Meet Our Staff


Steven E. Brown

Steven E. Brown is the founding partner of Brown & Goodkin, a two-attorney firm in Westlake Village, CA which concentrates on federal employee rights. He received his BA from Columbia University and his JD from the University of Southern California, and is a member of the California State Bar. A former postal worker and native of the Washington D.C. area, Mr. Brown has represented and counseled thousands of federal employees.

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Daniel Goodkin

Dan joined the law firm of Brown & Goodkin in January, 2004. He is a member of the California State Bar, and earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1999. He has a BA from UCLA. Before becoming a lawyer, Dan was a law clerk for our office.

Prior to becoming a federal employment lawyer, Dan was the Director of Business Development and Business Affairs for a web-based music licensing startup, as well as a computer solutions support consultant for medical and legal professionals.

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Erika Bauer

Erika is a southern California native. She has a college degree from a nearby college. She also received her paralegal certificate from U.C. Berkeley in 2011. Before joining Steven Brown’s law office in April of 2007, she had been involved with her family’s agricultural operation.

She is now enjoying an exciting new change of profession where she is not only learning a fascinating new field, but is part of a team that is able to help those in need. Erika enjoys spending time with her daughter and friends.


staff1Jessica Duncan

Jessica is a southern California native. She has her bachelor’s degree in History from California State University, Northridge. She received her paralegal certification from Los Angeles Valley College in 2014. Before joining Brown & Goodkin in March 2014, she worked for a local insurance agent’s office. There, she gained experience in customer service, sales and claim assistance. Jessica loves her new legal profession as a paralegal. She enjoys assisting clients with their federal employment cases and working with an amazing team. She looks forward to learning more about the legal field and gaining new experience. Jessica enjoys traveling, playing tennis and spending quality time with her family and friends.



Karie Rothschild

Karie brings a diverse range of experience to Brown & Goodkin.

After attending Weber State University, Karie’s worker’s compensation journey began in 1995 at The Hartford where she completed her certification in commercial and worker’s compensation insurance. After several years’ experience as an insurance agent, Karie ventured into various entrepreneurial ventures. She successfully sold two small businesses and ran a non-profit cancer foundation that continues to serve Conejo Valley today.

Karie’s passion for forensics and medicine drove her to become certified as a medical lab assistant (MLA) and a phlebotomist. This led her to volunteer for the Veteran’s Administration, where she saw first-hand the state of the care given to our Veterans. In 2014, Karie joined Brown & Goodkin as a legal assistant. Her technical medical training and the experience with our Veterans have proven to be invaluable to her job at Brown & Goodkin.

Karie is currently enrolled in a paralegal studies program and hopes to one day attend law school. She enjoys spending any free time with her three beautiful children, two amazing grandchildren, and her nine incredible siblings.


staff4Kitana Barrus

Kitana is a student at Moorpark College currently working on her general education requirements with the goal of transferring to UCLA and pursuing psychiatry. She has worked in customer service for three years and has been with Brown & Goodkin since June, 2016.

In her free time, she plays piano and guitar as well as volunteering for a local organization that funds Ventura County firefighters. The organization has also donated to cancer research and animal care facilities. She has also written a one act play for the Moorpark College theater department.