The attorneys in our firm have extensive experience in workers' compensation defense litigation.

Firm Overview

The partners have approximately 40 years of combined experience in litigation in all aspects of workers' compensation claims, including LC 4850, 132(a), Serious and Willful Misconduct allegations, subrogation and alternative dispute resolution.

Clients come to us because of our well-earned reputation for service. The evidence? Most of our cases come from referral by existing clients. Our goal is to be counselors that clients can depend on and have confidence in. Providing quality service requires a substantial effort by all the lawyers in the firm. Accordingly, our partners are actively involved in our clients' matters and do not merely manage the work of others. Their direct participation is the best guarantee that our work on every project will be at the level our clients have come to expect of us. This sets us apart from other firms.

Our experience includes the successful litigation of claims before the Superior Courts of California, Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, the Rehabilitation Unit and Appellate Courts. Collectively, our experience includes experience as a worker's compensation adjuster and hearing representative specializing in defense litigation for both self-insured and insured employers; including municipalities (LC 4850) and school districts.
Main Office
Main Office
265 S. Randolph Ave., Ste 200
Brea  CA  92821-5754
Phone
  • 714-256-9171
Fax
  • 714-256-9170
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Workers Compensation
The Law Offices of Domingo Elias & Vu will represent your Workers Compensation legal matters.
The Law Offices of Domingo Elias & Vu will represent your Workers Compensation legal matters.

Julius E. Acab

Julius E. Acab currently practices Workers' Compensation Defense. He has experience in handling all phases of workers' compensation defense claims including file management, lien resolution, and preparation of pleadings, investigation and discovery.

Bio:

Prior to joining Domingo Elias & Vu, Julius E. Acab worked at the Law Offices of Gehrke, Wegener & Doull in Des Moines, Washington. Wherein he assisted handling attorneys in Personal Injury claims and was also an assistant to General Counsel in Compliance Law at Accent Care Inc., in Irvine, California. He was exposed to complete regulatory and compliance aspects of corporate acquisitions regarding home health agencies.

Education:
Juris Doctorate degree, 2011
Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles,CA

Bachelor of Art degree
University of California, Irvine, CA
Education
  • Southwestern Law School
    J.D.

Ferari E. Domingo

Ferari Domingo co-founded and serves as Managing Partner of Domingo, Elias, & Vu APLC. Ferari Domingo has been intimately involved with the management of the firm from its inception, overseeing the firm's strategic and financial operations. Ferari Domingo is dedicated to providing all clients with the highest level of legal counseling and representation, utilizing innovative and creative strategies designed to achieve the best possible results. Her areas of expertise include Civil Litigation and Workers' Compensation Defense. She has prepared and handles all stages of discovery, including depositions of applicant, witnesses, AMEs and QMEs, as well as treating physicians. Ferari Domingo has represented client's interest at Mandatory Settlement Conferences and Trials.

Bio

Prior to founding Domingo Elias & Vu, Ferari Domingo attended University of California Riverside, wherein she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. Ferari Domingo received her law degree from Western State University, College of Law in Fullerton. Ferari Domingo worked as a Complex Civil Litigator (General Liability and Construction Law) for the Law Office of Bremer & Whyte, LLP and the Law Office of Wood, Smith Henning & Berman with Construction Law Defense: Ferari Domingo has successfully defended clients in jury trial where demand was $1 million dollars. She litigated actions against developers and subcontractors; mechanic lien claims and subrogation actions. In her General Liability litigation she defended property owners, contractors and developers regarding accidents on commercial and residential sites, defend business establishments against injury claims involving third parties. Soon after she founded her own law practice the Law Office of Ferari E. Domingo concentrating on Workers' Compensation and Subrogation.

Education:

Juris Doctorate degree with Scholastic Merit, December 1998
Western State University, College of Law
Bachelor of Science degree, Environmental Science, 1994
University of California, Riverside
Admission to Practice: State Bar of California, 1999

Professional Affiliations:

Workers' Compensation Section - American Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Section California State Bar
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Education
  • Western State University
    J.D.

Vivian Elias

Vivian Elias co-founded and serves as Partner of Domingo, Elias, & Vu APLC. Vivian Elias represents large insurance carriers, self-insurance administrators both private and public, self-insured employers, including municipalities and school districts. She has extensive experience in all aspects of the Workers' Compensation process. She prepares and handles all stages of discovery, including depositions of applicant, witnesses, AMEs and QMEs, as well as treating physicians. Defend 132(a) as well as Serious & Willful petitions. She actively represents client's interest at Mandatory Settlement Conferences and Trials.

Bio:

Vivian Elias attended California State University, Fullerton where she received a Bachelor of Art degree, in Business Administration. She later attended Western State University, College of Law in Fullerton, California. After Law School Ms. Elias worked as a Civil Litigator for the Law Office of Cassidy, Warner & Winstead and the Law Office of Springer & Pollock. She handled insurance defense litigation including complex litigation cases, has extensive experience in defending and taking numerous depositions of percipient and expert witnesses, trial preparation, minor's compromise hearings, arbitration and mediation hearings, law and motion, propounding and responding to written discovery, and research. Soon after she became a Workers' Compensation Litigator for Falk & Hamblin, Law Office of Robert Wheatley, and Law Offices of Ferari E. Domingo.

Education:

Juris Doctorate degree, December 1998
Western State University, College of Law

Honorary Distinguished Student Award Recipient, Spring 1998
Public Service Award Recipient, December 1998

Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management, May 1995
California State University of Fullerton

Admission to Practice:

State Bar of California, 2000

Professional Affiliations:

Workers' Compensation Section - American Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Section California State Bar
Los Angeles County Bar Association/Orange County Bar Association
Education
  • Western State University
    J.D.

Denise G. Goldstein

Denise Goldstein currently practices Workers' Compensation Defense; She is a Certified Specialist in workers' compensation law. Specializing in defense of workers' compensation claims comprised of various large insurance carriers, self-insurance administrators both private and public, self-insured employers, including municipalities and school districts. Denise Goldstein currently handles all phases of workers' compensation defense claims including file management, lien resolution, and preparation of pleadings, investigation and discovery. Denise Goldstein currently represents client's interest at mandatory settlement conferences.

Bio:

Denise Goldstein received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then attended Southern Californian Institute of Law, Ventura in California. Ms. Goldstein was a Hearing Representative in Workers' Compensation Litigation with previous employers such Tobin, Lucks, & Goldman, Miller & Associates, Special Project, Law Office of Dee Ella Dorey, and Law Office of Alan Fenton.

Education:

Juris Doctor degree
Southern California Institute of Law, Ventura CA

Workers' Compensation Administration Certificate, Insurance Education Association

Bachelor of Arts degree, Communications Major
University of California, Santa Barbara CA
Education
  • Southern California Institute of Law
    J.D.

Esther Kim

Esther Kim currently practices Workers' Compensation Defense. Her experience is handling all phases of workers' compensation defense claims including file management, lien resolution, and preparation of pleadings, investigation and discovery.

Bio:

Prior to joining Domingo Elias & Vu, Esther Kim received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Esther Kim attended law school at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. When she graduated she worked as an Associate Attorney in Civil Litigation at the Law Offices of Galen Gentry and Associates. Esther Kim has experience handling all various phases of civil litigation.

Juris Doctorate degree, 2009
Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California

Bachelor of Sciene Degree
University of California, Los Angeles, California
Education
  • Southwestern University School of Law
    J.D.

James K. Koh

James Koh currently practices Workers' Compensation Defense. He has experience in handling all phases of workers' compensation defense claims including file management, lien resolution, and preparation of pleadings, investigation and discovery.

Bio:

Prior to joining Domingo Elias & Vu, James Koh received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis. James Koh attended law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in California. When he graduated he worked as a Hearing Representative for the Law Offices of Henry Khalil. He handled file management and lien resolutions.

Education:

Juris Doctorate degree, 2010
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, CA

Bachelor of Art degree
University of California, Davis, CA
Education
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
    J.D.

Jane Y. Park

Jane Park currently practices Workers' Compensation Defense. She has experience in handling all phases of workers' compensation defense claims including file management, lien resolution, and preparation of pleadings, investigation and discovery.

Bio

Prior to joining Domingo Elias & Vu, Jane Park received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Jane Park attended law school at University West Los Angeles, School of Law. When she graduated she worked as an Associate Attorney at the Law Office of Stonesifer &Chon. Jane Park handled all various phases of workers' compensation defense claims.

Education:

Juris Doctorate degree, 2009
University of West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Bachelor of Art degree
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Education
  • University of West Los Angeles
    J.D.

Steven A. Plesa

Steve Plesa currently practices Workers' Compensation Defense. He has experience in handling all phases of workers' compensation defense claims including file management, lien resolution, and preparation of pleadings, investigation and discovery.

Bio

Prior to joining Domingo Elias & Vu, Steven Plesa received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach. Steve Plesa attended law school at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. When he graduated he worked as a Hearing Representative for Pinnacle Lien Services, soon after he was an Associate Attorney at the Law Office of Nakamoto Chou. Steven Plesa has handled all various phases of workers' compensation defense claims.

Education:

Juris Doctorate degree, 2011
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, CA

Bachelor of Science degree
California State University, Long Beach, CA
Education
  • Whittier Law School
    J.D.

Julie M. Tran

Julie Tran currently practices Workers' Compensation Defense. She has experience in handling all phases of workers' compensation defense claims including file management, lien resolution, and preparation of pleadings, investigation and discovery.

Bio

Prior to joining Domingo Elias & Vu, Julie Tran received her Bachelor of Art degree from the California State University, Fullerton. Julie Tran is currently attending Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California She has served as an assistant for Managing Partner Kim B. Vu, and has been exposed to every aspect of Workers' Compensation Defense. She is currently a Hearing Representative for Domingo Elias & Vu APLC.

Education:

Juris Doctorate degree, 2011
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, CA

Bachelor of Art degree
California State University, Fullerton, CA
Education
  • Whittier Law School
    J.D.

Kim B. Vu

Kim Vu co-founded and serves as Partner of Domingo, Elias, & Vu APLC. Kim Vu represents large insurance carriers, self-insurance administrators both private and public, self-insured employers, including municipalities and school districts. Kim Vu is dedicated to providing all clients with the highest level of legal counseling and representation, utilizing innovative and creative strategies designed to achieve the best possible results. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the Workers' Compensation process, including preparing and handling all stages of discovery, depositions of applicant, witnesses, AMEs and QMEs, as well as treating physicians. Defend 132(a) and Serious & Willful petitions; as well as LC 4850 and asbestos claims. Represent client's interest in Mandatory Settlement Conferences, Trials and Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR).

Bio

Kim Vu attended San Jose State University, California where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Law. He then attended Western State University, College of Law in Fullerton, California. Kim Vu has worked as a Workers' Compensation Senior Claims Examiner at the following Insurance Companies; Zenith Insurance Company, Citation Insurance Company, American Insurance Group, Workers' Compensation Insurance Company, Pacific National Insurance, California Casualty Insurance. Mr. Vu was also a Hearing Representative for California Casualty Insurance, soon after he was an Attorney for the Law Offices of Jeffrey Katzoff, Law Office of Robert Wheatley, and then Falk & Hamblin

Education:

Juris Doctorate degree, August 2000
Western State University, College of Law
SBA President 1998-1999
Lt. Governor ABA Student Division 1999-2000
Bachelor of Science degree, Criminal Law
San Jose State University

Admission to Practice:

State Bar of California, 2001

Professional Affiliations:

Workers' Compensation Section - American Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Section California State Bar
Los Angeles County Bar Association/ Orange County Bar Association
Education
  • Western State University
    J.D.

Victor C. Winnek

Victor Winnek currently practices Workers' Compensation Defense. Specializing in defense of workers' compensation claims comprised of large insurance carriers, self-insurance administrators both private and public, self-insured employers, including municipalities and school districts. Victor Winnek currently handles all phases of workers' compensation defense claims including file management, lien resolution, and preparation of pleadings, investigation and discovery. Victor Winnek currently represents client's interest at mandatory settlement conferences and lien trials.

Bio

Prior to joining Domingo Elias & Vu, Victor Winnek attended the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Later he attended law school at the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law, Mr. Winnek has over 25 years' experience in the Workers' Compensation field. Victor Winnek was a Claims Adjuster for Fremont Compensation Insurance Company, and soon after Crawford & Company. He was also a Certified Law Clerk for the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Santa Ana, California. Victor Winnek handled "Three Strikes", Major Felonies, Police Misconduct and Search & Seizures for the Writs of Appeal Division; he has prepared and argued many trial briefs and appeals. Mr. Winnek than worked for the Law Office of Robert Wheatley, and soon after the Law Office of Callopy & Bather handling all phases of workers' compensation defense claims including file management, lien resolution, preparation of pleadings, investigation and discovery. He continues to represent client's interest at mandatory settlement conferences and lien trials.

Education:

Juris Doctorate degree
University of West Los Angeles, School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science degree
University of Southern California

Professional Affiliations:

Public Works Commissioner, Hermosa Beach Chairman,
City of Hermosa, Beach California
Education
  • University of West Los Angeles, School of Law
    J.D.
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