Alan B. Snitzer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Pasadena, CA

Law Offices of Alan B. Snitzer, PC
 | 80 S. Lake Avenue, Suite 800
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: 626-449-4300
Fax: 626-449-0830
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

Alan B. Snitzer is an attorney at law at the Law Offices of Alan B. Snitzer, A Professional Corporation. He represents clients in California in matters of personal injury, including catastrophic injury, bodily injury, brain injury, commercial vehicle liability, head injury, motor vehicle accidents and injuries, some premises liability accidents, motorcycle accidents, severe burns, spinal injury, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, head and spinal injuries and trucking accidents.

Along with personal injury, Mr. Snitzer also takes some workers’ compensation cases, limited strictly to public safety officers such as sheriff, fire, police, paramedics, highway patrol and district attorney investigators. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of California, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

In 2014, Mr. Snitzer was named by the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group as one of the nation’s top 100 injured workers’ attorneys and by Pasadena Magazine as a top attorney. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Snitzer graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. In 1977, he obtained a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law. He is also certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization in workers’ compensation law. With almost four decades of experience, he is a passionate advocate for the injured and their family members, finding the best way to obtain compensation for their injuries at the hands of another.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Workers' Compensation (70%)

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

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About Alan Snitzer

Admitted: 1978, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.injuredpublicsafetyworkers.com/attorney-profiles...

Honors/Awards:

  • I have been named in the annual "Top Attorneys" issue of Pasadena Magazine for 2009 through 2016,  in the "Workers' Compensation" area, "Top Attorneys" status, Pasadena Magazine, 2008
  • I was named as "One of the Nation's Top 100 Injured Workers Attorneys" by WILG, a nationwide bar association, the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group, WILG, 2014
  • I have been rated "AV Preeminent", the highest possible rating for both legal skills and ethics (as voted by my peers) for the last 20 years on Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1998-2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • I have been designated a certified specialist in workers' compensation law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1979
  • State Bar of California, 1978
  • Member of the Board of Directors (2008 through 2018 and continuing) of the California Applicants' Attorneys Assoc., the statewide claimants' attorneys' bar association in the workers' compensation field. Member of the Pasadena Bar Assoc.; Los Angeles County Bar Assoc.; American Bar Assoc.; Consumer Attorneys Assoc. of Los Angeles (CAALA, local plaintiffs' trial lawyers assoc.); Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC, statewide plaintiffs' trial lawyers association); Worker's Compensation Section of the California Lawyers Association;  and WILG (Work Injury Law & Advocacy Group, national workers' comp. bar assoc.), 2012

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Block Captain, Neighborhood Watch, Pasadena, California, 1996

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • I lectured at 3 recent summer conventions of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association, the statewide bar association for the workers' compensation claimants' attorneys in California, moderating the last two such panels. They occured in Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe), CA, 2009 [Handling Public Safety Cases]; Monterey, CA, 2010 [Coordinating the Settlement of a Personal Injury Case with a Workers' Compensation Case]; and San Francisco, CA,  2012 [Proving Causation of Communicable Diseases.] I also was the featured speaker at the November 2017 monthly dinner meeting of the Los Angeles/Valley Chapter of the Calif. Applicants' Attorneys Assoc. (LAVAAA/CAAA), discussing "Handling a Workers' Compensation Case with a personal Injury Case." Summer Convention, Panelist/Moderator, California Applicants' Attorneys Association, 2012, Workers' Compensation Bar Assoc.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • We resolved a personal injury case for an LAPD motorcycle officer with a traumatic brain injury from an on-duty accident with an elderly man who was drunk.  He also suffered numerous orthopedic injuries requiring surgery. Although the defendant carried only a $100,000 auto insurance liability limit, we settled the case at mediation for $395,000, after convincing the defendant to sell a rental property to come up with additional funds to resolve the claim. We also settled the officer's underlying workers' comp. claim for 78% permanent disability, and he eventually returned to work at permanent light duty, 2015
  • Settled a personal injury case involving an LAPD Sergeant injured on duty in a traffic collision, who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury due to a rollover accident, and was left unable to return to work.  Although there was a bodily injury insurance liability limit of $1 Million, only about $700,000 remained available on this "burning limits" policy, out of which another claimant was also paid, and defense costs and fees were deducted.   We nevertheless obtained an "excess" settlement of $1.25 Million, since we "opened up the policy limit" to exposure beyond the $1,000,000.  The settlement included disposing of a workers' compensation lien of about $175,000, with a "waiver" of credit against future workers' compensation benefits for this same injured officer, 2013

Educational Background:

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. in Political Science, 1974

Industry Groups

  • Sworn Public Safety Officers
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Office Location for Alan B. Snitzer

80 S. Lake Avenue
Suite 800
Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: 626-449-4300

Fax: 626-449-0830

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Last Updated: 8/6/2019

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