Our Attorneys

We Are The Employees' Advocates

The attorneys of Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld pride themselves on their reputation to obtain the best possible result in a workers' compensation, disability or personal injury case. We pursue the maximum compensation by using our tenacity, skill and many years of experience. We know how to compel employers, insurance companies and governmental agencies to grant you the benefits you are entitled to receive by law. Our advocacy can get results.

PARTNERS

Allan S. Ghitterman, Esq.

Alan Ghitterman

Allan has been practicing as an attorney since 1956 and specializing in worker's compensation law in the Tri-Counties since 1959. He has been a certified specialist in worker's compensation since 1973. Helping people recover worker's compensation benefits has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.

For 60 years, he has been working towards improving the working person's life, and the sense of accomplishment in helping people who need assistance has been immeasurable. In his time, he has seen good things and bad about the worker's compensation system, but through it all was his hope that each injured worker would be treated with dignity and respect. He practices that philosophy each and every day.

Russell R. Ghitterman, Esq.

Russell Ghitterman
Russell began practicing civil litigation in 1986 and moved to Santa Barbara in 1990, where he opened his own practice. Since 1997, he has been zealously representing injured workers before the Worker's Compensation Appeals Board, in addition to successfully handing high value Personal Injury claims and County Disability retirement claims.

Russell is a Board Certified Worker's Compensation Specialist and an AV rated attorney, the highest rating recognized by the peer review publication, Martindale-Hubbell. For the last 10 years, he has been identified as a leader in the workers' compensation field by his colleagues and several peer review publications such as Super Lawyers and Top Attorneys of Southern California. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court and he has appeared numerous times before the California Courts of Appeal and has argued twice before the California Supreme Court.

He is privileged to be working with his father, Allan S. Ghitterman. They laugh, argue, and eat lunch together. His father is his mentor and hero. Russell hopes to continue practicing law with his father for many years to come. Along with his long-time spouse, Julie Harris, they are the proud parents of his two sons, Benjamin and Avi.

Benjamin P. Feld, Esq.

Ben Field
Benjamin P. Feld is a law partner with the firm Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld. Mr. Feld has been representing injured workers since 2002, providing his expertise in the areas of Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability and third party litigation services. His work has led not only to successful outcomes for his clients, but also citable appellate precedent.

A graduate of the Santa Barbara College of Law, Mr. Feld has remained an active alumni with the campus. Mr. Feld is also a member of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association, the educational and policy group for workers' compensation attorneys representing the disabled. In addition, Mr. Feld has an extensive business background. Before practicing law, Mr. Feld was a local business owner and employer for 10 years dealing hands on with many of the issues facing both employers and employees in the workplace.

Personally, Mr. Feld is kept very busy with his family, which includes his wife Rhonda Henderson and their five children. When not involved in school and extracurricular activities, Mr. Feld enjoys running on our local beaches, paths and races, traveling and enjoying relaxing moments with his extensive family.

ATTORNEYS

Megan E. Compton, Esq.

Megan Compton

Megan Ellestad Compton has been a member of the Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld team since 2006. Admitted to the Bar in 2012, she is a graduate of the Santa Barbara College of Law and also holds a B.S. in Horticultural Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Ms. Compton is fluent in Spanish.

Crystal C. Forsher, Esq.

Crystal Forsher

Crystal C. Forsher attended Loyola Marymount University majoring in Business Law and minoring in Spanish. Upon graduating LMU, Crystal started her legal career as a case worker at an employment law firm in Los Angeles for four years that specialized in workers' compensation cases before deciding to move back home to Santa Barbara County. Here she attended law school at the Santa Barbara College of Law, graduating in 2012. She remains an active alumni serving on their Bar Panel.

Crystal is also an active member of the Santa Barbara Barristers, the American Bar Association, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, California Women Lawyers, and the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and enjoys her extra time volunteering for the Santa Barbara County Public Defender's office. She is also on the Executive Board for the Northern Santa Barbara County Bar Association, the Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation and the Central Coast Chapter of the California Applicants Attorney Association. She is also on the Advisory Board of the San Luis Obispo College of Law. In addition to the above she is also on the Teachers Advisory Committee for the Center for Employment Training in Santa Maria.

