Robert Grethel, Esq.
Robert Grethel, Esq., graduated cum laude from the Pepperdine University School of Law, and received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine’s Strauss Institute.
While at Pepperdine, he served as the Associate Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review, and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Law Honor Society.
As an undergraduate, Robert attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he majored in International Relations, with a minor in Philosophy. He then worked as an intern for the United Nations in New York City, where he developed unique problem solving and negotiating skills.
Jeremy M. Shatzer, Esq.
Jeremy M. Shatzer, Esq., graduated cum laude from the Pepperdine University School of Law. While at Pepperdine, he served as an Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review, and competed both regionally and nationally for Pepperdine’s interschool Competition Trial Teams.
As an undergraduate, Jeremy attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he majored in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations.
His practice is focused on the defense of workers’ compensation claims. He is recognized as a highly effective trial attorney, specializing in the enforcement of his client’s Medical Provider Networks.
Karri L. Fischer, Esq.
Karri L. Fischer, Esq., is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, where she also obtained a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution.
Before joining the firm, Karri worked for the in-house law firm of Mercury Insurance Company, where she obtained extensive experience in the investigation and litigation of injury claims.
Karri has also worked as a mediator for the Los Angeles and Ventura County Superior Courts. Her experience as a mediator is extremely useful in the early and cost-effective resolution of claims.
Callen Sheller Johnson, Esq.
Callen Sheller Johnson, Esq., received her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she obtained a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute, and a certification from the Geoffrey H. Palmer Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Law.
Prior to obtaining her Juris Doctorate, Callen obtained Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Psychology, also from Pepperdine University.
Prior to joining the firm, Callen worked as a lien representative appearing at hundreds of WCAB hearings, the experience gave her a great foundation for her work as a defense attorney.
Marla B. Shah, Esq.
Marla B. Shah, Esq. received her Juris Doctorate from Mc George School of Law. While at Mc George, she earned Top Moot Court Honors and Trial Advocacy Honors. She attended UCLA and has a double major in Political Science and Art History. She obtained her art history degree from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. Marla is an accomplished civil litigation attorney and workers’ compensation attorney who a senior associate attorney in our worker’s compensation department. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Law Professor at National University and College of the Canyons.
Paul Lee, Esq.
Paul Lee, Esq., graduated from the Pepperdine University School of Law. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of California, San Diego, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology. His education provides him with a unique perspective and understanding of medical issues giving him added insight when defending workers’ compensation claims.
Prior to joining the firm, Paul worked as a lien representative throughout southern California and his extensive legal writing history includes over 50 Petitioner’s Opening Briefs to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Susan K. Laffer, Esq.
Susan K. Laffer, Esq., (Of Counsel) specializes in advising employers regarding employment-related issues, conducting workplace investigations, providing management training, developing policies and resolving disputes by litigating and/or engaging in alternative dispute resolution. Susan works with clients to make well-informed, thoughtful decisions, implement proactive measures and reach effective resolutions that take into consideration.
Leslie Van Aken, Esq.
Leslie Van Aken, Esq., earned her juris doctor from Santa Clara University’s School of Law. While earning her degree, she clerked for Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto where she also served on the Board of Directors alongside the general counsels and partners of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies and law firms. She also clerked for the Santa Cruz District Attorney’s Office with their misdemeanor and consumer fraud units.
Prior to attending law school, Leslie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. While there, Leslie helped found the Mock Trial team, serving as teaching assistant, team captain, and leading the team to the National Competition at Stetson University in its second and third years.
Arman Shirinian, Esq.
Arman Shirinian, Esq.,earned his Juris Doctorate from the Pepperdine University School of Law. During his time in law school, Arman volunteered with the Labor, Equity, and Performance Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court, exposing him to various aspects of employment litigation. Arman also helped provide free representation in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service through the Pepperdine Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, and served as a Judicial Extern in both the Probate and Civil Departments of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Prior to obtaining his Juris Doctorate, Arman attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations.
Peter Sandhu, Esq.
Peter Sandhu, Esq., earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Masters of Degree in Diplomacy and International Studies from Seton Hall University. Peter obtained a Pro Bono Certificate of Merit, and Academic Achievement Awards in “No Fault” and “Enterprise Liability.” While in law school, he also received a Best Oral Advocate Award and participated in the McLennon Honors Moot Court Competition. Peter is licensed to practice law throughout California and is a member of the Ventura and Fresno County Bar Associations, as well as the American Bar Association.
Danielle C. Pauljohn, Esq.
Danielle C. Pauljohn, Esq., is an experienced Workers Compensation defense attorney known for her balanced approach between assertiveness and diplomacy. Danielle joined Friedman + Bartoumian after working as in-house counsel with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, during which time she developed an intimate understanding of the perspective and needs of insurers and their employer clients. Danielle is an active and recognized member of the legal community. She has served on the Hall of Fame committee for the Langston Bar Association and is a member of the Langston Bar Association and the Black Women Lawyers Association. Danielle obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton. Danielle is licensed to practice before the State and Courts of California and regularly appears at all WCAB venues throughout California.