Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

We help injured workers! Millions of dollars recovered. Aggressive representation and concierge client service. Worker's Compensation is all we do.

Firm Overview

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center is the Northern California leader in protecting workers' rights. We are the experts in California Worker's Compensation! Our clients are our cause. We fight for you, and with over 60 years of combined legal expertise, we get unparalleled results. Thousands of hardworking people just like you get the benefits they deserve because of PWC. Our founder, Eric J. Farber, a former high-profile litigator in the world of sports, entertainment and celebrity entrepreneurs, began in Workers' Compensation by helping professional athletes with their severe injuries. Our firm was one of the very first to file an NFL Concussion Related case, as well as the only known case for ALS against an NFL team in California Worker's Compensation. Upon seeing the intense difficulty that a high-profile athlete can go through, Mr. Farber realized that the system must be even more difficult for the average worker. Pacific Worker's Compensation focuses on two things: justice and care for injured workers and ideal service for our clients. Drawing upon our firm's history, we seek to give workers the type of high-level legal service and customer attention everyone deserves -- the kind usually reserved for high-profile clients at concierge firms. Each PWC client is matched with an attorney whose sole focus is Workers' Compensation and his or her team of two highly-trained legal assistants, both rigorously educated in Worker's Compensation. That's why we are the experts, and that's why our clients have unparalleled access to all our knowledge. We know our clients are going through some of the most difficult times in their lives. With aggressive representation, unmatched client communication, and the highest level of ethics, we can help. The recognition speaks for itself: Superb 10.0 AVVO Rated, N. California Superlawyers AV Rated Martindale Five-Star Ratings on Google +, Facebook & Yelp. But above any accolade, we value knowing that our work helps the community. Our Pacific Worker's Foundation, started in 2015 is committed to assisting those in need. We deliver holiday meals to our less fortunate clients, support community events, and offer College Gap Scholarships to the children of clients and children of Bay Area Police and Firefighters. To learn more about our Worker's Compensation service, please visit www.PacificWorkers.com.

Main Office

Main Office
333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 504

Oakland CA 94621

Phone

(833) 722-9675

Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, Of Course!

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Contingency Only. We don't get paid unless you get Paid!

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30AM to 5:15PM M-F and available 24/7 by appointment

Office Manager

Renee Marvin-Quintong, Director of Operations

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian

Workers Compensation

We are the leader in Northern California Workers' Compensation. We help injured workers! 60+ combined years of legal expertise. Thousands helped, millions of dollars recovered.

Pacific Workers' Compensation Law Center is the Northern California leader in protecting workers' rights. We are the experts in California Workers' Compensation! Our clients are our cause. We fight for you, and with over 60 years of combined legal expertise, we get unparalleled results. When you call us, there's no risk -- you pay only if we recover. Thousands of hardworking people just like you get the benefits they deserve because of PWC. Our founder, Eric J. Farber, a former high-profile litigator in the world of sports, entertainment and high-profile clients began in Workers' Compensation by helping professional athletes with their severe injuries. Our firm was one of the very first to file an NFL Concussion Related case as well as the only known case for ALS against an NFL team in California Workers' Compensation. Upon seeing the intense difficulty that a high-profile athlete can go through, Mr. Farber realized that the system must be even more difficult for the average worker. Pacific Workers' Compensation focuses on two things: justice for injured workers and ideal service for our clients. Drawing upon our firm's history, we seek to give workers the type of high-level legal service and customer attention everyone deserves -- the kind usually unavailable to ordinary people. Each PWC client is matched with an Attorney whose sole focus is Workers' Compensation and his or her team of two highly-trained legal assistants, both rigorously educated in Workers' Compensation. That's why we are the experts, and that's why our clients have unparalleled access to all our knowledge. We know our clients are going through some of the most difficult times in their lives. With aggressive representation, unmatched client communication, and the highest level of ethics, we can help.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Frankly, there is no better way to help our community than to help the hard-working people of the community. The Workers' Compensation system in California is broken, controlled by the insurance companies. We exist to fight for our community and fight for the workers that build our community. We view this as our higher calling. After many years of representing athletes, entertainers and high-profile clients, Mr. Farber, the firm's founder began representing pro-athletes in their Workers' Compensation claims. Seeing the intense difficulty they had receiving their rightful benefits, Mr. Farber realized that for the average worker, the road to recovery and benefits must be infinitely harder: they needed our help. We created Pacific Workers' to help all injured workers, and that is what we do every day.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Our lawyers and staff are solely focused on Workers' Compensation. Already experts, our lawyers are constantly sharpening their sword in the law to be able to fight aggressively for our clients. Several of our attorneys are members of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association: they are among the most passionate advocates for people like our clients anywhere, and their Workers' Compensation education never stops. On every level, our staff is well-trained in Workers' Compensation, from our Case Managers, Assistant Case Managers, and Intake Specialists, all the way up to our Director of Operations (a former Workers' Compensation Insurance Adjuster). Our team members don't just process paper and take messages - they are there to help our clients and answer their questions.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We focus solely on the rights of injured workers and match this intense focus with a firm philosophy of client service. We want to make sure each and every client is informed and works with their team through the process to recover everything they deserve. Because we only specialize in Workers' Compensation, everyone in the office is an expert. Our entire staff goes through rigorous training to be able to answer questions and keep clients informed: the level of communication that PWC's clients experience is simply unmatched.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