On the weekends she enjoys spending time wine tasting in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley she calls home with her husband, Michael and their puppy Theodore. Crystal joined Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld as an attorney in 2014 returning to her workers' compensation roots where she enjoys helping employees in need of representation. She is also bi-lingual and the managing attorney of our Santa Maria office.

Jan E. Kaestner, Esq.Jan Kaestner

Mr. Kaestner joined Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld in 2015. He brings with him a wealth of experience, representing clients in personal injury, wrongful death, automobile accidents and injuries, dog bites, slip and fall, products liability, misdemeanor and felony criminal defense and wills, trusts and estate issues. In addition to his breadth of civil litigation expertise, since joining GG&F, Jan has created a niche defending injured workers in workers compensation fraud charges with great success. In 1994 Jan graduated from the Santa Barbara College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Kaestner worked for many years as a general contractor serving the Santa Barbara area. Outside of the courtroom he enjoys golfing, vacationing by the lake and spending time with his family.


HEARING REPRESENTATIVES

Amando Di Filippo

Amando DiFilippo

Armando Di Filippo has been with GG&F since 2002. A native of Chile, he is pleased to use his bilingual skill in order to reach a wide range of clients. Additionally, Mr. Di Filippo incorporates his communication and negotiation training and skills in his quest to achieve the best results possible for his clients. Mr. Di Filippo's main areas of focus are Workers' Compensation and Employment Law.

A graduate of Law School in his native Chile, he has also earned a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of San Francisco School of Law. In addition, he holds a Certificate in Negotiation and Mediation From the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Personally, Armando enjoys live music, riding his bike, cooking and traveling with his wife, Heidi.

Candy De Loera

Candy DeLoera

Candy De Loera works as a Hearing Representative in our firm, assisting clients and attorneys in discovery, at hearings and facilitating settlement negotiations. She has worked in the field of Workers' Compensation since 2002 with the Ghitterman firm assigned to case management responsibilities where she learned the nuts and bolts of the California Workers' Compensation system. Ms. De Loera then worked as a claims analyst in the workers' compensation claims department at Select Staffing. She was later promoted to the position of legal analyst which involved assigning legal counsel, performing background investigations, and valuing cases for settlement. Candy returned to Ghitterman firm in 2011 bringing with her over 12 years of experience working with injured workers.

Ashlyn C. Algra

Ashlyn C. Algra is a graduate from the Santa Barbara College of Law (2015) with a BA in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2010). Born in Bakersfield, California, and raised in Santa Barbara, Ms. Algra has strong roots in both communities.

Ms. Algra's endeavors overseas provided her with a profound appreciation of different cultures and languages as well as a unique perspective from spending time as an intern in American diplomacy. She has served her country by completing internships with the U.S. State Department Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy (2009), U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy as the primary candidate (2011), and U.S. Congressman Kevin McCarthy at California's 23rd Congressional District Office (2013). In addition, she attended the Italian public school Universita' di Bologna (2010) gaining fluency in Italian.

During law school Ms. Algra worked as a legal assistant in criminal, corporate, and immigration law. She and her father, illustrator Bruce Algra, developed labor law workplace notice posters for her family's business headquartered in Bakersfield.

Ms. Algra seeks to spend as much time in nature as possible and looks forward to returning to America's National Parks, places such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and can't wait to plan her next adventure.

FIRM ADMINISTRATOR

Sophia E. Lozada

Sophia Lozada

Sophia joined Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld in 2012. She worked as a caseworker before stepping into her current role as Firm Administrator. Her primary responsibilities include office management, human resources, training new and existing employees, and meeting with prospective clients.

Before joining the firm, Sophia received her B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College. Her studies included a six month sojourn in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied social movements and human rights. As Firm Administrator she aims to leverage her ability to communicate across cultures and examine issues from multiple standpoints to provide a positive contribution to the firm.

Her favorite hobbies include running on the beach, hiking in the Santa Barbara foothills, and traveling anywhere, everywhere, anytime.

We offer free initial consultations and you are not charged a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Please call our office at 805-699-5976 to schedule a time to meet with us in one of our local offices in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Oxnard or Bakersfield.