3260 Blume Drive, Suite 450
Richmond, CA 94806
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 in Admiralty and Maritime Law. Birnbaum Law, PC 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.

​ Practice Areas

​ Longshore and Harbor Workers Act

Workers injured while working in longshore, ship repair and ship building have federal workers’ compensation claims under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).

​ Defense Base Act

Independent contractors injured while working on overseas government contracts have federal workers’ compensation claims under the Defense Base Act (DBA) and the War Hazards Act.

​ Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act

Non-government employees injured while working on military bases may be entitled to workers’ compensation claims under the Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act (NAFI).

Frequently Asked Questions

What benefits can an injured worker be entitled to?

  • Medical treatment
  • Temporary disability payments
  • Permanent disability payments
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Job retraining / rehabilitation services
  • Death benefits

What kinds of legal problems can Birnbaum Law, PC help with?

Because we work with experienced trial lawyers in a vast array of legal specialties, we can help you with:

  • 3rd party, personal injury
  • Employment
  • American Disability Act
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Peculiar risk
  • Social Security cases
  • Veteran administration
  • Long-term, short-term disability
  • Discrimination under the Labor Code 132a
  • Violation of safety and health conditions in the work place
  • Medical malpractice
  • Legal malpractice

What is a cumulative trauma claim?

  • The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act covers you for pain and other sympoms you feel as a result of gradual wearing out of joints and orther organs. If you are experiencing pain, that pain may need treatment and may even entitle you to payments under workers compensation.
  • If you have numbness in your hands, tingling and feelings of cold, CALL US, we may be able to help. It might be a sore knee that never goes away or the sore shoulder, neck or back that is stiff every morning when you get up or before you start work, or when a specific body part begins to hurt after a long, hard day of work. It also could be exposure to toxic substances or breathing bad air or dust in the workplace.
  • If you have any questions as to whether you might have a cumulative trauma claim, please contact the Law Office of Steven M. Birnbaum and ASK.

Hearing loss alert

  • You may be missing out on benefits and permanent disability payments if you do not make a claim for hearing loss. Exposure to loud noise in the workplace through time may actually have damaged your hearing.
  • If you have suffered such a loss you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Contact the Law Office of Steven M. Birnbaum NOW for information on how to protect your rights.

Steven M. Birnbaum, Esq. -- Curriculum Vitae


Attended New York University, New York, NY.

Graduated New College of California School of Law, San Francisco, 1978

CLE Seminars, National College of Advocacy

Government Service:  

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 Specialist Maritime and Admiralty, State Bar of California

Professional Experience:

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)

Birnbaum Law, PC, –1983-present–

Specializing in Workers’ Com­pensa­tion under the Longsh­ore ­and Harbor Wor­kers’ Act and under the California Labor Code

Professional Associations: 

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

Civic Activities:

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)

Lecturing Experience:

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


Andrew Birnbaum, Esq.

Injured Workers Attorney

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 was admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California as well as the Northern District of California in February of 2019.


• 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]

    Mark Ogata, Esq.

    Injured Workers Attorney

    Mr. Ogata joined Birnbaum Law in May of 2022.

    He was admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California in November 2021. His legal
    work during and immediately after completing his education included Social Security
    disability advocacy, fair housing advocacy, and public defense.

    In addition to being passionate about worker’s rights, he relates to Birnbaum Law’s areas of
    practice by virtue of being born and raised in Honolulu.


    * Washington University in St. Louis, Juris Doctor: 2017-2020
    * Pitzer College, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy: 2010-2014

      Julie Ann Richter

      Senior Hawaii Paralegal

      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

        Angie Marroquin

        Legal Assistant

        Ms. Marroquin joined Birnbaum Law, PC in October 2019.
        Ms. Marroquin obtained her B.A. in Political Science in 2018 and will be going back to school to get her paralegal certificate.
        Ms. Marroquin has previously worked as an Assistant Paralegal at Fragomen Del Rey, Bensen & Lowey LLP assisting clients with immigration applications.

        - Berkeley City College-A.A. Political Science 2016
        - California State University, San Francisco-B.A. Political Science 2018

          Zia Calpito

          Legal Assistant

          Ms. Calpito joined Birnbaum Law in May, 2022.

          She obtained B.A in Political Science, as well as a B.A in Film Studies, at UC Berkeley. She plans to go to law school or graduate school in the future.


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