Rod's first career was in Information Sciences working on projects such as the first software response to the Walker Spy Incident, and as Project Leader for Special Projects teams for Morgan Stanley. As a licensed attorney in Minnesota, Rod served as Special Master of Computer Forensics in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. Happily returning home to San Diego in 2001, Rod passed the California Bar and was admitted that same year to practice before all Courts of the State of California and in Federal District Court for the Southern District of California. He has worked as a workers’ compensation defense attorney ever since and is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. Rod has successfully defended clients against claims including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE” and “TES”) allegedly caused by concussions. In addition to complex questions of causation, he has developed litigation plans to minimize his client’s exposure in cases with multiple defendants, unruly lien claimants and in subrogation actions.
Rod received his law degree from William Mitchel College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1996 where he received the CALI Award of Excellence for the study of Corporate & White Collar Crime.
Rod is a board member for the newly formed San Diego chapter of RESCUE, a 501(c)(3) charity committed to assisting homeless veterans in housing and work force development.
I love being a workers’ compensation defense attorney. The opportunity to help and work with people is so rewarding. It’s easy to understand how working to provide appropriate benefits helps people. Too often the importance of cost containment is overlooked unless the defense attorney is willing to work, and yes fight, for the defendant’s rights. Fighting to prevent abuses and stop fraud helps our entire society. Adjusters and attorneys know the freedom when a tough file closes. That is work satisfaction!
Rod has worked as a cook at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and enjoys cooking, gardening and photography.