Stephen L. Belgum
Stephen L. Belgum is a 1965 graduate of Whittier College. Entering the service of his country in 1966, on February 7, 1967, he graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He served three tours in Vietnam and was twice awarded the Bronze Star.
Steve then attended USC’s Gould School of Law, graduating in 1972 and becoming of member of the California State Bar, as well as the Federal Bar, that same year.
Steve practiced law in Long Beach, California from 1972 through 1988. He was the managing partner of two different law firms ranging in size from four to twenty four attorneys. His focus was on trial work. He litigated cases involving criminal defense, probate issues, marriage dissolutions, business and commercial disputes, workers’ compensation, personal injury, wrongful death, and medical and legal negligence. He also served as a mediator and arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court system.
In 1988, he became a named and managing partner of a multi-office firm primarily specializing in the defense of litigated injury, death, and medical malpractice cases. He supervised the work product of the firm’s ninety attorneys as well as its more than one hundred twenty staff members. He personally tried multiple cases to verdict for clients including personal physicians, large medical groups, hospitals, and non-medical insureds.
In early 1998, Steve returned to solely representing individuals and families harmed by the negligence of others. Moving to the San Gabriel Valley, he committed himself to that singular purpose: utilizing his education and experience to bring justice to those aggrieved in cases involving claims of dependent adult (elder) abuse, medical or legal malpractice, wrongful death or personal injury. He completely restricts his practice toward that end.
Garrett Fry earned his B.A. from U.C. San Diego where he studied political science and philosophy while also clerking at the San Diego City Attorney's Office. After graduation, Garrett worked in India as an international intern for a human rights organization.
Garrett earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School. While in law school, he worked at two civil litigation firms focusing on employment law and business litigation. He also worked in the Major Crimes division of the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, focusing on capital murder trials, and volunteered at the Van Nuys Superior court helping victims obtain restraining orders against their abusers.
Since joining the firm in 2011, Garrett has served as the lead attorney on hundreds of cases, earning millions of dollars for his clients in settlements, and taking numerous arbitrations, bench trials, and jury trials to verdict. In 2015, Garrett was a made a partner at Belgum, Fry & Van Allen where he is fully committed to fighting for individuals who have been harmed by the misconduct of others.
Brian Van Allen
Brian Van Allen came to the firm with a varied background. In addition working in retail management and English language instruction, Brian served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Child Custody Division of the Juvenile Court of Cook County in inner-city Chicago. He graduated with his B.A. from University of California, Riverside and earned his J.D. at DePaul University College of Law.
While pursuing his legal education, Brian worked as a law clerk for multiple civil litigation firms and accrued broad-based experience in personal injury, family law, commercial litigation, and appellate practice. At these firms, he authored numerous writings filed in the circuit courts of Cook County and Illinois Appellate Courts.
Beverly Ozowara graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Film, Television, Theatre.
Beverly earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School. While in law school, Beverly gained legal experience working at several entertainment companies and by volunteering at the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy.
Carmela Bombay attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied English and French language and literature. At UCLA she received the Chancellor’s Service Award, an award honoring undergraduate students for their leadership and service to UCLA and the surrounding Los Angeles community.
Carmela is a graduate of Southwestern Law School’s Two-Year Accelerated SCALE program. During law school, she clerked at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Major Crimes Division and externed in a boutique firm specializing in eminent domain. At Southwestern, Carmela was a board member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and founded the St. Thomas More Society of Southwestern Law School. She was also the recipient of a Public Service Distinction Award and recognized with the State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Carmela worked in the financial services industry and currently holds Series 6, 26, 63, and 65 licenses along with Life and Health insurance licenses. Carmela presently serves in the Executive Committee of the St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization of legal professionals who sponsor the annual Red Mass.