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.



Karie Rothschild, Office Manager

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 hopes to one day attend law school, but for now 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.


Jessica Watson

Jessica was born and raised in a small town in the south suburbs of Chicago. At age 19 she headed north to the city where she worked her way up from Data Clerk to Assistant Office Coordinator in a thriving mortgage foreclosure auctioneer company. In 2008 she graduated with honors, receiving her Associates in Applied Science from an ABA accredited school with a degree in Paralegal Studies.

In 2011, after a record breaking cold winter, Jessica and her husband chased the sunshine to Southern California to start their life together. Soon after, she began her career with Brown & Goodkin. In 2014, Jessica left Brown & Goodkin and ventured to expand her paralegal experience at the top security firm in the nation, negotiating contracts with revenues ranging from hundreds of thousands to upward of a million dollars. In 2017 she graduated Cum Laude earning her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership from California Lutheran University. She returned to Brown & Goodkin in 2018, bringing with her a vast amount of knowledge, skill, and experience.

Jessica co-runs the local 2nd and 3rd grade elementary school tutoring program for at-risk kids. Additionally she is part of a group of 15 women where she leads, encourages, and inspires daily through social media entrepreneurship. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their four legged fur baby, Lucky.

Brown & Goodkin is lucky to have her back as part of the team!


Jessica Perry, Bookkeeper

Bio coming soon.