For over 30 years, Harrison, Eichenberg and Murphy LLP, has been a premier defense firm representing major employers and insurance clients in litigated workers’ compensation matters throughout Southern California. We accept the challenge of providing creative, personalized service and aggressive legal strategies to minimize our clients’ costs, irrespective of the complexity or magnitude of the claim.
We work in tandem with our clients to develop the best litigation strategy to bring a claim to a quick and successful conclusion.
Our philosophy applies to claims whether the value is a few thousand or millions of dollars. It is our experience that the quick resolution of disputed issues is in the best interests of our clients.
Recognizing that a good defense sometimes starts even before an injury, we have also partnered with numerous employers to assist in the development of best practices, to avoid employee injuries, or to recognize how to contain costs, before a claim becomes litigated.
We work in tandem with our clients to develop the best litigation strategy to bring a claim to a quick and successful conclusion. As such, we believe that regular communication is one of the keys to successful claims handling. Using various forms of technology, we have developed ways for our clients to get in touch with our attorneys and support staff at any time. We make it our policy to timely respond to all communication.
All our attorneys have considerable experience in the defense of workers’ compensation claims, and have excellent rapport with applicants’ attorneys, WCAB Judges and staff. These relationships further assist in the timely resolution of claims.
HARRISON, EICHENBERG & MURPHY LLP
David H. Imoto
David Imoto is a Partner and manager of the Orange County office. David graduated magna cum laude from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor with Scholastic Merit from Western State University, College of Law in Fullerton, California. He returned to Western State as an Adjunct Professor teaching courses in Oral Advocacy and Academic Probation.
David joined Harrison, Eichenberg & Murphy as an associate attorney in March 2003 and is currently the managing partner in the Orange County office. Prior to this, he also worked in the Orange County Department of Child Support Services and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Outside of the office, he enjoys traveling, cooking, and running.
Jayme R. Kramer
Jayme Kramer is a Partner and manager of the Los Angeles/Ventura County office. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge in 2001, and her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in 2004. While in law school, she was a member of the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas in 2003 and 2004.
Jayme joined Harrison, Eichenberg & Murphy in 2005 as an Associate Attorney, bringing her prior litigation experience to the firm. Since then, she has worked with some of the state’s largest employers and insurance companies to aggressively litigate complex workers’ compensation cases to successful resolution. In 2011, she became a partner in our Los Angeles/Ventura County office.
In her spare time she likes to read, cook, and spend time with family and friends.
Marlin D. Wall
Marlin Wall is a Partner and manager of the Los Angeles/Ventura County office. Marlin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.
Marlin began his law practice as a civil litigator in Insurance Defense. He conducted numerous jury trials and over 200 arbitrations. He has also served as a Mediator for cases filed with the Ventura County Superior Court, and spent 3 years in an Appellate practice. In 2013 he brought that experience to the defense of major employers and insurance companies.
In his spare time, Marlin enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and kayaking.
Deborah L. Gilman
Deborah Gilman is a Senior Associate Attorney in the Orange County Office. Deborah graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1980. She then graduated from Pepperdine School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983.
Initially she worked as an Associate for a product liability defense firm she had clerked for throughout law school. In 1984, Deborah joined a private defense firm in Thousand Oaks where she received her first experience with the California workers’ compensation system. She relocated to Orange County in 1989, and in 2000, she joined Harrison, Eichenberg & Murphy. Deborah continues to represent employers and insurance companies in the workers’ compensation system.
Deborah also holds a teaching credential in early education, has been married for almost 40 years and has two children. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.
Janet M. MacNeil
A military veteran, Janet MacNeil is a senior trial attorney in the Los Angeles/Ventura County office. Janet attended University of Maryland in Kaiserlautern, West Germany while on active duty with the United States Army. She graduated from Western State University in 1988, Cum Laude with her Juris Doctorate in Law. She served as the Notes and Comments Editor and Production Editor on the Law Review. She has practiced in criminal defense, civil defense, and has twenty years of experience in workers’ compensation defense.
Janet MacNeil has been an associate with Harrison, Eichenberg, and Murphy since July 2007. Prior to that she was an Assistant Managing Attorney for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, and a managing Attorney for Wausau & Nationwide Insurance.
