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Our Team

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Thomas A. Richard | Partner

Thomas A. Richard | Partner

Thomas A. Richard, senior partner at RTGR Law LLP, has over 20 years of experience and specializes in the defense of cities, counties and school districts  in complex Workers’ Compensation claims and appeals, disability accommodations and the interactive process, and safety officer leaves, retirements, benefits and grievances.

Tom holds the highest (AV) rating by legal publisher Martindale Hubbell and is the author of Workers’ Compensation Laws: California, a Q&A guide for employers and attorneys published by Thomson Reuters.

Tom has served as an expert witness, pro tem judge and instructor at the Insurance Educational Association (IEA). He has been a Certified Specialist by State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization, since 1999. In 2010, he was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Law Advisory Commission.  In 2013, Tom became chairman of the Commission and a Legal Specialization boardmember.

Tom received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and his Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. He is a native of the New Orleans area. He is a frequent public speaker and has had the honor of officiating several weddings of family and friends.

Anders M. Thorson | Partner

Anders M. Thorson | Partner

Anders Thorson, a partner at RTGR Law LLP, has represented a wide range of clients, both public and private, and has extensive experience litigating all aspects of Workers’ Compensation law. He is a Certified Specialist by State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization and his litigation experience includes successful fraud investigations and referrals resulting in prosecutions.

In addition, Anders frequently counsels insurance companies, third party administrators, and employers in their obligations under the applicable state Labor Codes and Administrative Regulations.

Anders received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In addition, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from Miami University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and competing in triathlons.

Daniel E. Graves | Partner

Daniel E. Graves | Partner

Dan Graves, a partner at RTGR Law LLP, has expertise in ensuring compliance with Workers’ Compensation policies and has successfully tried a wide variety of cases at the WCAB, OAH and other agencies. He is a Certified Specialist by State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization and has successfully defended employers against Labor Code 132(a) claims.

Dan frequently provides technical assistance to his clients through in person trainings where his clients benefit from the most up-to-date legal information. Dan Graves was selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Dan holds a Juris Doctor degree and Tax Concentration Certificate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He was also a member of Hastings’ Constitutional Law Quarterly. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Dan enjoys golf and is one of the few remaining Oakland A’s fans.

Kyle C. Royer | Partner

Kyle C. Royer | Partner

Kyle Royer, a partner at RTGR Law LLP, has successfully litigated and mediated a variety of claims, including Labor Code 132(a) claims, subrogation, appellate briefings and presumption defense claims. He is a Certified Specialist by State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization.

Kyle enjoys speaking to various groups of attorneys, insurance companies, third party administrators and employers on related issues and advises his clients regarding how to mitigate damages and the best litigation strategies.

Kyle received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Royer enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball and running.

Dean Tompkins | Partner

Dean Tompkins | Partner

Dean Tompkins, a partner at RTGR Law LLP, is a Certified Specialist by State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization.  He obtained his bachelors degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University, where he graduated with honors.

In addition to practicing workers’ compensation law since 1991, Dean regularly conducts training seminars for claims personnel, employers and defense attorneys. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alameda County Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, and Diablo Valley Industrial Claims Association.  Dean represents employers directly on Labor Code Section 132a claims and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims and has special expertise in defending public entities, including school districts and local government agencies.

When not working, Dean enjoys spending time with his family and working to keep up his claim that he is still faster than his two teenage boys.

 

Karen A. Course | Senior Associate

Karen A. Course | Senior Associate

With 20 years experience as a Workers’ Compensation defense attorney, Karen’s practice has encompassed a wide variety of challenging cases. She has represented self-insured employers as well as insurance carriers in both northern and southern California. She handles all aspects of cases from inception through post trial, including appellate briefings. She has successfully defended employers against both Labor Code Section 132(a) claims and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims.

Karen received her Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University and is graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts.

Chantal M. Thomas | Senior Associate

Chantal M. Thomas | Senior Associate

Chantal Thomas is an attorney handling litigation in Southern California.  She is an associate with experience litigating cases, negotiating settlements and resolving high-exposure lien claims. She has drafted and won Petitions for Reconsideration. She has also drafted and filed Petitions for Writ of Review with the California Court of Appeal. Although she works in Southern California, she has experience with claims at WCAB locations across California.

Chantal received her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego. She enjoys cooking, traveling and playing tennis.

 

Lauren Moniz Zalona | Associate

Lauren Moniz Zalona | Associate

Lauren Moniz Zalona is an associate and has represented both private and public employers. She is experienced in conducting discovery, determining cost-effective strategies for settlement, drafting trial briefs and appeals, and appearing before the WCAB at conferences and trials.

