Emery Brett Ledger
Attorney at Law
I built this website because, if you are like most people, this is the first time you have been in an accident. You have questions. You are getting calls from the insurance company representatives, wanting to ask “just a few questions.” The insurance company may be pestering you to sign their forms “so we can get the records and handle this for you.” They may even have already offered you money to settle your claim. You started your search for an attorney, but found that most attorney advertising doesn’t give you any useful information at all about how to find the right lawyer for your case. All of the ads say “hire me, we don’t charge a fee unless we get you money,” but then you realize that ALL personal injury lawyers say that. You soon realized that ads that showed fistfuls of cash, gory accident scenes or platitudes like “We Care For You” or “We Are Aggressive” are 100% meaningless.
I built this website for you. So that you could have good information in the quiet of your own home BEFORE you hire a lawyer and before you talk to the insurance adjuster. (Hopefully, you haven’t signed forms yet!) You may not even need a lawyer to settle your claim. I get a lot of satisfaction from my work because 99 percent of the people leave my office with more than what they arrived with. Sometimes the best advice you can get when you are thinking about a lawsuit is that you do not have a claim that can be won. If that is true, we will tell you. We’ll also tell when we think you are better off handling a claim yourself without an attorney. But, if your case passes our test and we accept it, you can be assured that you will receive my personal attention. I will aggressively represent you, keep you up to date on what is happening in your case and give you my advice as to whether you should settle your case or whether we should go to trial.
I began practicing law in 1998, after graduating from Pepperdine School of Law. Since, our firm has represented thousands of clients and recovered millions of dollars for injured victims. Some of our notable recent cases include catastrophic trucking accidents, wrongful death matters and we most recently concluded the Chatsworth MetroLink disaster. That train accident was the fifth largest in the United States, measured by cost. This complex mass tort litigation involves approximately 160 plaintiffs, including 24 wrongful death claims.
Whether you are injured in a car, truck, motorcycle or any other accident we will fully explain your options before we start working on your claim. Together, as a team, we will decide on the best tactics for your case.
Attorney at Law
Brandon Carr is a seasoned litigator who is passionate about serving his clients. Before joining The Ledger Law Firm, Brandon practiced at a civil litigation firm in Southern California. His primary experience has been with personal injury and wrongful death cases. He also has worked on cases involving civil rights, contractual disputes, and elder abuse. He has extensive experience with all parts of litigation, including mediation, arbitration, and trials.
Prior to becoming a member of the State Bar of California, Mr. Carr worked as a Law Clerk with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. His primary goal in practicing law is to serve others. He works tirelessly for his clients to ensure that their rights are protected and their recoveries are maximized.
Brandon graduated in the top 15% of his class from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was active on the Regent University Law Review where he was a Senior Editor. He was also honored to be elected Chair of the Regent University Trial Advocacy Board. As part of the Board, he competed successfully in many national trial competitions, including winning Best Brief at the National Pretrial Competition. Brandon also gained experience working with the Drug and Gang Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office and as a judicial extern for a United States District Judge.
Brandon grew up in Iowa and received degrees in Political Science and Psychology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While at Iowa State, he was President of Beta Sigma Psi fraternity and active in the theatre department. In his free time, Brandon enjoys golfing and running. Brandon lives in Irvine with his wife Heather and their two rabbits.
Attorney at Law
Morgan Piercy was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She graduated from the University of California in Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, as well as a member of the Society of Success and Leadership. Throughout her undergraduate college career, Morgan learned and practiced the values of team work, leadership and hard work.
After she graduated from UCSB, Morgan worked for a year as an office administrator for a large real estate company, and then began attending law school at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. Here, she earned a Dean Merit’s Scholarship and a CALI Award in Criminal Procedure.
Once out of law school, Morgan began her legal career. She has experience in Lemon Law and Maritime Law, as well as Personal Injury. She has handled a variety of cases involving everything from car accidents to boating accidents to slip-and-fall cases.
Morgan Piercy entered into the legal field in order to help people. This remains her driving force at The Ledger Law Firm. She enjoys getting to know her clients personally in the process of settling their cases.
Douglas Applegate, J.D.
Attorney at Law
Douglas Applegate serves as of counsel to The Ledger Law Firm. Mr. Applegate is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona, Texas, Maryland and Virginia.
