Sevan Zulikyan completed his undergraduate education at California State University, Long Beach, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. He was the recipient of the Political Science Alumni Scholarship in 1999. Mr. Zulikyan earned his Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School where he was awarded with a Cali Excellence Award in Professional Responsibility Practicum Skills.
While in law school Mr. Zulikyan volunteered as a Street Law Instructor teaching constitutional law, criminal law, and criminal procedure issues to at-risk high school students in Orange County.
Since passing the California State Bar, Mr. Zulikyan worked for seven years handling civil litigation/construction defect/general liability claims. He comes to the firm of Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela & Brown, LLP., with nearly seven years of valuable experience handling workers’ compensation claims where he has represented numerous insurance carriers, third party administrators, and self insured entities.
Mr. Zulikyan has appeared before and has gained valuable insight of the Southern California Workers Compensation Appeals Boards and judges. Mr. Zulikyan’s experience in civil litigation has prepared him with an attention to detail when taking Applicant’s depositions, including the mastery of early settlement of claims.
Mr. Zulikyan is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. He is a sports fan and a past A.Y.S.O. Region 41 board member.
Mr. Zulikyan is an Attorney at the Newport Beach Office.
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.