California Workers’ Compensation Defense

Unlike our competitors, we do not pay unethical production or billing bonuses

Since 1957

Stockwell, Harris, Woolverton & Fox has been a preeminent force in the California Workers’ Compensation defense community. Since our inception as Weingand, Kendig and Stockwell, we have devoted our practice to meet the legal needs of the California risk management industry.
We believe that our clients and attorneys form an integrated team. Together, we develop and carry out a detailed plan of action. This synthesis of all available knowledge and experience enables us to achieve the best possible results with respect to trial outcome and/or settlement costs.

At Stockwell, Harris, Woolverton & Fox, we have considerable expertise in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense, including Serious and Willful Misconduct Claims, claims filed under Labor Code Section 132(a) and S.I.U. claims.
Our clients include self-insured employers, insurance companies and third-party administrators. This wide range of clientele has given us the perspective to recognize that not all businesses want, or need, the same type of service. All legal management programs are individually tailored to fit the specific needs of each client.

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Meet Our Team

BRIAN D. PEDERSON

Position: Vice President and Managing Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Ventura

Graduated from Pepperdine University, BS Political Science (1992)

Education:
Pepperdine Law School (1997); Member of State Bar of California (1998) and Member of State Bar of Oregon (2007); joined the firm in 2003.

BRIAN D. PEDERSON

Vice President and Managing Attorney

GEORGE WOOLVERTON

Position: President / Firm Manager
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney, Leadership
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1975.
Joined the firm in 1995.

Education:
California State University, Dominguez Hills (B.A. 1972)
Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1975)

Associations:
Member of the Southwestern University School of Law Board of Trustees
California Insurance Guarantee Association Board of Governors
Former Chairman of The Fair Employment and Housing Commission
Southwestern Law Review
Council on Litigation Management
State Bar of California
Los Angeles County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Member of the Defense Research Institute

Mr. Woolverton was appointed on September 27, 1999 by Governor Gray Davis to serve as Commissioner and Chairman of The Fair Employment and Housing Commission. He was then reappointed in 2003 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on two occasions where he served as Chairman until he left in 2011.  Mr. Woolverton was appointed by both democratic and republican governors to head the Fair Employment and Housing Commission.  Mr. Woolverton has been sought out as a lecturer in all aspects of both Workers’ Compensation law as well as Fair Employment and Housing issues.

2009 Mr. Woolverton was selected as a Member of the Council on Litigation Management upon recommendation of its Advisory Board and following evaluations of the highest ethical standards and integrity, accomplishment in the profession of law and adherence to the Canons, ethical considerations and disciplinary rules of the Model Code of Professional Conduct.

In 2011 Mr. Woolverton was appointed by Senate Pro Tem Steinberg to the California Insurance Guarantee Association Board of Governors where he still serves as governor.

GEORGE WOOLVERTON

President / Firm Manager

JAMIE BETH FOX

Position: Sr. Vice-President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney, Leadership
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1980. Education: Temple University (B.A. 1975),California Western School of Law (J.D. 1980). Member: State Bar of California, Workers Compensation and Litigation Sections. Joined the firm in 2012.

JAMIE BETH FOX

Sr. Vice-President

JESSE EVAN KOZMA

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles, Ventura

Admitted to the State Bar of California in December of 2007. Education: California State University Northridge (B.S. 2003), University of West Los Angeles (J.D. 2006). Joined the firm on September 8, 2008. Member: State Bar of California, American Bar Association, National Association of Subrogation Professionals and Council on Litigation Management.

JESSE EVAN KOZMA

Vice President

MATTHEW B. WOOLVERTON

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Los Angeles, Ventura

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2008.

Education:
University of California Santa Barbara (B.A. 1998)
University of West Los Angeles (J.D. 2007)

Matthew Woolverton is a Partner in the Los Angeles office of Stockwell, Harris, Woolverton, and Fox. Since 2008 he has defended employers and insurance companies in all aspects of workers’ compensation claims including multiple trials and appeals. Matt also handles civil claims, including, but not limited to, the defense of discrimination claims under Labor Code §132a and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims under Labor Code §4553. Mr Woolverton has spent more than 14 years litigating on behalf of prominent domestic and international companies including restaurants, super markets, hotels, airlines, manufacturers, movie studios, professional sports teams, and entertainment companies.

MATTHEW B. WOOLVERTON

Vice President

NEDA Y. SWEDELSON

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996, the Texas Bar in May of 1995. Education: Baylor University, Waco, Texas (B.A. 1989), Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1994). Joined the firm June 30, 2003. Member: Texas Bar Association, State Bar of California Association and Council on Litigation Management.

