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Erik D. Wachowiak

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Tel#: (858) 874-2449
Email: Erik.Wachowiak@PHGlaw.com
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Professional Experience:
Prior to attending law school, Erik worked as a biologist at a San Diego startup biotechnology company. After law school he worked for the San Diego District Attorney’s Child Support Enforcement division. He then spent several years as a workers' compensation defense attorney. Erik joined the firm in 2003. Erik specializes in handling complex workers' compensation cases on behalf of self-insured and high retention employers. Erik has had much success litigating in multiple southern California District Offices of the WCAB. He has also obtained numerous favorable arbitration awards.

Personal:
While at UCSD Erik was a member of the intercollegiate swim team, competing in the 1991 NCAA Division III swimming championships. Erik and his wife Karen are the proud parents of son Evan.

Areas of Practice:
Workers’ Compensation Law
Labor Code Section 132a
Serious & Willful Allegations
Subrogation
Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

Specializations:

Chair/Leader – Food Service Industry Committee
representing leading food service brands

Chair/Leader – Sports and Entertainment Committee
representing NFL and other major league sports teams

Recent Articles & Lectures:
“Liens – Take Nothing”

Education
• University of San Diego School of Law – Juris Doctorate
• University of California, San Diego – Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

Distinctions/Career Highlights:

  • California Certified Workers’ Compensation Law Specialist
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office