Workers comp defense Lawyer Angel Casarez smiling at the camera


Founder & CEO

Sacramento, Lodi, Bay Area

tel: +1 916 429 3229

fax: +1 916 880 5339


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Angel Casarez is a founding partner of Wintersteen | Casarez.  She has practiced in the field of Workers’ Compensation for almost 18 years.  Ms. Casarez has extensive experience in representing insurance carriers, self-insured employers and public entities in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense. Ms. Casarez speaks Spanish fluently.

Prior to Wintersteen | Casarez, Ms. Casarez served as workers’ compensation managing attorney for a nationally recognized corporation- Foster Farms- where she supervised the work of outside counsel in multiple jurisdictions.  Ms. Casarez coordinated with the workers’ compensation claims manager to systemize and monitor the company’s legal program, by drafting and maintaining litigation guidelines.  In addition, she coordinated litigation with internal and external employment civil counsel.  Part of her role within the corporations’ legal program was to coordinate training for the claims staff and provide day to day guidance on handling of claims.

Prior to Foster Farms, Ms. Casarez was a Managing Partner with Testan Law in Oakland.  She oversaw the work of five attorneys and managed all staff members.  She was the account manager for several national clients and oversaw the work of multiple Testan Law offices for those clients.  Ms. Casarez enjoyed building relationships with clients by being the coordinator for firm functions in Northern California.  In addition, Ms. Casarez handled a full case load representing clients in all aspects of defending a workers’ compensation case.

Ms. Casarez received her Juris Doctor degree from New College of California, a Public Interest law school in San Francisco.  She received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University in La Raza Studies with a minor in Dance.

Ms. Casarez most recently served on the Legal Committee for the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.  In that capacity, she assisted in reviewing significant decisions with the potential to impact the industry, to determine where CWCI should participate in filing amicus briefs.

She was nominated for the 2020 and 2021  Comp Laude award for Best Defense Attorney.

In addition to a strong passion for building this firm, Angel is an avid reader and used the months in quarantine to build and establish a “Free Little Library” at her house.  She is the librarian for charter number 98374.  Angel loves the Oakland A’s and San Francisco 49ers.  Along with attending home games for both teams, Angel has been chasing ballparks for years and has attended games in 18 ballparks in the US and Mexico.

Angel and her husband, Julian, are avid travelers having acquired 24 country passport stamps.  Angel adores her cat, Peppercorn Alain Casarez, who was named after her favorite French chef.

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