Editor - The Los Angeles Firefighter
Captain II, Los Angeles Fire
October 12, 2007
Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke & Sherwin, LLP
Dear Mr. Sherwin:
Just a quick note to thank you, your partners
and staff for helping me in my desperate time of need when I
suffered on duty injuries on the LAFD back in 1980. After 20
years of active fire suppression and rescue I found myself
physically incapable of continuing in a career that I truly loved.
Through your expert counseling, I was able to
receive hospitalization and treatment for my injuries and guidance
through my workers comp. case and pension process. In
addition to securing my disability pension, you were able to get
me the necessary evaluations and training for future employment.
In the 26+ years since leaving the LAFD I have
enjoyed employment as an editor on three fire service publications
and able to work with my friends and colleagues, albeit, in a less
physical and stressful environment.
I also want to thank you for your assistance
with the scores of uniformed personnel, both fire and police, that
I have recommended to your law firm.
To all of you at Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke &
Sherwin, I salute you!
With much thanks and respect,
"I very much appreciate your
capable efforts and those of your firms staff who have worked so
diligently on my behalf to resolve my benefits dispute with PERS.
I am pleased to present to you a
small token of appreciation to add to your wall collection.
It represents another Fire Department whom your firm has been able
to provide most capable legal assistance to its members.
A job well done and I am extremely
grateful. Many Thanks."
- Bill F. Daley (Chief,
Beverly Hills Fire Dept. Retired)
"Yesterday was a tough day for me.
I turned in my badge & gun. Today I come to you with
gratitude and a deep and sincere thank you. You did a great
job and guided me through this jungle of the disability
retirement. I many times wanted to give in but you stood
your ground and stood up for me. I'm eternally grateful."
- Charlie & Diane Araujo
(Lieutenant LA Sheriff's Dept.)
"I could not let this year come to
an end without thinking of you and writing to thank you.
All your efforts on behalf of my
late husband, Timothy, will always be remembered. Your hard
work provided our family with some lasting peace.
Thanks for your dedication and
commitment to our case. Thanks too for fighting our fight
and never giving up. Know you have helped to ease our pain
and make this holiday season just a bit better for our family.
We could not have received a
- Kathy Falco
(LA Police Dept. Surviving Spouse)
"Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, and
Sherwin are Recommended Attorneys for the California State
Firefighters' Association. They have been involved in
protecting firefighter rights when it comes to workers'
compensation and retirement issues, as well as legislation
protecting these rights. This firm has demonstrated the
strict requirements that this Association insists upon."
(Chair, California State Firefighters' Association)
"I want to personally thank you and
your firm for all their hard work on my behalf. I am totally
pleased with the settlement and the manner in which it was
settled. I apologized again for my absence at the hearing.
I was a totally dedicated member of
the Los Angeles County Fire Department and believe my claims are
legitimate and warranted based on my injuries.
Thanks again for all your dedicated
and hard work on my behalf."
A. Trippy (Firefighter, LA County Fire Dept.)
"For the last 31 years I've been
helping the people here in L.A. get through their bad times,
putting my life second to their problems and needs, most of
that time without a thank you or even a smile. I'd like to
thank you for your help and kind gesture. I can see
why UFLAC and CSFA trust and endorse your office in providing help
and guidance to firefighters throughout Southern California. You
have shown me your true professionalism and tradition found only
in our fire service."
- Kurt Fasmer (LA
City Fire Department)
"I wish to thank you and your entire
staff for the help and consideration that you gave to my case.
Upon the defense position to withhold
important considerations, you were successful in achieving a
better final position for me than what had existed in late January
and I thank you for your good effort!
I don't think the county would have
remembered to help one of their lifeguards if it were not for you
to remind them."
- Bruce (LA
"Rey and I would like to thank you and
your staff for all of the outstanding work that has been done so
as to prevail in my workers' comp case.
