I graduated Chapman Law School on May 2012 and was admitted to the State Bar of California on December 2012. I gained a breadth of experience from working in multiple clinics during law school, including my practice as a California state certified medical assistant and later as a clerk and associate attorney in the field of workers’ compensation. These experiences have provided me with a strong foundation of the skills required to be an effective attorney working in a fast paced environment, and particularly useful for a firm specializing in workers’ compensation.
I interned at Chapman law school’s family violence center, in association with the Anaheim Justice Center, working under my adviser Wendy Seiden. There I developed a passion for educating the victims of domestic violence on the laws of family violence. I independently developed a recurring (and still ongoing) workshop for the Anaheim Justice Center, which was open to anyone who had filed a restraining order, or who just had any general questions about that process. I consider this workshop my most valuable contribution and legacy to the clinic. I developed an accurate and informative, and highly praised workshop for victims of domestic violence. This workshop is now a major component of the work done at the family violence clinic.
While working for the Alona Cortese Elder law Clinic under Kurt Eggert, I received the top grade in my class for this clinic. At the clinic I drafted wills and conservatorships and appeared in court. However, my most memorable experience at the clinic (with my co counseling law student) was obtaining a restraining order against a family member who was abusing her elderly mother. This experience was described in detail by my co-counselor, Frank Mickadeit in an article in the OC Register. During one of our many interviews with our client, she disclosed to us information about her childhood that she had not even told her own children. It was at that moment that I realized the power of the attorney-client relationship and the trust a client places on her attorney.
I have previously worked as a medical assistant at Kaiser Permanente in Irvine (June 2009 – Feb 2010), and have a strong interest in the medical aspects of legal representation. My knowledge and familiarity with medical terms will be helpful in elder law, and medical malpractice defense. I have worked as a law clerk and subsequently as an associate attorney in plaintiff workers compensation law at the offices of Lawrence R. Whiting. There I have reviewed extensive medical reports, performed and observed plaintiff and medical depositions, I am familiar with the terms and information in medical labs and doctor's reports as well as and having a thorough understanding of how they are interpreted in a legal perspective. In that position I have had 3 years of experience in performing rigorous research into in-depth medical issues for my clients, as well as becoming versed in client intake.
When I was hired on as an attorney, I was immediately given dozens files that I followed through to their resolution. It was through this trail by fire that I truly began feeling as a professional attorney. This was also the period when I developed the skill of ensuring that none of this high volume of cases “fall through the cracks”. In addition to the experience I gained in legal research and depositions, I was handling attorney over 60 hearings, negotiations, meditations, and motions. I believe my experience, training and skills coupled with my intense interest in the field of workers’ compensation, make me an ideal candidate for an associate attorney position. My past clinical experience has given me extensive client contact, court time, and stellar research skills.
Since October 2013 I have been proudly working as an associate attorney at the law offices of Samulesen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown, one of the largest workers compensation law firms in California.