711 Grand Avenue, Suite 130, San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 459-9565
Fax: (415) 459-9566
Toll Free: (866) 877-7013
Representing injured workers nationwide under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), Defense Base Act (DBA), and Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) employees since 1982.
Mr. Birnbaum is a specialist certified by the California State Bar in Workers’ Compensation as well as Admiralty and Maritime Law. The Law Office of Steven M. Birnbaum has attained the highest AV rating by national lawyer’s rating organization Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Birnbaum is a board member and the past president of the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG).
Mr. Birnbaum is the co-editor of the 7th Edition of the Longshore Textbook published by the Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company.
Because we work with experienced trial lawyers in a vast array of legal specialties, we can help you with:
Attended New York University, New York, NY.
Graduated New College of California School of Law, San Francisco, 1978
CLE Seminars, National College of Advocacy
Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), 1969-1970 (Carrollton, Ga.)
License to Practice:
State of California, 1978; U.S. District Court, No. California;
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court
Certified Workers Compensation Specialists, State Bar of California
Certified Specialist Maritime and Admiralty, State Bar of California
Clinical Extern, San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance –1978-80–
Legal Assistance to the Elderly, San Francisco, CA –1978-1982 — Staff Attorney
Clinical Advisor, New College School of Law (San Francisco, CA)
Law Offices of Steven M. Birnbaum, A Professional Corporation, –1983-present–
Specializing in Workers’ Compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act and under the California Labor Code
Member, California State Bar, AAJ, California Applicants’ Attorneys Assn.;
Board Member, Workplace Injury Law and Advocacy Group Treasurer (Vice Chairman), –1995-1997– Treasurer Elect –2008– Treasurer –2008-2009– President –2009-2010– Past President, Winner President’s award twice
Chair, S.F. Bay Maritime Claimant’s Bar; Past Chair, ATLA Workers’ Compensation Section; Lecturer, National College of Advocacy
Advisor, Benefits Review Board Report Lexis Nexis pub.
Advisor, Annual Longshore Conference, Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
Founder and Director of WILG’s Annual Longshore Claimant’s Bar Seminar since 2006
Fellow, College of Workers Compensation Lawyers 2013-14 Treasurer
Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell
Designated “Workers Compensation Notable Person 2009” Lexis Nexis
Interfaith Workers for Justice, National Board member
Chief Editor the Longshore Textbook, 6th ed. Lawyer and Judges Publishing
Marin Peace and Justice Coalition
Pt Richmond Neighborhood Council
Past member of the Mill Valley Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission
Board of Directors, (past president) Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Law Library, Berkeley, CA (1998-2008)
Lecturer, Industrial Claims Assn.
Lecturer, Loyola University, New Orleans
Lecturer, Longshore Claims Association
Lecturer, ATLA National College of Advocacy
Lecturer, Northwest Longshore Administrators Association
Lecturer, California Applicants Attorneys Association,
Lecturer National Council of State Legislators
Past Corporate Sponsor: King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, AR
Andy, Steve’s son has worked in the office on and off since 2003, most recently re-joining the firm in February of 2014 after spending four years as a legal assistant and office manager with Bracamontes & Vlasak, PC assisting with plaintiff’s side civil litigation throughout the SF Bay Area.
Andy recently finished law school and sat for the California BAR examination in July.
• College of Marin – 2003 to 2006
• University of California, Berkeley – 2006 to 2008 – [B.A. in Political Science]
• San Francisco Law School – 2014 to 2018 – [Juris Doctorate]
Ms. Richter joined the Law Offices of Steven M. Birnbaum in 2007 after responding to a job offer posted by Steven M. Birnbaum, Esq. looking for legal assistants that simply wanted to “Help Injured Workers and make a difference in the world.”
Ms. Richter’s passion for helping injured workers began after she was severely injured in an automobile accident in 1981.
• Suffolk Community College: Associates of Arts 1978 - 3.0 GPA
• Dowling College: Bachelors of Arts 1982- 3.5 GPA
• Dowling College: Free-Lance Writing Certification 1982 - 4.0 GPA
• University of La Verne College of Law: Paralegal Studies Degree 1995 – 3.95 GPA
• Santa Rosa Junior College: Alcohol and Drug Treatment Certification 2007 -4.0 GPA
Ms. Dunn joined the Law Office of Steven M. Birnbaum in 2016. Ms. Dunn received her paralegal certificate from San Francisco State University where she gained hands-on experience as an intern at the Marin Law Library and at the law firm Andrus and Anderson LLP.
Prior to attending San Francisco State University, Ms. Dunn spent a year of service with BAYAC AmeriCorps working with homeless and at-risk youth at the Bill Wilson Drop-in Center in San Jose.
• San Francisco State University- Paralegal Certificate: 2016
• California State University, Northridge- B.A. Psychology: 2008
Mr. Briggs joined the Law Office of Steven M. Birnbaum in early 2017.
Mr. Briggs has been working as a legal assistant for two years, previously working at Charles Aaron Silverman P.C. in Chicago, IL, and is currently in the process of getting his paralegal certificate.
• Tamalpais School District GED – 2012
• California State University, Bakersfield Paralegal Program
• California State University, Bakersfield Advanced Paralegal Program – set to graduate 2019
Ms. Mateo joined the Law Office of Steven M. Birnbaum in March 2018.
Ms. Mateo obtained her B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2017, and is currently attending Merrit College to obtain her paralegal certificate and an AA in Paralegal Studies.
Ms. Mateo gained experience as an intern at Wiley W. Manuel Court House and as ac volunteer as a native Mayan translator for East Bay Sanctuary
• California State University, Sonoma – B.A. Criminal Justice: 2017