We believe that our community can thrive only when its most vulnerable members are cared for. The crux of PWC's mission is helping people, and that's reflected in everything we do. The Pacific Workers' Foundation brings food to indigent clients, as well as offering college scholarships to children of past clients, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and SEIU members. PWC donates time and money to important causes year-round, and much of PWC's staff contributes to and works with organizations about which they are personally passionate.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

The more informed our clients are, the better. PWC makes every effort to educate them in Workers' Compensation, providing a wealth of resources to answer their questions. Better understanding the complex California Workers' Compensation system can only help our clients; therefore, we not only endorse clients educating themselves on legal issues, but produce videos, books, FAQs, and social media posts to help.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Since our fee is on a contingency basis, our clients don't have to worry about racking up billable hours. However, we do divide work within the firm to make sure that the clients have the most access possible to assistance and information about their case. Instead of having to wait on a phone call from an attorney -- who is almost always at hearings or in depositions -- clients at our firm have access to trained case management teams who can always answer their questions.

Eric Farber

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

Eric is Managing Attorney of Farber & Company. He has been practicing law for over 20 years. Outside of the law, Eric also worked at United Talent Agency and Signature Films, based at Sony Pictures. He has counseled over 250 professional athletes, entertainers and high profile individuals. He has been named a SuperLawyer by Law and Politics magazine for both Northern California and as National Corporate Counsel. He has personally litigated hundreds of cases in intellectual property, business disputes, real estate, financial fraud and injury cases.

Under his leadership, Farber & Company has experienced tremendous growth as a premier firm in this niche legal arena. In addition to his role at Farber & Company, he is the former President and Board Member for the San Francisco Inns' of Court and the San Francisco Lawyers' Club, former Commissioner of the Cultural Affairs Commission of Oakland, on the advisory board of RightsCorp, Inc. and a partner in Structure Capital.

Eric grew up in Toronto, Canada and Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University and Golden Gate University law

License

Bar Number: 169472
California, 1994

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D., 1993

Bilal Kassem

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

Bilal Kassem is the Managing Director of Litigation and Workers' Comp at Farber & Company/Pacific Workers' Compensation. Specializing in litigation, he manages all aspects of the firm's litigation practice. Prior to joining Farber & Co./PWC, Mr. Kassem held associate attorney positons with Stockwell, Harris, Woolverton & Muehl as well as Harker, Campbell & Sage LLP, where he represented clients such as unions and special needs schools, experiences which inspire his work fighting for PWC's clients.

He was raised in Southern California and attended California State University Northridge, where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in criminology. Bilal earned his J.D. at California Western School of Law in San Diego; during his time there, he served a Moot Court judge and earned numerous honors, including an Academic Achievement Award for Legal Negotiation. He is an active member of the California State Bar and California Applicants' Attorney Association. Bilal is passionate about using his litigation skills for good and regularly volunteers at Justice Corps, providing legal services for the underprivileged.

License

Bar Number: 280026
California, 2011

Iana Zadneprovskaia

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

Iana Zadneprovskaia is an Associate Attorney with Pacific Workers' Compensation. She earned her J.D. at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she was the recipient of Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Appellate Advocacy and Criminal Procedure, and CALI Awards for Future Excellence in Real Estate Transactions and Real Estate Finance, respectively. A native of Oryol, Russia, Ms. Zadneprovskaia also holds a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Oryol State University.

