, graduating in 2013. During law school, Ms. Nguyen was an extern for the Legal Research Attorneys at the Orange County Superior Court, and a certified law clerk for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

            Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Nguyen began her legal career in labor & employment law and criminal defense. Ms. Nguyen began practicing workers’ compensation defense exclusively in 2015.

            Prior to joining Coleman & Chavez, Ms. Nguyen worked at another workers’ compensation defense firm specializing in the representation of insurance carriers, self-insured entities, and the California Insurance Guarantee Association through all phases of workers’ compensation litigation.

            In her spare time, Ms. Nguyen enjoys gardening, traveling, and enjoying great food with friends and family.


            E-mail: anguyen@cca-law.com
            Phone: (657) 231-4648

          • Chantell Gonzalez-Nieves

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            Chantell Gonzalez-Nieves was born in Orange, California. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Chicano Studies with distinction in general scholarship. Ms. Gonzalez-Nieves received her Juris Doctorate in December 2009 from Trinity Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of California in June 2010. She is fluent in Spanish. While in law school, Ms. Gonzalez-Nieves interned with the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office as a certified law clerk and successfully led a misdemeanor trial.

            Ms. Gonzalez-Nieves began her legal career practicing bankruptcy law for 3 years for a national firm where she represented debtors rights. Ms. Gonzalez-Nieves is also admitted to the United States District Court, Central District of California.

            Ms. Gonzalez-Nieves began working exclusively in workers’ compensation in 2013, representing insurance carriers, self-insured entities, third-party administrators, Professional Employer Organizations, and government entities in all aspects of litigation.

            While away from the office, Ms. Gonzalez-Nieves enjoys spending time with her young daughter and husband, trips to Disneyland, and watching basketball games.


            E-mail: cgonzalez-nieves@cca-law.com
            Phone: (657) 245-2747

          • Peter D. Pham

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            Peter Pham is a Southern California native having grown up in Huntington Beach.  He graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 2010.  During law school, he clerked for a nationally renowned plaintiff's firm in Downtown Los Angeles where he worked on class action and mass tort cases.  After law school, Mr. Pham received a public service fellowship with Public Law Center in Santa Ana where he assisted low-income clients in the areas of landlord-tenant law, property law, elder abuse, and unfair business practices.

            Mr. Pham entered the field of Workers Compensation in 2011, focusing solely on defense work.  Prior to joining Coleman, Chavez & Associates in 2018, Mr. Pham was a senior associate at a large, well-known, and prestigious defense firm and represented both public and private employers and insurance carriers in all aspects of litigation.

            Mr. Pham is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice law in the California state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and all administrative courts.

            In his free time, Mr. Pham enjoys watching football, going to the movies, and travelling.  He is an avid foodie and loves trying new restaurants.  He also plays in a recreational city basketball league having won multiple championships.



            E-mail: ppham@cca-law.com
            Phone: (657) 245-2005

          • Shana L. Prechtl

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            Shana L. Prechtl received her Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton. She continued to receive her Juris Doctorate in 2001 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2001.

            Ms. Prechtl began her career as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office Administrative Law Judges, Judge Alexander Karst in San Francisco, CA where she was exposed to and gained experience preparing cases for hearing and drafting decisions and orders on complex statutory issues arising under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Whistleblower Acts as well as Wage and Hour Laws.

            Ms. Prechtl continued her practice in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense, subrogation and specializing in the US Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions, the Defense Base Act, the Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentality Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and War Hazards Ace. Ms. Prechtl has excelled in handling asbestos related workers compensation claims for many years and has successfully trained law clerks and new associates.

            In recent years, Ms. Prechtl has expanded her expertise to represent insurance companies and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation cases before the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards throughout Southern California.


            E-mail: sprechtl@cca-law.com
            Phone: (657) 245-2011

               
          • John Paul Velasco

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            John Paul “JP” Velasco grew up in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Sociology and International Studies. Mr. Velasco received his Juris Doctor Degree from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009.

            Prior to joining Coleman, Chavez and Associates, Mr. Velasco worked for a workers’ compensation defense firm focusing on the representation of self-insured school districts and the California Insurance Guarantee Association, wherein he handled all aspects of workers’ compensation defense litigation.

            In addition to his workers’ compensation experience, Mr. Velasco has a background in immigration law, tax law and personal injury. He has worked as a law clerk for the Cancer Legal Resource Center. He has also volunteered for the Immigration Legal Assistance Project, NALEO and the Philippine American Bar Association.

            Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports and hiking.


            E-mail: jvelasco@cca-law.com
            Phone: (657) 245-2743



          San Diego Offices - Servicing the San Diego WCAB District Office

          • Richard Chavez - Senior Partner  

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            Richard Chavez was born in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from California State University at Sonoma in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Mr. Chavez received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1999. While at McGeorge, he was admitted to the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society on May 15, 1998. Mr. Chavez was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999.

            Mr. Chavez's practice areas include Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation Subrogation, Appellate, and Employment Counseling & Litigation.  He previously worked for Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler as a Partner and Associate.  He is now a founding partner of Coleman Chavez & Associates LLP.  Mr. Chavez has extensive experience representing employers in a full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights and unfair competition proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Chavez has represented public entities on civil rights claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Title IX.  He also has substantial experience in complex tort claims involving product liability and premise issues, industrial workplace injuries, and construction site accidents.

            Currently, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, The Hispanic National Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers of California, La Raza Lawyers of Sacramento, California State Bar Workers' Compensation Section, Sacramento County Bar Workers' Compensation Section, and the Valley Industrial Claims Association. In addition, Mr. Chavez occasionally speaks to businesses regarding employment related issues.

            When away from work, Mr. Chavez enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, as well as golfing, tennis, baseball, and traveling.


            E-mail: rchavez@cca-law.com
            Phone: (916) 787-2312

          • Jessica J. Snyder - Junior Partner  

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            Jessica Snyder is originally from Encinitas, California and attended the University of California, San Diego where she majored in Psychology. Ms. Snyder served as an elected student representative of Associate Students and active member of Alpha Chi Omega before graduating from UCSD in 2002. Ms. Snyder then went on to attend law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego. At California Western, she was an editor and writer for Law Review, a member of Amnesty International and received prestigious American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts, Property and Torts. Ms. Snyder graduated with honors distinction from California Western and passed the California Bar exam in 2006.

            Since that time, Ms. Snyder has practiced a diversified field of civil and administrative law and has settled into legal representation of employer and insurance carriers in defense of work-related injuries in 2011. Her current practice includes the defense of employers in worker’s compensation, subrogation matters and Asbestos-related claims. Ms. Snyder has vast experience with discovery, settlement, mediation, trials and appeals.

            Ms. Snyder is licensed to practice with the United States District Court in both the Southern & Eastern Districts. She is also licensed to practice before the California Supreme Court and all California Superior Courts.

            When Ms. Snyder is not working at the various WCAB locations throughout Northern California, she enjoys camping and any outdoor recreation with her husband, son and daughter.

            E-mail: jsnyder@cca-law.com
            Phone: (858) 623-4257

          • Nina R. Francisco  

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            Nina R. Francisco was born and raised in San Diego, California. She attended the University of San Diego where she was on the Dean’s List, was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics in 1997. Ms. Francisco went on to Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles where she served on the board of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Moot Court, while maintaining academic excellence. Coming from a military family, Ms. Francisco also worked as a paralegal specialist for the JAG Corp in San Diego and a certified law clerk in the juvenile division for the District Attorney’s Office while attending law school. Ms. Francisco earned her Juris Doctorate in 2001 and admitted to the California State Bar the same year. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

            Ms. Francisco moved back to San Diego after law school and began her career in workers’ compensation defense. She comes with nearly 20 years of defending insurance carriers, third-party administrators, self-insured employers and private and public entities in all aspects of a workers’ compensation claim from inception of a claim to litigation, settlement and/or dismissal. Ms. Francisco directs and develops the discovery phase and defense strategy with the carrier and employer to provide the best defense in every claim. This includes conducting the deposition, deposition strategy, timing of settlement, employer level investigations, witness trial preparation, potential fraud issues, etc. She also has years of experience in effectively cross-examining Qualified Medical Examiners. Ms. Francisco also meets with employers and claims examiners regularly to go over day to day procedures of documenting a personnel file and other documentation that is crucial when defending a workers’ compensation claim.

            When away from work, Ms. Francisco enjoys reading, watching her kids at softball and basketball games, finding new trails to walk and playing tourist in San Diego with her family.

            E-mail: nfrancisco@cca-law.com
            Phone: (858)623-4256

 
 
 
 
   
   
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