Partners


JOHN B. FLOYD

Attorney at Law, Senior Partner of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP

Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Email: john.floyd@fsklaw.com
Phone: (818) 715-0018 ext. 7617
Fax: (818) 591-3572

Biography

Mr. Floyd is a Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist who has devoted many years to the workers' compensation field and other areas of law, including employment related matters, representing employers, insurance companies, self-insureds, and municipalities in a variety of areas including 132a discrimination claims and serious and willful actions. He is a member of Floyd, Skeren and Kelly, LLP's employment law department. Mr. Floyd has served as an Arbitrator, Mediator, and Judge Pro Tem. He has also provided expert witness testimony in bad faith claims. In addition, he is a Certified Administrator for Self-Insurers.

Mr. Floyd is involved in numerous committees, including California Chamber of Commerce Amicus Committee and the Employers’ Fraud Task Force. Additionally, Mr. Floyd is nationally recognized and AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also a member of the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA).

Mr. Floyd helped publish Retired Judge David W. O’Brien’s treatises on California Workers’ Compensation Claims and Benefits and California Unemployment and Disability Compensation Programs.

JOHN M. LANGEVIN

Attorney at Law, Senior Partner of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP

Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Email: john.langevin@fsklaw.com
Phone: (510) 452-9556 ext. 7799
Fax: (510) 452-1869

Biography

John M. Langevin is a a senior partner in the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Bay Area office. He is a Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law by the State Bar of California.

Mr. Langevin began his career in workers’ compensation defense at State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) in the State Contracts Unit where he was responsible for representation of the State of California. He was quickly promoted to senior counsel and regularly assigned complex cases, including catastrophic claims, discrimination complaints and multi-forum litigation. After twelve years at SCIF, he joined the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly and has since overseen the growth of its practice on a statewide basis. As a former nurse, his background in medical issues has proved to be an invaluable asset to achieving favorable results for his clients and that of his colleagues.

AMANDA A. MANUKIAN

Attorney at Law, Senior Partner of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP

Email: amanda.manukian@fsklaw.com
Phone: (626) 316-5720 ext. 7200
Fax: (626) 395-7808

Biography

Amanda A. Manukian has been with the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP since 2003. She is a senior partner in the Pasadena Office and the Managing Attorney of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). She is also a member of the firm's employment law department.

Prior to her association with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, she served as the Fraud Liaison for the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) in 2002 and part of 2003. Prior to her time (from 1998 to 2002) with the SCIF, she worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. She started as a law clerk in the Appeals and Writs Division, SIU, working on numerous appellate briefs before various California appellate courts.

Subsequent to that, she was a certified senior law clerk conducting preliminary hearings and co-chairing misdemeanor trials at Central Trial in downtown Los Angeles.

During the last two years of her tenure with the district attorney's office, she co-chaired in death penalty evidentiary hearings and assisted with appellate work defending various fraud convictions.

BERNADETTE M. O'BRIEN

Attorney at Law, Partner of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP

Managing Attorney of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP's Employment Law Department
Editor of: http://www.fskemploymentlaw.com
Editor of: http://www.employmentlawacademy.com
Editor of: http://www.employmentlawweekly.com
Editor of: http://www.worklawreport.com
Editor of: http://www.fskhrtraining.com
Email: bernadette.obrien@fsklaw.com
Phone: (916) 920-1100 ext. 3250
Fax: (916) 920-1150

Biography

Bernadette M. O'Brien is a partner at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP and is a certified SPHR/SHRM-SCP Human Resources Executive. Ms. O'Brien serves as general counsel and executive advisor to the law firm's Human Resources (HR) Department and is managing attorney of the firm's employment law department. She is a published author, distinguished speaker, and website content developer.

Ms. O'Brien defends employers in employment related disputes including claims related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, privacy, and leave of absence laws. Ms. O’Brien also assists employers, human resource administrators, and risk managers with numerous HR topics including HR strategic alignment; short range and long range HR operational planning; coordination of HR activities and programs; compliance with federal, state and local employment related laws; tracking and responding to HR trends; developing, organizing and implementing the HR function; training and counseling management and staff; HR policy development, implementation and enforcement; personnel management: hiring, onboarding, performance, discipline, retention, and separation of employment; succession planning; designing competitive compensation and benefit packages; ensuring EEO compliance; managing disability and leave of absence policies and procedures; and, wage and hour compliance. Ms. O'Brien also conducts HR related training sessions throughout California.

Ms. O’Brien is author of the popular LexisNexis publication Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices, co-author of California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, and co-author of California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs. Ms. O’Brien has been a frequent contributor to, and reporter for, the LexisNexis employment law newsletter Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin. She is also editor and developer of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly’s employment related websites: www.employmentlawweekly.com, www.worklawreport.com, www.employmentlawacademy.com, and www.fskhrtraining.com, which provide the latest news and information related to employment law.

