John M. Harrigan Managing Partner

John M. Harrigan

John M. Harrigan

Managing Partner

Oakland, California


Besides his duties as managing partner of Boxer & Gerson LLP, John Harrigan 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.

John joined Boxer & Gerson in 1987 from his partnership in the Harrigan & Lueders firm in Berkeley. He became a certified specialist in workers’ compensation by the State Bar of California in 1992.

He has been recognized by his peers as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by San Francisco magazine since 2005, and has also been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America. He also takes pride in the firm’s repeated designation by US News & World Report as one of its “Best Law Firms in the U.S., First Tier.”

John’s legal community involvement has included sitting on the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) Court Appointed Attorney Committee, and as an arbitrator for the ACBA.

He has also lectured extensively to 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’s wider community involvement has included co-founding of the Northern California Fragile X Association, and service on the Board of Trustees of the National Fragile X Foundation, where he is a past board president. He 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 currently serves on the National Advisory Board for an NIH grant at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

  • 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
  • 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