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Edward John Rutyna

Edward John Rutyna

also known as Edward J. Rutyna

Practice areas:

Workers Compensation, Employment & Labor, Personal Injury

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About Me

After many several  years on the defense side, I am pleased to once again be  litigating on behalf of injured workers at the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. In 2005, I closed my solo practice to return to school for a master's degree and then spent several years working for large law firms on the defense side and directly for two insurance carriers in their staff legal offices, one in San Diego and the other in Orange County. Recently I teamed up with long term professional colleague Frank J. Mastroni and  am accepting new clients with work-related injuries in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Several staff members speak Spanish as a native language.


Early evening and Saturday appointments are available.


Both Frank Mastroni and I enjoy proceeding to trial when the facts and evidence favor our client's claim. Our firm does not push our clients into early settlements but rather we  litigate for medical treatment and indemnity benefits, trying cases when necessary. Since 1987 I have tried over two-hundred workers' compensation cases, often on difficult and novel issues. In addition, I have authored over twenty briefs before the California Court of Appeal on workers' compensation issues. My volunteer work includes service since 1991 as a volunteer judge (judge pro tempore) at various venues of the California Division of Workers' Compensation.


There are no upfront costs or fees for injured workers with claims before the California workers' compensation courts and our fees are generally 15% of any award or settlement subject to approval by a California Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge.


For employers, our office provides comprehensive cost-effective representation on Labor Code 132a (retaliatory discrimination) and Serious and Willful Misconduct petitions. 


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Workers Compensation: 80%
    29 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    25 years, 50 cases
  3. Employment & Labor: 10%
    29 years, 30 cases



Contingent (15-33%), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Aryeh Leichter

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Aryeh Leichter Wrongful Termination Attorney
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  • George Chakmakis Jr

    I endorse this lawyer. Ed knows the work comp world, both sides. He will get a top notch settlement for you.


    George Chakmakis Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of Frank J. Mastroni, a PC

16162 Beach Blvd.
Suite 300
Huntington Beach, CA, 92647




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV ratedMartindale- Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0Martindale -Hubbell2015
AV RatedMartindale- Hubbell2014
Excellence for the Future Award - Tax EthicsCenter for Computer-Assisted Legal Education (CALI)2006
AV ratedMartindale-Hubbell1998

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney-OwnerLaw Office of Edward J. Rutyna1996 - 2005
InstructorSanta Ana College1990 - 1995
Attorney- Associate then PartnerMouser Channels & Giddens1988 - 1996
Deputy City AttorneyCity of Huntington Beach1985 - 1988


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMember- Workers' Compensation Section1986 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Cal-Tech Precision, Inc., uninsured, v. WCABDefendant uninsured employer's writ denied.
Richard Martinez v. WCAB (Boeing Corporation)Petitioner's petition for writ of review denied
James Lacy v. City of Huntington BeachPetitioner's petition for writ of review denied

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chapman University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2007
George Washington Univ LSLawJuris Doctorate1985
Boston CollArts & SciencesB.A.1982

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Orange County Bar Association Workers' Comp section meetingworkers' compensation practice1998
California Workers' Compensation Practice Updateworkers' compensation practice1996
California Workers' Compensation Practice Updateworkers' compensation practice1994
Workers' Compensation Section MeetingAppellate Practice1988