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Edward John Rutyna

also known as Edward J. Rutyna


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About me

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

Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 80%
    30 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    26 years, 50 cases
  3. Employment: 10%
    30 years, 30 cases



Contingent (15-33%), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:


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  • Ruben Alonso Montoya

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    Ruben Montoya Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Robert Duringer

    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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Contact info

Law Offices of Frank J. Mastroni, a PC

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


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
Certified SpecialistState Bar of California1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro Tempore, Long Beach District OfficeCalifornia Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers' Compensation2015 - Present
Attorney-OwnerLaw Office of Edward J. Rutyna1996 - 2005
Judge Pro TemporeOrange County Municipal Court1996 - 1997
Judge Pro TemporeCalifornia Workers Compensation Appeals Board1991 - 2004
Arbitrator, Attorney-Client Dispute ProgramLong Beach Bar Association1991 - 1992
InstructorSanta Ana College1990 - 1995
Attorney- Associate then PartnerMouser Channels & Giddens1988 - 1996
Deputy City AttorneyCity of Huntington Beach1985 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar Association, Workers' Compensation SectionMember1986 - Present
Pier Colony Homeowners AssociationBoard of Directors1997 - 2002
State Bar of California Board of Legal SpecializationCertified Specialist in Workers'​ Compensation Law1995 - 2007
Green Valley Homeowners AssociationBoard of Directors1994 - 1997
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 University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Boston CollegeArts & SciencesBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Orange County Bar Association Workers' Comp section meetingworkers' compensation practice1998
California Workers' Compensation Practice Updateworkers' compensation practice1996
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Workers' Compensation Practice Update1994
Orange County Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section MeetingAppellate Practice1988