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Meet Our Team

We are dedicated professionals who provide responsive legal services with honesty and integrity. We take great pride in our commitment to serve our clients and yield cost savings results. Our lawyers are committed to listening to our clients’ needs, developing a strategy that meets our clients’ goals, and using our experience and knowledge to achieve the best outcomes.

Caroline S. Lloyd, Esq.

Managing Partner

Ms. Lloyd graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from UC Irvine and a Juris Doctor from University of La Verne College of Law. She is an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of working in Workers’ Compensation, Civil Litigation, General Corporate Counsel, and Business Development.

This experience allowed her to understand the breadth of liability that employers face, both civilly and in workers’ compensation, and also enabled her to give better counsel to clients. Throughout her varied legal experience, however, Workers’ Compensation Defense is where she feels most confident in and capable of aggressively representing the interests of her clients.

Ms. Lloyd was selected to the 2020 and 2021 Southern CA Rising Stars List, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit an excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California receive this distinction. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of LA Lawyer Magazine, which is a publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Ms. Lloyd is national public speaker who spoke at the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) National Convention & Expo five times between 2015-20, and at the Deposition Reporters Association (DRA) Conference in 2017. In her spare time, she is an active member of the NCRA Ethics Committee.

Accolades & Associations

Articles & Presentations

  • Denying Claims in California, presented August 2020
  • Hot Topics in Ethics Panel, presented August 2020 at NCRA National Convention & Expo
  • Hot Topics in Ethics Panel, presented August 2019 at NCRA National Convention & Expo
  • Emerging Trends in WCAB, presented June 2019
  • Technological Advancements in Discovery with Alex Borchert, Esq. from Thompson Reuters, presented August 2018 at NCRA National Convention & Expo
  • Technological Advancements in Discovery, presented January 2018 at NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference
  • Technological Advancements in Discovery, presented August 2017 at NCRA National Convention & Expo
  • You are Sitting on a Goldmine and You Don’t Even Know It, presented February 2017 for Deposition Reporters of California
  • Technological Advancements in Discovery, presented August 2016 at NCRA National Convention & Expo

Virginia Saavedra

Firm Administrator

Ms. Saavedra is well known in the workers’ compensation industry for her strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Over the course of her 31+ year career, she has developed and implemented systems, strategic plans, and problem-solving tactics in high demand and high-pressure settings.  

Ms. Saavedra focuses on business development for the D.A. Firm, ensuring that both staff and clients have the systems, support, and resources in place to be successful. She takes the time to foster relationships amongst clients and workgroups and truly loves investing in the professional development and mentoring of those who are new to the industry. She has a specialty in diversity and inclusion programs as well as office management.

Ms. Saavedra is extremely passionate about her family; she takes pride in having raised her five children as a single mother and is now enjoying being a grandmother. They are her daily motivation to work hard. Aside from her love for her career and family, she loves to give back to the community and those in need. She speaks at a women’s domestic violence shelter and provides free training to help give them a chance at a new life through a successful career.

 

John Paul Castro

Chief of Client Relations & Marketing

Mr. Castro was born and raised in Southern California. He has been in the workers’  compensation industry for over 20 years. He started by working for the copy service CVC legal (formally Micro Quick) and eventually worked his way up to becoming a marketing manager. He then became director of marketing for the court reporting company, Todd Olivas and Associates, where he focused on client relations. He played an integral role in organizing and rolling out TOA University, as well as hosting events. In addition, he helped establish the TOA Storytellers, a podcast for people in the industry to tell their personal stories, struggles, achievements, and how they got to where they are now.

His primary responsibility at the D.A. Firm is to build new client relationships and continue to foster strong ties between our firm and our clients. This is anything but labor, as Mr. Castro truly enjoys working with people. He treats clients like family, and he does not let family down.

Mr. Castro and his wife have been married since 2014 and have two daughters and a newborn son. He and his family enjoy traveling and going to the beach. The Castro family are huge LA FC soccer fans and are season ticket holders; they never miss a home game.

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