Law Office of WM. Todd Berry

Workers' Compensation Law Firm Representing Injured Workers Throughout the Central Valley of California

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Firm Overview

When someone is injured in a workplace accident, employers and insurance carriers look for every possible way to deny or minimize the legitimate claims of an injured worker.

The workers' compensation insurance carrier and your employer want your injury to cost them as little as possible in terms of both money for medical treatment and time away from work.

It is important to remember that the insurance company handling your claim is not your insurance company. It is your employer's insurance company. Thus, the claims adjuster working on your case, who is an insurance company employee, has one goal: to pay out the least amount of money possible and to provide the cheapest medical care possible.

That is why the insurance company will often insist that you see one of its doctors, a doctor the insurance company knows will write a bad report for you and thus save the insurance company money. If the claims adjuster can find a way to deny your claim altogether in order to pay you nothing, he or she will do so - no matter how badly you are injured.

It is our job to make sure you get the medical treatment you deserve and the recovery time you need.

At our workers' compensation law firm, we focus on your needs, your injuries and your recovery. If you have been injured at work, contact our firm for a free consultation. We will listen to your situation and give you a realistic evaluation of your case. There will not be a charge for our services unless we are successful on your behalf.

The Law Office of Wm. Todd Berry, A Professional Corporation, serves clients throughout the Central Valley of California, including Bakersfield and Fresno.

** Making a false or fraudulent Workers' Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000, or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.
Main Office


1800 30th Street, Suite 330
Bakersfield  CA  93301

Phone
  • (800) 848-6288
  • (661) 716-5555
Fax
  • (661) 716-5556

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No recovery, no fee. All fees are based on a percentage of the settlement amount or award.

Hourly Rates

No. Contingency fee, only.

Office Information

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F

Office Manager

Teresa Valencia

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Other Offices

  • Fresno Office
    Law Office of Wm. Todd Berry
    1300 W. Shaw Avenue, Suite 3E
    Fresno,  CA  93711
Workers Compensation
We represent injured workers throughout the Central Valley of California, including Fresno and Bakersfield.
Our firm represents injured workers before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Our dynamic staff includes a retired workers' compensation judge and a former pharmacist.

Wm. Todd Berry

Wm. Todd Berry received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University. He received his Juris Doctor from California Pacific School of Law.

Todd began his legal career working for several Bakersfield law firms representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Since that time, he has devoted himself to representing injured workers before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

Todd is a member of the State Bar of California, the Kern County Bar Association, the Fresno County Bar Association and the California Applicants' Attorneys Association.
License
  • Bar Number: 172376
    California , 1994
Education
  • Texas Tech Univeristy
    B.S. , 1982
    Lubbock, TX
  • California Pacific School of Law
    J.D. , 1994
    Bakersfield, CA
  • Texas Tech Univeristy
    B.S. , 1982
    Lubbock, TX
  • California Pacific School of Law
    J.D. , 1994
    Bakersfield, CA

Barbara Stevens

Barbara Stevens obtained a Bachelor of Arts in French from California State University Northridge. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of La Verne College of Law.

In 1976, Ms. Stevens began practicing workers' compensation law with the firm of Levy, Koszdin & Woods. Thereafter she became a partner in the firm of Colaneri & Stevens, continuing to represent injured workers. She handled many successful appeals on reconsideration, and acted as a Judge Pro Tem at the Santa Monica and Van Nuys Workers' Compensation Appeals Boards.

In 1985, she joined the Los Angeles firm of Weling, Dowling & Gail broadening her focus to include representation of employers and insureds before numerous Workers' Compensation Appeals Boards throughout California, transferring to Sacramento in 1988. She has represented injured workers, as well as private self-insured employers and workers' compensation insurance carriers before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Her workers' compensation areas of practice extended to serious and willful misconduct claims, 132a discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, insurance coverage disputes, and uninsured employers.

In 1991, Ms. Stevens left the Sacramento firm of O'Reilly, Jackson & Stevens to accept a position as a Workers' Compensation Referee.

In 1994, she was appointed as a Workers' Compensation Judge at the Sacramento Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, and in 1995 transferred to the Bakersfield Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

In 2004, Ms. Stevens left the Bakersfield Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and returned to private practice.

During her career, Ms. Stevens has been a participating panelist at the California Applicants' Attorneys Association Conference, lecturer at P.O.S.T. training classes, a WCAB Audit Unit Appeals Hearing Officer, and a participating panelist at the Northern California Defense Attorneys Association Conference.

Ms. Stevens has been "Of Counsel" to the Law Office of Wm. Todd Berry since 2009.
License
  • Bar Number: 72819
    California , 1976
Education
  • California State University, Northridge
    B.A. , 1971
    Northridge, CA
  • University of La Verne College of Law
    J.D. , 1976
    Woodland Hills, CA
  • California State University, Northridge
    B.A. , 1971
    Northridge, CA
  • University of La Verne College of Law
    J.D. , 1976
    Woodland Hills, CA

Jaime Smith

Jaime Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, magna cum laude, from Sonoma State University. She received her Juris Doctor, with highest honors, from Golden Gate University School of Law.

While at Golden Gate, Jaime was regularly placed on the Dean's Honor List and she received several Witkin and CALI awards. Jaime's past legal experience includes interning at a consumer bankruptcy firm and at Bay Area Legal Aid.
License
  • Bar Number: 272602
    California , 2010
Education
  • Sonoma State University
    B.A. , 2007
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    J.D. , 2010
  • Sonoma State University
    B.A. , 2007
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    J.D. , 2010

James Dubbels

James Dubbels graduated from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa with a degree in Pharmacy and practiced that profession for 20 years in Iowa and Fresno, CA. He received his JD degree from San Joaquin College of Law with Distinction and was a member of the Law Review. He has experience in all aspects of workers' compensation law and was a managing partner with Adelson, Testan, Brundo & Jimenez, a statewide workers' compensation defense firm, for 12 years before becoming Senior Staff Counsel for Travelers Insurance for 3 years. Mr. Dubbels is currently "Of Counsel" to the Law Office of Wm. Todd Berry.
License
  • Bar Number: 160474
    California , 1992
Education
  • Drake University
    B.S. , 1972
  • San Joaquin College of Law
    J.D. , 1992
  • Drake University
    B.S. , 1972
  • San Joaquin College of Law
    J.D. , 1992
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