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Ms. LaMar, represents self-insured employers, third-party administrators and corporations in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense.
Before joining Michael Sullivan & Associates, she was an Attorney for Bernal & Robbins in North Hills, where she represented employers, insurance carriers and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation defense. She established and maintained productive relationships with all parties, including administrative law judges, the state Employment Development Department and Child Support Services. She analyzed medical records, witness statements and client exposure in the course of defining litigation strategy, and appeared before WCABs throughout Southern California.
Ms. LaMar was an Attorney for McNamara & Drass in Orange, also representing the defense in workers’ compensation matters. She developed a profound familiarity with AMA guides, as well as particular expertise deposing and cross-examining medical professionals. As a Staff Attorney for Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza in Long Beach, Ms. LaMar managed a large caseload of workers’ compensation applicant claims. The experience informed her later work for the defense with a greater understanding of workers’ compensation law. Before joining that firm’s staff, she was a Contract Attorney who specialized in defending applicant depositions.
As a Staff Attorney for the Consumer Protection Assistance Coalition in Santa Ana, Ms. LaMar oversaw civil litigation for the nonprofit law clinic. She managed nonattorney negotiators and paralegals in drafting documents and preparing case management statements. She represented clients in unlawful detainer matters, and conducted intake interviews, negotiated settlements and assisted with bankruptcy filings.
Ms. LaMar holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Westminster in London, England, where she served in the equivalent of the British Student Council and received numerous merits writing about disputes and conflict resolution. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, where she earned a Certificate in Comparative and International Law and two CALI (computer-assisted legal instruction) awards. She also received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Ms. LaMar received a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she tutored college students in Latin and spent a summer studying in Greece.