The leader in workers’ compensation defense law.

Counseling employers and insurance carriers throughout California.

Career Basics

After 13 years of practice as litigation counsel for two major property/casualty insurers, Edward Hummer joined Mullen & Filippi's Santa Rosa office in April 2006. He represents employers, third-party administrators and insurers in workers' compensation claims and related issues, including allegations of discrimination pursuant to Labor Code § 132a and allegations of serious & willful misconduct. He also represents insurers in subrogation matters arising out of workers' compensation claims.


Edward received his law degree in 1992 from the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he was the recipient of the Irene V. McCormick Scholarship. While attending law school, Edward worked with the Illinois Attorney General's Pollution Control Division where he assisted in the investigation and prosecution of alleged violations of state environmental laws. He also worked in the school's legal clinic assisting in the representation of plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases under Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). As part of his continuing legal education, Edward has completed training by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Prior to law school, Edward graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Communications.

Professional Membership

Edward is a member of the State Bar of California and a member of the State Bar's Workers Compensation Section. He is also a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association. He is active in the local workers' compensation community and serves on the Board of Directors of the North Bay Workers Compensation Association.

Personal Note

For me, the most enjoyable aspect of practicing in the area of workers' compensation is the ever-evolving nature of the law. Unlike many other practice areas with their “black letter” rules, workers' compensation laws are constantly changing, for better or worse. Few other areas allow practitioners to so directly shape the law. I am proud to have been involved in researching and writing a number of WCAB Petitions and Appellate Briefs on behalf of my clients that have helped to define some important aspects of our current law.

Away from work, I look forward to spending time with my wife and son exploring the outdoors. We enjoy camping, cycling and hiking and especially enjoy exploring the wildlife areas available in Northern California and Central Oregon.