Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

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
5060 California Avenue
Suite 300
Bakersfield CA 93309

Phone

(800) 848-6288

(661) 716-5555

Fax

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

Melissa Marquez

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Other Offices

Fresno Office
Berry, Smith & Bartell
Fresno

Santa Maria Office
1000 S. Broadway, Suite B
Santa Maria

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

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

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.

License

Bar Number: 172376
California, 1994

Education

California Pacific School of Law
J.D., 1994

Texas Tech Univeristy
B.S., 1982

Barbara A. Stevens, Of Counsel

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

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.

License

Bar Number: 72819
California, 1976

Education

California State University, Northridge
B.A., 1971

University of La Verne College of Law
J.D., 1976

Jaime L. Smith, Partner

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

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.

License

Bar Number: 272602
California, 2010

Education

Sonoma State University
B.A., 2007

Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D., 2010

James A. Dubbels, Of Counsel

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

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.

License

Bar Number: 160474
California, 1992

Education

Drake University
B.S., 1972

San Joaquin College of Law
J.D., 1992

Timothy D. Bartell, Partner

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

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.

License

Bar Number: 284735
California, 2012

Education

University of California Santa Cruz
B.A., 2008

San Joaquin College of Law, Fresno, California
J.D., 2012

Gaylen C. Ericksen, Of Counsel

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

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.

License

Bar Number: 81833
California, 1978

Education

Univ of Iowa; Iowa City
B.S., 1968

University of West Los Angeles School of Law
J.D., 1978

Nancy Tholen

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

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.

Education

University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Science: Social Ecology,

University of California, Davis School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1982

Andrea Lopez

Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation

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.

Education

California State University Bakersfield
Bachelor of Arts Degree: History and English,

Whittier Law School
Juris Doctor, 2009

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