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Lael Lee M Abaya

Workers compensation Attorney at South San Francisco, CA

5.0   33 reviews
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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Lael

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PROTECTING INJURED WORKERS THROUGHOUT THE BAY AREA

After spending over five years working as an attorney for a large insurance company, I felt a nagging feeling – a feeling that I wanted my legal work to stand for something more. Ultimately that feeling led me to a practice focused on representing injured workers from all walks of life. The son of Navy veteran and a registered nurse, I have been guided with three core values since birth – honor, commitment, and empathy.

 

I am a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minors in Business and Public Policy. I attended law school at the University of California at Davis (King Hall) where I served as Senior Articles Editor for the UC Davis Law Review. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my young family, traveling, camping, and hiking.

 

I've represented injured workers of all ages, backgrounds and professions. This includes helping secure six figure settlements for a mechanic in his fifties, a restaurant worker in her forties, and a construction laborer in his thirties. I am ready to represent you against insurance companies that want nothing more than to pay as little as possible for your injury.

Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2022,2018
Client's Choice
2024 2022 2018

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Location

Lael M. Abaya PC - A Professional Law Corporation
405 Grand Ave Suite 201
South San Francisco, CA, 94080

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Heriberto | March 26, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
A great lawyer and human being!
The result was what I expected and the support from all the process, since the beginning until the end, was remarkable. Any question I had, I received a clear answer even though the question was difficult to answer. Thank you Lael for helping us in such a difficult situation we had!
Posted by Shalvin | March 7, 2024
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Shalvin Pillay
Lael Abaya Law Firm is a true gem! He guided me through my dad's personal injury case with compassion and expertise. The entire team’s commitment to their clients is remarkable. Highly recommend Lael Abaya for any legal matters.
Posted by Kirk | March 6, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Plaintiff.
What an incredible attorney and human being. He has been working on my very difficult case for close to two years now. My Work Comp case is extremely difficult due to the injury involves mental illness cause by my employers failure to provide a safe work environment. Lael has been active front of this fight as the insurance company tries their best to keep from providing the me the treatment that I need to recover. I would hire this man again and again if I ever needed his services. And his office staff is on top of their game and very pleasant people to talk to.
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Posted by Erika | March 5, 2024
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Pre-K Educator
I am completely at peace with the decisions I have made in regards to my worker's comp ordeal, and that's thanks to the detailed information I received from Lael and Monelle. This was my first time dealing with compensation from a fall I had at work and Lael was able to answer all my questions I had and made it really easy to understand and was someone who showed professionalism and was very knowledgable about this specific topic. I appreciated their time they gave me and I felt heard and understood. This situation can get tricky to understand, at least that is how I felt, and Lael and Monelle were able to ease my worries. If you ever are in need of help if and when you are injured at work, the Law Office of Lael and Monelle Abaya are the ones to call. Trust me, I'm an educator!
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2024
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THE best legal counsel for work comp in the Bay!
I recently had the privilege of working with Lael Abaya for a worker's compensation claim, and I must say, the experience was nothing short of exceptional. From the initial consultation to the resolution of my case, every step of the way was handled with professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. Lael demonstrated an impressive depth of knowledge in worker's compensation law, explaining my rights and options in a clear and understandable manner. He took the time to listen to my concerns and thoroughly evaluate my case, ensuring that I felt supported and informed throughout the process. What truly sets Lael apart is his unwavering dedication to his clients. He fought tirelessly on my behalf, advocating for the compensation I deserved. His attention to detail and strategic approach yielded favorable results, exceeding my expectations. Moreover, the communication from his office was outstanding. I was kept informed of any developments in my case promptly, and my questions were always met with prompt and insightful responses. In addition to his legal expertise, Lael demonstrated genuine empathy and compassion. He understood the challenges I faced due to my injuries and provided invaluable support every step of the way. I cannot recommend Lael highly enough to anyone in need of a worker's compensation lawyer. His expertise, professionalism, and commitment to his clients make him the top choice in his field. If you find yourself in a similar situation, do not hesitate to seek his services.
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Posted by Dennis | January 31, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
The Workers Comp Lawyer to hire
Initially, I was trying to deal with Worker's Comp by myself since it was a smooth process up to the surgery, but I ended up getting ignored by the insurance company from getting the needed treatment afterwards. It was frustrating being pushed to the side by the system. Finding Lael was the answer I was looking for. Lael was able to take care of the issues, including finding out that I was shorted by the insurance company. So when the insurance company caused further issues, Lael managed the whole situation so that I did not have to deal with it. If you get injured at work, don't try to deal with it yourself. Find yourself an excellent attorney like Lael Abaya. He is knowledgeable in his field, and will explain to you the process along the way. Save yourself the frustration and headaches, and don't get taken advantaged of by the insurance companies. You want Lael Abaya to be on your corner from the beginning so that you don't have to deal with the messy process. Lael, thank you so much for everything you did for me.
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Posted by Justine | January 21, 2024
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Good Experience
I’m so glad we decided to call such a professional law group of Atty. Lael Abaya & team. They truly helped my injured father. We are very pleased with the services that my father received since the very beginning until the case was closed. They are all very friendly and professional. They constantly updated us and communication was always very smooth. Atty. Abaya was very thorough in explaining everything we needed to know for the best chance of our desired result. We strongly recommend this group.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2022
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Outstanding