NEDA Y. SWEDELSON

Vice President

AURORA VASQUEZ

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1988. Education: Western State University (J.D. 1987), Loyola Marymount University, B.A., in Political Science and Spanish. Member: Mexican American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, California State Bar, Wilshire Bar Association and Council on Litigation Management. Joined the firm August 15, 2000.

AURORA VASQUEZ

Vice President

LISA A. VIDMAR

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1991. Education: University of California Los Angeles (B.A. 1988); Loyola Law School (J.D. 1991). Joined the firm September of 2001. Member: State Bar of California and Council on Litigation Management

LISA A. VIDMAR

Vice President

LISA R. KERNER

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1997. Education: California State University, Northridge (B.A.1993), Whittier College of Law (J.D., 1996). Joined the firm April 20, 1999. Member: State Bar of California, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and Council on Litigation Management

LISA R. KERNER

Vice President

CAMELIA GAMBOA

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999. Education: University of California in Los Angeles (B.A. 1995), Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D. 1999). Joined the firm August 5, 2002. Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association and Council on Litigation Management.

CAMELIA GAMBOA

Vice President

JEFFREY W. GREATHOUSE

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999; Education: California State University, Fullerton CA (B.S. 1991), Western State University, Fullerton CA (J.D. 1998). Joined firm: October 23, 2012; Member of State Bar of California.

JEFFREY W. GREATHOUSE

Attorney

JEFFREY S. MARSILIO

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles, Ventura

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003. Education: East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1999), Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D. 2003). Joined the firm July 2011. Member: State Bar of California and Council on Litigation Management.

JEFFREY S. MARSILIO

Attorney

FREDERIC J. PHANEUF

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1984. Education: Antioch College (B.A. 1977), University of Santa Clara School of Law (J.D. 1984). Joined the firm February 9, 2004. Member: American Bar Association, State Bar of California and Council on Litigation Management.

FREDERIC J. PHANEUF

Attorney

ALEXANDRA KABBAZ SZABO

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2016. Education: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CA (B.A. 2011); Southwestern Law School, 2016; Masters in ADR from Pepperdine Law in 2017. Joined firm January of 2017. Member of State Bar of California

ALEXANDRA KABBAZ SZABO

Attorney

JOHN BILLINGSLEA

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: All, Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2001; Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit. Education: California State University, Northridge (B.A. in 1997); Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 2000). Member: State Bar of California; California Association of Black Lawyers. Joined the firm on 04/15/2002.

JOHN BILLINGSLEA

Vice President

JAMES L. MYERS

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Fresno

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2000. Education: San Joaquin College of Law (J.D. 2000). Joined the firm April 22, 2013. Member: American Bar Association; California State Bar Association; Scoutmaster Troop 496, Hanford, CA. Second Counselor in Young Men’s Presidency for Hanford Ward; Liaison with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies including E.D.D., ALRB, workers’ compensation carrier, SJVUAPCD, and Sheriff department.

JAMES L. MYERS

Attorney

IVAN GOMEZ

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Fresno

IVAN GOMEZ

Attorney

JANDRE P. KONG

Position: Managing Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Oakland

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2015. Education: The University of California, Berkeley (B.A. 2010), Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D. 2014). Joined the firm in 2017. Member: State Bar of California.

JANDRE P. KONG

Managing Attorney

STEPHEN A. VACCARO

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Oakland

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2014. Education: California State University, Long Beach (B.S. 2002), Concord School of Law (J.D. 2014). Joined the firm in 2018. Member: State Bar of California.

STEPHEN A. VACCARO

Attorney

PETER S. KIM

Position: Managing Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Inland Empire

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2001. Education: University of California Los Angeles (B.A. 1998), University of San Diego (J.D. 2001); Joined the firm November 1, 2005. Member: State Bar of California and Council on Litigation Management.

PETER S. KIM

Managing Attorney

CHRISTIAN M. SANTOS

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Orange

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999. Education: San Diego State University (B.A. 1994), Chapman University School of Law (J.D. 1998). Joined the firm February 9, 2004.Member: State Bar of California and Council on Litigation Management.

CHRISTIAN M. SANTOS

Vice President

SCOTT LASSERS

Position: Vice President
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Orange

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1991. Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1996), Loyola Law School (J.D. 1990). Joined the firm in 2012. Member: State Bar of California; Orange County Bar Association.

SCOTT LASSERS

Vice President

PAUL S. WOLSEY

Position: Co-Managing Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Orange

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003. Education: University of California Berkeley (B.A. 2000), University of California Hastings College of Law (J.D. 2003). Joined the firm on January 1, 2006. Member: State Bar of California; Orange County Bar Association and Council on Litigation Management.

