Upon graduating from law school in Washington, DC, I never envisioned that 30 years later, I would be practicing workers’ compensation defense law.  Before attending Washington College of Law at American University, I had been a legislative aide to a high-profile congressman who would later be appointed to Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration.  While in law school, I had clerked on the US Tax Court, and with Law Review on my résumé, I had a pretty inflated opinion of what I had to offer.  I saw myself joining a chic Beverly Hills firm, wearing $1000 suits and driving a Porsche Carrera.  But that never happened. I landed at a small corporate firm in Century City, wearing $200 suits and driving a Volkswagen.  Well, at least it was a convertible.

A mutual friend introduced me to Kegel, Tobin & Truce in 1988 and the “wonderful world of comp.”  To my great surprise, I found that I really liked it.   My civil cases had been akin to reading “War and Peace,” but the claims in workers’ compensation were novelettes—and they were fun.  I was a part sleuth and part lawyer.  A few years later, I became a shareholder, then manager of our Los Angeles office and in January 2018, President of the firm.

While I enjoy what I do and the terrific group of young attorneys that I oversee, my real passion for the last 23 years has been my two boys, JD (23) and Colin (19). JD graduated from Pomona College and is working in Silicon Valley; Colin is a sophomore at UCSB – my alma mater—and is finding his way.   For more years than I can count, I coached their baseball as well as their Mock Trial and loved every minute of it.  Well, almost every minute. My other “obsession” has been running, which I have done daily for over 35 years.  Each year I happily and proudly participate in the annual Justice Jog, which benefits CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).   I want to win my division this year. But, as Mick reminds us, “You can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need.”  Sorry, Mick, but I still want to win.


Los Angeles Office
T. (213) 380-3880
F. (213) 383-8346
E. jkieffer@kttlaw.us


• Workers’ Compensation Defense
• Labor Code Section 132a
• Serious and Willful Misconduct
• Catastrophic Injuries 


The State Bar of California, 1977


• Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1971
• Juris Doctorate, Washington College of Law, American University, Washtington, DC 1977


• State Bar of California