Atty. Abaya is very attentive, discuss issues in detail, very professional in a manner that is polite and courteous, very knowledgeable and use a tactical approach in handling my case, he'll always give you the best options possible. He was able to settle my case the way i want it and im so thankful and satisfied with the outcome.
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Posted by M. T. | October 26, 2022
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The best Attorney in the bay!
Lael is the best lawyer I've ever worked with. He helped me get win the most important case of my life. My injury was life altering and he got the job done. Very professional and the communication is second to none.
Posted by Joshua | July 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
My experience with Lael Abaya
Lael has to be one of the most selfless/caring attorneys I have ever had the pleasure to have represent me. I am still amazed with the results. Nothing but good things can only be shared when it comes to my experience with the law office of Lael Abaya.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Lael fought tooth and nail for my workers comp case I am very pleased and thankful for the outcome !
Posted by Gerardo | April 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
Mr Lael Abaya has helped me through the toughest uphill fight in my life so far. He fought through an outstanding 4yrs with my case. With all that hard work, patience, and strong faith in my injury being worth fighting for, Mr Lael Abaya successfully settled a near impossible case. For context and transparency, I am a former EMT who responded in one of the 911 systems in the Bay Area. I was diagnosed with PTSD after the exposure of so many scenes you would think only existed in movies. Many lawyers told me this would be a tough case to fight, especially not being a physical, but mental injury and never took the time to review case. Lael, didnt steer me away, he took my case on, and never showed any indication of dropping me as client over the 4 years. That dedication to one person, says a lot about his character work ethics. Mr Lael, I would like to publicly thank you for all your hard work and dedication that you have shown me, and also to all of your past and current clients.
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Posted by Lindsey | November 7, 2021
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Highly Recommend!
My Abaya was an absolute pleasure to work with! He was able to negotiate more medical treatments for me, from specialists that workers compensation would not have approved otherwise. He worked tirelessly for over two years on my case, and got a much bigger settlement than what they had offered. He was always prompt, polite, professional, open, honest, clear, and compassionate. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Mabel | March 2, 2021
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Excellent Representation!
From my first meeting with Lael, I felt completely at ease and walked away from that first meeting knowing I made a good choice in picking him to represent me during the long process of my 2 cases. He was always hands-on and always kept me in the loop of what was going on with my cases. At the end, he got me what I felt were very good settlements and for that reason I would recommend his services.
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Posted by Leticia Castañeda | January 25, 2021
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EXCELENTE ABOGADO
Hola, soy Leticia Castañeda. Lael Abaya me representó, como mi abogado en el caso del accidente de trabajo en el que mi hijo Alex falleció hace 2 años. Su trabajo fue excelente, humano y muy profesional. Finalmente obtuve mi cheque de compensación. Muchas gracias Lael!!
Posted by Bridget | October 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Lael is awesome!
Lael won my workers comp claim against an insurance company that fights hard. Lael fought back harder. He is experienced and knowledgeable. He is professional, polite and friendly. He explained everything to me clearly in terms I understood. I trust Lael and recommend him wholeheartedly.
Posted by Phillip | September 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Life Saver
I was injured at work and was put on workers comp by the company. I thought they would help me get through this as it being my first time dealing with workers comp, but I was wrong. The insurance company isn’t on your side and will do anything to not pay you what you deserve. After months of not receiving any pay or treatment I decided I needed a lawyer. That’s when I was very lucky to find Lael. The insurance company did everything in their power to deny my claim and pay me the least amount they could the at the very latest they could. The biggest thing Lael did for me was expertly pick my QME and providing doctor. Those two doctors are so important to the success of your claim and he got it done. It took a little longer then I would have wanted to get paid, only because the insurance company pushed back so hard, but I did get paid and with penalties attached to a portion of it. After that it was smooth sailing and I was able to get shoulder surgery and never had an issue with the insurance companies again. I can’t thank Lael enough for the way he handled me as a client, and how he was able to put me in a position to get everything that I was eligible to receive under the CA workers comp system. He really cared about me as a client and If I ever need a work comp lawyer again I will not hesitate to call Lael.
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Posted by Jobelle | May 13, 2020
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Awesome Lawyer!!!
ATTY. LAEL ABAYA is amazing lawyer!!!! I’ve been hesitated to get an attorney, but when my workers comp kept declining my medical treatments, I’ve decided to get one. I’m stressing out to find a good Attorney but finally found Atty. Abaya!!! I don’t need to worry about anything, he is very professional, he response to all my Questions right away through call,text,and email!! Even though all the office our closed due to covid-19 Atty. Abaya makes sure that I am updated with my case, I am happy with the settlement I received...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2019
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hardworking attorney with integrity
Lael worked hard on my case, kept in touch, and answered my questions honestly. He listens to what's important to his clients and makes time for you. I talked to several different attorneys and decided to work with Lael because he has integrity and is also a genuinely nice guy. I'd recommend him without hesitation.
Posted by chris | December 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Lael Abaya, comes "Highly recommended" and my work comp attorney friend was right!
Great representation Lael Abaya is easy to work with, acts very professional and knows his stuff. I felt like he was there for me all the way through the representation process. I would recommend Lael to anyone. What a nice guy as well.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 15%-20%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Lael M. Abaya P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Buzzell Law Group
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Senior Attorney
  • Luna & Sutherland
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Staff Counsel
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Bledsoe Law
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Staff Counsel
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • 2011 - 2013
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Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
  • 2003
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • Minors - Business & Public Policy
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Applicant vs. Lucille Packard Children's Hosptial