Prior to joining Farber & Company, Iana worked as an attorney at Law Offices of T. William Hyndman and was a paralegal for six years at Bassi, Edlin, Huie & Blum and Habeas Corpus Resource Center. She's done pro bono work for the Pro Bono Tax Clinic, the BASF Justice and Diversity Center, and the Eviction Defense Collaborative. In her free time, Iana enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family. Iana is a Moot Court Board Member and is fluent in Russian.

License

Bar Number: 297054
California, 2014

Robert Davis

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

Robert Davis is an Associate Attorney with Pacific Workers' Compensation. A native of Seattle, Washington, he graduated from University of Washington and then relocated to the Bay Area to earn his J.D. at the Golden Gate University School of Law. He has over 25 years of experience in workers' compensation litigation and additional experience in personal injury & construction defect litigation. Over the course of his long career, Mr. Davis has worked both defense law and plaintiffs' law. Prior to joining PWC, he spent time as an associate at firms of various sizes, including Karasoff & Associates, Mullen & Filippi. and national firm Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez. He is an active member of the California State Bar and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

A firm believer in the importance of investing in the next generation, Mr. Davis volunteers with Berkeley Youth Alternatives, and coached youth sports for many years. Away from work, he enjoys travel and spending time with his wife, two adult children, and first grandchild.

License

Bar Number: 114764
California, 1984

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D., 1982

Michael Ullrich

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

Michael J. Ullrich is an Associate Attorney with Pacific Workers' Compensation. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he has been a San Francisco resident since 1999. He attended Pennsylvania State University for his undergraduate studies and received a B.A. in History. Mr. Ullrich earned his J.D. at Golden Gate Law School and earned numerous Witkin and CALI awards for academic excellence. During his legal studies, he worked as a law clerk at an environmental firm and volunteered at the Women's Employment Rights Clinic. Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Michael worked in trading stock and options.

Since he began practicing law, Mr. Ullrich has worked in workers' compensation and employee relations. Prior to joining PWC, he held positions with Richard, Thorson, Graves & Royer and with the City and County of San Francisco. Michael joined Pacific Workers' Compensation because he wanted to protect injured workers from the cost-cutting measures of insurance companies.

When not fighting for his clients, Mr. Ullrich enjoys playing softball, mountain biking, and giving long winded opinions about sports.

License

Bar Number: 283871
California, 2012

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D., 2011

Pennsylvania State University
B.A., 1996

Jason Insdorf

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

Jason Insdorf is an associate attorney with Pacific Workers' Compensation. Jason originally hails from Florida, where he attended Florida State University and earned his undergraduate degree in International Economics. However, he traded in Florida for the Bay many years ago.

He attended a Joint Degree Program and earned a Masters at Yale University in conjunction with his J.D., cum laude, from the Pace University School of Law. As a student, Jason concentrated in international law, participated in Moot Court, wrote for the Law Student Newspaper, and served as a Law Clerk in the fields of immigration and asylum law. Among other things, he completed an internship at a prestigious law firm in the Republic of Bolivia and at the United States Department of Justice. Upon completing his studies, Jason came back to California, where he accepted a law fellowship at The City Project in Los Angeles.

Jason has practiced law for over a decade, with a focus on Social Security disability law, environmental compliance, employment law, and Applicant Side Workers' Compensation. Having spent years serving as an attorney for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), Mr. Insdorf is an expert in disability law. During his time at ODAR, Mr. Insdorf was a union steward and saw the plight of injured and wrongfully terminated workers, which drew him to the field of employment law and Workers' Compensation. He is an active member of CAAA (California Applicants' Attorneys Association). Prior to practicing law, Jason worked in international trade in Hong Kong, founded a sustainable food company, and served as a United States Customs Broker.

Jason loves animals and the outdoors. He has taken pro bono work defending Latin American natural resources with the Inter-American Association for Environment Defense (AIDA). He also volunteers with his church. Jason resides in Albany with his fiance, their two young children, and their dog. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his kids, watching movies, and attending music festivals. Jason is highly proficient in Spanish and has traveled extensively throughout the world.

License

Bar Number: 256596
California, 2008

Education

Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
M.A., 2007

Florida State University
B.S., 1997

Pace University School of Law
J.D., 2007

Eric Farber

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

Eric Farber

Pacific Worker's Compensation Law Center

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