Rene A. Munoz
University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA, J.D. May 2006
Activities: Vice President of La Raza Law Student association; Intensive Advocacy Program
Summer Study Abroad, 2004: Dublin, Ireland and Prague, Czech Republic
University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA, B.A. Political Science, May 2002
Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain & Claffey, Oakland, CA 2014 - Present
Law Offices of Jamie Skebba, Los Angeles, CA 2013–2014
In-house counsel for American International Group (AIG) resposible for defending workers’ compensation claims against insured employers.
Appeared at the Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, and Van Nuys Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards.
Tried various workers’ compensation matters before the WCAB.
Represented AIG in various arbitrations on issues of contribution.
Formulated actions plans and executed them to completion by either settlement, or trial.
Made various presentations to claims offices on updates to new legislation and also on rating pursuant to the AMA guides.
Kegel, Tobin & Truce, APC, Los Angeles, CA 2010 – 2013
Workers’ Compensation defense attorney responsible for managing a case load of approximately one-hundred actively litigated cases.
Argue motions before various judges in disputed claims.
Prepare for and conduct depositions of applicants.
Draft Petitions for Dismissal, Objections to Declaration of Readiness to Proceed, Petitions to Strike Expert Witnesses.
Negotiate settlements including Stipulations with Requests for Awards, and Compromises and Releases.
Cross-examine expert witnesses in connection with the AMA guides.
Litigated liens following resolution of the case-in-chief.
Wallen & Klarich, A Law Corporation, Ventura, CA 2008-2010
Lead attorney in criminal matters with full oversight of investigations, trial planning, motions, discovery, legal research, and courtroom appearances.
Managed the Ventura office and was responsible for representing approximately fifty clients in active criminal matters at one time.
Defended several clients at preliminary hearings and argued motions.
Maintained positive client relations with persons undergoing extremely stressful periods in their lives.
Represented clients in felony drug matters, forgery complaints, domestic violence cases, battery allegations, gang enhancements, child molestation charges, etc.
Los Angeles County District Attorney, Los Angeles, CA 2007-2008
Prosecuting attorney in criminal matters.
Tried six jury trials to verdict.
Conducted over two-hundred preliminary hearings.
Responsible for managing busy trial calendar while simultaneously handling most administrative matters associated with government practice.
Researched, drafted, and argued legal motions.
Counseled and coached witnesses with various levels of sophistication for trial and preliminary hearings.
United State Attorney’s Office, San Francisco, CA 2005-2006
Worked alongside Assistant United States Attorneys in preparation for trial and the prosecution of federal crimes.
Adelson, Testan & Brundo, San Francisco, CA 2005
Gained valuable exposure and insight to the realities of Workers’ Compensation litigation and other employment law matters.
LAUSD Office of General Counsel, Los Angeles, CA 2004
Assisted attorneys in the human resources team in employment termination cases and disciplinary hearings.
Attended and observed several depositions and Skelly hearings.
State Bar of CA California; U.S. District Court (Central District CA), December 2006
Fluent in Spanish