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.
Jon Gower graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received a full academic scholarship to the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating in 2010. While in Law School, Mr. Gower represented tenants in unlawful eviction cases.
After graduating from UCSD, Mr. Gower spent a year teaching English in South Korea. He then returned to San Diego to attend Law School, where he met his wife. Mr. Gower passed the California Bar Exam in 2010 and worked for as a Law Clerk for the San Diego Superior Court. In 2011, Mr. Gower began his career as a Workers’ Compensation defense attorney. He has dedicated his career to the defense of employers in Workers’ Compensation since that time.
Mr. Gower specializes in complex cases involving multiple dates of injury, multiple employers, and/or multiple insurance carriers, including reimbursement and contribution issues. Mr. Gower has been to trial on numerous occasions, securing multiple “take nothing” findings on behalf of his clients. Mr. Gower has extensive experience with professional athlete claims, CIGA issues, and Professional Employer Organizations (PEO’s). His skills include working closely with the claims professional and employer to maximize results. Mr. Gower has appeared before all Southern WCAB venues.
In his free time, Mr. Gower enjoys traveling, watching sports, and taking advantage of the great San Diego weather with his wife and their dog, Buddy.
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.
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.
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.
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.