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Certified Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Lawyers in Fresno, California
A local attorney with 20 years of experience and a statewide reputation, Leah graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School and earned a B.S. degree at University of Santa Clara in psychology. After trying her hand at TV journalism in Nebraska, Leah returned to Fresno to pursue her legal career and graduated with distinction from San Joaquin College of Law. While in law school, Leah clerked at local firm Backer Manock & Jensen, and ultimately joined the then firm of Cole and Fisher.
Leah R. Cole
A partner in Cole Fisher Cole & O'Keefe, Leah is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law and has established a reputation and contacts throughout California, in part due to her membership in the California Applicants’ Attorney Association (CAAA), an organization of attorneys who represent those injured at work. Leah was invited to serve on CAAA’s executive committee, where she helped direct the organization’s efforts to assist injured workers.
In addition to her practice in workers’ compensation, Leah has also successfully handled hundreds of Social Security Disability and SSI appeals. Recognized as one of California’s Super Lawyers, Leah is handling cases both in the Central Valley and has recently begun accepting clients in the Santa Barbara area.
Raised in Fresno, Joe graduated from Hoover High School and then Fresno State, where he majored in journalism and business. Joe began his career in workers’ compensation in 1987 when he was hired as workers’ compensation claims adjuster at State Compensation Insurance Fund. He was then recruited to the firm of Cole and Fisher, where he worked as a workers’ compensation legal assistant.
While earning his Eagle Scout as a young man, Joe became interested in the practice of law. He decided to pursue a law degree, which he earned at San Joaquin College of Law, graduating with distinction.
As a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law, Joe has focused on assisting injured workers and their families through the difficulties arising from a work-related injury or serious illness, including handling appeals at the Social Security Administration.
Joe is member of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, an organization of attorneys who advocate on behalf of those injured at work. He serves as the President of the Central Valley Chapter of this state-wide organization. He is also a member of the National Association of Social Security Representatives, the Fresno County Bar Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and he serves as treasurer on the Fresno Prayer Breakfast Committee.Joe is accepting workers’ compensation and Social Security matter in the Central Valley. In very serious matters, he has handled cases as far away as Oklahoma.
Our firm’s newest associate, Rachel Gonzalez Mahoney, marks a milestone in our firm’s history, as well as that of the Fresno law community — adding a third generation to Cole Fisher Cole & O'Keefe. Since as early as she can recall, Rachel wanted to practice law just like her mother, Leah Cole, and grandfather, Curtis Cole. “I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything but an attorney,” she states. Rachel’s entry into the firm was, by no means, a gift handed down, but the result of hard work and devotion to her studies.
Rachel Gonzalez Mahoney
A graduate of San Joaquin Memorial High School, Rachel obtained her B.A. degree from U.C. Santa Barbara and proceeded to San Joaquin College of Law, where she excelled and represented the school in a state-wide moot court competition. During her last two years of school, Rachel clerked at our firm, participating in depositions, settlement conferences and legal writing – lots of legal writing! This experience allowed Rachel to hit the ground running. If fact, only weeks after being sworn in as an attorney, she tried (and won) her first case. Rachel has been elected for this term as the Vice President of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), an organization of attorneys who represent those injured at work.Rachel and her husband, Michael, have chosen to keep Fresno as their home and to raise their family here. Rachel is well on her way to completing the tasks necessary to become a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law.