Berry, Smith & Bartell

Berry, Smith & Bartell

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

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.

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation, serves clients throughout the Central Valley of California, including Bakersfield, Fresno and Santa Maria.

** 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
Berry, Smith & Bartell
1800 30th Street, Suite 330
Bakersfield  CA  93301
  • (800) 848-6288
  • (661) 716-5555
  • (661) 716-5556


Free Initial Consultation?
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
Melissa Marquez
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

Other Offices

Fresno Office
Berry, Smith & Bartell
6715 N. Palm Avenue, Suite 214
Fresno,  CA  93704
Santa Maria Office
1000 S. Broadway, Suite B
Santa Maria,  CA  93454
Workers Compensation
We represent injured workers throughout the Central Valley of California, including Bakersfield, Fresno and Santa Maria.
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, Founder and Managing Partner

Wm. Todd Berry began his legal career with the Law Office of Gary M. Fachin in Bakersfield representing plaintiffs and defendants in general civil litigation matters, including products liability. He later worked for Rodriguez & Associates, one of the premier personal injury firms in the Southern San Joaquin Valley of California.

Todd worked for Yohman, Parker, Kern, Nard & Wenzel, a Fresno based workers' compensation defense firm starting in 2004. It was through Daniel Yohman, a highly respected defense attorney in Fresno, that he learned the basics of workers' compensation law.

Todd has represented injured workers before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board since 2007 when he opened the Law Office of Wm. Todd Berry. He formed a partnership with Jaime Smith and Timothy Bartell in 2016 to create Berry, Smith & Bartell.

Todd is a member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Kern County Bar Association, the Fresno County Bar Association, and the California Applicants' Attorneys Association.

In his free time Todd likes to learn about computers and spend time with his family and dogs.
  • Bar Number: 172376
    California , 1994
  • Texas Tech Univeristy
    B.S. , 1982
    Lubbock, TX
    Major: Electrical Engineering;
    Member: Eta Kappa Nu, National Electrical Engineering Honor Society
  • California Pacific School of Law
    J.D. , 1994
    Bakersfield, CA

Barbara A. Stevens, Of Counsel

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 is currently Of Counsel to Berry, Smith & Bartell.
  • Bar Number: 72819
    California , 1976
  • California State University, Northridge
    B.A. , 1971
    Northridge, CA
  • University of La Verne College of Law
    J.D. , 1976
    Woodland Hills, CA

Jaime L. Smith, Partner

Jaime Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, and graduated 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.

In her free time, Jaime enjoys bowling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
  • Bar Number: 272602
    California , 2010
  • Sonoma State University
    B.A. , 2007
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    J.D. , 2010
    Graduated with highest honors.

James A. Dubbels, Of Counsel

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.

Jim received his Juris Doctor degree from San Joaquin College of Law with Distinction and was a member of the Law Review.

Jim 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.

Jim is currently Of Counsel to Berry, Smith & Bartell.
  • Bar Number: 160474
    California , 1992
  • Drake University
    B.S. , 1972
  • San Joaquin College of Law
    J.D. , 1992
    Graduated with distinction.

Timothy D. Bartell, Partner

Timothy D. Bartell obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from University of California Santa Cruz. He graduated with distinction from San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California.

Tim received the Witkin academic award of excellence in Legal Writing of Professional Responsibility during law school. Prior legal experience includes a legal clerk position with a criminal defense firm and internships with the Santa Cruz and Fresno County Public Defender Offices.

Tim worked as a defense attorney defending workers' compensation claims with Floyd, Skeren, & Kelly, L.L.P. and Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, L.L.P., respectively.

In his free time Tim enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with family.
  • Bar Number: 284735
    California , 2012
  • University of California Santa Cruz
    B.A. , 2008
    Major: Psychology
  • San Joaquin College of Law, Fresno, California
    J.D. , 2012

Gaylen C. Ericksen, Of Counsel

Gaylen Ericksen is experienced in all aspects of civil litigation and workers' compensation. He has defended and prosecuted products liability, premises liability, asbestos claims, and auto claims in the Southern California area. He defended workers' compensation claims for 13 years as Staff Counsel for State Compensation Insurance Fund in Bakersfield.

Gaylen graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Science and received his Juris Doctor degree from West Los Angeles College of Law.

Gaylen is currently Of Counsel to Berry, Smith & Bartell.
  • Bar Number: 81833
    California , 1978
  • Univ of Iowa; Iowa City
    B.S. , 1968
    Major: General Science
  • University of West Los Angeles School of Law
    J.D. , 1978