Michael Gerson, co-founder of Boxer & Gerson, LLP, will be honored tonight by the California State Bar with a “lifetime achievement” award at its 89th Annual Meeting in San Diego. The festivities will take place on the conference’s second of four nights at the Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel. Gerson will be one of six legal professionals presented with “Steve Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Awards” in a variety of fields.
Gerson launched Boxer & Gerson with partner Stewart Boxer in 1977 with the express purpose of providing high quality, compassionate legal representation to personal injury clients and injured workers, who had often been maligned or forgotten by employers and left to fend for themselves in an unfamiliar and daunting legal system. Over the years, the firm added Social Security disability representation to its practice areas and became a dominant and widely respected force in representing injured and disabled workers and accident victims.
Gerson has earned the respect of clients, peers, and judges and even opposing counsel over a 42-year legal career that has come to be defined by his great integrity, preparation, and commitment to the law. He has been recognized since 1995 as among the “Best Lawyers in America,” and as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” since 2005. Recently, he earned “Best Lawyers®” recognition as 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for workers’ compensation in the Oakland metropolitan area.
A certified workers’ compensation specialist since 1980, Gerson has litigated thousands of claims before the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. He has also argued cases before the California Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal.
His professional service activities have included a tenure on the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Legal Specialization Committee, which he has served as committee chair. He is also a past president of the California Applicants’ Attorney’s Association (1989-1990), where he continues to sit on the Board of Governors.
He has also been on the program faculty for the UCSF Medical School Department of Occupational Medicine and has lectured before UC Berkeley Extension, the Industrial Claims Association, the California Society of Industrial Medicine, the California CEB, and the Conference of California Workers’ Compensation Judges. He has also made countless appearances in front of trade union and other groups, advising them on their workplace rights.
Having harbored a longtime interest in both the performance and legal aspects of professional sports, Gerson was especially honored in 2012 to be selected by the NFL Players’ Association as its panel attorney for workers’ compensation, representing players on the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and all other association members with a claim in northern California.
A native of Alameda, Gerson earned his undergraduate degree in business from San Diego State University before returning to the Bay Area to earn a law degree from the University of San Francisco. He and his wife Jamie reside in the East Bay, where they raised two children, a son, Major Michael Andrew Gerson, USMC, and daughter, Carly Gerson Santos, RN.