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Former SLO Attorney, Kathy Zalewski Designated Chair of the WCAB
Schmit Law Offices congratulates Kathy Zalewski being named the Chair of the California Workers Compensation Appeals Board. Gov. Jerry Brown named Katherine Zalewski as the Chair of the WCAB in August 2017. Kathy Zalewski was an attorney at Schmit Law Offices from 2000 to 2009. After leaving Schmit Law she joined the Department of Industrial Relations as Workers’ Compensation Administrative Law Judge as well as Advisor to the Division of Workers’ Compensation from 2009 to 2011. Recognizing her ability, she was named as Chief Counsel to the Division of Industrial Relations and served in that capacity from 2012 to 2014. In April 2014 she was named to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board by the governor.

As an attorney she vigorously defended her clients but always strove to find the meeting point between the interests of her clients and the needs of the injured worker. She was greatly respected by the attorneys at the San Francisco and Oakland WCAB’s especially amongst the applicant's bar with whom she fought so frequently. Her appointment to the board was marked by opinions changing the direction of case law on a number of issues. One of the applicant commentators to WorkCompCentral referred to her “wrestling crocodiles” at the board. At Schmit Law Office we look forward to her opinions with pride as well as our professional interest. Judge Zalewski earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She is a great fan of Cal Athletics; particularly the women’s basketball team.


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