The leader in workers’ compensation defense law.

Counseling employers and insurance carriers throughout California.

Career Basics

Garry Shay was admitted to the California State Bar in 5/29/81 and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been practicing workers' compensation law for almost 40 years as both a defense and applicant’s counsel, giving him insight into both sides of the profession. He represents self-insured employers, third-party administrators and insurance carriers with respect to workers’ compensation claims and related matters, and has done so for over 25 years. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem, and also as Manager of Zenith Insurance Legal Department in the Glendale Office in 2010.


Garry graduated from the California Polytechnic University at Pomona, Cum Laude, in 1977, with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in History. He attended Southwestern University School of Law where he graduated on 5/23/80.

Professional Membership

Garry is a member of the California State Bar. He served as member of the West Hollywood Transportation Commission for over ten years often in the capacity of either Chair or Vice-Chair. He is currently serving his second term on the Dental Hygiene Committee of the State of California as an appointee of Governor Brown. He was appointed as Chair of the Rules Committee of the California Democratic Party, serving as Chair from 1981 until today. He was elected six times to serve on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and currently represents the 16 Western States and Territories on the Executive Committee of the DNC. Garry has served 16 years as member of the Rules Committee of the DNC (1992 – 2008), elected twice as Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party 1996 - 2000.

Personal Note

Equal Justice under the Law, for the highest officials or corporations to the lowest individuals or smallest businesses, is a hallmark of American justice and democracy, and its constant refinement and achievement is why the law matters to me.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking various trails in Southern California and camping on the weekends. I have climbed to the summit of Mount San Antonio (aka Mt. Baldy) and consider that to have been a personal challenge fulfilled. I also enjoy watching good science fiction movies and television series. From a personal achievement perspective, I believe that nearly anything is possible that you set your mind to and devote sufficient resources.