Alex grew up in Central California. He attended University of California, Berkeley where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He attended Southwestern Law School where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree.
Alex enjoys cycling, post-modernist literature, stand-up comedy, and hiking.
Alex has practiced workers’ compensation defense for over 12 years. He focuses exclusively on representing insured and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation defense and related matters. Alex litigates high-exposure work injuries, discrimination claims, as well as Serious and Willful issues. He negotiates the resolution of large loss claims, and has assisted clients in subrogation recovery on third party credit issues. He has represented clients engaged in a wide variety of businesses including but not limited to the following: transportation, construction; manufacturing; engineering; service; hospitality; retail stores; and healthcare. He handles work-related injuries, repetitive trauma, wage differential, and permanent and total disability cases.
Alex is an aggressive litigator who specializes in high exposure and complex claims for our clients. He is an experienced trial attorney and has successfully litigated complex issues before the WCAB, whether they are large self-insureds or public entities.
Alex is admitted to practice in all of the California state courts, the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Alex is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is also a member of the California State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section.
SARAH O’CONNOR obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Pacific Coast University, School of Law in Long Beach and was the valedictorian of her class. Sarah was admitted to the State Bar of California the same year she graduated.
Sarah began her career in the workers’ compensation defense field in 1996. She comes from a workers’ compensation defense family. Her father was a workers’ compensation defense attorney for over 35 years and her mother is a nurse case manager. Sarah started as a file clerk in her father’s law firm and eventually worked her way up to paralegal. Once her father became a sole practitioner, Sarah continued in her paralegal duties, which included extensive legal research, and also maintained client relationships.
After her father’s passing, Sarah continued her career as a workers’ compensation defense paralegal. She began working at Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela & Brown, LLP with 16 years of experience. Her extensive knowledge of workers’ compensation, with an emphasis on the defense side, made Sarah an asset to our firm. She was eager to further her career and began attending law school at night while working full time.
While attending law school, Sarah transitioned from paralegal to hearing representative. She specialized in pro per settlements and focused on obtaining settlement approvals on an expedited basis. During this time, she gained further knowledge of the workers’ compensation laws of California.
Sarah’s vast experience in the workers’ compensation defense industry allows her to provide an aggressive defense of claims. She strives for early resolution of claims to avoid further litigation costs, yet carefully analyzes each claim to obtain the most favorable outcome for the client.
Sarah is an associate in our Newport Beach office.