PAUL S. WOLSEY

Co-Managing Attorney

LUCY BENTOW

Position: Co-Managing Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Orange

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2004. Education: University of California Los Angeles (B.A. 2000), Loyola Law School (J.D. 2004). Joined the firm on March 25, 2013. Member: State Bar of California, U.S. District Court and Council on Litigation Management.

LUCY BENTOW

Co-Managing Attorney

KIMBERLY S. POESE

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Orange

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1994. Education: California State University, Fullerton (B.A. 1989), Western State College of Law (J.D. 1993). Joined firm in 2019.

KIMBERLY S. POESE

Attorney

DIANA NGUYEN

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Orange

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2021. Education: California State University, Long Beach (B.S. 2010), New England Law|Boston (J.D. 2018). Joined the firm in July, 2021. Member: State Bar of California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

DIANA NGUYEN

Attorney

COLE RAMSEY

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Sacramento

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2012. Education: California State University, Fresno (B.S., 2006), University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 2010). Joined the firm in October 2012. Member: State Bar of California, American Bar Association.

COLE RAMSEY

Attorney

AVI N. SCHOCHET

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Sacramento

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2017. Education: Thomas Edison State University (B.A. 2010), University of Southern California
Gould School of Law (J.D. 2015). Joined the firm in April of 2019. Member: State Bar of California.

AVI N. SCHOCHET

Attorney

SHANNON RIPPLE

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Sacramento

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2015. Education: U.O.P. (B.S. 2005), Humphrey’s College – Drivon School of Law (J.D. 2013). Joined the firm in 2021. Member: State Bar of California. Admitted to practice in the United States District Court – Eastern District of California.

SHANNON RIPPLE

Attorney

DEREK A. KUHEN

Position: Vice President / Co-Branch Manager
Phone: (619) 814-4513
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: San Diego

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003. Education:San Diego State University (B.S. 1998), University of San Diego School of Law (J.D.). Joined the firm on December 19, 2005. Member: State Bar of California and Council on Litigation Management.

DEREK A. KUHEN

Vice President / Co-Branch Manager

THOMAS P. MOOS

Position: Managing Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: San Luis Obispo

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1985. Education: San Joaquin College of Law (J.D. 1984). Joined the firm September 22, 2003. Member: San Luis Obispo County Bar Association and Council on Litigation Management. Admitted to practice before all California Courts, and Federal Courts including District Courts of California, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

THOMAS P. MOOS

Managing Attorney

Shawn Hermes

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Shawn Hermes

Attorney

Nareg Ploozian

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Nareg Ploozian

Attorney

Peter Hermes

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Peter Hermes

Attorney

Roxanne Nurse

Position: Attorney
Phone: (619) 814-4513
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: San Diego

Roxanne Nurse

Attorney

Mark D. Cho

Position: Attorney
Email: contact@stockwellharris.com
Categories: Attorney
Location: Oakland

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2021. Education: University of California, Davis (B.A. 2007). John F Kennedy College of Law (Magna Cum Laude, J.D. 2020). Joined the firm 2020.

Mark D. Cho

Attorney

Stephanie Rachel

Position: Attorney
Categories: Attorney
Location: Orange

Stephanie Rachel

Attorney

Jeffrey M. Cohon

Position: Attorney
Categories: Attorney
Location: Los Angeles

Jeffrey M. Cohon earned his B.A. degree in 1984 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his law degree in 1987 from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  Mr. Cohon has broad experience in complex commercial and employment litigation, appearing in the state and federal courts and administrative tribunals in the State of California. In his 35 years of practice, he has tried more than 350 arbitrations, more than 70 administrative hearings, and at least 35 jury and bench trials.  Mr. Cohon is admitted to practice in the California state courts, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California.  Mr. Cohon has also practiced in the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court, resulting in more than 30 published or unpublished opinions.  Mr. Cohon has experience defending class action and non-class wage and hour and PAGA claims, as well as a wide range of cases implicating the Fair Employment & Housing Act.

Jeffrey M. Cohon

Attorney

Aman Chattha

Position: Attorney
Categories: Attorney
Location: Oakland

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2014. Education: The University of California, Berkeley(B.A. 2010), UC Davis School of Law (J.D. 2013). Joined the firm in 2022. Member: State Bare of California

Aman Chattha

Attorney

Nicholas D. Rosen

Position: Attorney
Categories: Attorney
Location: Oakland

Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2012. UNDERGRAD: Sonoma State University (2007)  JURIS DOCTOR: Southwestern Law School (2011)

Nicholas D. Rosen

Attorney

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