Our Attorneys

Jaela S. Nuovo

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

Ms. Nuovo is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. She earned her Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University, School of Law, at which time she also worked with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office prosecuting Elder Abuse cases. Ms. Nuovo has been practicing Workers’ Compensation for ten years in both Northern and Southern California. Her past experience includes representing applicants, employers, insurance carriers and the self-insured. She also assisted the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office in investigations of Workers’ Compensation fraud. Ms. Nuovo is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Christopher A. Osterholt

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

Mr. Osterholt is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in all California State Courts, Federal Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Osterholt has been involved in the workers’ compensation industry since 1991, initially working for an applicant’s attorney. He has been a defense attorney since 1997, practicing before the WCAB in Northern and Southern California. He has been a Workers’ Compensation Certified Specialist since 2005.

David M. Owh

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

Mr. Owh obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School, where he earned a Certificate in Comparative and International Law. He has over five years of experience in workers’ compensation law, having served as a law clerk for Wai & Connor several years before joining the firm as an associate attorney. Mr. Owh is admitted to practice in all California State courts. He is proficient in Korean and enjoys sports, fitness, and trail running in his spare time.

So Young Owh

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

Ms. Owh earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from Scripps College, after which she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. Ms. Owh’s background includes experience working for an applicant’s attorney firm and with the staff counsel office for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Orange, California. Ms. Owh is admitted to practice in all California State courts.

Stephanie C. Parazo

Office Location: 5030 Camino De La Siesta, Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92108 Work Phone: (619) 296-6800
Biography

Ms. Parazo is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.  She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law, where she competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition. She is admitted to practice in all California State courts. Ms. Parazo is proficient in Cantonese and enjoys golf, skiing, cooking, and traveling.

Daniel K. Robbins

Office Location: 5030 Camino De La Siesta, Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92108 Work Phone: (619) 296-6800
Biography

Mr. Robbins graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Mr. Robbins is the Managing Partner of the San Diego branch of the firm. He has extensive civil and workers’ compensation experience. Prior to joining Wai & Connor, he practiced workers’ compensation defense at Grancell, Lebovitz, Stander, Barnes & Reubens in Los Angeles. Mr. Robbins is a veteran of the United States Army.

Sean Sabrkhani

Office Location: 2301 Dupont Drive, Suite 400 Irvine, CA 92612
Biography

Mr. Sabrkhani graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where he was awarded the Witkin Award for Civil Procedure and Community Property. He is admitted to practice in all California State courts and is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Orange County Bar Association.

Arash Saremi

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

Mr. Saremi attended the California State University, Long Beach, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Western State College of Law at Argosy University, where he earned certificates of recognition from the Institute on International & Comparative Law and as a volunteer in Income Tax Assistance. He has extensive trial experience in workers’ compensation, having succeeded on several take-nothing cases. He is admitted to practice in all California State courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Saremi is bilingual in English and Farsi. His personal interests include surfing, motorcycles, camping, and hiking.

Jill Shibata

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

Ms. Shibata graduated cum laude from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where she was on the dean’s list and earned Witkin Awards for excellence in Community Property, Real Property, and Family Law. She has extensive workers’ compensation experience, having worked for applicants’ attorneys since 1998 as a paralegal, associate, then partner at her prior firm. Ms. Shibata’s interests include playing softball, running half marathons, and deep sea fishing. She is fluent in American Sign Language.

Gil Tabachnik

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

Mr. Tabachnik graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, after which he obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School. While attending Cornell Law School, Mr. Tabachnik was Managing Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. His prior experience includes civil litigation and appellate work. Mr. Tabachnik is admitted to practice law in all California State courts.

Amber Tesler

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

After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ms. Tesler obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. There, she received certificates in Criminal Law, Litigation, and Public Interest Law, as well as a CALI Award for academic excellence in Advanced Criminal Procedure. While attending Golden Gate, she was a member of the competition mock trial and moot courts teams, and was on the dean’s list from the Spring of 2002 through Fall 2004. In addition to her law degree, Ms. Tesler acquired a Master of Dispute Resolution degree from Pepperdine University. Ms. Tesler has extensive experience handling various types of workers’ compensation cases, including 132a claims and catastrophic claims, in numerous employment sectors. Her extracurricular activities include being a co-leader of the Girl Scouts of the USA (Fremont) and participation in the Newark Soccer Club.

Bonnie Wai

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

Ms. Wai is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, cum laude, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Mathematics. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Ms. Wai has extensive experience in the field of workers’ compensation, including representation of applicants. She served on the State Bar of California Workers’ Compensation Law Section Executive Committee from 1995 to 1997 and as Co-Chair of the Education Section. For eight years, she was selected as an outstanding attorney by the Thomson Reuters rating service Super Lawyers®.

Dale R. Wilkins

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

After graduating with honors from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, Mr. Wilkins went on to gain two decades of experience in California workers’ compensation defense before joining Wai & Connor.  His background includes litigation, management, training and instruction, and legal publishing.  Mr. Wilkins has practiced as a senior trial attorney at Mullen & Filippi, an attorney supervisor and managing attorney for Zenith Insurance Company, in-house counsel for Applied Underwriters, and managing editor at LexisNexis Group.  Before attending law school, Mr. Wilkins was employed by two federal agencies.  He served as a law enforcement ranger for the National Park Service (NPS) and worked for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for the Department of the Interior.  Mr. Wilkins is active in civic affairs in Livermore, California and spends his free time with his spouse, Debbie, and their family.  He enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, biking, traveling, and attending Bay Area sporting events.

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