GEK Partner Adam Dombchik Receives Award of Excellence
For many attorneys, fighting for the rights of injured workers is a life-long endeavor, one that by its very nature must be passed on from one generation to the next. Fortunately, injured workers in California have had committed advocates on their side—fighting the good fight--for more than half a century. These are the Workers' Compensation attorneys who created the California Applicants' Attorneys Association (CAAA) 50 years ago and who have mentored, educated and inspired the following generations of legal advocates.
One of these present-day champions for the rights of those hurt at work is Adam Dombchik, a partner at the law firm of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, LLP (GEK), who was honored recently with the Marvin N. Shapiro Award for Excellence. This award, which was presented by the Southern California chapter of CAAA, is named for Marvin Shapiro, a revered Workers' Compensation attorney.
In introducing Dombchik, his partner Mark Edelstein, a past President of CAAA, explained, "We of my generation are in a time of transition; the past is still very much alive and present, but the future can be seen. Adam is the first person of his generation to receive this award. He is a man of impeccable integrity and rock-solid commitment to CAAA. We are blessed to have Adam as part of our present and our future."
Such commitment lead Dombchik to becoming very active on the legislative scene in Sacramento, fighting for the passage of fair and just legislation for injured workers. His passion, leadership and vision have also been invaluable as he served as Past President and Legislative Committee Chairperson of CAAA and throughout his service on various CAAA committees, including the American Medical Association Guidelines Committee and the Regulations Committee. In addition, he has been named one of the Most Influential People in the Workers' Compensation Industry by the editors of Workers' Comp Executive and was named the 2011 Applicants' Attorney of the Year by the Workers' Compensation Section of the California State Bar.
In his remarks Dombchik remembered Marvin: "I am deeply honored to receive the Marvin N. Shapiro Award of Excellence particularly because it is given in Marvin's name. He was a man of great dedication, compassion and commitment, and has long been an inspiration to me and countless others in the Workers' Compensation legal community. He helped me understand the importance of CAAA's advocacy to ensure injured workers' rights are protected."
In his remarks Dombchik also urged the audience to continue to participate and support CAAA, enabling it to continue to be a strong, collective voice on behalf of those who, individually, cannot be heard. His and the firm's commitment remain strong in the battle for justice for injured workers.
The firm is proud to acknowledge Adam's achievement with this award.