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Comp Laude® Award Winner

Judicial Officer Finalists:
John Gutierrez
Thomas Harwayne
Jeffrey Morgan
David Pollak

and the winner is?

Hon. David L. Pollak
David Pollak began his workers' compensation career in 2000 as an associate attorney at Finestone Schumaker & Associates, a Southern California workers' compensation firm representing injured workers. He subsequently worked beginning in 2004 as an associate attorney for the Law Offices of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez, a national workers' compensation firm representing employers, insurance companies and third party administrators. Since 2009, he has been a Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge at the Van Nuys District Office of the WCAB. Judge Pollak is a member of the LexisNexis® California WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Advisory Board and co-author of California Workers' Compensation Law & Practice, a leading authority in California workers' compensation law previously authored by the late Judge Sheldon St. Clair.

Here are some comments from his nominators:

"Apart from the fact that Judge Pollak executes the duties of a judge true to the judicial code of ethics, Judge Pollak provides the guidance and update by posting the significant case ruling and WCAB news. It takes a lot of effort to go beyond just a judge but to also help educate the workers' compensation professional that come before you. In addition, David tries to help out other judges with their calendar out of the goodness of his heart."

"Attorneys who appear before me express that Judge Pollak is extremely knowledgeable, a great resource, and he makes himself available for speaking engagements for the benefit of our workers' compensation legal community. In addition, Judge Pollak maintains an extensive calendar for Uninsured Employers, and one cannot ignore how artfully articulate he is!"