You may remember when we came to visit
you in person that I was extremely nervous, concerned and stressed
out about not being able to get social security benefits or
disability benefits of any kind while I go through this uncertain
journey of chemotherapy, full body radiation, hospitalization and
two stem cell transplants. I have dedicated my entire life
to public service in law enforcement, volunteering, and the
teaching profession, so I did not qualify for any type of
financial disability other than my sick leave from the school
district which will only law a few short months
The day I received the letter from
State Comp last week telling me that I would receive temporary
disability payments and that they had accepted liability for my
injury, I was in tears. This turn of events took such a
burden off of my shoulders that I can't even articulate it
properly in this letter. Rey kept saying we would be okay,
but I was extremely concerned and of course he was right.
When we left your office that day we
both talked about your remarkable skill, kindness and compassion.
We both knew we were in good hands with you at the helm of our
case. We would both like to sincerely thank you and your
staff for winning this part of the battle with State Comp.
Please pass our gratitude onto Jessica, Debbie, Joanne and anyone
else that was involved with my case.
I look forward to working with you as
this case progresses over the coming months. "
- R.L. & R.R. (California Highway Patrol)
"Thank you Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke &
Sherwin. Now I know why your name is on the lips of most of the
deputies I know!"
- Deputy H. Johnson (Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept.)
"It is hard to put into works how much
I appreciate your hard work and tenacity in these long 6 years.
My children and I thank you for your belief in my husband and
their father. He was a good man.
These two small words are filled with
sincere, heartfelt meaning - Thank you!"
- Surviving Spouse (LA Probation Dept.)
"I just wanted to say thank you for
all the work you did on my case. I really appreciate all the
time and effort you put in to negotiate the terms with Cambridge/Tristar.
I know it's a long process so thank you again for hanging in there
with me. I can breath a sight of relief knowing I have
lifetime medical. I can't say it enough!"
- Police Officer (LA Police Dept.)
"I'd like to share with you my sincere
appreciation for the time and effort you and your staff have
committed to my case. I firmly believe that without your
expert knowledge and experience my case would not have been
resolved in my favor or to the degree it was... Again, I express
my appreciation to you and send my most heartfelt thanks."
- Fire Fighter (LA County Fire Department)
"Thank you so much for the donation
to the City of Hope in Errol's memory. There are no words to
properly thank you for what you did for Errol and myself and think
he finally was able to rest knowing that this challenge finally
went our way. Thank you for being there for us"
- Jan Van Horne
(LA Sheriff's Dept Surviving Spouse)
"I am lost for words and in tears as I write
this in how to convey to you the magnitude of your consideration,
empathy, kindness and generosity that you have shown to me and my
family. Thank you does not seem to say enough. Yet it is all I
have to give at this time. So please Mr. Wicke accept my sincerest
and deepest gratitude and know that you have made a huge
difference in all of our lives.
I believe the true measure of a great man is how he treats those
that he cannot benefit from. You are a great man and I promise,
you will be thought of perpetually with admiration and gratitude.
I also promise you, that sometime during my life if there is ever
a way for me to repay your kindness and generosity to another, I
will do so in your name. Thank you Mr. Wicke."
- T. Villardo
"Dear Tom, I have deliberately waited a coupe
of months to write to you. I wanted to make sure I was back to
normal from my emotional high in early December 2012.
I find it hard to remember the last time someone actually reached
out to me, kept their word, and assisted me right to the end of a
Your willingness to accept my case was honestly an insertion of
hope for me. Each time we talked on the phone each time you met
with me in your office you extended advise which was preparing me
for the day of my review.
The meeting you set up, the day before my hearing in your office,
was spot on for my preparations the next morning.
Tom, to me it was amazing what you accomplished with me in those
15 minutes prior to my hearing.
You sat on my right side during the hearing. What I want you to
understand is that I was drawing an enormous amount of strength
from you. Your advice - your willingness to be at my side - was
for me exactly what I needed!
Thank you Tom!"
- W. Pickens
(Holder of a C.C.W. Aprooved I.D. Card)
"I find it difficult to express the magnitude
of my thanks for the amazing planning, strategy, research, and
ultimate presentation of my case. Your summation of Sgt. Mika, the
man, still brings a tear and a catch to my heart.
I will be ever grateful to you for protecting Sgt. Mika's family.
He could not have asked for or received more.
God bless you and yours."
- T. Mika
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