SAMANTHA H. BURKAT obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she was a recipient of the Kwong Scholarship. While at McGeorge, Ms. Burkat was also the Secretary of the McGeorge Federalist Society and a member of the Pacific McGeorge Education Pipeline Initiative Mentoring Program.
While in Law school, Ms. Burkat served as a legal intern and extern for many different law offices and organizations, including the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation and the California Attorney General’s Office. In these positions she learned the overall litigation process through conducting legal research, writing memorandums, assisting attorneys in case preparation and participating in administrative hearings. Following Law School Ms. Burkat practiced Workers’ Compensation law as an Associate Attorney at a firm in Ontario, where she managed a large volume of files and represented clients in all phases of Workers’ Compensation litigation, gaining experience in discovery, depositions, hearings, negotiations, and motions.
Ms. Burkat joined the Long Beach office of Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown as an associate attorney in 2014, and has been representing a vast array of insurance carriers, third party administrators and employers in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense.