Negar Matian, Esq. Managing Partner
Negar Matian, Esq. started Matian Law Group ("MLG") in 2011 after practicing law for ten years under traditional law firm settings. Since forming MLG, Ms. Matian has distinguished her firm by earning its reputation as the top closing firm on several legal panels. Ms. Matian has successfully defended both large and small employers against multiple high exposure and catastrophic cases involving 132a filings, S&W allegations with corresponding OSHA violations, and Statute of Limitations defenses. In addition, she has aggressively and strategically settled her cases far below the reserved budget by mitigating overall litigation costs using evidence-based medicine, restructured MSAs, and experts in toxicology and epidemiology.
Due to Ms. Matian's valuable expertise and bold approach, MLG has been in constant demand and experienced rapid growth. Her practice has evolved into lobbying for large employers, providing training and assistance for Third Party Administrators including Sedgwick CMS and York Risk Services, and speaking at national and local conferences.
Specifically, Ms. Matian is a frequent speaker at workers' compensation conferences throughout California including PARMA, CSIA, CCWC, CWC & RISK. She is also an active member of the California Coalition on Workers' Compensation Conference Committee which focuses on advancing legislative reform, leadership, and advocacy in the workers' compensation system.
Currently, Ms. Matian is busy working in tandem with the DWC and CompSense on improving QME Regulations. This year, she is presenting on several topics that include how to aggressively close claims utilizing a more sophisticated litigation process.
University of California, Davis: Graduated with dual degrees in Communications and Biology, Highest Honors
University of California, Davis School of Law: Moot Court, Intern for the 9th Circuit Appellate Court
CCWC 16th Annual Conference Legislative & Educational Forum
California Coalition on Workers Compensation
California Self Insurance Associates
California Workers Compensation & Risk Conference
Public Agency Risk Management Association
California Self Insurance Associates
California Workers Compensation & Risk Conference
Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association
When FEHA, ADA, and Workers Compensation Collide PARMA (2018)
COLA, Case Law & Legislative Update Sedgwick Claims Management (2018)
Understanding the Intersection Between Employment Law, the Interactive Process and Workers Compensation CWC and Risk (2017)
Applying Evidence Based Standards to Causation of Injury CCWC (2017)
Knowing When Almaraz/Guzman Sticks CWC and Risk (2016)
IMR: Law, Decision and Trends CSIA (2016)
Knowing when Almaraz /Guzman Works and When it Doesn't CCWC (2016)
WorkComp 101 Disability Management Employer Coalition (2016)
Case Law Update PARMA Regional (2016)
Workers Compensation Fraud presented with District Attorney Jennifer Snyder YORK Risk Services (2016)
Causation and Epidemiology presented with Dr. Pamela Mahoney Tristar Risk Management (2015)
"The Evolution of Apportionment" March 2016
"The Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule" January 2016
"Home Health Care Services" August 2015
"Utilization Review and IMR" April 2015
"Home Health Care ODG v ACOEM" April 2015 January 2015
"IMR Noteworthy Decision: Topical & Compound Creams" February 2015
"Almaraz/Guzman and Figure 15-19" December 2014
Matthew Giuliani, Esq. Senior Partner
Matthew Giuliani, Esq., completed his Master of Laws degree in 2012 at Southwestern Law School. Mr. Giuliani now exclusively specializes in California Workers' Compensation Law as a Senior Associate. He is committed to expedited resolution of case-in-chief claims at depositions and MSCs, plus assessing lien exposure and resolving lien claims at conferences and trials. Mr. Giuliani possesses exceptional legal analysis, written and practice skills, with an emphasis on the "bigger picture," enabling him to provide practical solutions to legal issues with the ultimate goal of accelerated resolution. Mr. Giuliani has become a seasoned Workers' Compensation Law defense attorney, having prevailed at Trial on AOE/COE, MPN, Medical Necessity, and Fee Schedule issues.
Mr. Giuliani previously practiced law in Australia, with a focus in industrial and workers' compensation law, providing employers with advice about industrial relations, workers' compensation, and workplace health and safety laws. Mr. Giuliani changed legal jurisdictions by moving to Los Angeles in 2012, completing a Master of Laws program in 2012, and passing the California Bar exam on his first attempt in February 2013. He achieved all of this within the span of 15 months. Mr. Giuliani received his Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hon) (LLB/LP) in conjunction with a Bachelor of International Studies (BIS) from Flinders University, Australia in 2010. He was admitted to the South Australian Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia in 2011.
Flinders University: Flinders' Law Students Association, Golden Key International Honors Society (top 15% of the University 2006), Graduated with Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice with Honors (LLB/LP), and Bachelor of International Studies (BIS).
Southwestern Law School: Vice-President of the International Students Association, Masters Research Assistant and TA for Legal Writing 1L Class, Graduated with Master of Laws Degree (LLM).
