Boxer & Gerson Partner Dennis Popalardo Jr. was recently named President-Elect of Kids’ Chance California by vote of its board of directors. He will serve in the position for two years before assuming the presidency in 2020.
Kids’ Chance is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides need-based college scholarships to the children of workers who have been seriously injured or killed on the job.
The organization was founded in Georgia in 1988 and has since added 28 state chapters. Boxer & Gerson was a founding sponsor of Kids’ Chance California in 2012, and Popalardo was among the original board members.
“The organization had a natural appeal because its mission allowed me to give back to a community I knew well through my job,” he says. “I had seen how difficult it is for families when they lose an income, and I appreciate how life-changing it can be when a child in such a family can get help to pay for college.”
Popalardo is a certified workers’ compensation specialist who earned his undergraduate degree in politics from Fairfield University in Connecticut and his J.D. degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He became a member of the California State Bar in 1992, joined Boxer & Gerson in 2005, and became a partner in 2012. He lives in Alameda with his wife and their 8-year-old son.