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Erik W

Erik D. Wachowiak

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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.

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
Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act


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”

• 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