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Mario F. Botkin is a graduate of the University of La Verne College of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a double emphasis in Political Philosophy and Middle Eastern Studies from the California State University, San Bernardino.


Mr. Botkin is a highly respected attorney within the workers compensation community. He has considerable experience working as both an applicant and defense counsel. As a result, Mr. Botkin brings a thorough and practical perspective that allows him the opportunity to find common ground.

Before coming to workers compensation, his area of focus was civil litigation with an emphasis on real property, probate, and business law.

In his free time Mr. Botkin enjoys art, architecture, reading, writing, hiking, travel, and cooking with friends and family.



Maria Ximena Zimeri Fernandez went to Law School in Guatemala. She completed her undergraduate education in one of the best universities in Central America (“Universidad Francisco Marroquin”) she received her Juris Doctor Degree and graduated Cum Laude. She passed the bar in Guatemala and was admitted to practice law in 2018 as an Attorney and Notary Public.

After completing her undergraduate education, she completed her master’s degree and obtained an LLM in Pepperdine University in Commercial Law and International Arbitration. She passed the California Bar Examination in July 2019 and was admitted to the California Bar immediately following.


When Maria Ximena was in Law School, she worked as a law clerk and paralegal for three years in Carrillo & Associates, a prominent law firm in Guatemala, and developed great organization, communication, research, and analytical skills. She worked in the area of civil litigation but participated in various cases involving arbitration, employment law, constitutional law, and commercial law.

She participated in a National Arbitration moot organized by the Dispute Resolution Commission of Guatemala’s Industry Chamber and published her thesis related to the corporate governance of a private corporation and the legal action against the board of directors of a company established in Guatemala.


· Cum Laude, Universidad Francisco Marroquin
· Half Straus Merit Scholarship for the LL.M Program in Pepperdine University
· CALI Excellence Award For the Future Award in the study of Legal Research and Writing
· First Place for writing the best pleading and complaint in the 2016 National Arbitration moot organized by the Dispute Resolution Commission of Guatemala’s Industry Chamber


Maria Ximena is fluent in Spanish and in English.

February 2020