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Liliana Gonzalez

EDUCATION

Liliana Gonzalez is certified in Workers’ Compensation Claims Administration (WCCA) and is a certified Claims Professional.  She is also certified by WorkComp Central as a Hearing Representative and Lien Representative.  She continues to enroll in ongoing educational programs in the industry. Ms. Gonzalez plans to further her education in the insurance industry and will enroll in law school in 2020. 

BACKGROUND

Ms. Gonzalez has over twenty years of experience working in California workers’ compensation. She has worked both state and federal (Longshore) workers’ compensation cases, including subrogation.  She has worked extensively on the defense side of claims since 2003, when she worked for Hazelrigg Risk Management Services.  Since then, she has worked exclusively for large workers’ compensation defense firms, serving a multitude of both insured and self-insured employers.

Ms. Gonzalez has obtained extensive knowledge in lien litigation. She has a command of the unique requirements of Non-IBR disputes and has successfully litigated liens. She understands the importance of ensuring the client understands the cost vs benefit litigation so that a fully informed decision can be made.

As a proud grandmother, Ms. Gonzalez enjoys spending her free time with her family. She is a music lover and enjoys attending live music events with friends.

Ms. Gonzalez is a Hearing Representative in the San Diego office.



KEVIN K. NGUYEN

EDUCATION

KEVIN K. NGUYEN completed his undergraduate education at University of California, Irvine and graduated with Bachelor Degree in Political Science in 2003. Mr. Nguyen then received his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in 2007 and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2008.

BACKGROUND

Mr. Nguyen began his legal career in 2008 and has since been exclusively practicing workers’ compensation law. As a result, he has gained a vast knowledge and experience defending insurance companies, self-insured employers, and third party administrators. Prior to joining Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela & Brown, Mr. Nguyen was a Managing Attorney at a large workers’ compensation firm handling all aspects of workers’ compensation cases, including complex claims. He has represented clients from a wide variety of industries from retail, hotels, hospitality, schools, hospitals, restaurants, heath care, nursing homes, and public entities. Throughout his legal career he has obtained numerous favorable Court decisions for his clients and has successfully settled hundreds of cases.

Mr. Nguyen is an attorney in the Newport Beach office of Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown since June 2019.

BRIANNA L. SACCARO

EDUCATION

Brianna L. Saccaro received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Charleston. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego; where she graduated cum laude; recognized for her outstanding academic achievement, earning a spot on the Dean’s Honor Roll for five out of six semesters; and received the CALI Witkin award for California Evidence.

BACKGROUND

While in law school, Ms. Saccaro served as a legal extern for several law offices and organizations. In these positions she learned the overall litigation process through conducting legal research, drafting motions, and assisting with overall case preparation.

Ms. Saccaro’s experience includes handling all aspects of personal injury civil litigation. She has also attended depositions and conducted written discovery and motions in insurance defense, including construction related matters.

Ms. Saccaro hails from New York and is an avid baseball fan. She enjoys running and being outdoors in the San Diego weather. She loves dogs and hopes to adopt one soon.

MITRA KARIMI

EDUCATION

MITRA KARIMI completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California Irvine (UCI) where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology. After receiving her Juris Doctorate Degree in 2005, she was admitted to the California State Bar immediately following.

BACKGROUND

Ms. Karimi began her law career by completing an internship at the District Attorney’s office in Ventura County and continued on to several renowned Civil Litigation Defense firms in Los Angeles. She was solely responsible for handling and litigating complex Labor and Employment disputes including wrongful termination, defense of employment contracts, claims of harassment, and dispute resolution.

Ms. Karimi has been practicing Workers’ Compensation and Labor and Employment Defense for the past 13 years representing employers, insurance companies, self-insured entities, and uninsured employers in all litigation matters. Her dedication and perseverance results in resolution of claim in an efficient and timely manner.

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