Workers' Compensation Law Firm Representing Injured Workers Throughout the Central Valley of California
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.
Berry, Smith & Bartell
5060 California Avenue
Bakersfield CA 93309
No recovery, no fee. All fees are based on a percentage of the settlement amount or award.
No. Contingency fee, only.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F
Berry, Smith & Bartell
Santa Maria Office
1000 S. Broadway, Suite B
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 is a senior partner and founder at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation. Licensed to practice law in the state of California since 1994, the workers' compensation attorney has been representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation matters for well over 20 years. He has also been representing injured workers before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board since 2007. Since beginning his career, notable accomplishments and recognitions secured by Wm. Todd Berry include being named to the 2016 list of American's Most Honored Professionals, selection for inclusion in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and more.
Bar Number: 172376
California Pacific School of Law
Texas Tech Univeristy
Barbara A. Stevens has been practicing workers' compensation law since 1976. The experienced attorney earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French from California State University Northridge, and she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of La Verne College of Law. In 1994, the Sacramento Workers' Compensation Appeals Board appointed Barbara as a Workers' Compensation Judge. She transferred to the Bakersfield Workers' Compensation Appeals Board in 1995, where she remained until 2004. Barbara's career includes participation as a panelist at the California Applicants' Association Conference, participation as a panelist at the Northern California Defense Attorneys Association Conference, and lecturer at P.O.S.T. training classes.
Bar Number: 72819
California State University, Northridge
University of La Verne College of Law
Jaime L. Smith is a partner at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation, where she practices workers' compensation law in Central Valley. Jaime graduated, with highest honors, from Golden Gate University School of Law and passed the California State Bar in 2010. Before law school, Jamie attended Sonoma State University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. When not practicing law, Jaime enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Bar Number: 272602
Sonoma State University
Golden Gate University School of Law
James A. Dubbels is an of counsel attorney at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation. Before joining the legal profession, James worked in the Pharmacy field for 20 years. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate degree from San Joaquin College of Law with Distinction. During law school, James was a member of the Law Review, and he spent 15 years working in the legal field before joining the team at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation.
Bar Number: 160474
San Joaquin College of Law
Timothy D. Bartell is a partner at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation. Timothy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz before attending San Joaquin College of Law, where he graduated with distinction. While in law school, Timothy received the Witkin academic award of excellence in Legal Writing of Professional Responsibility. Before joining the team at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation, he worked as a defense attorney for workers' compensation claims at another local firm. In his free time, Timothy is an avid golfer and traveler.
Bar Number: 284735
University of California Santa Cruz
San Joaquin College of Law, Fresno, California
Gaylen C. Ericksen is an of counsel attorney at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation. Prior to joining the firm, Gaylen spent 13 years defending workers' compensation claims for the State Compensation Insurance Fund. Before this, he attended the West Los Angeles College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree. In addition to his previous employment experience, Gaylen has also presented as a guest speaker for the California Continuing Education of the Bar.
Bar Number: 81833
Univ of Iowa; Iowa City
University of West Los Angeles School of Law
Nancy Tholen obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1982. She spent much of her early legal career in civil law where she represented the underserved at Legal Services in Fresno. Prior to joining the legal team at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation, Nancy advocated for the developmentally disabled and acted as the Managing Partner at the statewide workers' compensation firm, Mullen & Filippi. When not practicing law, Nancy enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, kayaking, and reading. She is the proud mother of two adult children.
University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Science: Social Ecology,
University of California, Davis School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1982
Andrea L. Lopez is a practicing workers' compensation lawyer at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation. She attended California State University Bakersfield where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English. She then went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate degree from Whittier Law School in 2009. Prior to joining Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation in 2016, Andrea worked as an associate attorney at Mullen & Filippi. She even had her own criminal defense practice at one point. In addition to her current position at Berry, Smith & Bartell, A Professional Law Corporation, Andrea is also the acting Mock Trial Coach for West High School, a position she's held for the past four years.
California State University Bakersfield
Bachelor of Arts Degree: History and English,
Whittier Law School
Juris Doctor, 2009
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