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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.
At the Law Offices of Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP, our employer defense attorneys in California and Nevada 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.
Our skilled employer defense attorneys in California and Nevada represent companies of all sizes in the following practice areas:
At Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP, our employer defense attorneys in California and Nevada 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.
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:
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, 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:
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.
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 and Nevada handle:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 or Nevada. 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.
Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP, have experience in the following areas.
Here's what our clients have to say about our firm.
I have used Pearlman, Brown & Wax exclusively for our workers’ compensation needs for more than 25 years. I find their legal services to be superior, their billing practices to always be conservative, and the quality of their attorneys to be the best in the land. They are knowledgeable, hard working, and very ethical. I have referred many other companies to their law firm and all have nothing but accolades for the services they have been provided. PB&W do a great job for all of their clients. I recommend them with enthusiasm and without any hesitation to all who choose to use their services.
I have managed the workers’ compensation claims for a large school district for over ten years. Throughout that time, our district has used the Pearlman, Brown & Wax Law Firm almost exclusively. I have total confidence in this firm, knowing that our claims will be handled professionally, timely and in compliance with law. Whether they recommend going to trial or settling a claim, I am totally comfortable accepting their recommendation as I know our best interest is being served.
Pearlman, Brown & Wax is an outstanding law firm. They are experts on Workers’ Compensation and know how to represent the organization and the employees in an appropriate and professional manner. They are respectful of the client’s processes and advise how to follow the law and get an appropriate outcome. I would especially like to compliment Rudy Grob on his communication, follow up and overall knowledge of our claims. We really feel like we have a partner whenever we have an issue that needs to be resolved.
Pearlman, Brown & Wax was referred to us with high recommendations. So far, we are very impressed with their service. We know our claims are in good hands when we have their representation. We’ll definitely recommend them to their future clients with two thumbs up. We look forward to a continuous and successful partnership with Pearlman Brown & Wax in the future.
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has worked with Pearlman, Brown & Wax on our California workers’ compensation claims for nearly 20 years. They have truly partnered with our organization, working diligently to bring claims to a quick and cost effective conclusion. I recommend the firm without hesitation, knowing we can rest assured Einstein Noah has a partner who cares as much about our claims as do we.
Pearlman, Brown & Wax has been providing legal services in the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims, Labor Code 132a claims and Serious and Willful claims for Sun Pacific and its subsidiaries for over 10 years. I find their level of legal knowledge and representation to be top notch. Pearlman, Brown & Wax has a great understanding of our business and the specific issues that arise from Workers’ Compensation claims involving our agricultural operations. Pearlman, Brown & Wax has always been very attentive to our needs and they do an excellent job keeping us involved in the litigation process and the development of legal strategies.
Some years ago, I met Yvonne Lang at a Claims Review meeting in Santa Barbara. Since that meeting, I have been a supporter and champion of Ms. Lang and her firm. I have directed other clients to utilize her services and her firm along the central coast as well as Northern California and Orange County. She and her firm have not disappointed me. They continue to earn great praise and respect. I have found her to be tough, professional, energetic, aggressive, a listener and a true team player. She is expert not only in Workers’ Compensation defense work but current case law that impacts day to day decisions on claims and litigation management. I am grateful for teaming with her on cases that require her expertise an finesse.
Pearlman, Brown & Wax provide expert counsel and representation for General Electric Company. They are always available to confer with our adjusters and attorneys from Electric Insurance Company, whether it involves an open file or general strategic advice. Electric Insurance Company and GE look forward to a continued relationship with Pearlman, Brown & Wax in the future
For nearly 20 years I have had the pleasure of working with Jeffrey Stern and his colleagues at Pearlman, Brown & Wax. Throughout this time, they have handled for me workers’ compensation and related claims with the upmost in professionalism. Without fail, they find a way to expeditiously close claims with as little cost as possible. Without hesitation, I am pleased to recommend Jeff and Pearlman, Brown & Wax.
What’s happening in the world of workers' compensation and employment law at The Law Offices of Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP.
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