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Monica Thissen

Senior Associate Attorney

WCAB Venues Covered:Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas, San Luis Obispo

Monica Thissen is a Senior Associate Attorney in the Fresno office. Her practice is focused on defending workers’ compensation claims on behalf of self or otherwise insured employers including large businesses and municipalities, insurance carriers and third party administrators before the WCAB as well as alternative dispute resolution/carve out forums. She aggressively defends against claims of alleged discrimination under Labor Code §132a and serious and willful misconduct, striving to maintain open and effective communication with her clients and obtain favorable settlements on their behalf.

Monica was admitted to the California State Bar in 2011. She began her practice at a workers’ compensation defense firm, where she gained considerable experience participating in extensive trials, cross-examinations of claimants and doctors on complex medical issues, and appeals to the WCAB and Fifth District Court of Appeals.


  • San Joaquin College of Law – Juris Doctor


  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Specialties: Defense of workers’ compensation, discrimination, and serious and willful misconduct claims on behalf of a variety of employers, including municipalities with alternative dispute resolution/carve out programs.


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