Mr. Applegate is a seasoned trial lawyer with over twenty-eight years of experience, graduating Arizona State School of Law in 1979 (Magna Cum Laude), after attending the Naval Justice School as an Honors Graduate.
He first practiced with the Attorney Emery Ledger when he served as Lead Counsel in the landmark case, The United States of America vs. Jose Nazario. Since Mr. Nazario’s acquittal after jury verdict in 2008, Mr. Applegate has maintained on ongoing of counsel relationship with the firm handling its complex civil litigation.
Mr. Applegate has worked throughout the United States as a trial attorney handling personal injury, wrongful death, business disputes, real property matters, and medical malpractice. He additionally served as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves (retired), in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps following law school serving years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
Mr. Applegate’s memberships and affiliations include, all the United States District Courts of California, United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Ninth Circuit Court, Fourth U.S. Court of Appeals, Certified Judge Advocate Under the U.C.M.J., the United States Court of Military Appeals, and he served as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps (retired) from 1974 – 2006 (tours of duty including Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Operational Law & Civil Military Operations.
Mr. Applegate currently handles The Ledger Law Firm’s out of state matters.
Lead Case Manager
Jennifer Hartog graduated with a Political Science Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and, after moving to the east coast, furthered her education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. There she concentrated her studies in Sociology and World Cultures which motivated her decision to travel throughout Europe and Africa. Her travels presented a passion and love of being able to connect with people from a variety of different cultures, and she subsequently concluded her travel with a six month stay in the capitol city of Tanzania, Dar-es-Salaam. She volunteered her time working for the Tanzanian Youth Exchange Network which provides educational resources for young Tanzanians.
Jennifer has plans to eventually become a lawyer as she has a strong passion for the law. She particularly enjoys working with clients on personal injury cases for the gratification in providing unique personal care and compassion, along with the hard-working efforts to see that all clients are rightfully compensated.
Aimee Cabrajac is a graduate from the University of California, Irvine, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Law. Aimee is a member of the Alpha Phi fraternity, a contributor of the American Cancer Society and the Orange County Food Bank. Aimee started her education in pre-med and found her true dedication in law. The stringency of the law along with her persistence for knowledge made pre-law her inspiration. She started her career in law while interning before college in a civil firm at the Law Offices of Booth and Moses. She furthered her career during college by working in a workman’s compensation firm at the Law Offices of Oscar J. Rivera, where she was the records manager. Her experience as a records manager coupled with her degree in political science makes her a great attribute to The Ledger Law Firm family.
Aimee is a Case Manager at The Ledger Law Firm where she is able to bring her passion for law and her interest in biochemistry into a dynamic duo. Daily, Aimee is in contact with an array of medical professionals, as well as clients. Her expertise along with her meticulous character caters to those involved in the medical industry.
Lead Case Manager
Case Manager Brianna Kurocik has an extensive background in personal management. After working as an Executive Assistant to an Investment Banker, Ms. Kurocik was employed at a small personal injury law firm where she learned to combine the two crafts. Her work experience allowed her to develop an extraordinary attention to detail. After being hired by The Ledger Law Firm, Ms. Kurocik decided that the firm is, “the best place I’ve ever worked and the perfect long term career opportunity.” She discovered her passion for helping those who have been injured and works tirelessly as a Firm Case Manager.
Ms. Kurocik is thrilled to use her talents to better the lives of The Ledger Law Firm’s injured clients. Her experience, organization, and strong work ethic make Ms. Kurocik a valuable member of The Ledger Law Firm family.
Assistant Case Manager
Catharine Frick is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. Throughout her undergraduate college career, Catharine learned and practiced effective customer service skills. With a back ground in event planning, Catharine’s attention to detail and commitment to high performance standards have enabled her to grow quickly within the Ledger Law Firm. She is currently an Assistant Case Manager.
Catharine’s passion to connect with clients and her skills in communicating with insurance claims adjusters, physician offices and lien holders have laid the foundation for fair and reasonable settlements for The Ledger Law Firm’s clients. She is here to help you in achieving the best legal representation in the LA area.
Ashley Walters is a graduate from California State University, Fullerton where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in criminal justice. In pursuit of her passion for law and advancement in her career, she joined a small law firm in Orange County while still an undergraduate student. Quickly after graduating with distinction from college, she went on to pursue and obtain a paralegal certificate at Fullerton College. While at her law firm, she was quickly promoted to head paralegal because of her exceptional work ethic and leadership skills.
Ashley brings forth to The Ledger Law Firm her extensive experience in personal injury claims coupled with an uncompromising selflessness when it comes to assisting her clients. Her strong research, writing, and time management skills are fundamental in her daily tasks at the firm. Ashley’s passion and commitment to her work make her a great fit and asset to The Ledger Law Firm.
Elizabeth Reed was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences by Kansas State University in August 2009. She was also awarded two minors in the studies of French and Business. Her degree includes an emphasis in Women’s Studies and Psychology. In addition, she studied at the Institute Catholique in Paris earning an International Certification. In Paris she was required to participate in the language, history, and culture of France. In college she participated in several activities, mainly dealing with equal rights, fair trade, and local crimes. For over 10 years she also accomplished goals pertaining to the business aspect of her studies, including top placements in regional competitions in Marketing & Management. Her previous life experience is based around sales and customer service. She is a dynamic trainer with focused organizational qualities.
Her daily responsibilities incorporate the tasks involved in managing a law office. Her business background coupled with her customer service expertise made her a substantial addition to the law firm. Daily she benefits from interactions with clients on a personal and professional basis. Personal injury law was the most appealing form for Elizabeth. It is an opportunity to work with people in an occupation that aims to help people.
Elizabeth’s personality makes each day at the law firm new and exciting. She takes the time to understand clients apart from just the business aspect. She is friendly, honest, and committed to every aspect of the office.
Client Relations Manager
Matthew Kovach is a 2004 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a bachelor’s degree in Humanities & Social Sciences. He serves as the firm’s Client Relations Manager. A dedicated professional with an unmatched work ethic, Matthew’s background includes work in the National Hockey League as well in Professional Baseball.
Matthew has also done extensive work with non-profits such as the Newport Sports Museum and has taught Sunday School at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, California since 2007.
Matthew’s daily responsibilities include working with new clients on plotting a course to reach a successful settlement on their case. Matthew works in direct support of the legal team at The Ledger Law Firm that is responsible for retaining new cases, and welcoming new clients into The Ledger Law Firm Family. He also works as a liaison between the law office and various doctors to ensure each client gets the requisite medical treatment needed as it relates to their particular case. The Ledger Law Firm works with a highly accredited network of doctors and medical professionals; Matthew is a senior member of the team in charge of bringing new doctors into the law firm’s medical network.
Matthew loves to read and lists David Halberstam as his favorite author. His legal role model is the late, great Edward Bennett Williams, and considers his Grandmother, the late Irene E. Kovach, as the single smartest person he’s ever met.
Matthew is a man of strong character, and possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills. He is often consumed by several projects in the office on a day to day basis but is never too busy to meet the needs of a new or existing client.
Richard W. Gay, C.P.A.
Richard W. Gay serves as firm accountant for The Ledger Law Firm. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the accounting field. Prior to working for The Ledger Law Firm, Richard has worked for several large law and accounting firms. Richard graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1977, with a Bachelor’s Degree and continued his education at the California State University, Fullerton in Accounting.
Other experience includes litigation support services in the areas of forensic accounting, earnings calculations in personal injury litigation and litigation support services in the area of calculation of income for determination of spousal support.
His Professional development includes but is not limited to: Quick Books Certified Pro Advisor, 2008-2009 Fraud Detection, Professional Education Services, March 2003 Compilation and Review Engagements, American Center for Continuing Professional Education, July 2001 Limited Liability Companies, Professional Education Services, December 1998 Various Income Tax and Computer Development educational courses.
He enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying the California lifestyle.
Emily is very compassionate and has a strong desire to help others at The Ledger Law Firm as an Intake Specialist. She works with clients on a daily basis to develop the best strategy and plan of action for their specific case and how they will best fit in The Ledger Law Family. She has an extremely hard work ethic and is determined to complete tasks at hand from beginning to end while paying particularly close attention to detail. This ensures clients of The Ledger Law Firm that they will receive excellent service and matters will be handled promptly, thoroughly, and professionally.