Growing up the daughter of immigrants with limited English who came to the U.S. with no money, Bonnie witnessed first-hand the daily struggle to overcome language and economic barriers. Recognizing the importance of bridging the gap between legal resources and communities in need sparked her desire to learn the law and become that bridge. When her mother-in-law—a nurse for more than 30 years—suffered a work injury, Bonnie saw how it affected not only her body, but also how it destroyed her confidence, career, and sense of identity. This gave Bonnie a deep empathy for clients that come to her for help navigating their own injuries.
Throughout law school and afterwards, Bonnie’s experience centered around becoming a public defender. She clerked for the Los Angeles Public Defender’s office, The City of San Francisco, St. Joseph County, Northern District of Indiana Federal Community Defenders, and was a volunteer attorney with the Marin Public Defender’s Office. After several years as a defense attorney in workers compensation, she joined Boxer+Gerson.
Bonnie feels incredibly blessed to be able to provide guidance and assurance to clients experiencing the most overwhelming and difficult experiences of their lives. She loves helping them find calm and direction in the otherwise confusing maze of workers’ compensation. For her, there is no greater professional joy than adding value to her clients’ lives by getting them benefits they had been denied, providing answers to difficult questions, or negotiating a successful outcome for their claim.
Bonnie and her family love exploring the wonders and beauty of the Bay Area, and she is constantly learning new things despite being a resident for nearly 10 years.