Before joining Kegel, Tobin & Truce, Phillip Soon held an associate position with a workers’ compensation defense firm that’s well-known in the Los Angeles area. Mr. Soon also completed several clerkships while he was still in law school. The most remarkable of these was his time with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office’s Preliminary Hearing and Hardcore Gang Investigations Units. Mr. Soon also spent time advocating for the disadvantaged through his participation in the Public Counsel’s Homeless Court Program.

Mr. Soon is passionate about appearing before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). During this time, he presents depositions and negotiates tirelessly on behalf of his clients. Doing so allows him to use those skills that he honed during his years as a clerk.

When he is not working, Mr. Soon enjoys spending time with his wife and their young daughter. He is an eager traveler and likes sharing the excitement of learning new things and exploring different cultures with his family. So far, they have traveled both at home and abroad.

Mr. Soon is proud that he has already visited 34 countries around the world as an independent traveler. He looks forward to adding more stamps to his passport in the very near future.

A bit closer to home, Mr. Soon and his family are also passionate about exploring the diversity that can be found among Los Angeles’ culinary landscape.

Phillip’s Views and Insights

What types of claims do you specifically handle?

I’ve had the pleasure of practicing in the workers’ compensation field for a number of years, gaining considerable experience along the way. In my general course of practice, I handle all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation on behalf of self-insured employers, insurance carriers, school districts, corporations, and other related entities. I also have experience in litigating peace officer-related claims involving police officers and firefighters, and the unique challenges associated with defending such matters.

What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?

Detailed and effective preparation, analysis, and research are always key. Taking a systematic approach to analyzing the facts and legal issues in each case often makes handling difficult claims or hearings far more manageable. By being well-prepared at all times, and having a deep understanding of the facts of each case, a good attorney can turn a “loss” into a “win,” or a “good” result into a “great” one by outworking and outthinking his or her opponent.

How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?

It should go without saying that our clients’ specific needs, wants, and objectives should come first. Each case has its own unique set of facts and prospects of success. While I strive in every case to get the best possible result I have the privilege of handling, our clients should always be presented with a realistic and honest assessment of our case, and the steps we might take to best achieve our goals in a cost-effective and results-oriented manner. My role as an attorney is to be an involved and proactive advocate for my client, no matter simple or complex the claim or issue at hand may be.


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• Workers’ Compensation Defense


The State Bar of California, 2012


• Bachelor of Arts, University of Southern California, 2007
• Juris Doctorate, Southwestern Law School, 2011