Alan Z. Gurvey

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Sherman Oaks, California

Law Firm of Rowen, Gurvey & Win
Alan Z. Gurvey
Law Firm of Rowen, Gurvey & Win

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation

Licensed in California since: 1991

Education: University of Manitoba, Robson Hall Faculty of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024

Law Firm of Rowen, Gurvey & Win

5900 Sepulveda Blvd
Suite 500
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411 Visit website


Attorney Alan Gurvey is the managing partner at the Law Firm of Rowen, Gurvey & Win, A Professional Corporation. Since joining the Sherman Oaks firm in 1992, Mr. Gurvey has focused his practice on representing injured workers from throughout Southern California, including the cities of Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Thousand Oaks. With his assistance, more than 1,000 Californians who sustained on-the-job injuries have successfully obtained the workers' compensation benefits they needed to allow them to remain financially secure while recovering from their injuries.

Mr. Gurvey began his legal career in the United States in 1991, after earning his law degree from Robson Hall Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba and his admission to The State Bar of California. In addition to his admission, the California Board of Legal Specialization recognizes him as a board-certified workers' compensation attorney.

Over the course of Mr. Gurvey's 25-year legal career, he has earned a reputation as one of the state's leading workers' compensation lawyers.  In June 2017, the Court of Appeal issued a published decision in Maureen Hikida vs. Costco Wholesale, which provides the basis for unapportioned permanent disability awards after failed medical treatment.  Mr. Gurvey has spoken at a number of venues throughout the state on this case.  He also has an "Excellent" rating from Avvo and the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group named him one of the country's top injured workers' attorneys. In addition, he received the Comp Laude Award for Applicant Attorney of the Year from WorkCompCentral in 2014. In 2016, he was honored with the Harold Wax Outstanding Merit Award by the California Applicants' Attorneys Association. 

Mr. Gurvey is an active member of the legal community and his local community. He is a member of the Brown Club of Southern California's advisory council, and he is an honorary member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities Board of Governors. He is co-chair of the Education Committee of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association. He is also host of Gurvey's Law, a leading legal radio program on KABC in Los Angeles.

Practice areas

Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 100% Workers' Compensation: Claimant

First Admitted: 1991, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Education Co-Chairperson of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association
  • Board of Directors, California Applicants' Attorneys Association
Educational Background:
  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Honors: Finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship
  • Brown University with an honors degree in Ethics and Political Philosophy
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Honorary Board of Governors Member for the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities
  • President, Brown University Club of Southern California Advisory Council
  • Member, Brown University Club of Southern California Advisory Council
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Nilsen v. WCAB (Supreme Court writ denied). Total disability found based on compensable consequence disability without apportionment., 2014
  • Maria Lopez vs. General Wax Co., Inc. (reconsideration denied). Where the applicant got her finger stuck in a machine, resulting in her finger being cut off in a post 1/1/13 injury, the Court found compensable permanent disability for the psyche injury because the mechanism of injury constituted a "violent act" within the meaning of Labor Code Section 4660.1. The applicant was found 100% disabled based on the psyche., 2017
  • Belling v. UPS WCAB (reconsideration granted) 24 hour, 7 day home care granted for wife to care for her husband., 2016
  • Joel De La Cerda vs. Martin Selko & Co.; SCIF. WCAB decision indicating that disabilities from different medical conditions can be added, rather than combined, resulting in total disability., 2018
  • Maureen Hikida v. Costco (Court of Appeal, 2nd District) Certified published opinion provides the basis for unapportioned permanent disability awards after failed medical treatment., 2017
  • Ferrona v. Warner Brothers, Time Warner Entertainment (writ denied). 24 hour, 7 days a week home care provided extending the Patterson doctrine, where utilization review is not relevant to a request for authorization., 2015
  • County of Los Angeles vs. WCAB (Williams) (writ dismissed).  The Court upheld a finding by the WCJ of entitlement to 24/7 home health care where there were years of medical reporting, indicating such a need because the defendant had failed to perform its duty to investigate the extent of the need under Labor Code Section 4600 and Neri Hernandez., 2016
  • The Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group - One of the Nation's Top Injured Workers Attorneys, 2015
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, 2017
  • Super Lawyer, 2017 - 2021
  • Featured in article called "Gurvey's Life and Law (So Far)" in the Jewish Post and News., 2014
  • Featured on the cover of Valley Lawyer, "An Unconventional Journey: Alan Gurvey and a Commitment to Service," a publication of the San Fernando Bar Association., December 2014
  • WorkCompCentral - Comp Laude Finalist for Applicant Attorney of the Year, 2017 & 2019
  • WorkCompCentral - Comp Laude Award for Applicant Attorney of the Year, 2014
  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association - Harold W. Wax Outstanding Merit Award, 2016
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Host of leading legal radio program, "Gurvey's Law," on KABC radio, interviewing top lawyers and newsmakers in the country such as Alan Dershowitz, F. Lee Bailey, Gerry Spence, Gloria Allred, Erwin Chemerinsky, Christiane Amanpour, Erin Brockovich, Robert Kennedy, Jr. and a host of others., 2017
  • Frequently quoted in news articles in WorkCompCentral, the industry leader in the news in the Worker's Compensation community, 2017
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association Winter Convention, Speaker - "Medicare Set Asides - Questions and Answers," San Diego, CA, 2017
  • ExamWorks Medical Seminars, Panelist
  • State Bar Workers’ Compensation section conferences, Speaker
  • California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, Speaker
  • Ventura County Sheriff's Association, Speaker
  • Workers' Compensation Section of the California State Bar “Boot Camp”, Instructor
  • WorkCompCentral Education Seminar, Facilitator
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association Webinar, Presenter - "Medicare Set Asides and Workers' Compensation", 2017
  • Case Management Society of America, Speaker - "The Role of Nurse Case Managers in Workers' Compensation", 2016
  • WorkCompCentral Comp Laude Conference "TED talk," Presenter - "The Mental Toughness of a San Bernadino Terrorist Attack Victim", 2016
  • "MPNs: The Fiasco Starts Here." Article published in different media regarding Medical Provider Networks in Workers' Compensation and their flaws., 2015
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Spring Conference, Presenter - "Vocational Evidence," Maui HI, 2018
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Winter Conference, Speaker - "The 10 Most Important Things to Know to Successfully Represent Injured Workers," Rancho Mirage, CA, 2018
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Speaker - Rating Seminar in Monterey, CA, 2017
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association, Presenter - "The Hikida Case," Los Angeles, CA, 2018
  • California Applicants' Attorneys Association University at UCLA, Instructor - "Labor Code 132a Petitions", 2018
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association - Workers' Compensation Section, Presenter - "The Hikida Case," Encino, CA, 2018
  • California State Bar Association, Presenter - "The Reality of a Mass Workplace Violence Claim.", 2018
  • Law Firm of Rowen, Gurvey & Win, Moderator = "I Have Another Question: A Physician's Seminar on Workers' Compensation," Encino, CA, 2018

Office location for Alan Z. Gurvey

5900 Sepulveda Blvd
Suite 500
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411

Phone: 818-981-9960


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  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024

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