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CA Board of Legal Specialization LogoAttorney Lawrence R. Whiting is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist* and has been practicing law since 1975.

  Mr. Whiting graduated from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law while recovering from injuries suffered in the line of duty as a firefighter. Subsequent to his retirement from the Los Angeles City Fire Department, he has spent nearly forty years practicing workers’ compensation law. While his first ten years in the field were spent as a defense attorney, the balance of his career has been devoted to representing injured workers — specializing in handling claims for firefighters, police officers, and other public safety personnel. He is believed to be the only firefighter currently designated by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.*

  As a workers’ compensation attorney, Mr. Whiting has done a considerable amount of work in the appeals process. He has filed several hundred Petitions for Reconsideration, over seventy Petitions for Writ of Review, and has participated in several published opinions on various workers’ compensation issues. He has both petitioned and filed briefs with the California Supreme Court. He has been chosen to act as Arbitrator, has served as an expert witness, and has served many hours as a Judge Pro Tem for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

  As an active member of the California Applicants’ Attorney Association (CAAA), Mr. Whiting has lectured on workers’ compensation topics at CAAA Conferences. He has also conducted presentations before the California Defense Attorneys Association, and has presented extensive training seminars for workers’ compensation claims examiners. The quarterly publication IOD Law was written by him to address workers’ compensation issues as they apply to firefighters and other peace & safety officers.

  Mr. Whiting has been a mentor to both novice workers’ compensation practitioners and to civil attorneys handling workers’ compensation matters for their own clients. He has given many informational talks at the invitation of various Firefighter Associations, and fire stations, and is available to do so upon request. He is approved by multiple state, county, and city firefighter association and police associations, as well as California State Firefighters’ Association to handle workers’ compensation claims for their members.


Attorney William G. Cotter is a California Certified Legal Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law. Before joining the Law Offices of Lawrence R. Whiting in 2012, Mr. Cotter began his career in workers’ compensation in 2005 as a claims adjuster with the State Compensation Insurance Fund, handling primarily police officer and firefighter claims for local municipalities. Thereafter, Mr. Cotter was hired by the City of Los Angeles, initially as a workers’ compensation claims analyst, and was later promoted to claims supervisor.

  While working full-time, Mr. Cotter obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law, graduating cum laude. Mr. Cotter was on the Law Review for three years, the last two of which as the Managing Editor. He was also a member of the Honors Moot Court Team.

  In 2017 Mr  Whiting & Mr. Cotter formed Whiting & Cotter, LLP with the shared vision of "Aggressively representing California's injured Safety Officers."


CA Board of Legal Specialization LogoAttorney Matthew D. Hurlimann has been practicing law since 2001. In 2009, the State Bar of California recognized him as a Certified Legal Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law*. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the University of California Hastings–College of the Law, Mr. Hurlimann has focused his career on workers’ compensation claims and related legal areas of practice.

    Prior to joining the Law Offices of Lawrence R. Whiting, Mr. Hurlimann represented the interests of San Diego County, employers and insurance companies at a large law firm. His practice has included representing private and public employers. Mr. Hurlimann has handled all technical aspects of the law related to workers’ compensation including appearing before the Court of Appeal. He was the lead attorney in the published case, Esquivel v. Corrections Corporation of America. Mr. Hurlimann uses his knowledge of defense strategy and tactics to zealously represent injured safety workers’ claims and ensure they receive all benefits to which they are entitled.


Attorney Alexander D. Brewsaugh has been practicing law since 2009. He was born and raised in Orange County and attended Chapman University in Orange for both undergraduate and law school. He has focused his legal career in the practice of Workers' Compensation and has represented both sides of claims.

    Mr. Brewsaugh has handled all issues arising from workers' compensation claims, including appeals at the WCAB in San Francisco. He has handled a wide variety of injured workers including professional athletes, police officers, firefighters and school district employees. Mr, Brewsaugh is proud to represent the clients of Whiting & Cotter. LLP, aggressively and zealously.


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