Mr. Buch is a partner and certified specialist in the area of workers' compensation law. He has testified before the United States Congress on workers' compensation issues and chaired a Congressional Blue Ribbon Committee regarding asbestos injured workers.
- J.D., Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University (1973) Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
- M.S., University of Southern California (1970)
- B.A., University of Southern California (1969)
- Chairman, State Bar of California Law Advisory Commission
- Chairman of American Trial Lawyers Association, Workers' Compensation Section (1987)
- Former Member of the California State Bar Workers' Compensation Committee
- Former Member, Board of Governors, California Applicants' Attorneys Association
- Media Chairman, State and Federal Legislation Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section
- Lectured extensively before California Self Insurers Association, Merchants & Manufacturers Association, and National Managed Health Care Congress
- Presented seminars for National Business Institute and Conference Development, Inc.
- Addressed American Trial Lawyers at their National Convention on numerous occasions
- J.D., Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University (1973) Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law
- “The Role of an Occupational Variant in Determining Permanent Disability under California Workers’ Compensation Law,” 15 California Western Law Review 369, January 1980
- “The Political Prisoner Syndrome,” 20 Crime and Delinquency 2, April 1974
Jack Costello has been practicing law since 1988. He is a licensed attorney in both California and Massachusetts, and is also a certified specialist in workers' compensation by the California state bar. Mr. Costello is a graduate of Villanova University and New England School of law, cum laude.
Attorney Costello has been counsel in several high profile cases that have been reported in the media, case law reporters and legal journals. All of these cases are still used in law school text books today and are studied by law students throughout the country:
- Commonwealth v. Pavoa (murder case overturned on appeal due to prosecutorial misconduct)
- Curran v. City of Boston (federal civil rights case defining unconstitutional policies and practices of police and city)
- Solorio v Andreini (defining homeowners liability in workers' compensation cases)
- Guzman v. City of Milpitas (held that physicians are allowed to give injured workers increased permanent disability)
Mr. Costello’s current practice focuses on legal issues surrounding workers’ compensation, wage & hour disputes, labor and employment law, and personal injury. He is an aggressive litigator and has been recognized for his intelligent legal strategies, the ability to develop compelling evidence, and his track record of maximizing financial recovery. As a seasoned trial attorney, Mr. Costello is always ready to argue before a judge or jury, if that is the best option for his client.
Before joining our law firm, Mr. Costello practiced law for many years in the Boston area. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and is active in the community. He has coached his children's soccer and softball teams, and served as a deacon in a local church.
JUSTIN R. FARHANG
Justin R. Farhang began his career with Kegel, Tobin & Truce in 2010, becoming a Shareholder in January of 2015. He represents employers and their respective insurance carriers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, with an emphasis on public entities and safety member claims. Aside from being an exemplary counselor, Mr. Farhang is a popular speaker at client training sessions and seminars on workers’ compensation issues.
Experience: During law school Mr. Farhang clerked for the Honorable Andrew C. Kauffman of the Superior Court in Torrance, and for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, Police Litigation Section. After law school, Mr. Farhang was a sole practitioner, focusing on construction litigation in 2009.
Education: Mr. Farhang earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of California at Irvine in 2005. He received his law degree from Southwestern Law School in 2009.
Bar Admissions: California, 2010
United States District Court for the Central District of California, 2010
KENNETH A. KINGDON
Kenneth Kingdon is licensed to practice law in California and New York, and is a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation by the State Bar of California. He received his license as a Certified Public Accountant in New York before relocating to California. He earned a J.D. from New York Law School and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego.
He began his workers compensation career representing injured workers, and subsequently worked as a claims examiner for Sedgwick CMS where he earned his SIP certificate. He has worked as a defense attorney for Floyd, Skeren & Kelly and for the Law Offices of Thomas Maupin. Mr. Kingdon was named as one of California's "Super Lawyers" in workers compensation in 2005. He has also worked as a Judge Pro Tem for the Workers Compensation Appeals Board.
Mr. Kingdon was a consultant to the American Medical Association for their joint continuing education program with the American Bar Association on the Sixth Edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, the Sixth Edition workbooks, and was a reviewer for the Sixth Edition.
He is the author of the AMA publication, A Medical-Legal Companion to the AMA Guides, Using the Guides as Intended, and Controversies in California Workers Compensation Rating. He is also he publisher and editor of the Kingdon Rating Newsletter, and is frequent lecturer on disability rating issues.
ANTHONY J. MACAULEY
In November 1988, Anthony J. Macauley, Kegel, Tobin & Truce, began his 25-year career in workers’ compensation defense at Hanna Brophy where he remained until just prior to his arrival at Kegel, Tobin & Truce. Tony is the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Committee. In May of 2014 Mr. Macauley joined Kegel, Tobin & Truce as an associate. Like the majority of the attorneys at Kegel, Tobin & Truce, Tony represents the interests of insured employers and their carriers in the defense of matters before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
Education: Mr. Macauley earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. He received his law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1986.
Bar Admissions: California , 1987
Honors, Awards, Memberships:
Former President, California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, State Bar of California, 1995-Present
HON. W. KEARSE MCGILL
Judge McGill was presiding judge of the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Stockton prior to his appointment to the State Bar Court’s hearing department in May 2015. As a workers’ compensation judge, he oversaw the processing of workers’ compensation claims and resolved disputes over claims for benefits. Prior to that, he was counsel for applicants and defense counsel in private practice. McGill is a graduate of the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and Clemson University in South Carolina.
Kenny practices in the areas of workers’ compensation law and disability retirement law. He is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in workers’ compensation law, has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each year since 2010, and has a “Superb” 10.0 rating by Avvo. He is the immediate past chair of the State Bar of California’s Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee, and also serves on the Board of Representatives of the California Lawyers Association, the second largest voluntary association of attorneys in the country.
Kenny lectures extensively on the topics of workers’ compensation law and disability retirement law. He is a contributing author and editor for the California WCAB Noteworthy Decisions Reporter published by LexisNexis, the California Workers’ Compensation Practice Guide published by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) and the Employment Litigation Practice Guide published by the Rutter Group. He additionally serves as an editorial board member for Mathew Bender & Company, Inc., a volunteer staff attorney for Legal Aid at Work, and a volunteer coach for the UC Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.
Kenny obtained his juris doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2003. While at Hastings, Kenny was an editor for the Constitutional Law Quarterly, and was also a judicial extern for the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, formerly of the United States District Court.
In his spare time, Kenny volunteers as a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. He is currently raising his twelfth guide dog puppy, a Black Labrador named Geode.
Jay Shergill has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation and has been practicing in the area of Workers’ Compensation before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board since 2002. Mr. Shergill now represents insurance companies, third party administrators, and self-insured employers as a defense attorney with the law firm of Coleman, Chavez & Associates.
Mr. Shergill was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee of the California State Bar in 2009 and served for six years. He was selected to the Northern California Rising Stars in 2011 and 2012 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Shergill edits, updates, and contributes to the California Workers’ Compensation Practice Guides section on permanent disability, Herlick's California Workers' Compensation Handbook, and the disability tables in the Workers’ Comp Laws of California.
Mr. Shergill is a published author in the field of robotics, builds robots in his spare time, and is the founder of PDRater.com an online resource for MPN lists, workers' compensation calculators, and other resources for the workers' compensation professional.
Mr. Skaggs joined PacificComp in 2005 as Managing Attorney, building and overseeing its statewide, in-house litigation department. He was appointed Assistant Vice President, Legal in 2014. Prior to joining PacificComp, David was managing partner at Frank, Skaggs & Kosta. He began his career in the workers’ compensation field at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.
David received his J.D. degree from the University of La Verne, College of Law and received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the California State Bar Association’s Board of Legal Specialization and he is a member of the State Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee and the California Workers’ Compensation Institute’s Legal Committee. David is a frequent lecturer on workers’ compensation issues and author of various workers’ compensation and employment law articles.
Mr. Stephens is the managing partner of the Los Angeles county office. Mr. Stephens received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2005. Mr. Stephens began working for the firm as a calendar clerk in the Central Coast office shortly after graduating from Westmont College in 2001 with a B.S. in Psychology. He continued to work with Tobin·Lucks throughout his law school career, with the exception of the time he spent at Fordham Law School in New York City. Mr. Stephens has passed both the New York and California Bar exams. Mr. Stephens is a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law.