Lauren is a contributor to Workers’ Compensation Laws: California, a Q&A guide to workers’ compensation law for employers published by Thomson Reuters.

Lauren received her Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University School of Law and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the San Jose State University. Lauren enjoys painting, cooking, exercise and reading science.

Angie J. Lee | Associate

Angie J. Lee | Associate

Angie Lee is an associate representing employers, third party administrators, and insurance companies in all aspects of Workers’ Compensation litigation.  Ms. Lee is experienced at taking and defending testimony of applicants, doctors, and third-party witnesses at deposition.  She appears at the WCAB all throughout California for Mandatory Settlement Conferences, Expedited Hearings, and Trials.  She was nominated by her peers as a rising star for Northern California Super Lawyers in 2013 and 2014.

Ms. Lee holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Angie enjoys golf, Jeopardy, and traveling.

Sean Juarez | Associate

Sean Juarez | Associate

Sean Juarez is an associate who has appeared before the WCAB throughout California.  He has experience with trial preparation, negotiating settlements, and conducting depositions.

Sean graduated cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and holds a Tax Concentration Certificate.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated magna cum laude.  While in law school, Sean was a member of the top-ranked Hastings Moot Court Team.  Sean enjoys cooking with his family.

Chris R. Strand  |  Associate

Chris R. Strand | Associate

Chris Strand is an associate attorney who has represented employers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board throughout California. He has experience litigating claims, negotiating settlements and has conducted numerous depositions.

Chris received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History from the University of California, Davis. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, golfing and following Major League Baseball.

Kristin L. Bergesen  |  Associate

Kristin L. Bergesen | Associate

Kristin Bergesen is an Associate Attorney primarily handling the Sacramento and Stockton areas, although she has represented clients at other WCAB locations throughout Northern California as well.  She has over 7 years experience litigating complex cases, negotiating settlements, resolving lien claims, deposing applicants, doctors, and witnesses, and successfully defending Petitions for Reconsideration.

Kristin earned her Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles.  She enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, and volunteer work.

Henry J. Gage III | Associate

Henry J. Gage III | Associate

Henry J. Gage III is an associate attorney who has appeared before the WCAB on a variety of issues. He has experience litigating claims, negotiating settlements, and conducting depositions. Henry is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University, and he serves on the Student Life Committee in his capacity as the University’s Young Alumnus Trustee.

Henry earned his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University’s School of Law, and he holds a certificate in High Tech Law and Corporate Law from Santa Clara’s High Tech Law Institute. While in law school, Henry served as President of Santa Clara’s Student Bar Association and as an associate with the Santa Clara Law Review. Henry also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Santa Clara University.

Henry enjoys abstract art, stand-up comedy, and is an avid soccer fan who thinks it makes more sense to start calling it football.

Patrick J. Thacher | Associate

Patrick J. Thacher | Associate

Patrick Thacher is an associate attorney with RTGR Law LLP.  He has represented employers on numerous matters before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.  He has experience litigating claims, negotiating settlements, and conducting depositions.

Patrick earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  While in law school, Patrick competed both nationally and internationally with Hastings’ esteemed Alternative Dispute Resolution Team.  He also received the Witkin Award in both Public Lands and Administrative Law.

In his free time, Patrick enjoys climbing, and spending time in the mountains.

Sean M. Lukins | Associate

Sean M. Lukins | Associate

Sean Lukins is an Associate Attorney who represents employers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. He has experience drafting trial and appellate briefs, conducting depositions and negotiating settlements.

Sean received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where his coursework focused on employment law. While in law school, Sean earned a Moot Court award for “Best Oral Advocate.” Sean received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Prior to joining  RTGR Law LLP, Sean worked as a law clerk for various workers’ compensation law firms and acquired a comprehensive understanding of the workers’ compensation system to leverage as a defense attorney. He enjoys rock climbing, hiking and music production.

Gemma Mondala  |  Of Counsel

Gemma Mondala | Of Counsel

Gemma Mondala, Of Counsel at RTGR Law LLP, has several years of civil litigation experience before state and federal courts in Nevada and California. She has been selected by her peers as a SuperLawyer Rising Star. Her practice includes the defense of for-profit, non-profit and public entity clients in employment, business tort, and general liability related matters.  She also presents to various groups, from attorneys to insurance adjusters to business professionals, regarding strategies to resolve claims and avoid litigation.

Gemma currently serves as the Board President for Bindlestiff Studio, a non-profit performing arts theater in San Francisco. She is also a former board member of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California and founding member of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association.

Gemma holds a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law.  She also received her Masters in Media Management from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Business and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.  She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, in Political Science.  Gemma enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling and cheering on Bay Area sports teams.