Associations

  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • San Francisco Lawyers Network
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2022

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Tagalog
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Diversity Fellowship
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • INJURED WORKER RIGHTS MEETING
  • TREATMENT RIGHTS OF INJURED WORKERS
  • 2022
  • Ace Networking Meeting
  • Commonly Asked Questions by Potential Workers' Compensation Clients
  • 2020
  • Ace Networking Meeting
  • Psyche Injury Claims in Workers' Compensation
  • 2019
  • Ace Networking Meeting
  • Commonly Asked Questions in Workers' Compensation Cases
  • 2018
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (24)
Endorse Lael
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lael is an excellent workers' compensation attorney. He has several years of experience in the field and he carries himself with a professional and friendly demeanor towards his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without reservation, I endorse Lael. He treats others with dignity and respect, and works tirelessly to ensure that his clients are taken care of."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have talked with Lael regarding his insights on several workers compensation cases and I'm always very impressed with his knowledge. With experience working on the defense, Lael has a unique perspective on and firm grasp of his practice area. He's an excellent attorney, and I would definitely recommend him."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lael is an attorney who is passionate about his work. He is empathetic, trustworthy, and very knowledgeable in his representation of his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lael is a knowledgeable and aggressive advocate for his clients, and he's highly respected in our workers' compensation community because of his legal acumen and pleasant demeanor. The legal profession needs more practitioners like Lael. I highly endorse Lael."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Abaya is a genuine, humble and hard-working attorney. He is a seasoned veteran and has handled all sorts of cases on both sides of the aisle and carries with him a unique perspective."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In the ten years I've known Lael, I've found him to be a hard worker and relentless advocate. As a fellow consumer rights attorney, I have great respect for Lael for dedicating his practice to representing the injured. Highly recommended!"
Administrative law Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Lael. He is a quality lawyer and even better person. Lael is dedicated, hard working and loyal. He is respected in the community and a strong advocate for his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It is clear that Lael is passionate about advocating for his clients. He is extremely professional and his experience working on the defense side helps him effectively communicate with opposing counsel since he understands the issues and obstacles that are unique to defendants. I strongly endorse Lael."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lael is a thoughtful, caring and experienced Workers' Compensation litigator. He has a reputation for fighting hard for his clients while maintaining an excellent reputation with the Judges and opposing counsel--all valuable traits necessary to get anything done in the Workers' Compensation system. I strongly endorse Lael Abaya."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"He is smart, witty, and the epitome of a zealous advocate. I highly endorse this lawyer."
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