Attorneys

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.

Learn more about our individual attorneys here:

PARTNERS

Allan S. Ghitterman, Esq. (In Memoriam)
Sept. 17, 1924 - Jan. 29, 2018

Alan Ghitterman

The founder of Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld, Allan practiced as an attorney from 1956 to 2017, specializing in worker's compensation law in the Tri-Counties since 1959. He was a certified specialist in worker's compensation beginning in 1973. Helping people recover worker's compensation benefits was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.

For over 60 years, he worked towards improving the working person's life, and the sense of accomplishment in helping people who need assistance was to him immeasurable. In that time, he saw 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 practiced that philosophy each and every day, and will be remembered at the firm and in the community.


Russell R. Ghitterman, Esq.

Russell Ghitterman

Since 1986, Russell has been practicing law in California. He is a board certified worker's compensation specialist and is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating used by this esteemed peer review legal publication that evaluates attorneys across the nation. For more than a decade, Russell has been identified as a leader in the worker's compensation field for Southern California by peer review publications Super Lawyers and Top Attorneys of Southern California.

Russell is a recognized leader in the worker's compensation legal community, making numerous presentations at state conventions and local seminars to worker's compensation attorneys. He has qualified and testified as an expert in worker's compensation law in Superior Court and has been a professor of worker's compensation law at Santa Barbara Colleges of Law. He has appeared and argued before the Courts of Appeal and California Supreme Court many times, pushing the boundaries and extending the law to protect the injured. He is a sustaining member of the California Applicant's Attorney's Association, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and a member of the United States Supreme Court, Ninth District of the US Courts of Appeal and Central US District Court.

Russell represents injured workers before the Worker's Compensation Appeals Board; various disability retirement boards, including SBCERS, VCERA, KCERA, TCERA, and CalPERS; and personal injury claims in Superior Court. He was privileged to work with his father, Allan S. Ghitterman, for more than two decades. They laughed, argued, and ate lunch together for many years. His father was his mentor and hero.

Since 1990, Russell has resided in Santa Barbara, along with his long-time spouse, Julie Harris. They are the proud parents of two sons, Benjamin and Avi, who are attending Humboldt State University and Vanderbilt University, respectively. Aside from his family which brings him the most joy, Russell is an avid soccer player for the last 30 years and loves to play golf and travel.


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 Compton Meyer, Esq.

Megan Compton

Megan Compton Meyer 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 an experienced bilingual (Spanish) attorney with extensive experience in litigation, community relations, public speaking and media events. Prior to her legal career, she worked in landscape design and construction.

Megan enjoys bringing simplicity to complex situations. She is committed to helping clients navigate complicated legal matters, and loves resolving problems and helping clients move forward with their lives. Megan deeply believes in Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld's ethos of being dedicated and persistent advocates for the firm's clients.


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.


Jill A. Singer, Esq.

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Ms. Singer grew up in Ventura County and has spent most of her life living and working in the community. After attending Ventura College and completing her law school education at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California, she wanted to give back to the community she loves so well. She has proudly served the people of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since 2004.

Ms. Singer is licensed to practice in the State of California and in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She is a Certified Specialist with the State Bar of California in the field of Workers' Compensation Law. She is a member of the Ventura County Bar Association, the American Inns of Court, Ventura County chapter,  the California Applicant's Attorney's Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives. She has published articles in the Los Angeles Daily Journal and in the Ventura County Bar Association's Citations Magazine. Ms. Singer is also an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of Social Security Disability claims before the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Ms. Singer is also a board member of Grey Law of Ventura County, a non-profit based organization that provides free legal services for seniors throughout the county, from Fillmore to Simi Valley, from Port Hueneme to Thousand Oaks. She provides pro bono legal services at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center.


Celeste C. Torres, Esq.

Celeste C. Torres Esq.

An Associate Attorney for Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld beginning in 2019, Celeste is a bright addition to the firm. She brings with her experience as a criminal defense attorney for McCready Law Group and formerly as a Certified Law Clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Celeste earned her Doctor of Law (J.D.) from Western State University College of Law, her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA, and her Associate of Arts from Bakersfield College. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, California Applicant Attorneys Association, and holds a Communications Certificate from Bakersfield College.

In addition to her academic achievements, Celeste also made time to volunteer over 500 hours of public service, earning her an Exemplary Public Service Award from Western State University College of Law. In her free time, Celeste enjoys spending time with her family, camping, trying new restaurants, traveling to visit friends, staycations, and playing with dogs.


HEARING REPRESENTATIVES

Armando Di Filippo

Amando Di Filippo

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.


Alicia Liera Rodriguez

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Alicia is a Hearing Representative for Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld, having joined the firm in 2016. A graduate of the Santa Barbara College of Law, she not only earned her Juris Doctorate of Law, but also won the Witkin Legal Institute Award for Academic Excellence.

Previously studying at UCSB and the California State University of Bakersfield, Alicia also holds an MBA in addition to her JD and in her spare time works as an Adjunct Professor of Business Management and Business Law for Santa Barbara City College.

With background as a Legal Assistant for three different law offices, fluency in English and Spanish, in addition to knowledge of French and Italian, Alicia brings a wealth of skills and experience to our firm and our clients.


FIRM ADMINISTRATOR

Kaylen Steele

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Kaylen graduated from the University of Florida with her M.A.E. in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in English Speakers of Other Languages in 2010 and her B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences in 2006.

Before joining the firm, Kaylen worked for an international accounting association as a project manager over their website and database upgrade as well as a liaison to vendor partners and a senior manager of client services and events. Prior to joining the accounting realm, Kaylen was responsible for learning and development for the University of Florida's Department of Housing and Residence Education coordinating and administering professional development trainings to office professionals. Whether for accountants, attorneys, clients, or colleagues, Kaylen's passion is helping people.

Joining the GG&F team in 2018 as the Marketing Manager, and then becoming the Firm Administrator in 2019, she is responsible for the firm's marketing, office management, and Human Resources. She helps get the word out to folks who are injured or disabled in need of services, as well as helps equip our offices and teams to best serve our clients.


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