Senior Partners

Michael B. Lewis

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Mr. Lewis received his B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1963, and graduated from San Fernando Valley School of Law in 1969. He practiced personal injury law before founding the firm in 1971. He is a member of the California Applicant's Attorney Association, and was certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in workers' compensation in 1975. Mr. Lewis has appeared before the California Court of Appeals on several significant and noteworthy cases involving both civilian and safety employees.

Alan B. Marenstein

Mr. Marenstein attended California State University at Northridge before receiving his law degree from San Fernando Valley Law School. He was certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in workers' compensation in 1978, and is a member of the California Applicant's Attorney Association. He has argued before the California Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and has been active in drafting legislation favoring injured employees. He has been honored by several organizations including California Organization for Police Officers and Sheriffs for his dedication and contributions to injured safety members.

 

Thomas J. Wicke

Mr. Wicke obtained his B.A. in psychology from Illinois State University and then a Master's Degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. He graduated with a law degree from Western State University in 1978, and joined the firm in 1982, becoming a senior partner in 1991. His practice primarily involves public pension systems, such as the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, County of Orange, County of Ventura, State of California, and other municipal systems.

Mr. Wicke also handles civil litigation for the firm, mostly in the area of personal injury resulting from products liability, premises liability, traffic accidents, employment matters, and related types of actions.

In addition to his his trial and administrative work, Mr. Wicke has several published decisions to his credit, which have greatly benefited the members of public employee pension systems. He is a frequent and noted guest speaker at various seminars throughout the state on disability pension issues.

Robert J. Sherwin

Mr. Sherwin graduated from California State University at Northridge in 1970 with a B.A. degree, and from Loyola University School of Law in 1974. He was Deputy City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office from 1974 through 1984, spending five years prosecuting criminal misdemeanors, and five years defending the City in workers' compensation claims. He joined the firm in 1984, and is a member of the California Applicant's Attorney Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in workers' compensation and is a regular contributing editor to various employee organization magazines, including California State Firefighters Magazine and The Blue Line.

Mr. Sherwin is an avid baseball fan and participates in Mens Senior/Adult Baseball. He has captured eight world series championships in the Mens Senior/Adult Baseball World Series. When not advocating for injured workers, you can find Mr. Sherwin on the baseball field!

Gold D. Lee

Mr. Lee joined the law firm in July, 2001 where he specializes in both workers' compensation and personal injury litigation. Since that time, he has successfully litigated numerous cases on behalf of safety members and personnel.  Mr. Lee earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in 2000.  He clerked for the Honorable Robert W. Alberts, Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California and Gregory O'Brien, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge.

Mr. Lee is on the Board of Governors for the California Applicant's Attorneys Association and the member of the California Consumers Attorneys Association.  He has been a member of the National Eagle Scout Association since 1988.


Partners

Lawrence D. Rosenberg

Mr. Rosenberg graduated with honors from UCLA in 1970 and Loyola University School of Law in 1973. He was employed by State Compensation Insurance Fund from 1974 - 1976, before joining the firm. He was certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in workers' compensation in 1984. He was a past officer in the California Applicant's Attorney Association, and presently serves as treasurer for the Los Angeles Valley Applicant's Attorney Chapter.

Laurie I. Marenstein

Laurie Marenstein joined the firm in 1998. She graduated with Honors and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. While in college Ms. Marenstein spent a summer working for a member of the California State Assembly assisting with constituent issues. She received her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of law where she completed a program in Tokyo, Japan as part of the Institute of International and Comparative Law. Ms. Marenstein is admitted to the State Bars in both California and Washington State. Prior to working for the firm she was a litigator in the fields of both criminal and domestic law. She is a member of the California Applicant Attorneys' Association and specializes in workers' compensation litigation primarily for public safety members. 

Vanessa J. Cooksey

Ms. Cooksey joined the firm in June 2005. She has been a partner in the firm since 2011, and specializes in representation of law enforcement officers in the area of California workers' compensation law. For over a decade, she has successfully litigated on behalf of safety members and their families. 

Ms. Cooksey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 2000, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2003. While in law school, she completed a summer study abroad program in International Law, in London, England. Before joining the firm, she also interned as a Legislative Analyst for the Arizona State House of Representatives, under Rep. Barbara Leff, now a State Senator. Ms. Cooksey is a member of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association

Andrew Dhadwal

Andrew Dhadwal joined the law firm in May of 2011. He specializes in workers' compensation litigation primarily for public safety members, also handling civilian cases. Andrew earned his undergraduate Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science (Pre-Law) from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Law. Andrew came to the firm after serving as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, where he litigated government civil litigation matters in State and Federal Courts, including cases before the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal and State Appellate, District and Superior Courts, and administrative law tribunals. Prior to that he served as Corporate and General Counsel for a Southern California third party claims administration company handling workers' compensation, insurance, labor and employment, and corporate matters.

Andrew is a past President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Section, where he led a membership of over 4,000 Los Angeles area attorneys in professional development, networking and community service events for new members of the Bar.

Justin D. Feldman

Mr. Feldman joined the firm in 2006.  His practice focuses on personal injury litigation, primarily on behalf of police officers, fire fighters and their families.  During his time at the firm, Mr. Feldman has successfully represented and litigated claims for hundreds of clients, including those who suffered catastrophic injuries, or whose family members lost their lives due to the negligent and/or wrongful acts of others. Mr. Feldman has obtained a number of million and multi-million dollar results on behalf of his clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Feldman both defended tire companies in catastrophic injury / wrongful death suits, as well as doctors who were being sued for medical malpractice.

Mr. Feldman obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Law and Government from Eastern Michigan University, where he was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, as well as the Golden Key National Honor Society. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. While in law school, Mr. Feldman participated in the Scott Moot Court Competition, and clerked for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Enrique Romero, as well as Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Emily Elias. Following his judicial clerkship, Mr. Feldman was an extern for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Mr. Feldman was admitted to The State Bar of California in 2001, and is authorized to practice law before all California Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Central District of California.


Associates

 

J.D. University of Southern California, 1983

B.S. University of Southern California, 1978 Cum Laude

Jeffrey S. Swartz

J.D. Loyola Law School, 1989

B.S. University of Oregon, 1984

Adam J. Turner

J.D. Loyola Law School, 2004

B.A. University of California Riverside, 1999

Joon Y. Kim

J.D. University of Southern California, 2009

B.A. University of California Los Angeles, 2005

Alessandra C. Muhawi

J.D. Southwestern Law School, 2011

B.A. University of California Santa Cruz, 1999

Joseph F. Frondle

J.D. University of Iowa College of Law, 2012

B.A. Mount Mercy College, 1998