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STEVEN A. SCHWARTZ graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He went on to pursue a law degree from the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993. Mr. Schwartz has also passed the certification examination as a Legal Specialist in Workers’ Compensation.


After graduating from law school, Mr. Schwartz assisted the Deputy District Attorney at the Office of the District Attorney of Sacramento County. His first experience in workers’ compensation was as an Applicant’s Attorney, before shifting his practice to defense in 1998. While working for several statewide law firms, he has held positions of an Associate Attorney to Managing Attorney and Partner. He also has experience handling matters of subrogation.

As an instructor for the Insurance Education Association (IEA), Mr. Schwartz provided training to legal and insurance professionals on topics including permanent disability assessment under AMA guidelines. His familiarity with rating guidelines have greatly assisted in calculating accurate impairment and ratings determinations, as well as assessing errors in AME/PQME reporting as to the application of the AMA impairment standards and reductions in permanent disability exposure.

Mr. Schwartz has appeared on matters at all Northern California WCAB Offices.



Suneet “Sunny” Shrivastava graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law, and Society. He went on to pursue his Juris Doctor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Directly following graduation, Mr. Shrivastava was admitted to the California State Bar.


Mr. Shrivastava has 14 years of experience as a Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney. He is a highly knowledgeable and seasoned attorney known for his impressive settlement rate on multiple Fortune 500 companies. He has managed a caseload of workers’ compensation, 132 (a), and serious and willful claims. Moreover Mr. Shrivastava has an aggressive “client first” approach to handling files with a primary focus on consistent communication. Over the years, he has gained a loyal clientele, is a Panel Attorney for numerous Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, and permissively self-insured employers. He has successfully organized multiple bulk settlement conferences and routinely organized client presentations based on relevant case law.

Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown is pleased to have Mr. Shrivastava in our Corona Office.

August 2014