Carrie L. Dixon is a founding partner of DIXON COOPER BROWN. Carrie’s practice spans the entire spectrum of workers' compensation defense having successfully litigated AOE/COE trials, MPN issues, and 132a matters.  

Carrie's caseload primarily consists of matters handled on behalf of national employers, self-insured companies and their third party administrators.  


Previously Carrie was a shareholder of one of Southern California’s pioneer workers' compensation defense firms. She has defended employers for more than 20 years. She has experience in civil employment litigation and personal injury matters. Carrie has served as an expert witness on 132a matters.




  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1998. Certificate of Dispute Resolution from the Strauss Institute.

  • B.A., Psychology, University of South Florida, 1994.

Bar Admission

  • California, 1998


Stephen W. Cooper is a founding partner of DIXON COOPER BROWN. He has practiced workers’ compensation law since 2002, handling all aspects of Workers' Compensation law, including the defense of 132a petitions and Serious & Willful misconduct claims. Stephen has extensive trial experience routinely resulting in favorable decisions. He presently represents both self-insured and insured employers, insurance companies and municipalities. In addition, Stephen provides training to employers, insurance companies and third party administrators regarding the workers' compensation system, utilization review, Medical Provider Networks, the PQME process, Case law updates and the AMA Guides. 

Prior to founding DIXON COOPER BROWN, Stephen was a shareholder for another leading workers' compensation defense firm appearing at WCABs all throughout California.



  • J.D. Loyola Law University School of Law, 2002

  • B.S. Finance, California State University Northridge, 1994


Bar Admission

  •  California, 2002




Grace A. Brown is one of the founding partners of DIXON COOPER BROWN. Having spent the last 14 years with one of the pioneer workers’ compensation defense firms, Grace brings her legal expertise to the WCAB with a commitment to deliver desirable results. Grace's experience includes handling claims for staffing companies, school districts, health care facilities and national employers. She also represents employers in defending 132a allegations and serious and willful misconduct claims.

Prior to defending workers’ compensation claims, Grace was an award-winning journalist and anchor for an NBC affiliate on Guam. Her love for the court room inspired her to go to law school.





  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 2004


  • Cum Laude, B.A. Communications, Chaminade University of Honolulu 1996


Bar Admission

  • California, 2004




Amanda V. Rodriguez joined Dixon Cooper Brown as a Senior Associate in December 2019. She has seven years of experience practicing workers’ compensation law in Southern California. Within the first three months of practicing, she successfully defended against a post-termination claim, achieving her first Take-Nothing, a notable achievement so early on in her career. This early victory fueled her enthusiasm for the law and desire to litigate aggressively for her clients.  

Ms. Rodriguez handles all aspects of claim representation including depositions, trials, and general case management. She has experience representing self-insured employers, insured employers, and municipalities. Ms. Rodriguez prides herself on providing representation that aims to put forth the best defense possible, while also taking into consideration the mitigation of litigation costs. She enjoys working with her clients to achieve the most desirable results and resolutions of her cases.


  •  J.D, Loyola Law School, 2012

  • B.A., English and Spanish, University of Washington, 2008 



Bar Admission:

  • California 2012