Boxer & Gerson Associate Hillary E. Nakano easily traces the roots of her legal career ambitions back to her childhood, when she first learned that all four or her American-born grandparents had their lives upended by their forced relocation to Japanese-American internment camps near the beginning of World War II. The raw injustice of that infamous chapter in American history inspired her to set her sights on a law degree so she could assist people when justice is under siege, whatever the circumstance.
After graduating from law school, Nakano realized that a workers’ compensation practice would afford her exactly the kind of career opportunity she was looking for. She joined Boxer & Gerson a short time later.
“I love doing workers’ compensation, because I feel I’m representing those truly in need,” she says.
Nakano is a lifelong Bay Area resident who was educated in Oakland schools. She obtained her undergraduate degree with a double major in feminist studies and Asian American studies from UC Santa Barbara. Following college, she moved to Washington D.C. to work for a civil rights non-profit organization, advocating for under-represented populations. She later returned to the Bay Area to earn her law degree at the University of San Francisco.
Referring to herself as “an Oakland girl through and through,” Nakano roots fiercely for the Warriors, A’s, and the Raiders. When not serving her clients or supporting her teams, she enjoys traveling to tropical destinations with her fiancé, Stuart.