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Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman Welcomes Christopher Herritt as Managing Attorney of Santa Ana Office

Santa Ana, CA – December 20, 2016 – Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman are pleased to welcome Christopher Herritt as the Managing Attorney of their Santa Ana, California office.

Christopher has been in the Workers’ Compensation field since passing the bar in 1995, working briefly as an applicant’s attorney, then exclusively as a defense attorney since 1999.  Christopher is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation.

In addition to handling the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims, Christopher handles discrimination claims under Labor Code section 132a and Serious and Willful Misconduct Petitions.  He has presented to employers, TPAs and trade associations on all aspects of Workers’ Compensation law.

Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman have 9 offices in California.

Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman – Santa Ana Office:  600 W. Santa Ana Blvd. , Suite 700; Santa Ana, California 92701; (714) 560-9806 direct

About Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman, A P.C.: With offices strategically placed throughout California, PHG strives to provide all California employers, third party administrators, municipalities and Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers with aggressive legal defense of Workers’ Compensation claims. Our office locations include Los Angeles, San Diego, Burlingame, Inland Empire, Orange County, Salinas, Sacramento, Oxnard and San Jose. Learn more by visiting

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Joseph Patrico has been invited to join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

San Diego, CA – August 18, 2015 – Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman is pleased to announce that Joseph Patrico, CEO and Managing Shareholder, has been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).  The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals, and attorneys.  Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense.  Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.

Prior to attending law school, Joe Patrico spent more than four years with Farmers Insurance Group and Republic Indemnity as a workers’ compensation claims examiner.  After law school graduation, Joe practiced plaintiffs’ employment law and general civil litigation. He then returned to the workers’ compensation community, where he focuses on workers’ compensation litigation and running the subrogation unit. Joe also serves as an arbitrator for workers’ compensation matters. A frequent speaker and lecturer, Joe currently serves as the CEO and Managing Shareholder of Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman.

About Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman, A P.C.: With offices strategically placed throughout California, PHG strives to provide all California employers, third party administrators, municipalities and workers’ compensation insurance carriers with aggressive legal defense of workers’ compensation claims.  Learn more by visiting

Media Contacts:
Sean Hermanson
Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman, A PC
(858) 874-2109 |

Susan Wisbey-Smith,
Communications Manager Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
(847) 317-9103 |

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Utilization Review & IMR: True Impact on Injured Workers/Employers by Joseph Patrico

In the fall of 2014, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) issued two decisions which drastically streamlined the medical treatment dispute resolution process and created a series of bright line rules. The decisions have drastically reduced the frequency of medical treatment decisions being made by Workers’ Compensation Judges (WCJs). However, the net effect may be an upward spike in administrative costs for employers, with being less treatment for injured workers and a legislative backlash.

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PHG Law’s very own, Martin Guzman will speak on May 7th at of CSOOC (the County Safety Officers’ Organization of California)

This annual networking and educational event will be held on May 5th through the 8th at Asilomar Conference Facilities in Monterey, California. Martin Guzman is scheduled to speak on Workers’ Compensation 101. Learn more.

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Join us at Workers’ Compensation & Occupational Health Conference on May 19th in San Marcos, CA

Palomar Health’s 6th Annual San Diego Workers’ Compensation Conference will be held Tuesday, May 19th at Cal State University San Marcos.  This annual event illustrates the great appetite San Diego employers have for education on workers’ compensation and the occupational health of their employees.  Registration will open up later this month. Our very own, Joseph Patrico will be speaking as well.

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