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
Licensed since 1986
Contingent (15-33%), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV rated||Martindale- Hubbell||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0||Martindale -Hubbell||2015|
|AV Rated||Martindale- Hubbell||2014|
|Excellence for the Future Award - Tax Ethics||Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Education (CALI)||2006|
|Attorney-Owner||Law Office of Edward J. Rutyna||1996 - 2005|
|Instructor||Santa Ana College||1990 - 1995|
|Attorney- Associate then Partner||Mouser Channels & Giddens||1988 - 1996|
|Deputy City Attorney||City of Huntington Beach||1985 - 1988|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member- Workers' Compensation Section||1986 - Present|
|Cal-Tech Precision, Inc., uninsured, v. WCAB||Defendant 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 Beach||Petitioner's petition for writ of review denied|
|Chapman University School of Law||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws||2007|
|George Washington Univ LS||Law||Juris Doctorate||1985|
|Boston Coll||Arts & Sciences||B.A.||1982|
|Orange County Bar Association Workers' Comp section meeting||workers' compensation practice||1998|
|California Workers' Compensation Practice Update||workers' compensation practice||1996|
|California Workers' Compensation Practice Update||workers' compensation practice||1994|
|Workers' Compensation Section Meeting||Appellate Practice||1988|