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ELIA YURIDITSKY

EDUCATION

ELIA YURIDITSKY received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, Robert H. Smith School of Business, with a Double Major in Finance and Accounting. He went on to attend the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor and graduated in the top 20% of his class.

BACKGROUND

Mr. Yuriditsky began his legal career as a contractor for a prominent Criminal Defense firm, where he researched and analyzed case law for summary judgment motions and wrote internal legal memoranda on tort, contract, and real estate issues. He went on to intern for a busy Civil Litigation firm, where he participated in arbitration hearings, wrote resulting award letters, and assisted in negotiating settlements with insurance companies. As an intern for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, he prepared appellate briefs and motions for habeas and prepared presentations for expert testimony. Mr. Yuriditsky also has years of experience as Legal Consultant in Corporate, Contract, Trademark, Patent, and Commercial Litigation.

Since then, Mr. Yuriditsky has been practicing Workers’ Compensation Defense, putting his client’s interest at the utmost priority. He is accustomed to handling a large caseload, and is aggressive in his approach to early closure of his cases. Being familiar with all Northern California venues, Mr. Yuriditsky is a great asset to our clients and their needs.

Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown is pleased to have Mr. Yuriditsky in our San Francisco Office.

JOSHUA S. ZIESSLER

EDUCATION

JOSHUA S. ZIESSLER received his Liberal Arts degree from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA, in 2006. He went on to obtain a law degree from the San Joaquin College of Law.

While attending law school, Mr. Ziessler was an active member of the Delta-Theta-Phi, Hollis G. Best Senate Law Fraternity.

BACKGROUND

Mr. Ziessler started off his legal career as a Law Clerk for a prominent civil litigation firm, where his responsibilities included conducting client interviews and consultations, gathering of evidence, summarizing medical records and depositions, drafting discovery requests and responses, observing depositions, and drafting motions and pleadings. Mr. Ziessler also conducted extensive research of applicable law to a broad range of legal issues and types of cases, settlement negotiations, preparation for trials, assisting attorneys at trial, and the drafting of post-trial motions.

After passing the bar, Mr. Ziessler continued his practice in civil litigation, as an Associate Attorney. He prosecuted cases ranging from Personal Injury to Consumer Protection cases through all stages of the litigation process, from referral to settlement.

Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela & Brown, LLP is pleased to have Joshua Ziessler handling all phases of workers’ compensation defense in our Fresno, CA office.

JONATHAN LUNDGRIN

EDUCATION

Jonathan Lundgrin received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Walla Walla University in Washington and his Masters of Business Administration from La Sierra University. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego Law. Mr. Lundgrin was a McLennon Moot Court Honor participant and wrote for the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law.

BACKGROUND

While in Law school Mr. Lundgrin worked as a law clerk at the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. He also was a Legal Intern at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office where he acted as a trial attorney and prosecuted a DUI trial with a guilty verdict.

Since passing the California State Bar, Mr. Lundgrin has gained experience handling workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Lundgrin’s strategic negotiation skills have led him to many successful and cost-effective settlements for his clients. Mr. Lundgrin has appeared at and gained useful working knowledge of all the Southern California Workers Compensation Appeals Boards as well as a vast majority of the Workers Compensations Judges. Mr. Lundgrin’s criminal and civil trial experience provides him with an effective and assertive deposition technique that he has utilized when deposing many AME/QME physicians and hundreds of applicants.

Mr. Lundgrin has obtained multiple “take nothing” decisions at
AOE/COE Trials and Lien Trials.

Jonathan Lundgrin is an associate in our Newport Beach office.

DELINI M. SAMARASINGHE

EDUCATION

Delini M. Samarasinghe attended University of California, Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor’s of Art in History. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law where she received the CALI Award while working in the Elder Law Clinic.

