Donald R. Barthel

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DonBarthel Donald R. Barthel, Esq.

Donald Barthel was born in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with honors in 1986. He received his Juris Doctorate from U.C.L.A. in 1990, and immediately thereafter was admitted to the State Bar of California.

Mr. Barthel’s entire legal career has been dedicated to the defense of employers’ rights in the arenas of labor law, employment law, and workers’ compensation. For nearly a quarter century his practice has exclusively focused on workers’ compensation defense and related matters. With many years’ experience in southern, central and northern California, he has appeared at virtually every WCAB district office in the state.

Mr. Barthel is an acknowledged expert regarding the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. A prolific and popular public speaker, he has taught adjusters, human resource directors, employer representatives, attorneys and physicians throughout California and the United States.

Because of his expertise in impairment, permanent disability, apportionment, and related issues, Mr. Barthel acted as a Reviewer of the AMA Guides, 6th Edition, on behalf of the American Medical Association. He has authored and co-authored innumerable articles focusing on workers’ compensation related matters.

A hopeless University of Michigan Wolverine fan, Don watches and roots for his football team at every opportunity.  Any visitor to Don’s office will invariably be FORCED to view his many University of Michigan “collectibles” (known by most rational folks as “dust collectors”).  Don revels in every Wolvervine win (and sulks — occasionally — over Wolverine losses) in the company of his four wonderful children:  Desmond (dob: 1/08), Emma (12/00), Benjamin (12/00), and Mimi  (5/93) and his beautiful granddaughter, Aaliyah.

Mr. Barthel is an acknowledged expert regarding the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. He has taught adjusters, human resource directors, employer representatives, attorneys and physicians throughout California and the United States. His audiences have included representatives of:

20th Century Fox
A. Marcus Hall & Associates
ACE USA/ESIS
ACWA/JPIA
Adelson, Testan, Brundo & Jimenez
Administrative Paralegal Services
AEG
Aerojet
AIG
AIU Holdings, Inc.
Alcoa Fastening Systems
A. Teichert & Son, Inc.
Alternative Service Concepts
American Apparel
American Building Supply
Aon Risk Services
Aramark
Argonaut Insurance Services
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co
Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Brokers
Assoc. of Workers’ Compensation Professionals
Association of Hearing Representatives
BBrandt Insurance
BB and T – Knight Insurance Services.
Bell-Carter Olive Company
Bergener, Dye & Associates
Berkshire Hathaway Home State
Bragg & Associates
Broadspire
Brownell Law Corporation
Buckeye Claims
Butte County Office of Education
California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWC) California Self-Insurers Association
California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery (CSIMS)
Cal Insurance & Associates
Cambridge Integrated Services Group, Inc.
Canelo, Wilson, Wallace & Padron
Cascade Disability
Charter and Company
ChevronTexaco Corporation
City & County of San Francisco
City of Long Beach, Office of the City Attorney
City of Los Angeles
City of Modesto
City of Sacramento
City of San Jose, Deputy City Attorney
City of Santa Ana
City of Santa Monica
ClaimQuest, Inc.
Claims Management, Inc.
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.
Cohen & Lord
Colen and Lee
County of Riverside
County of Sacramento
County of San Bernardino
Crawford & Co.
Crum & Forster U.S. Fire Ins. Co.
CTB/McGraw-Hill
Cypress Insurance Company
DC Risk Solutions
Dickman and Bourla Chiropractic, Inc.
Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.
Dynamic Claims Services
Edwin Haronian, MD, Inc.
Employers Compensation
Employers Insurance Group
Everest National Insurance Company
Famiglietti & Volpe
FARA/F.A. Richard & Associates
Farmers Insurance
Federal Reserve Bank
Finnegan Marks
Fireman’s Fund
Fluss & Williams
Foster Farms
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Frank Sariol, Esq.
FRS Gallagher Bassett Services
Gates McDonald
Gomes, Hirshik & Hummel
Graiwer & Kaplan
Grancell, Lebovitrz, Stander, Barnes & Reubens
Gray & Prouty
Gregory Bragg & Associates
GuideOne Insurance
Halas, Muhar, Parish & Arnett
Hallett & McCormick
Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen, LLP
Hedrick & Associates
Heisler & Bray
Hewlett-Packard
ICR Staffing, Inc.
Impairment Resources
Insurance Company of the West
Insurance Educational Association
Intercare Insurance Services
Interwest Insurance Services
Intracorp

Kaiser Permanente
Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Larr & Banner APC
Laughlin, Falbo, Levy and Moresi
Law Offices of Richard L. Moser
Law Offices of Samuel G. Grader
Law Offices of Phillip A. Cooke
Law Offices of Timothy H. Huber
Law Offices of W. Lance Russum
Law Offices of Kevin Pegan
Law Offices of Susan Gorelick
Law Offices of Daniel Goggings
Law Offices of David J. Shepard
Law Offices of Jim Page
Law Offices of Daniel Goggings
Law Offices of Edwin M. Riddle
Law Offices of Carla Benvenuti
Law Offices of Mark Barber
Law Offices of Mehr & Alvandi
Law Offices of Ford-Farrar
Law Offices of Gray & Prouty
Law Offices of Caroline Jackson
Law Office of David Shepard
Law Office of Kenneth Kingdon
Law Office of Judith Slavin-Cosel
Law Office of Mark Sayed
Law Office of Terri Olsen
Liberty Mutual
Life Chiropractic College
L.A. County Employees Retirement Ass.
Luis Perez-Cordero
Lundberg Family Farms
Majestic Insurance
Maloof Sports & Entertainment
Manning & Marder, Kass Ellrod, Ramirez, LLP
Medlink
Metropolitan Transit Authority – Los Angeles
Michael J. Skala, Jr., Attorney at Law
Midwest Insurance Company
Morse, Giesler, Callister & Karlin
Murphy & Beane, Inc.
Nakamoto/Bitar, LLP
National Business Institute
Nickerson Insurance Services
Nordstrom, Inc.
North Bay Workers’ Comp. Professionals
Northrup Grumman
Oak River Insurance
Occupational Injury Law Center
Octagon Risk Services, Inc.
Old Republic Construction Program Group, Inc.
OneBeacon Insurance
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Pegasus Risk Management, Inc
Pirahna Produce
PPG Industries
PRG Insurance Staffing
Preferred Employers Insurance Company
Redwood Empire Insurance Group
Republic Indemnity Company
ResCare Pomona Valley Group Homes
Risk Enterprise Management Limited
Riveroak Center for Children
Robert Shaw Ratings
Rockwell Collins
Safeco Insurance Company
San Diego Gas & Electric
San Miguel Band of Mission Indians
Schifrin, Gagnon & Dickey, Inc.
SCRMA
SeaBright Insurance Company
Sedgwick CMS
Silverado Resort
Southern California Edison Company
Southern California Risk Management Ass.
Specialty Risk Services
Springfield Insurance Company
State Compensation Insurance Fund
State Farm
Steve Ballard, Attorney at Law
Stonesifer & Chong
St. Paul Travelers Insurance
Sullivan Curtis Monroe
Superyalv
Sutter Health
The First American Corporation
The Hartford
The Rudisill Law Firm
The Salvation Army
The Select Group of Companies, Ltd.
Tokio Marine Management, Inc.
Tristar Risk Management
ULICO
Universal Health Services
Warren Chiropractic, Inc
WCCA
Welk Resorts
Weston Herzog, LLP
Wiggins, Richard & Romani, LLP
Willis
World Financial Group
York Risk Services
Zenith Insurance Company
Zurich North America