“I always wanted to be an attorney,” says Boxer & Gerson Associate Hillary E. Nakano. “The only question was what kind of attorney I was going to be.”
Nakano easily traces the roots of her legal career ambitions back to her childhood, when she first learned that all four of 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 initially entertaining the idea of going into employment law, Nakano ultimately decided that a workers’ compensation practice would afford her all the opportunity she desired to be of service to people in need.
A lifelong Bay Area resident who was educated in Oakland elementary and secondary schools, Nakano obtained her undergraduate degree with a double major in feminist studies and Asian American studies from UC Santa Barbara. She 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.
- University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
- University of California Santa Barbara
- B.A. Feminist Studies and Asian American Studies, double major with honors
- California Applicants’ Attorneys Association
- Earl Warren Inn of Courts