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JULIA T. MORGAN completed her undergraduate education at the University of San Diego, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English. She obtained her Juris Doctor from American College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2014.


During her time at the University of San Diego, Ms. Morgan worked as a file clerk, where she gained legal exposure through managing active and closed files for the firm. Later on in law school, she worked as a Law Clerk and a Legal Representative for the State Compensation Insurance Fund, assisting attorneys with case research, trial exhibits and organizing documents for discovery. While in this position, she also communicated with claims adjusters, drafted motions and briefs and argued a case in front of a Workers’ Compensation Judge. Her perseverance and negotiation skills even led her to successfully defend an employer from liability claims.

Prior to joining Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown, Ms. Morgan worked as a Hearing Representative for Pinnacle Lien Services managing Workers’ Compensation lien claims. Her strong communication skills accompanied with her knowledge of California labor and regulation codes have helped her achieve many favorable settlements for her clients. Ms. Morgan is familiar with all of the Southern California Worker Compensation Appeals Boards and their procedures.

We are pleased to have Ms. Morgan as an associate in our Long Beach Office.



KARINA YANOVSKY graduated from San Francisco University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She then received her Juris Doctor from John F. Kennedy School of Law in Pleasant Hill, California and was admitted to the California State Bar shortly after. Ms. Yanovsky is admitted to the United States District Court, Northern District and is a Board Member for the Diablo Valley Industrial Claims Association.


Ms. Yanovsky began her career practicing family law with an emphasis on child custody, support disputes and domestic violence claims. As an associate attorney she handled a wide variety of tasks including preparation of legal documents, interviewing litigants and attending short-cause, reissuance & proceedings. In 2007, Ms. Yanovsky began practicing Workers’ Compensation Law, representing injured workers in many different phases of litigation. On top of serving as the principal negotiator for her firm, Ms. Yanovsky was the sole attorney responsible for handling Expedited Hearing’s Priority Conferences and formal/informal settlements. Prior to joining Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown, Ms. Yanovsky was a partner for a busy Workers’ Compensation Defense firm in Oakland. In addition to handling all aspects of Workers’ Compensation defense, she served as Lead Counsel for several high end accounts and also assisted in acquiring new business for the firm. Over the years, Ms. Yanovsky has gained substantial experience in all phases of litigation and has successfully handled a heavy caseload at a high volume litigation practice. Her aggressive approach and excellent oral advocacy skills have gained her favorable results in the courtroom, including multiple Take Nothing Awards.

Ms. Yanovsky is an attorney in the San Francisco Office of Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela & Brown.