Areas of Specialization 2018-11-30T10:30:26+00:00

Areas of Specialization

Compensation Defense

Tom Files was the Firm’s first certified specialist in workers’ compensation and charter specialist in what began as an experimental program with the State Bar. Since his retirement in 1981, the Firm has added additional certified specialists, who presently lead in the representation of over fifty major insurance companies, self-insured employers, and legally uninsured governmental units. A representative sample of those clients includes the Elk Grove School District, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Sacramento Regional Transit, San Joaquin Regional Transit, County of Sacramento, San Joaquin County, Butte County, Sutter County, Calaveras County, Napa County, City of Colusa, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Republic Insurance Company, Trader Joe’s, Waste Management, Mission Linen, SCI, Argonaut, and Kemper.

The Firm’s current certified specialists are Gerald Lenahan, Peter Slater, William Majernik, Stephanie Merri, Jeana Pipkin and Tiffany Corona. Other attorneys practicing in this area include partners Brian Lee, Colin Connor, Yolanda Tuckerman, Christine Green, Ira Clary, Jr., and Nicole Flanagan. Associates devoting substantial practice to compensation defense include Kelly Timothy, Benjamin Oram, Joel Kautz, Charles Templeton, Jessica Valenti, Tyler Sonksen, Courtney Masterson, Breanna Owen, Richard Gilbert, Michael Dudley, and Tanner Puryear.

Compensation Subrogation

When the Firm was smaller, the same attorney would handle the defense of the workers’ compensation case before the Appeals Board and also appear in the Superior Court to pursue the carrier’s subrogation recovery against a negligent third-party. With the advent of specialization, fast track cases, and irreconcilable calendars, the Firm has established a sub-pod of attorneys who devote a substantial portion of their practice to recover compensation expenditures in the Superior Court.

Charleton Pearse manages the subrogation team, aided by partners William Majernik and Jeana Pipkin, and associate attorneys, Adam Ambrozy and Benjamin Oram. The subrogation team is skilled and prepared in trying cases to their conclusions before the Superior Courts of this state, with or without the assistance of plaintiff’s counsel.

This subrogation unit has had many consecutive years of large dollar recoveries for the Firm’s compensation clients. The Firm is small enough to work closely together. This allows the compensation defense and subrogation attorneys to maintain effective communication in order to accomplish advantageous settlement utilizing Third-Party Compromise and Release agreements and stipulated credits for third-party recovery.

Employer Liability Defense

Many of the Firm’s clients mentioned above adjust both workers’ compensation and defense matters. It was a natural growth for the Firm’s subrogation department to begin defending these clients in the Superior Court. Charleton Pearse is the partner in charge of this unit and is aided by partner Jeana Pipkin, and associate attorneys Adam Ambrozy and Benjamin Oram.

The Firm defends the employer community in Superior Court against employment discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, ADA violations and similar claims. Before the WCAB, the Firm’s attorneys defend employees against claims of Serious and Willful Misconduct and Labor Code §132a violations.


The continued success of the Firm will be derived from the skills and integrity of its partners and associates, the stability of its composition, the diversity of its practice and its reputation for quality legal representation. A majority of the principals have practiced solely with this Firm and plan to remain throughout their legal careers. Individual resumes for each of the attorneys are available upon request or by visiting the Firm website at www.lenahanlaw.net. Questions concerning the specifics of legal representation can be directed to any partner or to the managing partner, William Majernik or Yolanda Tuckerman in our Sacramento office, or Brian Lee, manager of our Fresno office.