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Terry Smith, a recently retired Worker’s Compensation Judge, has returned to the law firm of Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin as a partner its Complex Litigation Unit.

He will also be assisting retired Workers Compensation Judge David O’Brien maintain and edit his treatise California Workers’ Compensation Claims and Benefits, Online Edition, and other special projects.

Judge Smith is a Certified Specialist in California Workers’ Compensation Law and has defended insurance carriers, private employers, public agencies, self-insured employers, administrators, school districts, and transit districts. He is a trial attorney litigating special investigation cases, serious willful misconduct claims, §132(a) claims and appellate work.

Judge Smith served as a Deputy Sheriff for the County of Ventura and has worked for the Ventura District Attorney’s office. He began his workers’ compensation career 30 years ago as an adjuster and then as an attorney working at a national insurance carrier specializing in Special Investigations Unit (SIU) cases.

He has lectured to insurance company’s claims units and employers in association with the Employer’s Fraud Task Force and the Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Orange County and Riverside County District Attorney’s Offices.

Judge Smith has also lectured to the International Association of Special Investigation Units and the Southern California Fraud Investigators Association.

After serving as a Workers’ Compensation Judge at the Marina Del Rey Board, he now has decided to return to his prior home with Floyd Skeren at its Westlake Village office where he was formerly a Partner and Manager of the attorneys in that office.

His colleagues at that facility and in other firm offices across the state are very excited to learn of his return to his former group. He spent seventeen years as a defense lawyer with the firm before being recruited as a Workers’ Compensation Judge by the WCAB.

Judge Smith said he was very pleased to return to the group of colleagues he has known and worked with for many years, and to work with the firm’s clients, many of which he has worked in the capacity as defense lawyer.

In addition to his work with Floyd Skeren, he enjoys traveling and vacationing with his wife of 30 years. On weekends he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Street Glide Special with the local Harley Owners Group (HOG) and the local Blue Knights® International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club – a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles.