About the Law Firm of Friedman + Bartoumian
Friedman + Bartoumian offers a broad range of legal expertise. Our attorneys have earned the respect of other attorneys, judges and clients throughout California and the nation. In recognition of our legal ability and ethical standards, we have received a high rating from the Martindale-Hubbell organization, the most respected source of authoritative biographical information about members of the legal community worldwide.
Our team of attorneys and paraprofessionals are ready to collaborate with you to find positive solutions to your legal concerns.
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Honored By Ventura County
The Board of Supervisors for the County of Ventura has bestowed honors on our founder, Heywood G. Friedman, and Friedman + Bartoumian in recognition of our decades of service to the community and pro bono legal work. Examples of such service include sponsorship of academic, athletic, and arts programs at Conejo Valley schools and volunteer legal services to numerous churches, synagogues, charitable institutions, and non-profit organizations.
Our reputable, talented team members are among the top in their respective fields. We care about our clients and our community and will work tirelessly to achieve exceptional results for you.
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We begin today’s blog by asking a simple question: if an injured worker lies to a workers’ compensation administrator, can that employee be charged with criminal fraud? The answer depends on the nature and extent of…
In today’s world of workers’ compensation, it is common for claims administrators, insurance companies and law firms to use an out-of-state mailing address, which may result in a misunderstanding of our state’s mailbox rule and how…
Have you ever carefully read California Labor Code §4610.3(a), on the issue of rescinding a physician’s authority to treat an injured worker? As you might expect, like most procedures in the workers’ compensation context, recission ain’t…
For several years, the California Applicant Attorney Association (CAAA) has complained about the low weekly permanent disability rate being paid to injured workers. The applicants’ bar asserts that a disabled employee cannot survive on a compensation…
Three days before Christmas, a funny thing happened in the workers’ compensation world. A long-standing provision of the Labor Code was declared unconstitutional. Specifically, on 12/22/23, the California Court of Appeals declared LC §139.32(b) unconstitutional on…
Have you ever heard of the “Wimpy Syndrome”? It occurs every few years when our state legislature considers workers’ compensation reform. The Wimpy Syndrome is named after a fictional cartoon character prominently featured in the original Popeye the…
“Heywood takes the time to meet with us to get a clear understanding of what our goals are. Currently focusing on closing aged and difficult claims while aggressively closing new claims in the door. He gets it and is a great partner in achieving our aggressive goals.” – Martin King, Kaiser Permanente
“We have had the pleasure of retaining Mr. Friedman’s firm for a number of years and for various actions. Heywood is a skilled and knowledgeable counselor who appreciates the time certain aspects of legal action. We will continue to use his firm for most of our CA legal work.” – Jeff Bogacki, Vice President, Excess Workers Compensation – 5Star Specialty
“Besides being a great attorney, ‘Woody’ is a better person, friend, humanitarian. And when times get tough, he has your back!” – Robert Rice, Sargeant Insurance Agency, LLC
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