Floyd Skeren and Kelly LLP Law Firm

Sacramento, California Workers' Compensation Law Practice


 

OFFICE DETAIL

 

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Sacramento Office
Eric E. Ostling, Managing Attorney, Partner
Workers Compensation Law Practice Address 2151 River Plaza Drive, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95833
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Call our Law Practice (916) 920-1100
Fax our Law Practice (916) 920-1150
WCAB's or NDA's Served Serving Workers' Compensation Appeals Boards of Eureka, Oakland, Redding, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Stockton

PERSONNEL

   

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ERIC E. OSTLING

Attorney at Law, Partner
Managing Attorney
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm eric.ostling@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (916) 920-1100 ext. 7276
Fax our Law Practice (916) 920-1150

BIOGRAPHY

   Eric E. Ostling is the Managing Attorney of the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Sacramento office location. Mr. Ostling earned his Undergraduate Degree from the University of California, Davis, before attending the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate Degree. Not being satisfied with a Juris Doctorate Degree, Mr. Ostling continued and obtained his Master of Law and Taxation, Degree also from the University of the Pacific.
    Prior to joining the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in 2007, Mr. Ostling obtained many years of experience in litigating both civil and workers' compensation issues before various Northern California Superior Courts as well as the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). As a result of this litigation experience, Mr. Ostling brings with him a breadth of knowledge on subrogation and civil litigation matters to supplement his ability to represent the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's clients before the WCAB.
   Currently, Mr. Ostling represents employers, insurance entities, self-insured entities and third party administrators before the WCAB on standard workers' compensation defense, subrogation, §132(a) discrimination claims and serious and willful misconduct allegations.
   Mr. Ostling also has a published article in the Pacific Law Journal.

     
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BERNADETTE M. O'BRIEN

Attorney at Law, Partner

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm bernadette.obrien@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (916) 920-1100 ext. 3250
Fax our Law Practice (916) 920-1150

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   Bernadette M. O'Brien is a partner at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP and an SPHR certified/SHRM-SCP Human Resources Executive. Ms. O'Brien serves as general counsel and executive advisor to the law firm's Human Resources (HR) Department and is managing attorney of the firm's employment law department. She is a published author, distinguished speaker, and website content developer.
   Ms. O'Brien defends employers in employment related disputes including claims related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, privacy, and leave of absence laws. Ms. O’Brien also assists employers, human resource administrators, and risk managers with numerous HR topics including HR strategic alignment; short range and long range HR operational planning; coordination of HR activities and programs; compliance with federal, state and local employment related laws; tracking and responding to HR trends; developing, organizing and implementing the HR function; training and counseling management and staff; HR policy development, implementation and enforcement; personnel management: hiring, onboarding, performance, discipline, retention, and separation of employment; succession planning; designing competitive compensation and benefit packages; ensuring EEO compliance; managing disability and leave of absence policies and procedures; and, wage and hour compliance. Ms. O'Brien also conducts HR related training sessions throughout California.
   Ms. O’Brien is author of the popular LexisNexis publication Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices, co-author of California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, and co-author of California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs. Ms. O’Brien has been a frequent contributor to, and reporter for, the LexisNexis employment law newsletter Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin. She is also editor and developer of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly’s employment related websites: www.employmentlawweekly.com, www.worklawreport.com, www.employmentlawacademy.com, and www.fskhrtraining.com, which provide the latest news and information related to employment law.
   Ms. O'Brien has been a speaker on a variety of employment law topics for numerous organizations including CalPelra, CWC, Ag-Safe, EAC, Northern California Workers’ Comp Forum, Intercare, National Interstate Insurance, CASBO, PIHRA, Strafford Webinars and the Employer's Fraud Task Force. You can reach Bernadette O’Brien at bernadette.obrien@fsklaw.com, (818) 206-9222, or (916) 838-3332.

Publications:

Treatises

California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers;

Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices;

California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs.

Articles

"Employers Beware: A 100% WC Permanent Disability Rating Does Not Mean an Employee Cannot Work."

"Who is Liable for Injuries Sustained by an Independent Contractor's Employee as a Result of a Lapse in Workplace Safety Requirements—The ‘Hirer' or the Independent Contractor."

"California Appellate Court Addresses a Key Question Linked to Both Immigration and Employment Law: May an Undocumented Worker Pursue a Discrimination Claim Based on a Refusal to Hire/Rehire."

"Employers Be Ready: A Number of New Employment-Related Laws Will Take Effect on January 1, 2012."

"The U.S. Department of Labor and the State of California Join Force to Crack Down on Employers: Avoid the Pitfalls of Employee Misclassification."

