Hillary Nakano can trace her legal ambitions back to when she learned that all four of her American-born grandparents’ lives were completely upended at the beginning of World War II, when they were forced to relocate to Japanese-American internment camps. The raw injustice of that infamous chapter in American history inspired her to pursue a law career so she could help people when justice is under siege. She joined Boxer+Gerson to represent those who are truly in need within the workers’ compensation realm — a choice she finds incredibly rewarding.
A lifelong Bay Area resident, Hillary was educated in Oakland schools. She obtained her undergraduate degree with a double major in feminist studies and Asian American studies from Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara, and then moved to Washington, D.C., to work for a civil-rights nonprofit organization to advocate for underrepresented populations. She returned to the Bay Area to earn her law degree at the University of San Francisco. She is currently a member of the Earl Warren Inn of Court and a board member of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC).
When not serving her clients or supporting her favorite sports teams, Hillary enjoys traveling with her husband.
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An Oaklander "through and through,” Hillary roots fiercely for the Warriors, A’s, and Raiders.