Hearing RepresentativesLien Unit
Fabiano Castro & Clem, LLP
Steve Fabiano is a Workers' Compensation Certified Specialist. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA degree in Finance and obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School in 1983. A member of the State Bar of California since 1983, his main practice for the past 20 years is in workers' compensation, primarily defending employers and insurance companies. He has extensive experience as a civil litigator, including 3 jury trials and well over 100 arbitrations, in matters involving automobile personal injury, uninsured motorist, premises liability and insurance bad faith. Mr. Fabiano has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Court and as court-appointed arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Courts. He is a frequent speaker and instructor on workers' compensation matters at seminars and classes.
Mauricio Castro is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles with a BA degree in Political Science. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law. After admission to the bar, Mr. Castro has practiced Worker's Compensation since 2002 and is well versed in permanent disability ratings and utilization of the AMA Guidelines and interpretations of the physicians ACOEM terminology. Mr. Castro is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office.
Denise Lloyd Clem obtained her BA degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Business Administration and in Developmental Disabilities from UCLA in 1989. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School in 1992. She is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and the U.S. District Court for Central California. Ms. Clem has externed for the Honorable Kathleen P. March of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and has interned at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Her Workers' Compensation career includes the defense of bad faith actions, class actions and subrogation. She has extensive experience defending claims from initial filing through investigation, settlement and appeal. Ms. Clem is experienced in appellate level practice up to the California Supreme Court. Her blend of civil experience and workers' compensation experience make her especially suited to the defense and advisement of employers and insurers. Ms. Clem manages the firm's Orange County office.
Greg Piedlow joined the firm in October of 2010. He obtained his B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from UC Irvine in 2000 and graduated with honors from Michigan Law School in 2004. Prior to entering law school, he worked as a legal assistant at Morrison & Foerster, LLP. During law school, Mr. Piedlow externed for the Honorable Gary L. Taylor of the United Stated District Court, Central District of California. Upon graduation, he was is admitted to practice law in both California and Illinois, and worked for nearly four years as an associate in the Litigation Department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, recently named "Litigation Department of the Year" by The American Lawyer magazine. Since joining our firm, Mr. Piedlow has represented clients in the defense of all aspects of workers' compensation claims and has tried to conclusion numerous cases and specializes in AOE/COE hearings to mitigate litigation costs for frivolous claims.
Shannon S. Nakamoto joined the firm in November 2013. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in History from Cal Poly Pomona in 2009 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon in May 2012. She was admitted to the California State Bar in August 2013. While in law school, Shannon clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice, representing the state in child advocacy and dependency proceedings. She also clerked for the Washington County District Attorney's Office, prosecuting misdemeanor crimes, in Hillsboro, Oregon. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in construction litigation at a boutique firm in Covina, California. Shannon volunteers her time with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, St. Lucy's Priory High School, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Michael Asnis joined the firm in April of 2015. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 2010 and his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2014. He was admitted to the State Bar of California and to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in December of 2014. While in law school, Mr. Asnis won two CALI Excellence for the Future awards and clerked for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, where he represented the State in numerous court proceedings.
Ms. Yegan joined the firm in February 2016 as an Associate Attorney. She obtained a B.A. degree in Philosophy from UCLA in 2008 and graduated with a J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law in 2014 and with a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Straus Institute. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Yegan had worked as an associate in the field of civil litigation.
Daniel Fabiano is an associate at Fabiano Castro & Clem LLP. Daniel represents employers, carriers, and self-insured companies in all aspects of workers’ compensation claims before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board in California. Daniel earned his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School, having graduated in the top 10% of his class, and also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
Christopher Dombrowski has been "of counsel" to the firm since 2010. He obtained a BA degree from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School. As a member of both the California State Bar and the Texas State Bar, Mr. Dombrowski brings to the firm over 25 years of litigation experience having practiced in the fields of medical malpractice defense, personal injury litigation, criminal law, family law as well as worker's compensation.
Ms. DuBose is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Claims Professional who has been working in the workers’ compensation community since 1989. She has ample experience in both applicant and defense issues and has a strong medical and legal background. She has acquired status of Certified Hearing Representative through Association of Hearing Representatives of California and Certified Hearing Representative Advanced through WorkCompCentral. Additionally, Ms. DuBose has earned her California Medical Bill Review Credentials. She now devotes considerable time to management and direction of the Lien Unit, legal research projects and discovery. Ms. DuBose analyzes case files, prepares exhibits for hearings, lien trials and appears at the WCAB for lien hearings and walk throughs. She is proficient in evaluating, negotiating and resolving liens while taking into consideration defenses including issues relating to OMFS, MPN, MTUS/ACOEM guidelines and AOE/COE. Prior to joining our firm, Ms. DuBose had over 20 years of experience as a legal assistant in civil litigation.
Ms. Dienstbier works for the firm as a paralegal and hearing representative. She has worked in the workers' compensation field since December 2003 providing medical record reviews and deposition summaries. She works extensively valuing, negotiating, and resolving liens. She also compiles documents and prepares exhibits for court hearings and lien trials. She makes occasional appearances at the WCAB to cover lien hearings. Prior to working at the firm, Ms. Dienstbier had over 20 years of experience as a legal secretary in the civil litigation field. She also was an office manager for a medium size law firm of six attorneys and five secretarial staff.
Mr. Figuerres is a paralegal and hearing representative. He's worked in the field of Workers' Compensation since 1986 and held positions including Sr. Examiner, Assistant Supervisor and Supervisor with various carriers and third party administrators. Before joining the firm, he held the position of Litigation Analyst for 5 years with a large temporary staffing company. His job included assigning legal counsel, performing background investigations, monitoring claim litigation and valuing cases for settlement. Before entering the workers' compensation field, Mr. Figuerres served with distinction as a U.S. Army Ranger earning the very prestigious Airborne Ranger Tab. He served as a Squad Leader on 2 deployments to Central America.
In 2015 Kathy joined Fabiano Castro & Clem as a Paralegal/Hearing Representative in our Agoura Hills office. Most recently, Kathy worked at the Office of the Attorney General Department of Justice as a Legal Analyst in the Department of Appeals, Trials and Writs. Prior to that Kathy worked for many years in civil litigation in the areas of Environmental/Toxic Tort/Asbestos, Medical /Legal Malpractice and Labor/Employment to name a few.
Kathy is a member of California Alliance of Paralegals, Southern California Paralegal Network as well as a multi-gallon donor of Blood/Platelets at the American Red Cross, National Marrow Donor/Be The Match as well as a member of B.P.O.E. #672.
In her off time Kathy enjoys volunteering, spending time with friends and family, gardening, live music and playing 501 darts.
Tony Rodriguez has over a decade of workers’ compensation experience as a Hearing Representative. As a Hearing Representative he has the knowledge and understanding of the Labor Code, Code of Regulations, OMFS, ACOEM and MTUS. He has appeared before most judges throughout Southern California. His strongest qualities include bill review, negotiations and file analysis. Tony Rodriguez analyzes and prepares exhibits for court hearings and lien trials and appears at the WCAB for lien hearings.