"Ninth Circuit Provides Important Guidance for Employers on When Attendance Constitutes an Essential Function of the Job"

     
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FRED W. ANDREWS

Attorney at Law

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm fred.andrews@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (916) 920-1100 ext. 7295
Fax our Law Practice (916) 920-1150

BIOGRAPHY

   Fred W. Andrews is an associate attorney with our Sacramento office, where he practices workers’ compensation defense. Mr. Andrews earned his Undergraduate Degree from Florida State University before obtaining his Juris Doctorate Degree from Trinity School of Law in Santa Ana, California. During his time in law school, he focused his legal education on business and employment law, dispute resolution and trial advocacy. Mr. Andrews is certified to practice before all Federal and State courts in California and defends all workers' compensation related matters.

     
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DENNIS W. BEATON

Paralegal

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm dennis.beaton@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (916) 920-1100 ext. 7279
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   Dennis Beaton is a Paralegal with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our Sacramento office. Dennis has over 35 years of workers’ compensation claims experience.
   He began his career in 1973 with Industrial Indemnity Insurance Company in Los Angeles, CA and has held positions as Vice President, Claims for several companies. Dennis has seven years of legal experience as a Paralegal and provides invaluable expertise in the claims administration procedures and claims aspects of files.
   Dennis has helped several insurance companies and third party administrators go through the State Audit procedure. He is available to assist any office in training issues pertaining to claims handling or in assisting in a State Audit. 

     
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JOHNNIE B. BEER, JR.

Attorney at Law

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm johnnie.beer@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (916) 920-1100 ext. 7280
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   Johnnie B. Beer, Jr. is an associate with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in our firm's Sacramento office location. Mr. Beer earned his Undergraduate Degree from the University of California, Davis, before moving on to obtain his Juris Doctorate Degree at McGeorge School of Law.
   Prior to joining the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly in 2006, Mr. Beer had a number of years of workers' compensation defense litigation experience and also worked for the California Department of Food & Agriculture as counsel.
   Mr. Beer currently represents third party administrators, insurance companies, self-insured entities and employers in all aspects of workers' compensation defense before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) including standard workers' compensation defense as well as §132(a) discrimination claims and serious and willful misconduct allegations.

     
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ROGER A. CARTOZIAN

Attorney at Law
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm roger.cartozian@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (916) 920-1100 ext. 7277
Fax our Law Practice (916) 920-1150

BIOGRAPHY

   After finishing Law School in 1975, Mr. Cartozian began in private practice as a General Practitioner for a period of about 10 years in the Sacramento area. Areas of practice at that time included family law, adoptions, criminal defense, Bankruptcy, personal injury, corporate and business transactions, juvenile matters, wills, probate, collections, mechanics liens, etc. In 1985 he became associated with Industrial Indemnity - House Counsel and focused his concentration on the defense of workers compensation claims, workers compensation subrogation, defense of §132(a) and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims. After 10 years he opened his private practice with a partner and continued the same type work. From 1997 to 2007 he was associated with and became a partner with the workers compensation defense law firm of Gray & Prouty. Mr. Cartozian has been with the FS&K law firm since October 2007.
   Mr. Cartozian thus brings with him a 10 year general practice background and over 27 years of workers compensation defense experience where his clients have included insurance companies, third party administrators, private employers, school districts, and public agencies. He has made presentations on a variety of topics in the workers compensation arena to groups of varying size and experience.
   Mr. Cartozian is licensed to practice before all state Courts of the State of California, has appeared at most of the Workers Compensation Appeals Board District Offices in California, and in June 2005 was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

     
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PAUL W. LUSCHER

Attorney at Law
Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Email our Worker Comp Law Firm paul.luscher@fsklaw.com
Call our Law Practice (916) 920-1100 ext. 7286
Fax our Law Practice (916) 920-1150

BIOGRAPHY

   Paul W. Luscher is an associate attorney with the Sacramento office. Having decided on a legal career early on, Mr. Luscher, while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University, Sacramento, interned with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office. Subsequently, while attending McGeorge School of Law, he worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento. After graduating from McGeorge, he engaged in general practice and was a legal writer for Matthew Bender. For the past quarter century, however, Mr. Luscher has specialized in the practice of California workers' compensation law, engaged mainly in defense work. In the course of his practice, he has appeared before all the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards in Northern and Central California. He is not only familiar with general workers' compensation law, but has also dealt with issues of Serious and Willful misconduct actions, Labor Code Section 132a claims, penalty issues, lien claims, asbestos litigation, contribution, and subrogation issues.

Sacramento Workers' Compensation Law Practice Coverage Areas

Our Sacramento Workers' Compensation Law Practice makes appearances at most Workers' Compensation Appeals Boards in the greater Sacramento, California area.

Our Workers' Compensation Defense Law Practice of Sacramento covers these areas:

  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board of Eureka CA
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board of Oakland CA
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board of Redding CA
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board of Sacramento CA
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board of San Francisco CA
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board of San Jose CA
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board of Santa Rosa CA
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Board of Stockton CA