Workers’ Comp Defense From Former Claims Adjusters

At the California law firm of Sassano & Fleischer, our lawyers serve employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators and self-insured groups as they face the complexities associated with workers’ compensation injury claims.

In addition to 100 years of combined experience, our Bay Area lawyers worked for several years as claims adjusters. This unique layer of professional experience gives our attorneys the edge necessary to obtain the best outcome possible for our clients and a keen understanding of the unique demands placed on claims personnel. Further, as business owners, our attorneys understand the concerns and pressures faced by their business clients.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Apportionment
  • Jurisdiction
  • Practice Areas Overview
  • Labor Code 132a Defense
  • Serious and Willful Misconduct Defense
  • Uninsured Employers
  • Workers’ Compensation Subrogation
  • Psychiatric Injury

We understand that the bottom line is important to the success of a business and litigating a workers’ compensation case can be costly. By listening to our clients’ concerns and goals, we are able to prepare a case for the most favorable outcome possible. While many cases settle, we are prepared to vigorously defend a case in court, should the need arise. Call 925-962-6999 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

 Attorney Matthew Sassano

Matthew Sassano is the managing and founding partner in the Lafayette office of Sassano and Fleischer. His practice involves complex workers compensation litigation, with an exclusive emphasis on defense over the past 30 years. He currently represents numerous self insured companies, third party administrators and public entities, including the State of California Courts in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and the Self Insured Security Fund as well as insurance carriers and large retention insured corporations. He has also represented numerous companies in 132a and S&W litigation. He has litigated cases in all offices of the Workers Compensation Appeals Board throughout the State of California, primarily appearing in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Salinas, Sacramento and Stockton over the last 15 years. Routinely, he has been a guest lecturer on workers compensation developments, particularly on each workers compensation reform legislation since 1989. Mr. Sassano received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, and a law degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles in 1982. Mr. Sassano is a member of the California and New York bars and is certified as a specialist in Workers Compensation Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is an AV Rated attorney and selected as a Super Lawyer in 2005.


Attorney Brian Daniel Fleischer

Brian Fleischer is the managing shareholder of the Marin office of Sassano and Fleischer. He joined the firm in 2000 and has been a shareholder since 2005. His practice involves complex workers' compensation litigation, exclusively representing the defense over the last 13 years.  He represents a wide range of employers as well as third party administrators on behalf of self insured companies and the Self Insurer's Security Fund,  insurance carriers and public entities, such as the Superior Courts in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara. A significant part of his practice involves litigation concerning residential employee and independent contractor claims and asbestos defense. He appears regularly at offices of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Stockton, Sacramento, Santa Rosa and Salinas.  He has presented numerous client training seminars on workers' compensation developments.

Mr. Fleischer is actively involved in pro bono transactional services for physicians who contract with the Marin County Department of Health and Social Services, Vacaville State Prison and California Medical Facility and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice.

Mr. Fleischer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Arizona in 1990 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from John F. Kennedy School of  Law in 2000.  Prior to law school, Mr. Fleischer worked for several insurance carriers and claims administrators for 8½  years as a claims examiner and supervisor. Mr. Fleischer is certified as a legal specialist in Workers' Compensation law by the State Bar of California.  Mr. Fleischer is fluent (read, speak & write) in Spanish.


Attorney David A. Hill

Mr. Hill is an associate in the Lafayette office of Sassano and Fleischer. His practice involves complex workers’ compensation litigation.

His past practice has included applicant representation, and, for the last 15 years, defense work. He currently represents numerous self insured companies, third party administrators and public entities, including the State of California Courts in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and the Self Insured Security Fund as well as insurance carriers and large retention insured corporations. He has also represented numerous companies in 132a and S&W litigation. He has litigated cases in all northern California offices of the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, primarily appearing in Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento and Stockton and Salinas over the last 15 years.

He has been a guest lecturer on workers compensation developments and reform legislation.

Mr. Hill received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1966, and a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1970.

Mr. Hill is a member of the California State Bar and was previously certified as a specialist in Workers Compensation Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.


Attorney Andrew John Kerr

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 2010

Education:

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 2010
  • University of California, Davis, Davis, California
    • B.A. - 2007
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Communication 

Attorney Clark W. Patten

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1977

Education:

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • Juris Doctor - 1977
  • Claremont Mens College
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1972

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