H. Nila Dhugga
Nila Dhugga began practicing workers' compensation when she joined Mullen & Filippi in 2004, but she came with legal experience from Chevron Texaco Corporation where she was in the Real Estate and Environmental units. She became an Associate Partner in 2010. She represents employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators in workers' compensation and 132a matters. Most of her cases are venued at the Stockton WCAB, and she is very experienced in handling school districts, large warehouse/distribution centers, and cases involving the farming/trucking industry in the San Joaquin Valley.
Nila received her Bachelor in Arts in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton. She then attended Western State University, College of Law in Fullerton on a Director's Scholarship. Her strong background in mathematics and accounting has always given her an edge in handling her cases.
Nila is a member of the State Bar of California. She is also a member of the South Asian Bar Association Northern California chapter. As far as Nila's creative side, she proudly serves as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Tracy.
As a workers' compensation defense lawyer, I came to learn quickly that no two cases are alike and having a successful outcome means not only being passionate about defending your client, but understanding all the players involved. It's a fine balance between litigating and negotiating, and I love the challenge of figuring out that balance in each and every case.
If I weren't an attorney, I'd probably be a doctor. I'm East Indian and in our culture, parents give you three choices, doctor, engineer/computers, or lawyer. I don't do well around hospitals, I definitely couldn't build anything to save my life, but I know I made the right choice by going into law. My parents knew what they were talking about after all, because I really love what I do for a living. I tell my 13-year old daughter that she can pick any career she wants, just as long as she can pay her own bills (she's passionate about drama). Let's cross our fingers that she lands a role on some Disney Network show!