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Barry Pearlman

Barry Pearlman

Managing Partner

Los Angeles Office

(818) 501-4343 Email Barry

Barry Pearlman, who founded Pearlman, Brown & Wax, LLP with a loan from his parents, started the firm as a sole practitioner on June 1st, 1984, specializing in employment litigation and workers’ compensation.

In addition to maintaining a full case load, he is the managing partner of the firm. Barry specializes in the litigation of complicated employment law and workers’ compensation defense matters, representing employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators. Barry also manages the firm’s “sport teams” unit, defending NFL, NHL and other teams for claims made in California. He is also recognized as an expert on coverage issues involving employment litigation and workers’ compensation coverage. He is exclusive counsel on LC132a discrimination claims and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims for a multinational employer. He is an experienced litigator with numerous successes before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the Appellate and Superior Courts of the State of California.

As a respected member of the Employment Law and Workers’ Compensation communities, Barry is a frequent lecturer, speaker and instructor on current trends in procedure, law and strategy. His comprehensive approach in preventing claims has made him a popular speaker nationally to employers and insurance carriers. In recognition of his contributions and achievements in the field, Barry has been the recipient of the Warren H. Hanna Life Time Achievement Award and the Most Influential People in California Workers’ Compensation Award. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine for multiple years.

Out of his commitment to the legal profession, Barry has served as an Arbitrator for the State Bar of California for over 10 years. He has served on the Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Community Task Force and the Administrative Director’s Committees on Permanent Disability and Medical Provider Networks. Barry is a certified provider for continuing education by the Division of Workers’ Compensation Medical Unit and the California Department of Insurance.

In 2020, Barry will have received the highest possible rating in both legal and ethical standards from Martindale Hubbell (AV Preeminent).

  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law (1981)
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1978)
  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Employment Law and Worker’s Compensation sections)
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney’s Association (Past President)
  • Southern California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney’s Association (Past President)
  • California Applicant’s Attorneys’ Association
  • Salazar vs. W.C.A.B. (Bateson) B1045621/S047243
  • Tucker vs. W.C.A.B. B090931/SA73792
  • AEI Music Network vs. WCAB B163144
  • Ambler vs. WCAB B113710
  • Savala vs. WCAB B112628
  • Yeressian vs. WCAB B222870
  • Sonaga vs. WCAB G030875

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