Background

John Ajayi serves as a hearing-representative and paralegal at Savage Finete. Mr.Ajayi's work includes duties such as workers' compensation lien evaluations and negotiations, bill review & analysis, drafting of various original and form pleadings, trial preparation, legal research, and dictating and drafting various legal memoranda. His high standard with regard to morals and professional ethics provide the ideal candidate for legal services, whilst also ensuring to uphold a positive work environment, critical to the success of any project. As a flexible, versatile, loyal and ambitious individual, Mr. Ajayi reflects the accomplishments of his career through his responsibility to its excellence.

Mr. Ajayi has served numerous companies across California in paralegal and project/human resource management over the last decade. As a result, Mr.Ajayi's honed skills provide the Savage Finete team with the utmost excellence in paralegal works and services. Some of the other companies he has worked with in the past include: Eastlake Village Community Association, Sager & Savage, APLC, and MBC Systems, Inc .

Mr.Ajayi received his Bachelor's Degree in 2002 from California State University Fullerton, and became a certified paralegal through the American Bar Association certified Paralegal Studies program at Fullerton City College in 2006.

Education

HASTINGS COLLEGE OF LAW, San Francisco, California
*Juris Doctor Degree, June 1994
*Class Standing-Top 20%
*Moot Court

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, San Jose, California
*Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, June 1991
*Criminal Justice Dean's List

SPECIALTY:

Workers' Compensation Defense
Subrogation
Personal Injury

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT:

May 2003 - November 2012
STOCKWELL, HARRIS, et al., Sacramento CA
*Senior Associate Attorney
*Reponsible for case load of 100-120 cases with emphasis on Subrogation
*Venues: Sacramento, Stockton, Redding, Santa Rosa, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Marysville, Chico and Eureka

April 2002 - May 2003
PURSLEY, GLAESER & SUNADA, Sacramento, CA
*Associate Attorney
*Workers' Compensation Defense
*Venues: All WCABs in California

Professional Affiliations:

Member, California Bar, Admitted in 1999
California U.S. District Court Eastern District

PRIOR FIRMS AS WORK COMPENSATION ATTORNEY:

Guilford Steiner Sarvas & Carbonara, Anaheim, CA
Appearing throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area, for law firm specializing in cases for California Insurance Guarantee Association.

Law Office of Judith Slavin-Cosel, Irvine, CA
Appearing throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area, for book of clients from minor cases to life pension and large lien cases.

Mullen & Filippi, Oakland, CA
Associate for premier firm in Northern California, handling complex cases including medical causation, insurance coverage, and contribution; from inception, through trial and appeals if necessary.

Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, Riverside, CA
Predominantly handle workers' compensation defense for corporate entities throughout California, including handling of complicated medical causation and insurance coverage issues.

State of California, State Compensation Insurance Fund, Santa Ana, CA
Handled defense of workers' compensation cases before Appeals Boards for hearings and trials also advised adjusters on cases.

OTHER WORK COMPENSATION EXPERIENCE:

Law Offices of Valdez & McLean , Santa Ana, CA
Handled all aspects of applicant workers' compensation from initial intake through settlement, trial, and appeal; also supervised eight staff members.

OTHER LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

Family Law Attorney
Law Office of Ron E. Lais, Santa Ana, CA
Handled family law matters before superior and appellate courts; practice was heavy in child custody maters.

Law and Motion Clerk
Aetna Insurance, Santa Ana, CA
Handled law and motion in declaratory relief and summary judgments, on issues of contractual indemnity and insurance coverage for large corporate policies.

Law Clerk
Law Office of Terry Jones, Orange, CA
Wrote briefs and prepared law and motion for real estate and property practice, handling mainly residential and sales clients.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE:

Police Officer
City Of Stanton, Stanton, CA

Emergency Service and Reserve Sheriff Deputy
Orange County Sheriff Department, Santa Ana, CA

Carpenter
James McLean General Contractor

EDUCATION:

Western State University – Fullerton, California
Earned Bachelor of Science in Law (BSL) & Juris Doctor (JD) degrees (Honors)
Law Review, 2nd Best Brief Moot Court, Director of Moot Court and Don Program, American Jurisprudence Awards, Deans List, Merit Scholarship.

Saddleback College – Mission Viejo, California
Education and Human Development Courses

Santa Ana College – Santa Ana, California
Criminal Justice Courses and Sheriff's Academy

Education:

Santa Clara University, School of Law, Santa Clara, California - Juris Doctorate
University of San Diego, San Diego, California - Bachelor of Arts in English, with Sociology Minor

Previous Employment:

Sole Practitioner, Law Offices of James P. Finete - San Diego
California Hearing Representative, East Side Workers’ Compensation Clinic - Santa Clara

Professional Affiliations:

California State Bar, Federal Bar of the United States District Court for the Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association

He has served as a Judge Pro Tem at the Santa Ana Appeals Board, and is a certified arbitrator with the Division of Workers' Compensation.

In 1998 he was certified as a Public Interest Law Scholar.

He is a recipient of a San Diego Press Club Foundation, Excellence in Journalism Award.

Major employers such as General Motors, Aerotek, and AON entrust Mr. Finete with their defense. 

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

Workers’ Compensation, Serious and Willful Misconduct, Labor Code Section 132a Discrimination, Arbitrator, Appellate and Subrogation

James Finete