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Brent M. Daub

Senior Founding Partner and Trial Attorney

Law School: Pepperdine University
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.

Danielle Cervantes, Esq.

Northern California Regional Partner

FRE Team

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.

Jesse Salazar, Esq.

Southern California Regional Partner

LA Team

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.

Kristi J. Robles, Esq.

Partner and Managing Attorney

SAC Team

Law School: Arizona State University
California Bar: 2008

For almost a decade, Kristi Robles has strived to exceed her client’s expectations in all areas of workers’ compensation litigation. Ms. Robles is a Certified Legal Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. While many define greatness in terms of power, possessions, or prestige, Ms. Robles believes that her personal success is best defined by how well her client’s interests are served. When she’s not settling cases, Ms. Robles enjoys spending time with her husband and delighting in the sweet smiles and giggles of their little girl.

Alex Chien, Esq.

Partner and Managing Attorney

LB Team

Law School: University of San Diego School of Law
California Bar: 2010

Alex Chien has exclusively practiced Workers Compensation Defense throughout Southern California since 2011. He has represented numerous national insurance companies and employer accounts at every stage of litigation. He is committed to working closely with his clients to expeditiously and competently resolve their cases. Outside of work, Mr. Chien enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching sports, and taking care of his dog.

Adrianna Maldonado, Esq.

Partner and Managing Attorney

FRE Team

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.

Nicholas Rosen, Esq.

Partner and Managing Attorney

SJ Team

Law School: Southwestern Law School
California Bar: 2012

Nicholas Rosen has practiced exclusively in workers’ compensation defense since 2013; prior to that, he was a criminal defense attorney. Mr. Rosen enjoys helping clients through the use of cutting-edge technology and consistent communication. When not at work, Nicholas enjoys going to Oakland A’s games, volunteering in his wife's second-grade classroom, and tending to his two rambunctious dachshunds, Molly and Winnie.

Matt Smith, Esq.

Partner and Managing Attorney

VEGAS Team

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.

Meet The Attorneys

Crystl Chang, Esq.

Trial Attorney

WLA Team

Law School: University of Illinois
California Bar: 2013

Crystl Chang is an associate attorney at the Gilson Daub West Los Angeles office, focused on all aspects of the workers compensation field. In particular, she is dedicated to providing a good experience through consistent and clear communication. A Chicago transplant, Crystl enjoys exploring Southern California’s many restaurants, wanderings its museums, and living in a world with no winter.

Ryan Heath, Esq.

Trial Attorney

PHX Team
UT Team

Law School: Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, VA
AZ/UT Bar: 2020

Ryan is an Attorney in Gilson Daub’s Phoenix Office. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Ryan earned his Juris Doctor with Honors from Regent University School of Law. While at Regent, he faithfully served his peers as a leader on campus and, therefore, received the Community Changer Award during the school’s Commissioning Ceremony—recognizing his commitment to excellence and integrity, as demonstrated by his pursuit of public service and community involvement. During his third year of law school, he was chosen by Regent’s Dean, Chief Justice Mark D. Martin (NC Ret.), as one of sixteen students to participate in the coveted and highly competitive seminar on constitutional interpretation—taught by Justice Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court with the assistance of Dean Martin. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.

Reed Heustis Jr., Esq.

Managing Attorney

IE Team

Law School: California Western School of Law
California Bar: 2001

A Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney, Reed has served and advocated for employers, insurance carriers, claims administrators, and homeowners since 2003. Armed with a staunch belief in commerce and free enterprise, Reed understands the importance of expeditious and effective handling of the diverse needs of businesses and risk management. Licensed by U.S. Soccer, Reed coaches local youth athletes, and also has an interest in politics, classical music, theology, and L.A. Dodger Baseball.

Rory Hodgson, Esq.

Trial Attorney

SAC Team

Law School: Golden Gate University School of Law
California Bar: 2011

Mr. Hodgson joined Gilson Daub at their Sacramento office in December 2019.

His work focuses on defending insurance carriers and third party administrators in their workers’ compensation claims. As a medical-billing and lien specialist, Mr. Hodgson also focuses his practice on educating carriers through CEUs on lien claims, and closing strategies for claims professionals. As a consequence of his practice, Mr. Hodgson has closed cases in all northern California venues—from Redding to Fresno. After admission to the California Bar, Mr. Hodgson was schooled at the law office of Jerry Sterns—one of the premiere aviation civil litigators in the country. Mr. Hodgson was awarded great latitude to participate in complex litigation matters, extensive pre-trial discovery, mediations, depositions, and negotiation of settlements because of his aptitude for investigation and negotiation.

Lori Ibsen, Esq.

Trial Attorney

OAK Team

Law School: John F. Kennedy University, College of Law
California Bar: 2002

Lori Ibsen joined Gilson Daub as an Attorney in the Oakland office in 2018. She began practicing in the field of Workers’ Compensation as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company and has worked as an Attorney for prominent workers’ compensation defense firms in the Bay Area. Prior to her legal career, she gained vast insurance experience adjusting property and casualty claims. During that time, she earned her CPCU designation from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and her Juris Doctor degree from John F. Kennedy University, School of Law. She was admitted to practice law in California in 2002 and is certified with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Legal Specialist in Worker’s Compensation Law. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, dancing, sports, and watching her daughter play softball.

Ryan M. Jensen, Esq.

Trial Attorney & Subrogation Expert

OC Team

Law School: Western State University
California Bar: 2007

Mr. Jensen began his legal career working at a general litigation firm and gained experience in civil and criminal matters. He has spent the last several years defending workers compensation cases and pursuing subrogation against third parties. He focuses on maximizing recovery for his clients in the most efficient way. He enjoys going to the beach, traveling with his family, and watching his sons play sports.

Esther Kim, Esq.

Trial Attorney

LB Team

Law School: Southwestern University School of Law
California Bar: 2010

Esther has experience representing third party administrators, insurance carriers, self-insured employers, and professional employer organizations in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation. She is committed to cost-effective defense of claims from inception through resolution in order to limit exposure and achieve litigation cost savings for the client. In her free time, Esther enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors.

Nicholas Kontogiannis, Esq.

Trial Attorney

SFV Team

Law School: Chapman University School of Law
California Bar: 2011

Nicholas Kontogiannis has been practicing Workers’ Compensation defense since 2012. He takes a proactive and aggressive approach to claim handling, while balancing efficiency and cost containment measures. Mr. Kontogiannis believes that communication is an indispensable aspect of effective file handling, and prides himself on keeping an open and proactive line of communication with his clients. In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking, photography, traveling, and spending time with his wife.

Shannon Lang, Esq.

Trial Attorney

SJ Team

Law School: Whittier Law School
California Bar: 2000
Washington Bar: 2010

Shannon Lang has been a practicing attorney for several years, and has experience with Workers’ Compensation Courts throughout the state of California. Shannon is also a licensed attorney in the State of Washington. Throughout her career, she has developed the practice of actively engaging in communication and listening to her clients, in order to provide strategic counsel on how best to resolve a case. Shannon enjoys collaborating with clients about creative ways to successfully resolve cases. Shannon is thankful to be a part of Gilson Daub, and is committed to the firm’s strong values of vision, culture and leadership. When not working Shannon enjoys spending time with her two nephews, and family.

James Lee, Esq.

Managing Attorney

SFBA Team

Law School: University of California Hastings College of Law
California Bar: 2010

James Lee has been practicing worker's compensation defense law since graduating from University of California Hastings, College of the Law in May 2010 and then passing the Bar in November of the same year. James enjoys aggressively defending positions for insureds, carriers and third party administrator in the often hostile terrain of the Worker's Compensation Appeals Boards in Northern California. When he is not working, James enjoys watching sports.

Brianne Mclaughlin, Esq.

Trial Attorney

SD Team

Law School: California Western School of Law
California Bar: 2014

Brianne McLaughlin is a litigation attorney that interned with the Public Defender’s Office, California Innocence Project, and Community Law Project throughout law school, coached a middle school Mock Trial team, and practiced in general civil litigation prior to becoming a workers compensation attorney. She believes that by using her prior experience and access to the team of highly qualified and experienced attorneys at Gilson Daub, she will be able to tackle complex issues and difficult situations in a creative but efficient manner. Ms. McLaughlin enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews (except when they haven’t had their afternoon nap).

Mollie Miller, Esq.

Trial Attorney

OAK Team

Law School: University of San Francisco School of Law
California Bar: 2010

Mollie Miller (Mollie Kathleen Nokes) has practiced Workers Compensation Defense throughout Northern California since 2010. She has successfully represented clients at every stage of litigation, including trials, expedited hearings, and expert depositions. Ms. Miller’s past experience includes representation of employers in Labor Code Section 132a discrimination and serious and willful cases. She is committed to bringing her cases to a quick, competent, and satisfactory resolution. Away from the office, Ms. Miller enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with family, including her two Australian Shepherds.

Weston Mills, Esq.

Trial Attorney

KC/MO Team

Law School: University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Missouri Bar: 2015
Missouri Bar: 2016

As a worker’s compensation defense attorney, Weston Mills, has represented both self-insured employers and a variety of insurance companies in helping them reach their litigation goals. Weston understands the importance of obtaining both effective and efficient results and always strives to provides his clients with outstanding customer service. Prior to joining Gilson Daub, Weston also assisted employers with employment discrimination related matters. In his spare time, Weston enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and watching football.

Lauren Moon, Esq.

Trial Attorney

IE Team

Law School: Pepperdine University School of Law
California Bar: 2012

Lauren has represented employers, third party administrators, and insurance carriers in all aspects of Workers' Compensation litigation since 2013. Lauren has made a commitment to superior knowledge of the law and continued education in order to better serve her clients. Lauren joined Gilson Daub with a desire to utilize innovative case handling strategies and cutting edge technology to reduce the life and cost of claims for her clients. Her dedication to serving clients well has also led Lauren to becoming a certified specialist in workers' compensation. When she is not in the office, Lauren spends most of her time laughing with her family, friends, and fur babies.

Craig Morrison, Esq.

Trial Attorney

SAC Team

Law School: Lincoln Law School
California Bar: 2001

Craig Morrison has been practicing Workers’ Compensation law in California for twenty years and is certified as a Worker’s Compensation Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He specializes in tangled and complex litigation and has conducted over a thousand depositions and more than one hundred trials in Northern California.

Mr. Morrison also enjoys skiing and spending time with his wife and children.

Spencer Orr, Esq.

Trial Attorney

PHX Team
UT Team

Law School: Thomas Jefferson School of Law
AZ/UT Bar: 2017

Spencer began practicing law in Nevada in 2016 working in a wide variety of matters including estate and business planning, contract disputes, real estate transactions and general liability and workers’ compensation defense. In 2018, Spencer began representing clients in Arizona and Utah. He now represents clients in all stages of workers’ compensation litigation.

Spencer attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in International Studies, and a double minor in Business Management and Korean. While attending BYU, Spencer was a member of the NCAA volleyball and football teams. He continued his studies at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor. Away from the office, Spencer enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and three children.

David Perlmutter, Esq.

Trial Attorney

SFV Team

Law School: Whittier Law School
California Bar: 1998

Mr. Perlmutter has practiced law for over fifteen years as General Counsel for firms in both the retail and health industries. Drawing upon his extensive experience as corporate counsel, he enjoys providing his clients with efficient and aggressive work to ensure that a case is moving forward towards closure in the most cost effective manner. During his personal time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing tennis and attending his son’s baseball games.

Steven Plesa, Esq.

Trial Attorney

WLA Team

Law School: Whittier Law School
California Bar: 2012

Steven A. Plesa began his career as a Lien Hearing Representative while attending Whittier Law School. After graduating law school in 2011 and passing the CA State Bar exam in 2012 he continued his career as a Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney.

Mr. Plesa has experience in handling all phases of workers’ compensation defense claims from beginning to end. This includes case management, lien resolution, preparation of pleadings, investigation, discovery, cross examinations, depositions and trials.

During his spare time Mr. Plesa and his wife enjoy boxing, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Susan M. Polk, Esq.

Managing Attorney

OC Team

Law School: Western State University
California Bar: 1987

Susan Polk is a 29-year attorney in California with 15 years defending workers’ compensation claims. Ms. Polk believes in pushing a case to a prompt resolution through fast and aggressive case handling whether by a cost-effective settlement early on or trial. She also enjoys relaxing at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, country music concerts and watching sporting events.

Jenna Pyle, Esq.

Trial Attorney

VEGAS Team

Law School: William S. Boyd School of Law
Nevada Bar: 2019

Jenna is an associate attorney for the Gilson Daub Las Vegas office. Jenna earned her Bachelor of Business from the University of Oklahoma. Jenna received her Juris Doctor from William S. Boyd School of Law. While in law school, Jenna completed a summer clerkship with the Honorable Denise Gentile of the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and cooking.

Ian Quin, Esq.

Trial Attorney

WLA Team

Law School: Vanderbelt University Law School
California Bar: 2014

Ian has experience defending insurance carriers, third party administrators, self-insured employers, professional employer organizations and governmental entities in all aspects of workers' compensation. He enjoys working with clients to develop cost-effective strategies to limit exposure throughout the claims process, from inception through resolution. Away from the office, Ian enjoys hiking, traveling, and rooting for his hometown Padres.

Ashley Romeo-Boles, Esq.

Trial Attorney

SAC Team

Law School: Vermont Law School
California Bar: 2017

Ashley Romeo-Boles has been practicing Worker’s Compensation defense since 2020. Prior to that, she was on applicant’s side for approximately two years. Ashley has enjoyed the transition to the defense side and takes great pride in providing quality work product to her clients.

