Founding Partner

Brent M. Daub, Esq.

Senior Partner and Founder

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, Missouri and Hawaii has provided an exciting opportunity to serve our clients.”

Brent obtained his Jurist Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2002. In addition to his law degree, Brent has also obtained a Masters’ Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. He is married and has four children.

Regional Partners

Danielle Cervantes, Esq.

Regional Partner Northern California

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.

Regional Partner Southern California

OC 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.

Local Office Partners

Kristi J. Robles, Esq.

Local Office Partner and Managing Attorney Sacramento

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.

Nicholas Rosen, Esq.

Local Office Partner and Managing Attorney San Jose

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.

Adriana Maldonado, Esq.

Local Office Partner and Managing Attorney Fresno

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.

Alex Chien, Esq.

Local Office Partner and Managing Attorney Long Beach

WLA 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.

Matt Smith, Esq.

Local Office Partner and Managing Attorney Las Vegas


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.

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