Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton, Bishop,
Oakland, Sacramento, Salinas, San Jose,
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara
At Yrulegui & Roberts, we promote a culture of honesty and integrity. We seek to live by these principles in our dealings with clients, vendors, and opposing counsel. We follow fair and honest billing practices, seeking to provide the best possible value to our clients. When providing legal counsel, we never varnish the truth, but are always up front regarding the potential value or cost of a case, as well as the likelihood of success. This culture of integrity is the foundation for our reputation with clients, opposing counsel and judges throughout California.
History of the Firm
In 1972, after graduating from McGeorge School of Law, Richard Yrulegui passed the California State Bar examination, and began his career with State Compensation Insurance Fund. Richard Yrulegui showed great promise in workers’ compensation defense, and he was recruited by several private practice firms in California. In 1973, Mr. Yrulegui joined the workers’ compensation defense firm of Dawson, Gillaspy & Ninnis in Fresno, California.
In 1978, Richard Yrulegui and Jim Emerson formed Emerson & Yrulegui, becoming the first local firm to specialize in workers’ compensation defense. Their first office was in the Helm Building on the Fulton Mall in Fresno, California. While overseeing the firm, Richard Yrulegui concentrated his practice on workers’ compensation defense, growing the practice group to several attorneys. Many prominent workers’ compensation defense attorneys practicing in Fresno today began their careers at Emerson & Yrulegui.
Karen Dorian joined the firm in 1978 as Administrator. Ms. Dorian continues to serve as Administrator, and it is without a doubt that much of the firm’s success can be attributed to Ms. Dorian’s expertise in office management.
In 1996, Emerson & Yrulegui hired Steve Roberts, a promising, young attorney from Sacramento, recently graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Mr. Roberts demonstrated an acute talent in workers’ compensation defense early in his career, and he continued to hone those skills under Richard Yrulegui.
In 1998, recognizing the increased demand and growing complexity of workers’ compensation defense, Emerson & Yrulegui dissolved and Richard Yrulegui formed the Law Offices of Richard Yrulegui, bringing several attorneys to his new firm, including Steve Roberts. Richard Yrulegui continued to exclusively handle workers’ compensation defense and subrogation.
On January 1, 2010, the firm changed its name to Yrulegui & Roberts, recognizing and solidifying the relationship between Richard Yrulegui and Steve Roberts. Both attorneys have joined together to bring an unparalleled quality of legal service to their clients.
Yrulegui & Roberts is the premier workers' compensation defense firm that works in close partnership with clients to exceed their expectations by being both aggressive and practical in addressing their needs.
We strive to resolve cases quickly and economically - by being accessible, responsive and efficient. We earn the respect of our clients and opponents through our honest and principled pursuit of our clients' goals.
The attorneys and staff at Yrulegui & Roberts understand it is the little undertakings that set an excellent law firm apart - things like returning calls and emails promptly; being available by cell phone when out of the office; being available to provide free and quality advice on matters prior to litigation, and treating clients like we would want to be treated. We are dedicated to excellence in these "little things", realizing that they make a "big difference" for our clients.
Amicable solutions and settlements are not always possible, and in these situations, the attorneys of Yrulegui & Roberts are equipped to provide the most zealous and aggressive representation available in their areas of expertise. We are not afraid to go to trial, and when we do, we are always prepared for battle. Our expertise goes beyond the trial level, as we have successfully represented our clients before various California Courts of Appeal, as well as the California Supreme Court. When we step into a courtroom, we are prepared, and our goal is to win!
In addition to the practice of law, the attorneys and staff of Yrulegui & Roberts are actively involved in several non-profit organizations and educational institutions in Fresno, the San Joaquin Valley, and across the country. Involvement in our local community is not something we merely "tack on" to the practice of law, but is integral to the culture of our firm. Involvement in the community helps us to be better attorneys; it reinforces our core values, reminding us that the legal profession exists not only to promote justice, but to show mercy and compassion to the more unfortunate and to promote the best in our society and world.
Far too often, attorneys exacerbate problems and create conflict, even where none previously existed. This often stems from the belief that holding an adversarial posture is the only solution to a problem. At Yrulegui & Roberts, we go beyond mere litigation and seek to learn the goals of our clients, as well as the ambitions of the other parties. This enables us to identify creative, mutually satisfying solutions that will allow our clients to achieve their objectives with minimal time, stress and cost. It is not uncommon for us to settle cases at the first deposition. This "outside the box" thinking is a hallmark of our firm, and enables us to not only reduce costs and maximize benefits, but also to preserve existing beneficial relationships and protect our client's goodwill with their customers, employees, and the public.
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