Founding Friends Dream Big

The Gilson Daub Story

Brent Daub and Dan Gilson began this journey wanting to build a defense firm that would change workers’ compensation in California for the better. They had seen businesses and insurers leave California due to high premiums and higher reserves. They had seen injured workers stuck in a less than perfect court system that was plagued with abuse and delay on all sides. With the help of some very talented friends, Brent and Dan set out to streamline the defense side of Workers’ Compensation litigation in California by moving claims quickly and aggressively through the WC court system.

Gilson Daub was born from humble beginnings in an alley office in San Clemente, but with the energy and dedication of an awesome team of attorneys and support staff they have grown and fostered a culture of honor. With forward thinking, efficiency and innovation, Gilson Daub has gained favor and trust with the best employers, the best insurers, the best brokers and the best TPAs across the U.S.

With the addition of Diana Tsudik, Thu Do and Kristi Robles, Gilson Daub is positioned to remain the firm that clients prefer and employees are proud of. Partners at Gilson Daub provide a shining example of the model standard of professionalism and client-centric devotion to excellence. Diana Tsudik is partner and managing attorney for our West LA office, Thu Do is partner and managing attorney for the San Fernando Valley office and Kristi Robles is partner and managing attorney for the Sacramento office.

Senior Partner and Founder: Brent Daub


Partner and Managing Attorney: Diana Tsudik


Partner and Managing Attorney: Thu Do


Partner and Managing Attorney: Kristi J. Robles


Partner and Managing Attorney: Jesse Salazar


Partner and Managing Attorney: Danielle Cervantes


Retired Partner: Daniel Gilson

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.

Diana Tsudik, Esq.

Partner and Managing Attorney

WLA Team

Law School: University of La Verne
California Bar: 2002

Diana Tsudik is the Managing Attorney for the West Los Angeles office of Gilson Daub. With a business litigation background, she has experience with Federal, State and Workers’ Compensation matters. Ms. Tsudik aims to reach clients' objectives, whether by settlement or trial, in the most cost-effective manner. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, travel and spending time with her family.

Thu Anh Do, Esq.

Partner and Managing Attorney

SFV Team

Law School: Western State College of Law
California Bar: 2007

Ms. Do has been a practicing attorney for many years with experience in both the Civil and Worker’s Compensation Courts throughout the state. Her experience includes work on both the applicant/plaintiff and defense side, allowing her to provide a unique perspective on case handling. Ms. Do enjoys providing her clients with efficient and aggressive work to ensure that a case is moving forward towards closure in the most cost effective manner, but still providing the best service to her clients. During her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and traveling the world.

Kristi J. Robles, Esq.

Partner & 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.

Danielle Cervantes, Esq.

Partner and Managing Attorney

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.

Partner and Managing Attorney

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.

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