Ms. St.Clair received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, majoring in Law and Society, with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Thereafter she attended law school at the University of San Diego, where she received her Juris Doctor degree. Ms. St.Clair has past experience investigating fraud. She has worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office and has experience in the Federal Tort Claims Act, Title VII claims and medical malpractice. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California, United States District Court Southern District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and United States Supreme Court.
Since 1996, Ms. St. Clair has been defending workers’ compensation claims under the California workers’ compensation system, the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and general maritime law. She is a certified workers’ compensation specialist in the State of California. Ms. St.Clair focuses her practice on legal research and writing before all courts and on all trial and appellate topics. She has successfully briefed complex legal issues before the WCAB, California Superior Court, California Supreme Court, California Court of Appeals, and Ninth Circuit on issues arising under the Jones Act, general maritime law, LHWCA, subrogation, and damages issues.
Ms. St. Clair has a long history of academic achievement, including as her high school valedictorian. She is a frequent public speaker on state and Federal workers’ compensation topics. She is often requested to address issues concerning the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, and is one of the foremost experts on its application in litigated matters. Ms. St.Clair has been an instructor for the Insurance Educational Association, teaching the Advanced Class of Case Law and the Labor Code, and has acted as a seminar leader for various Council on Education in Management events.