The leader in workers’ compensation defense law.

Counseling employers and insurance carriers throughout California.

Career Basics

Athena Nilssen joined Mullen & Filippi's Los Angeles office as an Associate Attorney in 2019. She represents employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators in workers' compensation claims and related matters.


Athena received her law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 2018. She also received a MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She attended UCLA for undergraduate studies and obtained a B.A. in English Literature.

Professional Membership

Athena is an active member of the State Bar of California.

Personal Note

I was drawn to practice law because of the opportunity to use my talents and skills to solve problems. One of my favorite quotes is by John W. Davis: “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures—unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

In my spare time I enjoy writing, reading and spending time outdoors.