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Monica E. Fairwell

Monica E. Fairwell brings a 360-degree perspective to her Workers’ Compensation law practice, having received extensive training from workers’ compensation judges as well as attorneys in the community.  

As an associate with Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, LLP, she contributes meaningfully to the fight for the rights of injured workers in Southern California.  Her legal acumen stems, in part, from the experience she gained as a clerk for Workers’ Compensation Administrative Law Judges.  During the year that she worked at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board she provided the judges with legal research on a wide variety of issues in workers’ compensation law.  Additionally, she drafted opinions, notice of intents and answers to reconsiderations and removals.   

Monica E. Fairwell - Workers Compensation Attorney

Furthermore, Ms. Fairwell gained negotiation and trial experience while interning for the San Francisco District Attorney’s (SFDA) office.  As a certified law clerk for the SFDA, Ms. Fairwell handled infraction trials, argued motions in court and assisted in trial preparations for both misdemeanor and felony trials.   She also has experience handling cases before the California Labor Board.  

Ms. Fairwell is on the board of directors of the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), a group that organizes and empowers the indigenous migrant communities in California’s Central Coast. As such, she is dedicated to ensuring just working and living conditions, equality and full human rights to those the organization serves.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Fairwell worked as a human resources professional, managing all aspects of employee relations. 

Ms. Fairwell received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  While earning her Juris Doctorate at Pepperdine University School of Law, she received the CALI Award of Excellence for both Criminal Law and Contracts Law, was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and earned a Dean’s Merit Scholarship.  Her legal thesis was entitled “Workers’ Compensation Reforms SB 899 and 863: Hurting Injured Workers One ‘Reform’ at a Time.”  

Ms. Fairwell is a member of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association.  She is admitted to practice in the State of California.    

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