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From 1978 to 1990 I worked as a claims examiner with the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, the Department that administers the Federal Employees's Compensation Act.

Since 1990 I have represented injured workers before the Office. I mostly do appeals to the Branch of Hearings and Review and appeals including oral arguments before the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board.

I also teach lawyers, physicians and trade unionists how to understand the Federal Employees Compensation Act. Each year since 1990 I have taught the annual advanced course in the FECA for the California APWU.

Although most of my clients are from the Puget Sound area, I have others in California, Arizona, Florida, New York, Colorado and Alaska. I stay in touch with them by video conference on Skype.


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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 100%
    22 years, 650 cases



Hourly ($300-400/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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12170 Viewcrest Pl Ne
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110-4315


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Cert. of Appreciation for Your Contribution To Legal EducationWashington State Trial Lawyers Association2006
Certificate of Appreciation for an Outstanding SeminarThe Phoenix Metro Area Local of the APWU1998
Certificate Of Appreciation for 15 Years ServiceThe US Department of Labor1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and InstructorThe F.E.C.A. Clinic1994 - Present
Claims ExaminerThe Office of Workers Compensation Programs-US Department of Labor1978 - 1990
Aircraft Maint. OfficerUnited State Air Force1969 - 1972
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Employees' Compensation Appeals Board Docket 08-224 issued December 23, 2008The ECAB ruled in L.C.'s favor and selected this decision to be included in its annual Digest and Decisions of the FECA
A.J. vs U.S. Postal Service Seattle, WA., Employer decided June 29, 2010The ECAB ruled that the OWCP erred. The Board selected this decision to be included in Volume 61 of Digest and Decisions of the ECAB. Only those cases having precedential value are included in the volume.
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSTLA Trial NewsAn Introduction To the Federal Employees' Compensation Act1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLegal StudiesJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of WashingtonRenaissance and ReformationMA - Masters1975
Pacific Lutheran UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts cum laude1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Role of the Metal Trades Council Advocate in FECA CasesRepresenting Injured Workers Before the OWCP in FECA2012
The APWU Stewards CollegeThe Role of the Steward in FECA Cases2012
The Advanced OWCP SeminarPractice Tips from Carney, Goodwin, Sims and Jones2011
6th Annual Workers" Compensation in the Federal WorkplaceECAB Case Law, Appeal Rights, A Day in the Life of an OWCP Claims Examiner2011
The FECA-The Advanced Class-February 2010, Garden Grove, CaliforniaHow To Represent Injured Workers Before the Office of Workers Compensation Programs2010
How To Represent Mailhandlers Before the OWCP, Phoenix, ArizonaThe Five Essential Elements of a Claim, The Postal Reassessment Program and Appeals2010
Representing Injured Workers Before The OWCP, Oakland, CaliforniaThe Five Essential Elements of a Claim, Appeals and Limited Duty Job Offers2009
The Federal Employees' Compensation Act, Port Townsend, WashingtonRepresenting Injured Workers Before the OWCP2007
The Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association's Workers Compensation Conference, Seattle, WashingtonThe Federal Employees' Compensation Act2006
The Federal Employees' Compensation Act. Tri-Cities, WashingtonHow To Represent Injured Workers Before the OWCP2005
The Advanced Class on the FECA, CaliforniaHow to Represent Injured Workers before the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs2005
Workers Compensation, San Diego, CaliforniaHow To Represent Injured Workers Before the FECA2003
The Federal Employees' Compensation Act, IllinoisHow To Represent Injured Workers Before The Office of Workers Compensation2002
The Federal Employees' Compensation Act, Anchorage, AlaskaWorkers' Compensation2002
The Federal Employees' Compensation Act. Phoenix, ArizonaHow To Represent Injured Postal Employees before the OWCP1998