BACKGROUND

As a pre-med student interested in the possibility of practicing medicine, Ms. Samarasinghe explored her options and worked as a medical assistant. It was there she realized that she was fascinated with science and medicine in theory and application, but not within a medical setting. Ms. Samarasinghe decided to pursue a legal degree so she could practice law and apply the medical knowledge that she had gained as a pre-medical student as well as a medical assistant.

During law school, she interned at Chapman’s Family Violence Center, in association with the Anaheim Justice Center, where she represented victims of domestic violence. As an intern, she independently developed a recurring (and still ongoing) workshop for the Anaheim Justice Center, which was open to anyone who has filed a restraining order.

Following her graduation from Chapman, Ms. Samarasinghe began her career as an associate attorney representing mainly peace officers and firefighters. Accordingly, she gained experience with both Police and Fire claims, including cases where presumptive industrial injuries and LC 4850 benefits.

From her experience as an associate attorney, Ms. Samarasinghe has become well versed in reviewing medical reports and performing depositions. She has a broad knowledge of the terms and information in medical labs and doctor’s reports as well, having a thorough understanding of how they are interpreted in a legal perspective. Ms. Samarasinghe also has experience conducting hearings, negotiations, mediations and motions.

Ms. Samarasinghe is an attorney in our Corona office.

DAVID UTLEY

EDUCATION

DAVID UTLEY received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Whittier College in 1973, and his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law in 1977, and was admitted to the California Bar in 1978.

BACKGROUND

Mr. Utley has forty-one years of personal injury trial and litigation experience in California and Federal court venues. His primary area of expertise is the litigation of claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Nonappropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act, and the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Mr. Utley also has significant experience handling subrogation claims in multiple forums.

Mr. Utley was a Court-appointed Mediator in personal injury lawsuits for the Los Angeles County Superi¬or Court from 1999 to 2014 and served upon the Superior Court’s Arbitration and Settlement Confer¬ence panels prior to that time. He has been invited as a guest speaker to the 2009 Northwest Longshore Claims Administrators Seminar, 2010 Longshore Claims Association Seminar, 2012 Chartis Defense Base Act Seminar, 2013 Signal/LCA Maritime Conference, 2014 Annual Loyola Longshore Conference, 2016 Advance Consulting Inc. DBA Conference, and 2019 Longshore Claims Association Seminar. He has received a “AV- Preeminent 5.0 out of 5″ Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Rating for the past 20 years.

Following a thirty-two year career representing injured workers, Mr. Utley was invited to come to Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown in 2011 where he focuses his attention on the defense of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act claims, and the representation of the subrogation interests of employers and carriers.

MONIQUE A. GIUFFRE

EDUCATION

Monique A. Giuffre attended California State University Northridge where she received her Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology. Ms. Giuffre received her Juris Doctor from Whittier College School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2002.

BACKGROUND

Mrs. Giuffre is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization Workers’ Compensation Law and has been successfully litigating Workers’ Compensation claims at Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela & Brown, LLP for over fifteen years. Ms. Giuffre has experience representing a breadth of employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators along with managing our Westlake Village office with tremendous success.

Ms. Giuffre has valuable experience in all phases of workers’ compensation litigation and has built a reputation for herself as an aggressive defendant advocate. She is often sought out for consult by employers and claims professionals on their Workers’ Compensation matters. Ms. Giuffre has conducted numerous trials on the case in chief and has utilized her experience and reputation to leverage favorable outcomes including several take nothings for multiple clients.

JAMES A. MORRISON

EDUCATION

JAMES A. MORRISON received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Business Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1979. He received his Masters in Business Administration from Dowling College in New York in 1981. Mr. Morrison received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1986. He was admitted to practice in the State of California in 1987.

BACKGROUND

Beginning in 1987, Mr. Morrison has been a Workers’ Compensation defense attorney for Wausau Insurance, Kemper Insurance, and TIG Insurance Company. He joined the Long Beach office of Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela & Brown in February of 1999 solely practicing Workers’ Compensation Defense.

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