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SHAWN S. HAGHIGHI graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English (British Literature) and a minor in Policy Studies. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and was admitted to the State Bar of California the same year.


At Loyola, Mr. Haghighi was an active member in Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, a Judicial Extern for the Los Angeles Superior Court, an d volunteered for two years for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) assisting low income families. In law school, Mr. Haghighi also served as a law clerk for the state’s leading firm in enforcement of family support judgments as well as interning for the business affairs department in one of the nation’s largest talent agencies.

Following law school, Mr. Haghighi served as an Associate Attorney in a well-known Orange County Plaintiff’s firm handling a wide variety of claims including products liability, medical negligence, vehicular negligence, elder abuse, child sexual abuse and neglect, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and class action lawsuits. He also had the opportunity to serve in an in-house counsel capacity for a high-volume Orange County firm where he continued to handle Plaintiff’s personal injury matters, as well as gaining experience in consumer bankruptcies. Thereafter, Mr. Haghighi became an Associate Attorney for an Insurance Defense firm, exclusively handling matters for a large insurance authority, on behalf of self-insured cities, towns, and other public entities. He defended these entities in a variety of matters including dangerous condition of public property, nuisance, fraud, civil rights claims, contract, and inverse condemnation.

In the years since joining the law offices of Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown as an associate attorney, Mr. Haghighi has been handling Workers’ Compensation Defense in our Long Beach office from inception to resolution, including both state matters and cases under federal jurisdiction.