“Lawyer of the Year” Honors for Michael Gerson
Thirty-nine years after lending his name to the firm he founded with original partner Stewart Boxer, Michael Gerson recently achieved another punctuation point on his long legal career by winning Best Lawyers® recognition as 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for worker’s compensation in the Oakland metropolitan area. Gerson’s award recognizes his substantial and still ongoing contributions to the field of workers’ compensation law, for which he has won multiple other honors in the greater Bay Area while also serving his profession in a variety of ways.
Among Gerson’s many professional activities is serving as Chair of the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Law Advisory Commission, as a Commissioner of the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and as Past President of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, where he continues to sit on the Board of Governors. He has also enjoyed teaching assignments at UCSF Medical School’s Department of Occupational Medicine and at UC Berkeley Extension, and has made innumerable presentations to groups such as the Industrial Claims Association, the California Continuing Education Bar, the Conference of California Workers’ Compensation Judges, and many unions and labor groups.
Gerson’s personal affinity for sports is accompanied by a commitment to protecting the well-being of its participants. He does so by serving the NFL Players Association as its 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. He represents such clients on issues they may have before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board of the State of California.