Meet The Partners
California Bar: 2002
Brent Daub has seen the legal practice change dramatically over the years but he still sees opportunities for improvement. With over fifteen years of in-the-trenches litigation and business experience, Brent’s view is radically different. His creativity, leadership and vision provide a distinct perspective to see solutions where others see complexity.
As a founding partner of Gilson Daub, Brent helped create an innovative law firm culture that asks, “How can we make it better? How can we provide the absolute best customer service and results for our clients?”
The strategy to reduce attorney caseloads to increase quality and also provide bonuses for cases closed rather than hours billed, is a key to Gilson Daub’s spectacular growth. “Aligning the goals of our clients and our attorneys provides Gilson Daub the continued opportunity to work with the best employers, insurance companies, and administrators in the country. Taking the success we have accomplished in California to our other states of Nevada, Arizona, Kansas and Missouri has provided an exciting opportunity to serve our clients.”
Brent has also obtained a Masters’ Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine School of Law and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. He is married and has four children.
Law School: Western State University College of Law
California Bar: 2003
In over 13 years as a workers’ compensation defense attorney, Ms. Cervantes has made it a mission to not only provide the highest quality legal defense, but build relationships with her clients to create a mutual feeling of trust. When she became a certified specialist in workers’ compensation, she did so as a way to prove to her clients she is willing to go the extra mile in the defense of their claims. Prior to joining Gilson Daub Ms. Cervantes worked at more traditional defense firms. She is now excited to embrace a new way of thinking to defend claims and use advanced technology to close claims quickly and efficiently which will save her clients money. In her time outside of work, Ms. Cervantes and her husband enjoy watching their two sons play sports, traveling with their extended family, dinners out with friends and watching their Los Angeles Dodgers play.
Law School: Western State University College of Law
California Bar: 2013
Jesse Salazar is an attorney who specializes in the defense of workers' compensation claims. Gilson Daub allows Mr. Salazar to use unparalleled technology and transparency to aggressively represent third party administrators, insurance companies, self-insured entities, and employers in all aspects of workers' compensation defense. Mr. Salazar also enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with his family, playing sports, and taking his dog for walks.
Law School: Thomas Jefferson School of Law
California Bar: 2013
Ms. Maldonado has experience representing applicants giving her a profound understanding of the best approach and strategy to defend Workers’ Compensation claims. She strives to use the Gilson Daub developed technology to provide the most efficient and successful representation for her clients.
During her free time she enjoys traveling to new places, singing, and running.
Law School: University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Nevada and Arizona Bar: 2014
Matt began practicing law in Nevada in 2014 and represents clients in all stages of workers' compensation litigation. He takes pride in working closely with clients to achieve the best results in each case. Matt also represents clients in subrogation actions and has successfully recovered full lien amounts against third parties. Prior to practicing in Nevada, Matt worked at a plaintiff's firm in Arizona. Matt enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his sons' little league baseball teams. When he's not at the office or on the baseball field, you can find him hiking at Red Rock Canyon or camping on Mt. Charleston.
Law School: University of San Francisco School of Law
California Bar: 2012
Hawaii Bar: 2013
Derek Turbin was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended high school at Punahou, graduating in 2002. Derek is licensed in both California and Hawaii. After practicing litigation and workers compensation for 6 years in California, Derek Turbin returned home to Hawaii to work as a staff attorney at the state legislature for the 2019 legislative session. After the 2019 legislative session, Derek returned to workers compensation to lead our Hawaii office in representing local Hawaii employers for their work comp needs.
Meet The Attorneys
Law School: McGeorge School of Law
California Bar: 2021
Antonio Abreu is an Associate at the Gilson Daub San Marino Office who strives to work effectively and efficiently for clients. Mr. Abreu earned his Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science at California Baptist University in 2019 and his Juris Doctor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2021. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, and playing tennis.
Law School: Southwestern Law School
California Bar: 2011
Mr. Ashkar attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics with an emphasis in Spanish. After working a union job for a major airline for almost one decade while attending UCLA, Mr. Ashkar attended Southwestern Law School where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. While in law school, Mr. Ashkar was a notes and comments editor for The Southwestern Journal of International Law, having his law journal article published at: 17 Sw. J. Int'l. Law 143 (2011). Furthermore, Mr. Ashkar served as extern for The Honorable Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Western Division where he assisted Judge Walsh in drafting various habeas corpus decisions and social security disability decisions.
Mr. Ashkar has defended insurance carriers and third-party administrators before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. He has also represented applicants before the WCAB.
Mr. Ashkar is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of California. He is also admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
In his free time, George enjoys spending time with his close family, traveling abroad prior to 2020, traveling locally since 2020, and “plane watching” at LAX from the top of the Imperial Hwy hillside in El Segundo.
Law School: Western State College of Law
California Bar: 2014
Vahram Balumyan earned his Juris Doctorate in 2013 from Western State College of Law. While in law school, Vahram earned the Business Law Certificate with an emphasis in International Corporations, Negotiations, and Tax Law.
Vahram has extensive experience in all aspects of Worker’s Compensation defense, including but not limited to providing a plan of action at the inception of the case, fraud detection, case exposure valuation and strategically targeting expeditious case resolution.
In his spare time, Vahram enjoys traveling, the beach, snowboarding and spending time with his loved ones.
San Diego Team
Law School: William Howard Taft University
California Bar: 2018
Karen Beeman is an attorney who specializes in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. After over a decade of experience working as a paralegal in workers’ compensation defense, she went on to law school and began practicing as an attorney in 2018. She has a broad range of experience in a multitude of jurisdictions and complex claims, which allows her to aggressively defend insurance companies, third party administrators, and employers, achieving cost effective and efficient results. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, baking, reading, and is enthusiastic about learning new things.
Joaquin Montano is a Hearing Representative with our firm’s Orange County Office. Mr. Montano was in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman and after leaving the military attended the University of Southern California procuring a political science degree. While attending school continued to work at State Compensation Insurance Fund. Before joining our firm, Mr. Montano obtained over 34 years of experience in the California workers’ compensation system as a hearing representative. With that sophistication, Mr. Montano is able to analyze medical and legal evidence and is able to resolve lien matters quickly and efficiently, saving both time and litigation costs to his clients.
Art Valdovinos is a Hearing Representative for Gilson Daub with over 13 years of experience. He attended 4-D College where he earned a Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding. He later attended University of Phoenix where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a focus in E-Commerce. He received a Bill Review designation in 2014. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, playing video games, and visiting Knotts Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood.