Robert Havens is a native Californian. He has been an attorney since 1979 practicing workers’ compensation law since about 1982. He was a sole practitioner in Marina del Rey until December 2015. He continues as a sole practitioner with offices, in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, focusing primarily on the Marina del Rey workers’ compensation court. He has specialized in representing injured workers for over 30 years.
He is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law and a past member of the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization (2008-2011), which is responsible for certification of attorney specialists in a number of fields. Prior to that position, he was chairman of the Workers Compensation Law Advisory Commission in 2008. The Commission recommends specialists to the Board of Legal Specialization and prepares and grades the exam required of all workers compensation specialists for certification. He was a member of that commission from 2004-2008.
Havens is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Applicants Attorneys Association (CAAA) the lobbying and educational association of California attorneys representing injured workers. Havens is on the CAAA Regulations Committee and the Education Committee, having produced the Rating Seminar and other seminars for Southern California for a number of years.
Paola Orellana immigrated to California from Guatemala with her family when she was a child. She was raised in Los Angeles and is a naturalized U.S citizen. She speaks fluent Spanish and English. She started with this office in 2007 and is now the senior staff member and primary client contact for both English and Spanish-speaking workers’ compensation clients. She is familiar with the entire process of workers’ compensation claims handling and can answer most of our client’s routine questions. She staffs the Santa Monica office.
Claudia Orellana is Paola’s sister and has been with us since 2009. She also was raised in Los Angeles and is a U.S. Citizen who speaks fluent Spanish and English. Claudia keeps us all organized, keeping track of calendar events, contacting medical offices and reminding clients of important appointments. Claudia has taken on more responsibility since our move. She staffs the Los Angeles office. Like her sister she continues to further her education while helping to keep the office running smoothly.