Otto Cipolla, Jr., Founder, President, Managing Partner
Otto Cipolla, Jr. has been an attorney since 1984. Mr. Cipolla completed his undergraduate work at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He earned his Juris Doctor at Pepperdine University. After becoming a member of the California State Bar, he co-authored the book How to Pass the Multi-State Bar Examination. Mr. Cipolla has devoted his practice exclusively to Workers’ Compensation Defense for the past 24 years. He also has experience in Longshore & Harbor claims. Mr. Cipolla has taught, lectured and given seminars in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation law for employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators. Mr. Cipolla has been a Judge pro-tem not only at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board but also in Civil Court.
Ed Calaba, Partner, Managing Attorney
Edward Calaba has been an attorney since 1988. Mr. Calaba completed his undergraduate work at Northern Arizona University after serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He later earned his Master’s Degree of Social Work at the University of Washington. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Puget Sound. Mr. Calaba worked 13 years as a contracts administrator for the Dept. of the Navy in shipbuilding, naval weapons systems and the naval construction battalion. Mr. Calaba has practiced Workers’ Compensation Defense for the past 25 years, including Longshore and Harbor claims. He joined the firm in 1996 and is a Managing Partner at our main office in Agoura Hills.
Deidre Wollman, Partner
Deidre Wollman has been an attorney since 1996. Ms. Wollman completed her undergraduate work at University of Southern California. She later earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. Ms. Wollman’s Workers’ Compensation experience dates back to 1988. She previously worked as a Claims Adjuster and Claims Supervisor. Ms. Wollman joined the firm in 2002 and is a Partner at our main office in Agoura Hills.
Jason Hilfrink, Attorney
Jason Hilfrink joined our firm in August 2019. He graduated from Pepperdine University Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor. Prior to joining our firm, Jason practiced several years as an applicant’s attorney and has deep knowledge of the strategies applicants use to boost the value of their workers’ compensation claims. Jason currently handles all aspects of workers’ compensation defense, including 132(a) and Serious and Willful cases.
Charles Linton, Attorney
Charles Linton obtained his undergrad Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University and his Juris Doctor from Northrop University School of Law in 1989. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1989. He started practicing law in the field of plaintiff personal injury. He spent a part of his career working on two major mass toxic tort cases, representing Plaintiffs and Wrongful Death Beneficiaries. Mr. Linton has been practicing Compensation Defense for the past 10 years. He joined our firm in 2013 at our main office in Agoura Hills.
Todd Pierce, Attorney
Todd D. Pierce is an attorney in our Agoura Hills office. Mr. Pierce graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California and thereafter obtained his Juris Doctorate at The Colleges of Law Ventura. Mr. Pierce is a certified mediator who has mediated in both the Los Angeles and Ventura County Courts. Mr. Pierce began his Workers’ Compensation Defense career with this firm in 2007. He has served the firm in numerous capacities since then as a law clerk, paralegal, EAMS administrator, lien specialist, hearing representative, and attorney.
Jeffrey Reynolds, Attorney
Jeffrey Reynolds is an Attorney in our Agoura Hills office. Mr. Reynolds graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. He earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 1997. While obtaining his legal education, he served as staff writer, technical editor and executive board member of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal. By utilizing his varied talents, Mr. Reynolds has become well-versed in handling all aspects of complex litigation and has practiced in areas as diverse as copyright infringement disputes and software licensing. He has a published Court of Appeal opinion in Stevens v. Superior Court (75 Cal.App.4th 594). He has specialized in Workers’ Compensation for the past 15 years. Concurrently, he has handled subrogation matters in civil court for Workers’ Compensation carriers seeking reimbursement in third party cases.
Lewis Winsberg, Attorney
Bio coming soon…
W. Matthew Dombrowski, J.D., Hearing Representative
Matthew Dombrowski is a graduate of California State University Northridge. He also has his Juris Doctor from ALU School of Law. Matthew has held various positions in the insurance industry including claims adjuster, claims supervisor, regional claims supervisor, hearing representative and litigation supervisor. Matthew has vast experience in front of the WCAB from regular appearances and trials to depositions and briefs. Matthew has also acted as a presenter at Employers School. Various carriers and self-insureds use Matthew for advice on claims handling procedures and reserves. He has been in the Workers’ Compensation field since 1990.