As a founding partner of Boxer & Gerson LLP, Michael Gerson has made it his personal mission over nearly 40 years to steer the firm toward compassionate, high-quality representation of injured workers and their families.
Michael has been certified as a workers’ compensation specialist by the State Bar of California since 1980. He brings uncommon understanding and skillful means to the maze that injured workers must navigate through Social Security, state disability, pension plans, unemployment claims, job programs, insurance, doctors, judges, and more. Michael has litigated thousands of cases before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and has argued case before the California Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeals. He has also litigated longshore and harbor worker cases and Social Security disability matters before the SSA Office of Benefit Adjudication and Review.
Selected by the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and honored as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for the past 16 years, Michael has also been recognized by his peers and San Francisco magazine as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” for many years. He has also been listed as one of the East Bay’s top 95 lawyers in all fields.
Additionally, Michael is past president of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, where he sits on the Board of Governors. He has been on program faculty for the UCSF Medical School Department of Occupational Medicine and has lectured before the UC Berkeley Extension Division, the Industrial Claims Association, the California Continuing Education Bar, the Conference of California Workers’ Compensation Judges, as well as many unions and other groups.
Currently, Michael serves as Chair of the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Law Advisory Commission and is also a Commissioner of the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Given a longtime interest in sports as both fan and advocate for athletes’ long-term health, Michael was pleased to be selected by the NFL Players’ Association as their recommended workers’ compensation attorney representing players on the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, as well as any other association member with a claim in Northern California, on all issues before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board of the State of California.
• U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1974
• U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1974
• U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1974
- University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California 1974
- San Diego State University
- B.S., Business Management
- Alameda County Bar Association
- California Applicants’ Attorneys Association
- State Bar of California
- Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club