Prior to transitioning to Worker’s Compensation law, she gained experience as a general practice attorney in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Ashley enjoys spending her free time with her husband and critters outside - whether working in the garden, hanging out at the river, or hiking.

Rochelle Ratkovich, Esq.

Trial Attorney

SFBA Team

Law School: California Western School of Law, ABA/AALS
California Bar: 2012

Rochelle Ratkovich was admitted to the California State Bar in 2012 and has extensive experience managing the legal defense of workers’ compensation claims from inception to final resolution, including all aspects of discovery and litigation. Rochelle always strives to provide the highest quality of work for her clients and aims to tackle complex issues in a creative and cost-effective manner. In 2020, she became a licensed attorney in the state of Nevada. When not working, Rochelle loves traveling with her husband and spending time with their two dogs, Barnaby and Kirby.

Christine Ruvalcaba, Esq.

Trial Attorney

LA Team

Law School: Western State College of Law
California Bar: 2013

Christine Ruvalcaba is a workers’ compensation attorney with successful trial experience. Ms. Ruvalcaba strives to defeat fraudulent claims and bring expeditious resolutions for clients. Ms. Ruvalcaba enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, entertaining friends at home, traveling, and could eat sushi every day of the week.

Lauren Sahli, Esq.

Trial Attorney

OC Team

Law School: Chapman University School of Law
California Bar: 2013

Ms. Sahli has devoted her legal career to workers’ compensation defense. She looks forward to being part of the future of legal and improving the workers’ compensation system in California. In her free time Ms. Sahli enjoys spending time with her family, listening to country music, and dancing like no one is watching.

Shauna Salehi, Esq.

Trial Attorney

FRE Team

Law School: Loyola Law School
California Bar: 2014

Shauna Salehi is an Associate Attorney at the Gilson Daub Fresno office. Ms. Salehi’s practice is focused on all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation. Ms. Salehi strives to provide aggressive and efficient representation in every single case and quickly move cases towards resolution. Ms. Salehi enjoys working closely with clients, while engaging in clear communication. In her spare time, Ms. Salehi enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking and outdoor activities.

Jennifer Santana, Esq.

Assistant Managing Attorney

VEGAS Team

Law School: Roger Wiliams University School of Law
California Bar: 2016

Jennifer is an associate attorney for the Gilson Daub Las Vegas office. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University where she majored in Political Science and International Studies. Jennifer received her Juris Doctor from Roger William University School of Law. While in law school, Jennifer completed a summer clerkship with the Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Prior to joining Gilson Daub, Jennifer practiced insurance defense where she gained experience in complex litigation matters.

Armen Shakoorian, Esq.

Trial Attorney

BAK Team

Law School: California Western School of Law
California Bar: 2017

Armen Shakoorian has practiced law exclusively in the field of Workers’ Compensation Insurance Defense. With a strong background in business, Armen’s focus is heavy on efficiency, negotiations, and case settlement. Serving his clients in the quickest and most effective way while achieving the best results is his top priority. He earned his bachelors degree in Political Science, minoring in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, an MBA from San Diego State University, and his JD from California Western School of Law. During his off time, he enjoys exercise & fitness, archery, and chess.

Raheleh Shokrollahi, Esq.

Trial Attorney

SFV Team

Law School: Whittier Law School
California Bar: 2011

Raheleh Shokrollahi has been litigating cases before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board since 2011. Ms. Shokrollahi is passionate about justice, and expeditiously getting results for her clients. She also enjoys music, going to concerts, hiking, and art.

Trevor Simonson, Esq.

Trial Attorney

FRE Team

Law School: San Joaquin College of Law
California Bar: 2013

Trevor Simonson has been working in the field of Workers' Compensation defense since 2012 when he started as a hearing representative primarily resolving liens. After being admitted to the California State Bar in 2014, he began handling all facets of workers' compensation claims and developing relationships with clients built on trust and open communication. His style of case handling is ideally suited for the Gilson Daub philosophy of moving cases to resolution as efficiently as possible.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf whenever time allows.

Edward Tsui, Esq.

Trial Attorney

OC Team

Law School: Boston University School of Law
California Bar: 2014

Edward Tsui is an aggressive litigator who has won multiple “take nothings” at trial. He values strong communication with clients and the expeditious resolution of cases. During law school, he competed in moot court and negotiation competitions. Before he was a lawyer, Ed was also a professional musician and a published fashion photographer. Now, he enjoys watching baseball, going to concerts, and romantic dinners with his beautiful wife.

Derek Turbin, Esq.

Managing Attorney

HI Team

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.

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