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Welcome to Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP

Providing innovative counseling and litigation services to employers and their carriers for MORE THAN 30 YEARS.

Founded on the principle of providing the employer community of California with quality legal services, the Law Offices of Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP has earned a state-wide reputation for aggressive and comprehensive representation in employment law, workers’ compensation defense, subrogation, liability defense, sports related injury defense and labor-related matters. Headed by founding partner Barry S. Pearlman, the firm has grown each year since its inception in 1984 and now maintains a staff of more than 50 experienced litigation specialists and a skilled support staff.

Employer Defense Attorneys in California

At the Law Offices of Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP, our employer defense attorneys in California have curated a cutting-edge and aggressive approach to litigation defense strategies for nearly four decades.

With over 50 skilled litigation specialists and support staff members working, our comprehensive representation is a culmination of teamwork. We plan each step of our clients’ defense strategies to ensure we are covering any overlapping issues that will complicate their businesses going forward.

Our specialized, client-focused approach allows our complete employment defense firm, including our workers’ compensation defense attorneys, subrogation lawyers, liability defense specialists, sports-related injury defense counsel, and other labor-related support staff to pursue both immediate relief and long-term results by proactively envisioning each client’s future based on their current challenge — then creating solutions for any crossover lawsuits that may have spawned from the initial case.

Our law firm emphasizes education, counseling, and litigation support to employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators, which allows our clients to proactively operate ahead of the curve.

At Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP we believe in the power of innovation, experience, and results.

At Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP, our employer defense attorneys in California provide full-time legal representation and are trusted advisors who are available to our clients any time they need us, so they never have to worry about the unknown.

Whether it is an evening phone call, a weekend meeting, or a scheduled workday appointment, our skilled employer defense attorneys’ personalized service combines with our law firm’s experience to create a circle of solutions for each of our clients.

Seasoned Employment Defense Lawyers

At Pearlman, Brown & Wax, we recognize that running a successful business and managing employees can be difficult without the right legal tools and resources in place.

Now, COVID-19 employment and COVID-19 prevention plans have only added to the already challenging task of operating a business while keeping employees safe from potential workplace pitfalls that can lead to serious lawsuits that could easily bankrupt a teetering company without the proper representation.  We build our client-attorney relationships to avoid litigation altogether.

Our experienced employment defense attorneys do more than develop successful strategies for handling these often emotional and contentious employment issues.

Our specialized employer defense practice areas include:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Class Action defense
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Discrimination
  • Employee Privacy
  • Family and Medical Leaves
  • Management Training
  • Reductions in Force/WARN Act Compliance
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Unfair Business Practices
  • Wage and Hour Compliance
  • Whistleblower Claims
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Workplace Violence
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

When lawsuits cannot be avoided, our team of experienced litigators realistically assesses the company’s risk and provides targeted advice for possible settlement and litigation strategy to successfully obtain low-cost settlements at the early stages of the litigation, effectively minimizing our clients’ exposure.

Employment Practices Liability Insurance Policy Defense Attorneys

Employment Practices Liability Insurance, or EPLI, protects our clients from wrongful acts arising from the employment process when an employee believes their legal rights have been violated in the workplace.

At Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP our EPLI policy lawyers understand that the lawsuits filed by employees have been rising and that no company is immune — no matter their size or when they were founded — from being targeted by an employee lawsuit.

Our EPLI policy attorneys represent clients of all sizes to help provide the protection they need during employee lawsuits generated by:

  • Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment
  • Breach of Employment Contract
  • Failure to Employ or Promote
  • Negligent Evaluation
  • Mismanagement of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Intentional or Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Wrongful Termination

The cost of an EPLI policy varies based on many factors, including the type of business, the number of employees, and various risk factors, including previous lawsuits stemming from allegations of employment practice violations.

Ask our skilled employer defense attorneys how an EPLI policy can protect your business by covering or reimbursing the costs of potential lawsuits, judgments, settlements, and legal costs associated with the litigation expenses.

Effective Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys in California

At Pearlman, Brown & Wax we take great pride in our national reputation as one of the most effective workers’ compensation defense firms in California.

