Our Attorneys

Andrew Anschultz

Office Location: 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Mr. Anschultz is a graduate of Whittier Law School, cum laude, and was a member of the Whittier Law Review. Mr. Anschultz has a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from California State University, Long Beach. He has six years of civil litigation experience in the areas of legal and professional malpractice as well as personal injury defense. Mr. Anschultz has several years of experience in Workers’ Compensation defense, as well as over 20 years of experience as a manager in different fields.

Arya Bani

Office Location: 5743 Corsa Avenue, Suite 107 Westlake Village CA 91362 Work Phone: (818) 597-8000
Biography

Mr. Bani was admitted to the State Bar in 1994. Mr. Bani is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Bani received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from California State University, Northridge in 1990. He studied law at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where he received an American Jurisprudence Award in Remedies. Mr. Bani has extensive trial experience in civil cases, including jury trials. He is a member of court-appointed mediator and arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Courts. Having previously practiced with Veatch, Carlson, Grogan & Nelson for many years, Mr. Bani has extensive experience in matters involving liability, automobile personal injury, uninsured motorist, common carriers, construction defect, premises liability and workers’ compensation.

Judy Segerstrom Barrett

Office Location: 2301 Dupont Drive, Suite 400 Irvine CA 92612 Work Phone: (949) 222-9988
Biography

Ms. Barrett received her Juris Doctor from California Southern Law School in 1988 and was admitted to the State Bar of California the same year. In 1996, she was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, and is also admitted to the United States District Court. She maintains membership in the Orange County Bar Association and OC Workers Compensation Section, Orange County Women Lawyers Association, State Bar of California, State Bar of Arizona, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), William P Gray Legion Lex Inns of Court, and is currently Vice-President of the Orange County Association of Legal Administrators.

Previous legal experience includes nearly 11 years of civil medical malpractice defense in Riverside County. Ms. Barrett has been practicing Workers Compensation for the past 10 yeas including representation of unions under the ADL programs. She has sat as Judge Pro Tem at the Anaheim WCAB. She is currently associated with the Irvine Branch of Wai & Connor, LLP. She is also a Workers’ Compensation Certified Specialist.

Tiara L. Burnette

Office Location: 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Ms. Burnette graduated magna cum laude from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she was awarded the Honors Apprentice Academic Scholarship. While attending law school at Hamline University School of Law, she was granted the Presidential Academic Scholarship, was on the Dean’s List, and participated in National Moot Court. Ms. Burnette served as a judicial extern for the United States District Courts for the Central District of California and the District of Minnesota before working in the private sector. She currently represents third-party administrators, insurance companies, self-insured entities, and employers in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

William G. Carter

Office Location: 2301 Dupont Drive, Suite 400 Irvine CA 92612 Work Phone: (949) 222-9988
Biography

Mr. Carter is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Minor in Marketing. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Western State University, College of Law. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1998 specializing in workers compensation defense. He worked in the insurance industry for more than 10 years as a claim representative, supervisor and hearing representative.

Kenneth J. Cho

Office Location: 2301 Dupont Drive, Suite 400 Irvine CA 92612 Work Phone: (949) 222-9988
Biography

Mr. Cho is a graduate of the University of California Riverside, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He attended Glendale University College of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree. He earned his degree by attending the evening program which allowed him to work full time gaining experience in California Workers’ Compensation and Sports Injuries. During that time, he received awards for his academic excellence in Wills and Evidence. Mr. Cho is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, as well as Federal Courts.

Gregory L. Connor

Office Location: 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Mr. Connor is a graduate of California State University, Northridge, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration. He graduated from Whittier Law School where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Insurance Law, Legal Research and Writing and Legal Skills. Mr. Connor is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, Federal Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Connor is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar, the American Bar Association, and Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Steven W. Cox

Office Location: 1855 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 650 Concord CA 94520 Work Phone: (925) 609-2800
Biography

Steven W. Cox is a summa cum laude graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College in Maryland, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  He earned his Juris Doctor as a cum laude graduate of Southwestern University School of Law, where he was conferred the American Jurisprudence Award for Corporations Law.  Mr. Cox has extensive civil and workers’ compensation experience at all levels across Southern and Northern California, including applicant work.  He has successfully argued cases before the California Courts of Appeal.  He is the Managing Partner of our Northern California office located in Concord and is a CBLS Certified Legal Specialist in Workers’ Compensation.

Laura Dupuis

Office Location: 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Ms. Dupuis is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She obtained her Juris doctor degree from Pepperdine University, School of Law. In addition to her membership in the California State Bar, she is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Dupuis has worked in the Workers’ industry for several years which includes experience as a claims adjuster, and as a Fraud Investigator in the Special Investigations Unit.

Houman Hamidzadeh

Office Location: 2301 Dupont Drive, Suite 400 Irvine CA 92612 Work Phone: (949) 222-9988
Biography

Mr. Hamidzadeh has been the Managing Partner of the Irvine branch of the firm since 2003. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and Juris Doctor degree from the Colleges of Law in Ventura, California, where he received the Outstanding Performance Award for his work as lead counsel in Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Trial Advocacy, and Legal Research & Writing. Mr. Hamidzadeh’s experience in the workers’ compensation industry began in 1991, initially as a hearing representative and subsequently as an attorney. In partnership with many Fortune 500 companies, insurance carriers, third-party administrators (TPAs), and investigative companies, he has successfully litigated numerous cases including the notable Beverly Hilton Hotel v. WCAB and Samson Boganim (2009) before the Second District Court of Appeal. Through his compelling med-legal cross-examination techniques and pragmatic cost-risk case analyses, Mr. Hamidzadeh’s enterprising approach to case management has led to his current specialization in catastrophic and high exposure cases.

Mondae K. Hefter

Office Location: 1855 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 650 Concord CA 94520 Work Phone: (925) 609-2800
Biography

Ms. Hefter is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in Business Administration and Economics. She obtained her Juris Doctor Degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Ms. Hefter has been practicing in the area of workers’ compensation for over six years, with experience representing both applicants and defendants.

Julie A. Hirsch

Office Location: 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Ms. Hirsch graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts and Specialization in Economics and Business. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. During law school, she was a Executive Board Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team and received a Witkin and CALI Award for highest grade in Negotiation Theory & Skills. Prior to joining Wai & Connor, Ms. Hirsch represented the interests of self-insured employers, including a Fortune 500 company and the County of Los Angeles. Ms. Hirsch has also represented multiple insurance carriers and third-party administrators.

Brandon Homan

Office Location: 2301 Dupont Drive, Suite 400 Irvine CA 92612 Work Phone: (949) 222-9988
Biography

Mr. Homan graduated from Western State College of Law, magna cum laude, after having earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. At Western State, he was on the Dean’s List and received the Witkin Award for Contracts II. Mr. Homan sat on the board of Law Review as the Student Writer Editor and on the board of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association as the Public Event Chair. His interests include rock climbing, skiing, and tennis.

Raffi Jaltorossian

Office Location: 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Mr. Jaltorossian is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude and phi beta kappa, earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. Mr. Jaltorossian earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He has been practicing exclusively in the area of workers’ compensation defense since 2003. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Jaltorossian was a partner in a workers’ compensation defense firm and worked as a corporate and tax lawyer for an international law firm. He is admitted to practice in all California State Courts. Mr. Jaltorossian is also a Workers’ Compensation Certified Specialist.

Sona Jaltorossian

Home 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Ms. Jaltorossian graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She earned her law degree at UCLA Law School, where she was Editor of the Women’s Law Journal. She has been practicing workers’ compensation defense exclusively since 2002, and has represented multi-national self-insured corporations, insurance carriers, and TPAs. In her spare time, Ms. Jaltorossian likes to cook with her husband, watch movies, and spoil their dogs. She is fluent in Armenian.

Sina A. Javaherian

Office Location: 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Mr. Javaherian has been a workers’ compensation defense attorney since May 2011. Before practicing law in California, he worked at the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office and clerked for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya of the United States District Court of Colorado. Having had a lifelong interest in global politics, Mr. Javaherian earned his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in World Politics and Master of International Public Affairs degree from the University of Wisconsin. While attending University of Wisconsin Law School, he was a member of the Wisconsin International Law Journal, participated in moot court through the Thomas Tang Regional Competition and International Moot Arbitration, and held the position of Vice President of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Javaherian is fluent in Farsi and is a Green Bay Packers fan. His interests include travel, history, and theoretical physics.

Anna K. Liu

Office Location: 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Ms. Liu is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor of Arts in criminology, law & society, and also in psychology. She earned her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law at which time she was Judge Atkinson Scholarship Recipient, graduating cum laude. Ms. Liu was also the recipient of the Best Brief Award in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition, received Book Awards in Sales, Leases & Licenses, Chinese Legal System Seminar, and International Sales & Arbitration. She also interned for the Honorable Elizabeth Kovachevich of the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida. She was a member of Phi Delta Phi International Honors Fraternity. Ms. Liu has been practicing Workers’ Compensation law since 2011 with past experience representing applicants, insurance carriers and self-insured employers. She is fluent in Cantonese and Taishan, and is conversational in Spanish.

Melodie N. Mactal

Office Location: 5743 Corsa Avenue, Suite 107 Westlake Village CA 91362 Work Phone: (818) 597-8000
Biography

Ms. Mactal is a graduate of the Colleges of Law in Ventura, California, where she was a member of Delta Theta Phi. She has been in the workers’ compensation industry since 1993, having gained experience as an insurance underwriter and claims adjuster before practicing law.  As a defense attorney, Ms. Mactal has represented various municipalities, self-insureds, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation, 132(a), and Serious & Willful matters.  In 2017, she was elected to serve as an officer of the Filipino American Council of Ventura County as Auditor.  She speaks conversational Spanish and Tagalog.  Ms. Mactal’s personal interests include bowling, billiards, and spending time with her family and Yorkshire terrier.

Christina Mandell

Office Location: 2566 Overland Avenue, Suite 570 Los Angeles CA 90064 Work Phone: (310) 838-6800
Biography

Ms. Mandell graduated from Denison University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.  She obtained her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.  Ms. Mandell has extensive experience in workers’ compensation defense law, having represented various employers, insurance carriers, and self-insured companies.

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