As part of the dedicated Section 32 Team at Hamberger and Weiss LLP, Ms. Belka has developed a highly focused concentration in the resolution workers’ compensation claims. She represents insurance carriers and self-insured employers as they navigate the vast array of issues that arise when considering, negotiating, and executing settlements under the Workers’ Compensation Law. One of the more interesting areas of her focus includes handling various aspects of the interplay between the Workers’ Compensation and Medicare systems. She also maintains a detailed working knowledge regarding settlements involving NY State’s Special Funds Group and the policies and practices of their Waiver Agreement Management Office. Ms. Belka prides herself on thorough analysis and pragmatic recommendations for conflict resolution. Prior to joining Hamberger and Weiss LLP in 2010, Ms. Belka practiced Workers’ Compensation Law in California’s central valley, representing injured workers. Drawing on her previous work, she has unique insight into the litigation and settlement process as seen by claimants and their counsel that allows her to effectively negotiate agreements favorable to her current clients, often in lieu of protracted litigation. Ms. Belka received her Bachelor of Sciences degree, from the University of California, Davis in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. Before entering law school she served in AmeriCorps VISTA in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings) with a concentration in International and Comparative Law. She was a founding editor of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and served on the editorial board of the West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Ms. Belka is a member of the New York State and Erie County Bar Associations. Outside the office she enjoys all things DIY, nature documentaries, traveling, and dark chocolate.