Admitted to the State Bar of California, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia (State); Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia (Federal).
Joanna T. Rocha, Esq. Associate Attorney
Joanna "Tara" Rocha, Esq. is an Associate Attorney who joined MLG in 2016. Ms. Rocha practices exclusively in California Workers' Compensation, having trained for 3 years of Applicant work prior to her transition to defense. Her background enables Ms. Rocha to anticipate tactics from Applicant Attorneys and implement proactive counter-measures. Ms. Rocha represents insurance carriers, third-party administrators and self-insured employers in all areas of state workers' compensation law.
Ms. Rocha leads MLG's esteemed Lien Unit which prides itself in securing impressive settlements for our clients and saving millions in lien litigation costs achieved through comprehensive lien analysis and expert negotiation. Ms. Rocha has enhanced her legal skills through extensive work on MLG's QME/AME advocacy letters which bolster our litigation defenses by presenting evidence in the light most favorable to defendants through compelling arguments and pinpoint record citation. Ms. Rocha has also successfully defended against numerous Petitions for Penalties, Sanctions, Attorneys Fees and Costs pursuant to LC 5813, saving clients thousands of dollars and mitigating unnecessary litigation costs.
California State University Northridge: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Minor in Business Law, Cum Laude Honors, Dean's List, President's Award Recipient
University of West Los Angeles: Cum Laude Honors; 5 time Witkins' Award for Academic Excellence recipient, Scholarships of America Grantee
Kai Hsiao, Esq. Associate Attorney
Kai Hsiao Esq., is an Associate Attorney who has litigated complicated multi-million dollar law suits involving Bank of America, Countrywide, Wells Fargo, Express, Starbucks, Coffee Bean, Gamestop, Fox Studios, and James Cameron. She enjoys a diverse law background in class action, employment litigation, business litigation, and entertainment law litigation.
Ms. Hsiao's years of experience in civil litigation and Workers' Compensation has allowed her to be an assertive and forceful advocate for her clients. She takes pride in achieving excellent results for her clients under difficult adversarial circumstances. In addition to litigating claims, Ms. Hsiao assists in the research and development of PQME regulations to further the DWC's goal of implementing regulations that provide quality assurance reports.
In her spare time, Ms. Hsiao spends her time volunteering for various non-profit organizations. She has served on the Board for APEX, which is a non-profit Asian American organization that promotes charitable, cultural, and educational goals. She has also volunteered for various organizations including Kids Reading to Succeed, APEX Cares, Operation Christmas Shoe Box, Orangewood Children's Home and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
University of California San Diego: Graduated with dual degrees in Biology and History, Fight Club President, Treasurer for Cal Animage Beta
Chapman Law School: Merit Scholar
Linda Mojica Office Manager
Linda Mojica has been involved in the field of Workers' Compensation since 2012. She is the Executive Administrative Associate, providing management of attorneys and clients along with all aspects of firm supervision. Ms. Mojica also administers one of our biggest client's "Closing Project" which aggressively and efficiently settles and closes a large volume of claims, thereby reducing the overall cost of litigation. Ms. Mojica ensures that the project runs smoothly and successfully, making sure that all claims are closed in a timely manner within budget parameters while also meeting the client's goals. She provides oversight for Ms. Matian to guarantee that all clients are receiving exceptional service and responsiveness as well as maintaining our firm's overarching goal of exceeding client expectations.
Los Angeles Valley College: Emphasis on Pre-Law Studies
South Coast College: Emphasis on Paralegal Studies
Kathleen Yumul Executive Administrator
Prior to Matian Law Group, Kathleen Yumul was the Primary Administrative Manager to the Medical Director and QME Provider for one of the State's first Utilization Management Companies in 2005. Accordingly, she worked closely with Insurance Companies and Administrators such as Sedgwick CMS, Gallagher Bassett, Royal Sun Alliance, and several St. Joseph Health Systems throughout California.
Ms. Yumul then joined Matian Law Group in 2011. Due to her ingenuity, strong work ethic, and amiable personality, she quickly became a reliable resource for the firm.
She currently holds the position of Executive Assistant to Ms. Matian, providing support on both a personal and business level. Ms. Yumul's exceptional organization and versatile skills advance MLG in business administration, expansion of the firm, and promotion of MLG's Marketing Events. Specifically, she directs MLG's annual charity fundraiser, "MLG Gives", and ensures proper allocation of funds. She also contributes to MLG by accommodating special client requests, maintaining direct communication between Ms. Matian, clients, and the firm, and navigating workers' compensation lobbying efforts and presentations. Overall, Ms. Yumul is the essential nexus between Ms. Matian and MLG, resulting in responsive and efficient outcomes.
California State University Northridge: Graduated with dual degrees in Biology (emphasis in Medical Technology) and Religious Studies, Recipient of The National Collegiate Scholar Award.