Lee Ann Smythe has over thirty years’ of defense experience in the workers’ compensation industry, first as an adjuster and later as an attorney.
A southern California native, Ms. Smythe obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1986 from the University of Redlands, California, and her law degree from the University of LaVerne, College of Law in 2000. Upon graduation, she was admitted to the California State Bar, as well as the Federal District Court (Central District of California).
Ms. Smythe understands what adjusters need from their attorneys. Her extensive background in defending workers’ compensation matters as a claims’ examiner for eleven years before attending law school have made her particularly sensitive to adjusters’ concerns.
Lee Ann has worked continuously since 1997 as a workers’ compensation defense attorney. She takes pride in maintaining regular communication with her clients while being a vocal proponent of their interests and needs. She is a zealous advocate in and out of the courtroom, and has taken many cases to trial resulting in favorable decisions, including many “take nothings”.
Lee Ann particularly enjoys defending 100% Permanent Total Disability exposure cases, Serious & Willful and Labor Code Section 132(a) complaints against employers, subrogation issues, and conducting cross examinations of medical doctors and Disability Evaluation Unit raters. She is based in the Bradford & Barthel, LLP Anaheim office.
Ms. Smythe has one son, Ryan, who earned his Juris Doctor at Chapman University College of Law in 2014, and currently works as an attorney for the United States Government Small Business Administration.
Education & Memberships
2000 University of La Verne College of Law (California) Juris Doctor
1986 University of Redlands (California) Bachelor of Science (Business Administration)
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