Our skilled workers’ compensation lawyers in California handle:

  • ADR Claims
  • COVID-19 Employment and Defense
  • Defense Base Act – Longshore & Harbor Workers
  • Defense of Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Labor Code Section 132a Discrimination Claims
  • Serious and Willful Misconduct Claims

For clients who prefer to close their claim with a settlement, we will design and execute an early and cost-effective exit strategy, so they can put this lawsuit behind them and move forward with confidence.

Liability Defense Attorneys in California

At Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP, our company liability lawyers understand that successful businesses and/or their insurers occasionally become involved with claims that cannot be resolved short of litigation.

Our trial attorneys design defense strategies that protect our clients — corporate companies, small businesses, and individuals alike — to pursue the best outcome for their unique case, no matter the sector, industry, or client position.

Our trial attorneys have successfully defended lawsuits in the following areas of our practice:

  • Construction Litigation
  • Intentional Torts, including Assault and Battery
  • Motor Vehicle Liability, including Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Dog Bite
  • Workers’ Compensation Exclusivity

Our liability defense team is particularly specialized in defending employers in civil lawsuits brought by employees that triggers California’s statutory workers’ compensation exclusivity provisions. We are highly skilled in each of the workers’ compensation exclusivity exceptions and know how to aggressively defend employers from the infancy stages of a lawsuit and beyond.  To learn more about how our skilled liability and tort defense attorneys can help you pursue positive results, contact our law firm today to schedule a consultation with one of our legal specialists.

Experienced Subrogation Attorneys in California

At Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP, our subrogation attorneys assess the potential for recovery from negligent third parties and execute a cost-effective method for recovering all sums paid in workers’ compensation claims, property and fire damage claims, automobile, and government tort liability.

Successful subrogation means pursuing and securing financial recovery for both our clients and their insurers, so our clients can recoup their financial losses.

Our subrogation team knows how to actively pursue a favorable recovery on behalf of the employer and/or insurance carrier while balancing against costs and fees incurred to pursue the recovery. Our subrogation team is particularly specialized in aggressively handling complex third-party recoveries of workers’ compensation benefits. We are experts in the workers’ compensation system and an employer’s statutory right to reimbursement and know how to effectively leverage this against third party civil defendants and/or the injured worker plaintiff. As such, we know how to craft a myriad of third-party recoveries that benefits our employers in lien right and credit rights.

That is our goal with each subrogation claim we handle, including but not limited to:

  • Automobile Collisions
  • Construction Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Dog Bite
  • Premises Liability
  • Fire Loss
  • Assault/Battery
  • Government Tort Liability

At Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP, our subrogation attorneys provide full-time legal representation and are trusted legal advisors who are available to our clients in this niche field.

Dedicated Sports Litigation Attorneys in California

California has become a popular settling place for many professional athletes, including professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer players.

Some are seeking to file a lawsuit against their current or previous employers/teams for disagreements over player and coach contracts, licensing and merchandising rights, defamation, insurance, and personal injury — including cumulative trauma arising from their career.

Many of these claims open with questioning the jurisdictional right of the athlete to bring their claim in California, which will be evaluated and challenged by our skilled sports litigation attorneys based on the personal and subject matter threshold.

Workers’ Compensation Lien Resolution Unit

For nearly two decades, the cost of medical treatment litigation, including medical legal liens, has substantially increased the totals of workers’ compensation claims across the country.

Instead of reacting to lawsuits as they are filed, our skilled lien resolution professionals at Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP proactively review bills, identify, and litigate any legal issues affecting the lien claimants’ claim for reimbursement.

Each member of the lien unit has been trained in all phases of the official medical fee schedule, the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule, and the Medicare Fee Schedule, which allows our team to effectively reduce our client’s liability while expediting each case’s closure.

Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP: Innovation. Experience. Results.

At Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP, our skilled employer defense attorneys focus on producing end-to-end solutions for our clients, no matter where they are in California. If your company is being threatened with a lawsuit of any type – or has already been served with the complaint – contact our experienced defense lawyers today by calling 818-501-4343 to ensure your legal rights are protected from the beginning.

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