Randy, a shareholder of the firm, has practiced Workers’ Compensation defense since 1999. Randy received his designation as a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist by the State Bar of California in 2011 and he is approved as an Arbitrator for the California Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Randy’s focus is on cases involving public employees including police and fire personnel, cases involving psychiatric injuries and representing uninsured employers.
Representation of Uninsured Employers
Oftentimes, employers find themselves uninsured either through mistake or neglect. These employers can face draconian consequences before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Randy is well-known for his ability to carefully examine cases to find the best available defenses and creative options available to these employers.
Public Safety Employees
Cases involving fire and police personnel are particularly challenged because of the presumption statutes. Public employers are often self-insured and having a complete understanding of their business, budget and expectations is critical. Randy works as a team with his clients and takes a strategic approach to handling cases for public employers as he fully understands the many layers involved. Clients need to know their attorney can successfully evaluate and advise on the potential impacts and adverse consequences of a particular case which is why Randy is highly regarded by his clients.
High Profile Cases
Randy has a particular expertise in handling high profile cases and works in partnership with Human Resources, co-counsel, and county or city personnel to manage the case, public perception and other optics. He thinks globally about how the case should be run and how it can be effectively resolved with careful consideration given to all of the potential consequences.
Psychiatric / Stress Claims
As a defense attorney, Randy has handled a substantial volume of claims involving psychiatric injuries over his legal career. Cases involving personnel actions and cases arising after termination afford the employer with special defenses in the Labor Code. These defenses require a careful focus on facts and application of the law. Litigating these cases requires exceptional skill, focus and understanding of the ever-changing body of law. Being laser focused in this area translates Randy’s expertise into more value for his clients.
What is the most interesting case you handled?
Too many to count…. I once worked on a case where the injured worker was an anesthesiologist. While going in for an orthopedic surgery myself, she showed up to put me under! I was taking a deposition a few years back where during the questioning, I asked the question, “Are you a witch?” The deponent was extremely offended and replied, “No, I’m not a witch…I’m a Druid!”
I’ve handled a multitude of cases that are very sensitive due to the parties involved or very sensitive facts. The most successful outcomes in these case often are the ones that garner little to no public interest. Defining success in a workers compensation case varies from case to case. A keen knowledge of your client and their interest is paramount to a successful outcome.
If not a lawyer… I probably would have settled in Washington D.C. and worked as a consultant or lobbyist.
Cuneo Black Ward & Missler
700 University Avenue, Suite 110
Sacramento, CA 95825
Tel: (916) 363-8822
Fax: (916) 363-8821
Professional & Bar Association Membership:
- State Bar of California
- State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section
- Sacramento County Bar Association
- Sacramento County Bar Workers’ Compensation Section
- California Self Insurance Association
- Valley Industrial Claims Association
- Association of Workers’ Compensation Professionals
- Disability Management Employer Coalition
- California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association
- University of Virginia, Charlottesville 1995, Bachelor of Arts Government and Foreign Affairs
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law 1998, Juris Doctor (J.D.)
- California State Bar Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist since 2011
- Arbitrator for the California Division of Workers’ Compensation
- Randal has been selected to Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyers list for 2015, 2016, and 2017