Ms. O'Brien has been a speaker on a variety of employment law topics for numerous organizations including CalPelra, CWC, Ag-Safe, EAC, Northern California Workers’ Comp Forum, Intercare, National Interstate Insurance, CASBO, PIHRA, Strafford Webinars and the Employer's Fraud Task Force. You can reach Bernadette O’Brien at bernadette.obrien@fsklaw.com, (818) 206-9222, or (916) 838-3332.

Publications:

Treatises

California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers;

Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices;

California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs.

Articles

"Employers Beware: A 100% WC Permanent Disability Rating Does Not Mean an Employee Cannot Work."

"Who is Liable for Injuries Sustained by an Independent Contractor's Employee as a Result of a Lapse in Workplace Safety Requirements—The ‘Hirer' or the Independent Contractor."

"California Appellate Court Addresses a Key Question Linked to Both Immigration and Employment Law: May an Undocumented Worker Pursue a Discrimination Claim Based on a Refusal to Hire/Rehire."

"Employers Be Ready: A Number of New Employment-Related Laws Will Take Effect on January 1, 2012."

"The U.S. Department of Labor and the State of California Join Force to Crack Down on Employers: Avoid the Pitfalls of Employee Misclassification."

“Ninth Circuit Provides Important Guidance for Employers on When Attendance Constitutes an Essential Function of the Job”

ERIC E. OSTLING

Attorney at Law, Partner of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP

Managing Attorney of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP's Sacramento Office
Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Email: eric.ostling@fsklaw.com
Phone: (916) 920-1100 ext. 7276
Fax: (916) 920-1150

Biography

Eric E. Ostling is a partner and the Managing Attorney of the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Sacramento office. Mr. Ostling earned his Undergraduate Degree from the University of California, Davis in 1984. He attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and was awarded his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1987, and also a Master of Law and Taxation (LLM) in 1988. Mr. Ostling has earned an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to joining Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP in 2007, Mr. Ostling spent many years litigating civil matters before various Northern and Southern California Superior Courts, as well as in all California Federal Districts. Mr. Ostling has successfully completed many Superior and Federal Court Trials as well as binding Arbitrations. Mr. Ostling represented clients in various types of civil litigation, including business, commercial contract, construction contract, employment, personal injury, product defect, union fringe benefit, surety bond, and wage and hour matters in federal and state courts. As a result of this litigation experience, Mr. Ostling brings with him a breadth of trial experience and knowledge in civil and employment litigation matters.

Mr. Ostling represents employers, insurance entities, self-insured entities and third party administrators before the WCAB on standard workers' compensation defense, Section 132(a) discrimination claims and serious and willful misconduct claims.

DONA LEE SKEREN

Attorney at Law, Partner of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP

Assistant Managing Attorney of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP's Employment Law Department
Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Co-Editor of: http://www.fskemploymentlaw.com
Co-Editor of: http://www.employmentlawacademy.com
Co-Editor of: http://www.employmentlawweekly.com
Co-Editor of: http://www.worklawreport.com
Co-Editor of: http://www.fskhrtraining.com
Email: dona.skeren@fsklaw.com
Phone: (818) 206-9222 ext. 8863
Fax: (818) 206-9223

Biography

Dona Lee Skeren is the assistant managing attorney of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP's employment law department. She provides advice and counsel to employers on a variety of employment related matters ranging from discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation to general human resources matters such as employee handbook development and employer notice obligations under federal and state law. Ms. Skeren's focus is on assisting employers with understanding and converging the return-to-work cross-over issues related to federal and state leave laws, more specifically, the nuances associated with California workers' compensation laws and the FEHA/ADA/ADAAA disability discrimination laws. She also conducts employment law related seminars and training sessions throughout California and is co-editor of www.fskemploymentlaw.com, www.employmentlawweekly.com and www.employmentlawacademy.com.

After finishing her undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton, Ms. Skeren obtained her Juris Doctorate degree at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she was a law review staff member, received several academic awards and spent a summer term as a law clerk for an Administrative Law Judge at the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, in San Francisco, California. In 1995, Ms. Skeren began her career with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, representing employers, insurance entities, and third party administrators in workers' compensation matters, including standard defense of claims, 132a discrimination allegations, serious and willful allegations and all other employment related issues. Additionally, she assisted in the editing and publication of Judge David W. O'Brien's California Workers' Compensation Claims and Benefits handbook and his unemployment insurance treatise.

THOMAS M. SKEREN, JR.

Attorney at Law, Managing Partner of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP

Email: tom.skeren@fsklaw.com
Phone: (818) 206-9222 ext. 3263
Fax: (818) 206-9223

Biography

Mr. Skeren is Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, and a member of the firm's employment law department. He joined the law firm shortly after its was founded by John B. Floyd in 1987.

Mr. Skeren, a graduate of the University of Buffalo, began his career as a professional human resources and labor relations with Dresser Industries. After completion of his legal studies at Western State University of Law, he left his position as Vice President of Human Resources and joined the Law Offices of John B. Floyd to commence his legal career.

He has represented a variety of insured and uninsured employers defending all aspects of workers' compensation matters, in addition to handling matters related to discrimination and serious & willful misconduct claims.