John M. Harrigan
John's Team
Howard G. Waters
Howard G. Waters
Legal Assistant
Carolina Garcia
Carolina Garcia
Legal Secretary

John M. Harrigan, Partner

Social Security Disability
Workers' Compensation

John Harrigan moved on from his partnership in Harrigan & Lueders, a Berkeley firm, to join Boxer+Gerson in 1987. Beginning in 2003, he served as the firm’s managing partner for 15 years — during which time they opened offices in Santa Rosa, Concord, and San Francisco. Boxer+Gerson is now the largest firm representing injured workers north of the Los Angeles basin, and is considered a “one-stop shop” that combines workers’ compensation, third-party personal injury, and Social Security Title II disability representation. John is proud that, during his tenure as managing partner, the firm was repeatedly designated by U.S. News & World Report as one of its “Best Law Firms in the U.S., First Tier.”

Named a certified specialist in workers’ compensation by the State Bar of California in 1992, John represents injured workers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) as well as claimants before the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review who are seeking Title II disability benefits. He’s been recognized by his peers as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in San Francisco Magazine on many occasions since 2005, and has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America.

John has sat on the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) Court Appointed Attorney Committee, and has served as an arbitrator for the ACBA. He’s also lectured extensively before union locals and organizations over the years, with appearances in front of the Teamsters, Machinists, UFCW, IBEW, SEIU, AFSCME, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Carpenters, Iron Workers, Painters, UAW, CTA, and many others. He has also participated in panels with other stakeholders such as insurance groups, doctors, and the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association.

John has lobbied in Washington for many years on behalf of increased medical research funding for fragile X syndrome — the leading inherited genetic cause of developmental disability. He co-founded the Northern California chapter of the National Fragile X Foundation and served on the board of trustees of the National Fragile X Foundation, where he is a past board president. He also served on the national advisory board for a fragile X grant by the National Institutes of Health to the UC Davis Medical Center MIND Institute in Sacramento.

John helped Boxer+Gerson grow into the largest firm representing injured workers north of Los Angeles.

Bar admissions
  • California, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1977
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    • San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
  • Union College
    • Schenectady, New York
    • B.A., History
  • Smith College
    • Northampton, Massachusetts
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club
John's Team's Team
Howard G. Waters
Howard G. Waters
Legal Assistant
Carolina Garcia
Carolina Garcia
Legal Secretary

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