Dirk Stemerman focuses his practice on representing injured workers in workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits cases. He is certified as a Specialist in workers’ compensation law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a much-in-demand speaker and presenter at numerous legal conventions.

Dirk is also involved in the local legal community, serving as a volunteer with the Watsonville Law Center, which provides free legal services to low-income individuals with predominate focus on the agricultural community and workers’ rights and as a Sustaining Member of the Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of injured workers.




Publications and Presentations

  • Panelist, COA Annual Meeting & QME Course, Monterey, May 2023 – Applying the Kite Decision
  • Panelist, CAAA Convention, San Diego, January 2019 – Benson: How and Why Exceptions Apply
  • Panelist, CAAA Convention, San Diego, January 2017 – Professional Responsibility & Conflicts of Interest
  • Panelist, CWCDAA Winter Conference, Anaheim, November 2015 – Applicant Attorney Perspective on Rebutting the PDRS Post 1/1/13
  • Panelist, CAAA Convention, San Diego, January 2015 – How to Obtain, Actualize and Secure Your Client’s Accurate and Actual Disability
  • Panelist, CAAA Seminar, Oakland – The Domino Effect of Treatment Denials – September 2014
  • Columnist, Monterey County Herald – “On the Job,” 2011-2013
  • Panelist, CAAA Rating Seminar, Monterey, December 2012
  • Panelist, CAAA Convention, Lake Tahoe, June 2009 – Utilizing Medical & Other Expert Evidence at Trial – Rebuttal to the Guides WPI and/or the Scheduled FEC
  • Panelist, CAAA Convention, Monterey, June 2008 – Advanced AMA Guides II
  • Panelist, CAAA Convention, Rancho Mirage, January 2008 – Navigating the AME/QME Process
  • Author, CAAA Newsletter, 2005-2007
  • Co-author and panelist, ATLA Convention, Seattle, WA, July 2006: “Representing Farm Workers, Migrant Workers, and Undocumented Workers–Overcoming Geographical, Social, and Language Barriers”
  • Contributor, “CAAAments” magazine, 2010, 2006, 2005
  • Contributor, “Workers First Watch” magazine, 2005-2006
  • Reporter, “Matthew Bender Labor and Employment Law Bulletin,” 2004-2005