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JONATHAN GOWER

EDUCATION

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.

BACKGROUND

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

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.



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.

KELLY A. SIECKMAN

EDUCATION

KELLY A. SIECKMAN completed her undergraduate education at Fresno State University, where she received Bachelor of Arts in English, Magna Cum Laude. She continued on to receive her Juris Doctor from Whitter Law School, graduating in the top 15% of her class. Ms. Sieckman was a Senior Editor on the Whitter Law School’s Law Review. While attending law school, Ms. Sieckman gained exposure to the litigation process through an externship with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. Ms. Sieckman also assisted in the preparation of a textbook, “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” while working as a Law Clerk for a reputable Employment Law Firm while in law school. Ms. Sieckman was admitted to the State Bar of California shortly after she graduated from Law School.

BACKGROUND

Ms. Sieckman is a seasoned litigator and has exclusively practiced Workers’ Compensation matters, including matters that have resulted in the prosecution for insurance fraud while working closely with the District Attorney. Ms. Sieckman also litigated a successful Writ with the 4th District of the Court of Appeals where the Appellate Court found that a fireman/claimant exhausted the Statute of Limitations when filing a cancer claim. Ms. Sieckman has been litigating workers’ compensation cases for over 20 years, and has an impressive record of Take Nothings.

PERSONAL

Ms. Sieckman has run several marathons, loves to garden, and spend time with her four rescue dogs.

San Diego

1550 Hotel Circle North
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92108

TEL:  858.200.2299
FAX:  858.200.0434

BRIDGET M. YOUNG

EDUCATION

BRIDGET M. YOUNG obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University in 1993. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1996 and was admitted to the California Bar. Ms. Young is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation.

BACKGROUND

Ms. Young has more than 20 years of experience in Workers’ Compensation Defense and subrogation. She was a partner at her previous firm and then went on to start her own practice in 2006 representing employers in Workers’ Compensation, 132(a) claims, and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims. Ms. Young is a member of the California Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association. Ms. Young’s experience includes working with several high retention insureds and self insureds, developing an effective team approach between the employer and the claims professional in Workers’ Compensation Defense and Subrogation matters. She also represents employers on Workers’ Compensation Alternative Dispute Resolution Carve-Out programs. In addition, Ms. Young has represented several insurance companies on personal injury and construction defect matters.

Ms. Young has been successful in trials defending LeBoeuf cases as well as AOE/COE denied cases. Her aggressive approach on post termination cases has resulted in numerous take nothing awards. She has utilized this same approach in defending liens and recently received sanctions and attorney fees against a lien claimant who engaged in bad faith litigation tactics.

Ms. Young is passionate about preventing the abuse of the Workers’ Compensation system , especially where fraud is involved. Most recently, Ms. Young represented an employer and by strategic use of depositions and sub rosa, the case was prosecuted by the San Diego District Attorney. Ms. Young worked closing with the fraud unit and prosecutor and she testified multiple times in the criminal trial. The applicant was sentenced to several years in prison and ordered to pay the employer restitution.

Ms. Young was an instructor for the National Business Institute lecturing on Workers’ Compensation law to insurance and legal professionals, and continues to speak at various Workers’ Compensation Conferences throughout the state. She opened the San Diego office of Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown in 2007, and is the Managing Partner.

As a native San Diegan, Ms. Young enjoys the local community, including spending time at the beach with her family and friends. Her hobbies include playing tennis, cooking and taking her 90 pound rescue puppy for long walks.

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