Frank D. Russo

Frank D. Russo, Of Counsel

Workers' Compensation

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.

Bar admissions
  • California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1976
Education
  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
    • Berkeley, California
    • J.D.
    • Industrial Relations Law Journal, 1975
  • Yale University
    • New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A., 1973, cum laude
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Basic Crafts Workers’ Compensation Program, Mediator and Arbitrator, 2011–present
  • Compensation Mediation and Arbitration Services, Member, 2008–2011
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee, 2008–2011
  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, President, 1997–1998
  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, Board of Governor’s Member and Legislation Committee, 1992–2006
  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, Administrative Regulation Committee Chair, 1992–1995″
Pro Bono Work
  • Board Member, Neighborhood Law Corps Foundation, Oakland, California, 2005–2008
  • Executive Committee Member, Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, 1992–1996
  • Judge Pro Tem, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, State of California, 1982
  • Judge Pro Tem, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, State of California, 2002–2004
  • Member, Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, Project Advisory Committee, on Return to Work in Sustained Employment, 2000
  • Project Participant, Navigating the Workers’ Compensation System, Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California, Berkeley, 1996
  • Advisory Committee Member, Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, Project to Design and Test Educational Materials, 1996
  • Testimony and Written Presentation on Proposed Amendments to Schedule for Rating Permanent Disabilities, California Department of Industrial Relations, Hearing on Proposed Rulemaking, 1997
  • Testimony and Written Presentation on Proposed Amendments to Audit Unit Regulations, California Department of Industrial Relations, Hearing on Proposed Rulemaking, 1997

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