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Counseling employers and insurance carriers throughout California.

Career Basics

Carol began managing the Oakland regional office in 2001. She has practiced law in the area of workers' compensation defense since 1987 when she was hired at the Firm. Since 2003, the State Bar of California has recognized Carol as a Certified Specialist in the area of workers' compensation. She represents employers, third-party administrators and insurance carriers with respect to workers compensation claims, focusing on the representation of hospitals, schools and other public entities. She also volunteers as a Pro Tem Judge at the Oakland WCAB district office, which has given her a unique perspective. The State Bar of California’s Workers’ Compensation Section awarded Carol the 2017 Defense Attorney of the Year. It is the fist time a female has ever won this prestigious award. From 2010 to 2018, Carol Powell assumed the role of Senior Administrative Managing Partner on Mullen & Filippi's three person Management Committee and was in charge of client relations for the Firm.


Carol received her law degree in 1985 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in the heart of the Tenderloin in San Francisco. While there, she received awards in the Moot Court Competition for Best Brief and Best Oral Arguments. Before graduating, Carol had a clerkship at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1982 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in double majors in Political Science and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was on the Dean’s Honor List.

Professional Membership

Carol is a member of the State Bars of California and Colorado and a member of the workers' compensation section of the State Bar of California. Carol is also a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, where membership is extended by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows. She is also a member of the Diablo Valley Industrial Claims Association, PARMA and CAJPA. Carol has enjoyed being a member of the Rotary service club in Concord for the last several years.

Personal Note

I was drawn to practice law because I love to debate and negotiate. Life is a series of negotiations, and the more you do, the better you get. I enjoy gathering all my ammunition to be able to aggressively argue my position--whether that is at a trial, mediation, settlement negotiations or arguments with my husband. I love the thrill of knowing you got the best deal for your client, particularly in potential high exposure cases. I know the strengths of my cases and the opposing counsels' weaknesses, and utilize them to the best advantage. I always get the job done. Or as I say, "I got this".

Since I spend so many of my working hours indoors, when I am off work I love to travel and experience all that life has to offer. Travel lets me try new exotic foods, drink new wines, listen to new music and break out of routines. Travel has made me go sky-diving, swim with stingrays in the Caribbean, drive a Lamborghini in Paris, dance in Greece, hike in the Swiss Alps, sail in Croatia, drink beer in Prague, learn to cook in Italy, get lost in Venice and meet my then future husband in Puerto Vallarta. The more I travel, the more I want to travel, and pass on my passion for it to others. I adore traveling with my husband Ted, of over 30 years, and my son Grant, when I can drag him away from his electrical engineering job in Denver!