Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP is hosting a 2013 Spring Seminar series on SB863. It is a complimentary, half day seminar and will be presented in five locations throughout California. The locations and dates are listed below. Please click on the preferred location for the full program and registration information.
Breakfast served 8:00 am - 8:30 am. Seminar 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. To register, click on the link of preferred date and location above.
Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP is pleased to announce that Sonja Gipson of our Santa Monica office and Laurence Sjauwfoekloy of our San Jose office have accepted the position of Partner at our Firm.
Sonja Gipson is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law, which she completed in two years. She originally joined Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi in 2003. Sonja has worked in our Pasadena and Santa Monica offices, and has been managing the Santa Monica office since 1/1/12. She has practiced workers compensation for more than 17 years. She represents self-insured corporations, insurance carriers, third party administrators and uninsured employers. Sonja is the proud mother of two sons. She enjoys reading, hiking, bicycling, and Lakers basketball.
Laurence Sjauwfoekloy received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. He has practiced workers' compensation law for over a decade, all with the San Jose office Of Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi. He represents self-insured corporations, insurance carriers, third party administrators and uninsured employers. Previously, Laurence practiced immigration law. Laurence is fluent in Dutch and enjoys luxury liner cruising. His bucket list includes attending a Rose Bowl game played by Cal's Golden Bears.
Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP will be hosting a 2013 Spring Seminar series presented in five locations throughout California. The locations and dates are as follows: Sacramento (April 4), Long Beach (April 11), Oakland (April 18), San Diego (April 25) and Riverside (May 2). Details to follow.
Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP was proud to host toy drives again this year at their annual holiday parties throughout the state. Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi has supported toy drive during the holidays for over 10 years and is very pleased to announce that 2012 was the most successful yet. The Bay Area event, held on December 6, and the Sacramento event hosted on December 7, both supported the U.S. Marines Toys-For-Tots and together brought in over 800 toys. The Southern California event on December 13 supported Orangewood Children's Foundation and collected over 200 toys for the children serviced by that organization. Lauglin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP appreciates and thanks everyone who contributed this holiday season.
After more than 46 years in the Workers' Compensation field, Michael W. Laughlin, a founding member of Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP, will be stepping down from everyday practice and moving into the role of consultant/advisor. Mr. Laughlin will be truly missed by all those associated with the Workers' Compensation arena. His extensive knowledge and professional demeanor always advanced the best interests of his clients. Mr. Laughlin embraced his clients as friends and treated everyone in the industry with the same level of courtesy and grace.
Although Mike is stepping down from the everyday practice of Workers' Compensation law, we are pleased to announce that he has agreed to lead an important new program which we refer to as our "Strategic Closure Initiative" (SCI). We recognize our clients' need to close open files, particularly those that are older and more complex. To respond to this need, the firm will be identifying these primarily older cases and have asked Mike to provide the handling attorney a fresh perspective on facilitating resolution. Mr. Laughlin's extensive experience in handling complex and difficult files during his active career makes him uniquely qualified to provide insight and creativity in obtaining final closure of these matters.
If you have any cases that you feel would qualify for this unique program or might benefit from a review by one of the true scholars in the Workers' Compensation field, you can contact Mike via e-mail at email@example.com or James Pettibone at (415) 781-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi announced Wednesday that Jeffrey E. Lowe in its San Francisco office has accepted the position of partner with the law firm.
The firm also announced the hiring of three new attorneys.
Lowe is a Southern California native who relocated to the Bay Area in 2004, while serving as a managing attorney for a statewide defense firm. As an attorney with more than 20 years experience, he joined Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi in 2008.
Lowe's primary practice areas are workers' compensation defense and subrogation. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Product Liability and Workers' Compensation Committee.
In addition to Lowe's promotion, the firm announced the hiring of new attorneys in its Sacramento, Pasadena and Santa Monica offices. The firm has 11 offices in California.
Craig E. Morrison joined the firm as an associate in its Sacramento office. Morrison has practiced workers' compensation for 11 years and is a certified specialist. Previously, he was also a managing partner of a statewide workers' compensation firm. Morrison represents both self-insured as well as insured employers on all issues concerning workers' compensation, including petitions for discrimination under Labor Code 132(a) and serious and willful claims. Morrison worked as a claims adjuster for six years before attending law school. He is an avid skier and was an alpine race for 10 years.
Stephen Nakata has joined the firm as an associate in its Pasadena office. Nakata received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1989 and his law degree from the University of San Francisco in 1992. He is admitted to practice in all federal district courts in California and in the 9th Circuit. In addition to California workers' compensation, Nakata practices longshore, labor/employment and subrogation defense for employers and carriers. He also practices wage-and-hour defense. Nakata is a diehard UCLA Bruins fan and avid golfer.
Jacqueline Clemett joined the firm as an associate in its Santa Monica office. Clemett is a certified specialist with 12 years experience as a workers' compensation defense attorney, representing self-insured as well as insured employers on all issues, including public entity practice. Her prior experience includes working for one of the largest multi-line insurance companies in the world, providing legal advice and training adjusters in the law and litigation management.
Clemett enjoys traveling and has studied abroad in Paris and Austria. She is fluent in Spanish, and has a conversational knowledge of many romance languages.
LFLM is please to announce the following attorneys have passed the Workers' Compensation Specialist Exam and are awaiting certification from the Board of Legal Specialization:
December 14, 2009
We were swallowed up by an unhealthy overdose of denial in the concluding remarks to our e-blast on the first case interpreting the COLA statute, section 4659(c), Duncan v. WCAB (XYZZX SJO2), out of the 6th Appellate District in San Jose (no. H034040). Cold, wintry reality has set in and tells us that there appears to be no grace, saving or otherwise, in the statute to allow for caps on COLAs.
Newsline No. 61-09
December 14, 2009
The mileage rate for medical and medical-legal travel expenses will be decreased to 50 cents per mile effective Jan. 1, 2010. This rate must be paid to travel on or after Jan. 1, 2010 regardless of the date of injury.
Labor Code section 4600, in conjunction with Government Code section 19820 and the Department of Personnel Administration regulations, establishes the rate payable for mileage reimbursement for medical and medical-legal expenses and ties it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published mileage reimbursement rate.
The mileage rates for 2010 reflect slightly lower transportation costs compared to a year ago. The updated mileage reimbursement form is posted on the DWC Web site at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/forms.html.
December 2, 2009
The Sixth Distrrict Court of Appeals has been kind enough to construct a major bump in the road for defendants with regard to cost-of-living adjustment calculations in life pension and permanent total disability cases for injuries after 1/1/03.
October 14, 2009
The Court of Appeal has limited employer's compensability liability to a reasonable geographic area in the matter of Esquivel v. WCAB et al.
Congratulations to Michael Laughlin!
The Executive Committee of the California State Bar's Workers' Compensation Section has awarded Michael W. Laughlin the 2009 Steve Jimenez Special Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement.
This annual award recognizes outstanding attorneys and judges who have made significant lifetime contributions to the workers' compensation community. This state-wide recognition of professionalism and substantial influence is a well deserved honor for Michael Laughlin, who has been practicing California workers' compensation defense since 1965.
Mr. Laughlin is a founding member of Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLP (est. 1985). Our firm has an overwhelming appreciation and respect for all he has done and is especially proud he is receiving this award.
The award reception will take place on Friday, September 11, 2009 in San Diego.
Congratulations Roger Levy! Mr. Levy is recognized as "The Visionary".
Roger Levy has been listed by LexisNexis as one of its Workers' Compensation Notable People for 2008. The LexisNexis list is created by soliciting nominations from national and state organizations and experts throughout the Workers' Compensation field.