Over a nearly 45-year career in the civil litigation arena, John Anton has been lead attorney in more than 75 jury trials. His practice has always been focused on exposing wrongful behavior, attaching to it the entire cost of its serious consequences, and helping his clients find justice.
John was inspired to begin his litigation career after early experience as a staff attorney on the California Legislature’s Senate Committee on the Judiciary soon after passing the bar. He began in the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office and subsequently worked for Eugene Treaster and Rodney Klein in Sacramento, and then with Jack DeMeo in Santa Rosa. While in Santa Rosa, John served as president of the Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers’ Association, on the State Bar of California’s Committee to Confer with the California Medical Association, and on the State Bar’s Committee on the Administration of Justice.
Since coming to Boxer & Gerson, LLP in 1993, John has handled hundreds of civil cases involving serious injuries to workers in the trades, including operating engineers, ironworkers, carpenters, pile drivers, painters, plumbers, sprinkler fitters, electricians, teamsters, and laborers.
John has repeatedly been selected by peers and San Francisco magazine as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in personal injury litigation. He has also published articles in professional journals on topics such as third-party liability for occupational hazards, seat belt issues, general products liability, medical records confidentiality, and statute of limitations issues. He is a frequent speaker before unions, attorney groups and medical groups, discussing topics ranging from tort and health care reform to medical malpractice, vaccine and medical device litigation, and other areas of interest.
John has represented the victims of numerous industrial accidents involving panelized roofs, cranes, power tools, conveyor belts, scaffolding, gas appliances, trenches, and more. He has also presented vehicle cases involving cars, trucks, buses, forklifts, motorcycles, bicycles, and hot rods. His professional negligence cases have included doctors and hospitals, chiropractors, accountants and engineers.
The following case summaries and judgment amounts illustrate the depth and breadth of his experience:
• $16 million to the families of two men killed in a Walnut Creek jet fuel line explosion in 2004. John and his Boxer & Gerson, LLP co-counsel initiated extensive discovery that uncovered liability for several defendants.
• $3.1 million for the wife and family of a 33-year-old painter killed in a scaffold collapse during a Bay Bridge retrofit in 2002. Working with a team of metallurgists and mechanical engineers, John and his Boxer & Gerson LLP team garnered evidence that the company that produced the scaffold exaggerated its capabilities in order to win the public construction contract, and had failed to build the scaffold according to its design.
• $3 million for the family of an HVAC installer/repairman killed in a rear-end accident with another commercial vehicle.
• $2.25 million to a journeyman diesel mechanic after a truck on a highway construction project backed into him. John sued the general contractor on the mechanic’s behalf to recover lost past and future wages, along with emotional distress damages.
• $2 million to a Teamster warehouseman hit by a forklift on a loading dock. John filed suit against the warehouse owner and a product manufacturer to prove the owner’s employee was negligent in driving the forklift and that the product being transported was dangerous and defective.
• $1.65 million for a career-ending knee injury to an ironworker, paid by the general contractor whose workers built unsafe temporary stairs at a new Sausalito police and fire station project. The case was initially thrown out in Superior Court, but John took it to the Court of Appeal and won a reversal.
• $1.1 million to a condominium maintenance worker in compensation for physical injuries, lost wages, and emotional distress after he fell off a ladder while replacing light fixtures on a tennis court. John demonstrated to the jury that the defective design of the light pole was responsible for the fall.
• $1.05 million on behalf of a union electrician who suffered a badly broken wrist after falling over an anchor bolt on a UC Berkeley construction site. John established that the university left the premises in a dangerous condition and should have foreseen the possibility of injury.