Practice Areas

THE Legal Advocate is a diverse law practice, representing both claimants and employers, that primarily focuses on Administrative Law, including all issues under California's Employment Development Department (EDD) such as Employer Payroll Taxes (Petitions for Reassessment/Review and Misclassified Employees/Independent Contractors), Paid Family Leave (PFL), State Disability Income (SDI), and Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims and redeterminations; California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board hearings and board appeals, as well as writs of administrative mandate to CA Superior Court if necessary. Note that UI administrative cases are represented nationally, not just in California.
Additionally, THE Legal Advocate represents both claimants and employers before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), a.k.a. Labor Commission for settlement conferences and Labor Commission "Berman" hearings, as well as provides representation before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (FEHA) and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)...all the way to judicial, not just administrative, courts to assert a client's right(s).  
Secondary areas of practice include non-complex Immigration, particularly work visas; Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) cases; and Traffic Infractions, including both written Trial by Declaration and/or Trial de Novo for employees, like truckers, whose jobs are in part dependent on their driving record appearing clean.
Employer Payroll Taxes
Paid Family Leave
State Disability Income

Whether you are starting a new business, an existing employer or a household employer, California employers--both within and outside of the state--must know, understand, and abide by countess legal obligations imposed by both the U.S. Federal government and California State government.


These legal obligations include, but are not limited to, California's four state payroll taxes which are administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD): two employer contributions (1) Employment Training Tax (ETT) and (2) Unemployment Insurance (UI); and

(3) Personal Income Tax (PIT) and

(4) State Disability Insurance, both of which are withheld from employees’ wages.



Business Law & Litigation





Employment Law