Timothy B. Armstrong
tarmstrong @ workcompdefense.com
A graduate with Honors from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1982 and from Loyola University School of Law in 1985. Mr. Armstrong began his legal career with the law firm of Matthew, Hodges & Kelley handling civil litigation. In 1987 he became an associate with Johnson, Rifenbark & Wylie, handling both workers compensation and civil liability, as well as subrogation matters.
In 1998 Mr. Armstrong, and Jeffrey Sigel, formed their own firm to represent employers in all aspects of workers compensation and subrogation matters. Mr. Armstrong makes presentations to self‑insured employers, personnel directors, risk managers, and other attorneys concerning current changes and trends in the workers compensation field. These seminars and presentations are made both on an informal basis and in more formal settings as arranged by Lorman Education Services.
In addition he presents seminars to general contractors on behalf of the Associated General Contractors of California and Safely & Health Council. Mr. Armstrong has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Worker’s Compensation Law. Mr. Armstrong has served on the committee of graders for the specialization exam given by the California State Bar in Workers Compensation Law. He has been nominated by his peers and recognized by Super Lawyer Magazine from 2006 to the present. Mr. Armstrong serves as a Judge Pro Tempore at the Pomona Workers Compensation Appeals Board.
Brigitte K. Lockner
blockner @ workcompdefense.com
Received her Bachelor’s Degrees in International Relations and European Languages from the University of Southern California in 1984, with Magna Cum Laude Honors. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1988 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1989. Ms. Lockner has practiced in the area of disability discrimination law for the Western Center for the Handicapped.
Ms. Lockner was corporate counsel for a property management firm, involved primarily in landlord/tenant and contract law disputes. In 1991 Ms. Lockner became an associate with the firm of Johnson, Rifenbark & Wylie where she handled workers compensation liability and subrogation matters.
In October of 1998, Ms. Lockner joined the firm of Armstrong & Sigel. Ms. Lockner has also served as a Judge Pro Tem at the Norwalk Workers Compensation Appeals Board. She is also a member of the Workers Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, the California Women Lawyers Association, and the L.A. County Bar Association/Workers Compensation Division. Ms. Lockner has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law.
Carolyn J. Beliso
cbeliso @ workcompdefense.com
Received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles in 1983. She was employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for 7‑1/2 years as a supervisor and settlement specialist in the areas of workers compensation and liability.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southwestern University School of Law in 1993. While at Southwestern, Ms. Beliso was an editor of the Southwestern University Law Review and received several American Jurisprudence Awards. Ms. Beliso was the first recipient of the Wilshire Bar Association Honors Award. She clerked for Justice Sonenshire at the California State Court of Appeal where she drafted preliminary opinions. She joined Johnson, Rifenbark & Wylie in 1991 as a law clerk and then as a lawyer in 1994 handling workers compensation, civil litigation and subrogation.
She was recently acknowledged as the Attorney of the Year by Roadway Express in appreciation of the services she has rendered for that account. Ms. Beliso joined Armstrong & Sigel in 1998. Ms. Beliso has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law.