Frank Russo brings to his work a deep understanding of the law and the political process that shapes it. He’s resolved more than 10,000 cases across his areas of specialty, including workers’ comp, civil litigation, employment disputes, and personal injury. Before joining Boxer+Gerson, Frank founded a successful law firm, wrote major state legislation, served as chief of staff to the chair of the California State Assembly Rules Committee, and provided legal counsel to the speaker of the California State Assembly.
Certified as a workers’ compensation specialist by the State Bar of California in 1985, Frank has successfully advocated for injured workers from all walks of life. He’s served as an arbitration panel member with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and as a workers’ comp judge pro tem. He’s published several works, including a chapter in the Construction Economics and Building Journal about representing injured workers. Other areas of expertise include mediation, arbitration, discovery referee, special master, expert witness, litigation consulting, mini-trials, private judging, government relations and lobbying, legislative practice, state and municipal employees, and workers’ comp appeals. In 1997, Frank was selected by colleagues as president of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association. He was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” six years in a row by Best Lawyers publication, and both Law & Politics Magazine and San Francisco Magazine have designated him a “Super Lawyer” of Northern California for the past 15 years.
Frank has built his reputation on expert handling of complicated, difficult cases and in resolving thorny disputes — whether they’re legal, political, philosophical, or emotionally raw. His colleagues consider Frank a natural mediator, and he’s well regarded by lawyers both in and out of the courtroom. At the state capitol, he’s brought disparate interests together in complex negotiations of legislation and the California budget, earning him a reputation as peacemaker.
Frank has been a speaker, instructor, trainer, or presenter at dozens of classes and seminars across California and beyond, and has lectured to hundreds of attorneys, judges, and other professionals.