Janice has been with the firm since 1986 and was a shareholder from 1991-2023. She has been a certified specialist in workers compensation for over 25 years and is a current DWC-approved arbitrator. Her practice focuses on quality representation designed to achieve the client’s goals/priorities for the case. Her skills and past experience include initial analysis and recommended case strategy, discovery implementation, negotiation & settlement, trial and post-trial appellate work. Janice has extensive experience with all issues before the WCAB including injury AOE/COE, employment, complex AMA Guides Ratings, and cases involving complex medical issues. She is a frequent lecturer for industry associations throughout California and provides custom training to clients in all areas of workers’ compensation law.
Janice represents insurance companies, self-insured employers, third-party administrators (TPAs) and uninsured employers. She has extensive knowledge of the unique issues facing public entities as well the challenges for today’s carriers in this highly regulated and fast paced industry. Her caseload has recently involved significant activity in the following areas:
First Responders/Peace Officers
Handling cases that involve first responders is unique given the special benefits afforded this class of employee, including the presumptions of injury. Janice is referred a large number of complex cancer and heart cases because her knowledge of the law requires opposing counsel to prove the theories they set forth and not just rely on vague allegations. Janice typically receives a more favorable result for her clients with this approach.
Toxic Exposure Cases
Janice has a distinct skillset built over time working on toxic exposure cases. She understands how certain exposures lead to particular types of cancer. Oftentimes, her role is to minimize the exposure by using creative strategies to posture the case for a more favorable resolution.
Trials and Appellate Practice
Janice is an experienced trial and appellate attorney. Trial strategies are about the correct record for the trial judge and/or appellate court. This is achieved through proper preparation of the case and analysis of the quality of the discovery obtained. She will assist clients in determining if a case is suitable for trial or appeal, and if it is not, will negotiate a beneficial result by settlement.
Whether it’s defending cases involving significant injury to an employee’s spinal cord or severe brain damage, Janice is well-qualified to assist and understands the complexities and potential exposure. She knows how to use experts to the client’s advantage, whether that is defending against the injury or determining case values for settlement.