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After several years on the defense side, I am pleased to once again litigate claims on behalf of injured workers at the California Division of Workers Compensation. 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. In January 2015 I teamed up with long term professional colleague Frank J. Mastroni and am accepting new clients with work-related injuries in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties. Several staff members speak Spanish as a native language.
Early evening and Saturday appointments are available.
All three attorneys in our office enjoy proceeding to trial when the facts and evidence favor our client's claim as well as claims that have been denied but we think we can win at trial. Our firm does not push our clients into early settlements but rather we litigate for medical treatment and indemnity benefits, trying cases often. 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 as well as a small claims and traffic court judge in Orange County.My legal career started in the Huntington Beach City Attorney's office and I served as a Deputy City Attorney from 1986 to 1988 and on a contract basis as an outside attorney until 2003.
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
Contingent (15-33%), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)
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I strongly endorse this lawyer. Edward's attention to detail is without equal and he is an expert in not only tax (we attended LL.M program together a decade ago and have maintained contact) but of course his main area which is Worker Comp. Very fine individual, pleasure to work with, and I would hire him without hesitation.
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|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|
|Certified Specialist||State Bar of California||1995|
|Judge Pro Tempore, Long Beach District Office||California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers' Compensation||2015 - Present|
|Attorney-Owner||Law Office of Edward J. Rutyna||1996 - 2005|
|Judge Pro Tempore||Orange County Municipal Court||1996 - 1997|
|Judge Pro Tempore||California Workers Compensation Appeals Board||1991 - 2004|
|Arbitrator, Attorney-Client Dispute Program||Long Beach Bar Association||1991 - 1992|
|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, Workers' Compensation Section||Member||1986 - Present|
|Pier Colony Homeowners Association||Board of Directors||1997 - 2002|
|State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law||1995 - 2007|
|Green Valley Homeowners Association||Board of Directors||1994 - 1997|
|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|
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|Chapman University School of Law||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws||2007|
|George Washington University National Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|Boston College||Arts & Sciences||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1982|
|Orange County Bar Association Workers' Comp section meeting||workers' compensation practice||1998|
|California Workers' Compensation Practice Update||workers' compensation practice||1996|
|California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)||Workers' Compensation Practice Update||1994|
|Orange County Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section Meeting||Appellate Practice||1988|