Who We Are

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 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 was privileged to have worked with his father, Allan S. Ghitterman. They laughed, argued, and ate lunch together for many years. His father was his mentor and hero. 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 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.


Joshua P. Fleshman, Esq.

Joshua

Josh has been with GG&F since 2018. A 2014 graduate of Florida State University College of Law, Josh worked as a legal aid attorney serving low-income clients in Alaska until relocating to Bakersfield in 2017.

While in law school, Josh helped represent children in the foster care system and individuals sentenced to extremely harsh punishments as juveniles through his clinical experiences. In addition, he clerked for a state agency responsible for protecting the rights of individuals against abuses by condominium associations and developers. Josh also served on the Law Review and graduated in the top 10% of his law school class. He is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Josh lives in Bakersfield with his wife, Laura, an attorney who represents individuals experiencing homelessness, and their two big dogs. He is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys spending time in the mountains and on the water.

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

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.


MARKETING MANAGER

Kaylen Steele

Kaylen

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, Kaylen is the firm's Marketing Manager helping to get the word out to folks who are injured or disabled and in need of services.


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 email us to schedule a time to meet with us in one of our local offices in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Oxnard or Bakersfield.