Richard L. Montarbo, Esq.

Admitted to California State Bar, 1987; Hawaii State Bar, 1989. Education: California State University at Sacramento (B.S., 1983); University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1987). Admitted to Practice before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. State District Court, Northern District of California; State Courts of the State of California. Member: Shasta-Trinity County Bar Association, American Bar Association. Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist 1995. [U.S. Navy, Flight active and reserve duty, 1987-1996.].

Mr. Montarbo is a frequent presenter at various workers’ compensation claims conferences including State Bar of California Workers Compensation Section, CAJAPA, DVICA as well as having provided the defense perspective on a number of occasions at the CAAA annual conference.

Mr. Montarbo is also an Adjunct Professor at UOP, McGeorge School of Law, as well as the Author and Assistant Editor of the Work Comp Index: A Topical Guide to California Workers’ Compensation Law, published by Lexis/Nexis. Programmer and Architect of CompCalc App.



Cynthia Ephland, Esq.

Associate Attorney

Cynthia Ephland has more than twenty years of experience in civil litigation and brings this experience to the Workers’ Compensation and subrogation practice.  Ms. Ephland is a member of the Shasta County Bar Association and a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar.  Ms. Ephland has passed the test for legal specialization in Workers’ Compensation and has completed the application for legal specialization.

She studied at Shasta College, Redding, California; Merritt Davis College, Salem, Oregon; California State University at Hayward, California and earned her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law, Sacramento, California.   Ms. Ephland has a great deal of experience handling complex workers’ compensation cases, including trials, expedited hearings, AME/QME doctor depositions and applicant’s deposition.

Ms. Ephland also has experience in drafting trial briefs, Petitions for Reconsideration and Petitions for Removal.