In her spare time Janet is a volunteer with Kitty Hawk Squadron III, an Explorer Scout flying program at Whiteman Airport. She is a member of the 99′s (women pilots), Whiteman Airport Association, and Best Friends Society, an animal rescue organization. She also enjoys tending to her rose garden.
Anjoli C. Colar
Anjoli Colar is an Associate Attorney in the Los Angeles/Ventura County Office. Anjoli received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the U.C.L.A. in 2004 and her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2008.
Ms. Colar was a Staff member of and published student writer for the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary between 2006-2008 and a semifinalist in the Vincent S. Dalsimer Moot Court Competition, Regional Winner for Best Brief as well as a Nation Quarterfinalist in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.
In her spare time she likes to travel, read, write, sing, play the piano and practice photography and is an active member in her church community. She also keeps both sides of her brain sharp by tutoring junior high, high school and college students in math, science and standardized testing.
Nicole D. Locascio
Nicole Locascio is an Associate Attorney in the Los Angeles/Ventura County office. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree and subsequently received her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law. During law school, Nicole interned with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Disability Rights Legal Center. Prior to joining our firm, she was an associate attorney at a firm defending carriers and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation cases. She brought that experience to Harrison, Eichenberg & Murphy, and continues to successfully litigate workers’ compensation claims on behalf of our clients.
In her spare time, she enjoys estate sales, design, architecture from the 20s and 60s and all things vintage. She also enjoys spin classes and running.
Verenice V. Robertson
Verenice Robertson is an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Harrison, Eichenberg & Murphy in our firm’s Los Angeles/Ventura County office. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge before going on to earn her Juris Doctorate Degree from Southwestern Law School. Prior to joining HEM she was a Trial Attorney for Zenith Insurance Company.
Ms. Robertson represents third party administrators, insurance companies, self-insured entities, and employers in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
AUSTIN G. FUNK
Austin Funk is an Associate Attorney in the Orange County Office. Austin received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School in 2019 having previously completed his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in 2013. While in law school, Austin was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Professional Responsibility as well as Foreign Affairs and National Security.
Prior to joining Harrison, Eichenberg & Murphy, Austin worked as a Probate litigator serving the greater Los Angeles area. During this time, he represented beneficiaries and Trustees to resolve complex Trust and Probate issues.
Austin holds a teaching credential in Secondary Education and previously taught ESL in South Korea. Austin and his wife welcomed their first child in Fall 2020. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, travel, and tinkering with computers.
Matthew S. Sakla
Matthew Sakla is an Associate Attorney in the Los Angeles/Ventura County Office. Matthew graduated Valedictorian from The Southern California Institute of Law, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate Degrees.
During law school, Matthew was a Law Clerk with the Conflict Defense Associates, assisting in the defense of criminal cases primarily with juvenile clients and mental health crimes. Also, while in law school he was a Law Clerk for in-house counsel with the State Compensation Insurance Fund.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys fishing, gardening, and being outdoors.
Martina S. Williams
Martina Williams is an Associate Attorney in the Los Angeles/Ventura County Office. Martina graduated Cum Laude from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science. She then started working as a Business, Systems, and Data Analyst in the aerospace, healthcare and entertainment industries before attending Southwestern Law School as a Wildman/Schumacher Scholar, where she earned her Juris Doctor as a part-time evening student.
In her spare time, she likes to listen to music, play her guitar, attend live music events, travel, and write.
Patrick M. Murphy
A military veteran, a New York transplant, and a 1983 graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, Pat Murphy is a founding partner of Harrison, Eichenberg & Murphy. Pat’s law practice began in civil and criminal litigation involving dozens of jury trials in both State and Federal Court. In 1987, he brought that experience to the defense of major employers and insurance carriers.
Since then, he has conducted hundreds of trials before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and has successfully argued complex issues before the California Court of Appeals. He has provided seminars on numerous topics related to workers’ compensation and serves as the firm’s liaison for many of our insurance clients and national employers.
In his spare time, Pat runs an independent record label and music publishing company, manages a recording studio, works as a sound engineer for music venues, and plays guitar in a classic rock band.
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