Claire E. Carson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a Minor in Political Science in 1994 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Notably, during her undergraduate studies, she was an intern for United States Senator Charles. S. Robb. She also worked retail and restaurant jobs, some part-time and some full-time, while obtaining her degree.
After graduation, Ms. Carson worked to pay off her undergraduate loans for a few years as a Legal Assistant with a law firm in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She ultimately decided to attend law school. In 1998, Ms. Carson drove across the country, by herself, to attend Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California.
She obtained her Juris Doctor in 2001 and was admitted to the State Bar of California that same year. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Ms. Carson initially practiced complex and general civil litigation for six years. Her work primarily involved construction defect insurance defense on behalf of subcontractors, general contractors, and developers.
From 2008 to the present, Ms. Carson has represented insurance carriers, third party administrators, and self-insured employers in all aspects of workers' compensation defense. Her experience includes conferences, successful lien, and case-in-chief trials, depositions, arbitrations, Expedited Hearings, PTP/PQME/AME cross-examinations, and Petitions for Removal and Reconsideration. Over the years, she has had the privilege of assisting several local District Attorneys’ workers’ compensation fraud investigations.
Most recently, her work resulted in the favorable Panel decision Sandy Chaides v. Kroger, designated by LexisNexis as a “Noteworthy Panel Decision.”
In her free time, Ms. Carson enjoys spending time with her husband, going to local museums, and shopping at antique stores.