Committed to the cause.

Our labor-movement ties go back to before we opened in 1977, and we continue to advocate for union members every way we can.

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Stewart Boxer starts a law firm with a partner. The two begin to forge their strong relationship with the Teamsters.


Stewart Boxer wins a landmark ruling in the 1974 Reynolds Supreme Court case, preserving thousands of injured workers’ rights to seek benefits on older claims and have their day in court.

Mike Gerson joins Stewart to form Boxer+Gerson. Having worked in the law department at PG&E, Gerson and his firm colleagues continue to build relationships with operating engineers, electricians, carpenters, and maintenance workers.

Julius Young and John Harrigan, both experienced in workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability, join the firm.

Mike Gerson serves as president of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association.

Our union relationships deepen further, as the firm continues to represent Teamsters, carpenters, retail clerks, electricians, laborers, plumbers and pipefitters, teachers, police and firefighters, nurses and LVNs, stationary and operating engineers, painters, janitors, SEIU and OPEIU members, transit employees, and autoworkers.

Julius Young serves as a consultant to Matthew Bender’s, selecting noteworthy Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) decisions.

In the wake of an on-the-job racially motivated murder, Moira Stagliano testifies and lobbies in favor of a bill to prevent the denial of a workers’ comp claim based on race, religion, or gender. Governor Jerry Brown signs it into law on October 14.

Mike Gerson is designated NFLPA Panel Attorney for the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. As a result, the NHLPA, MLBPA, MLSPA, and NBPA follow suit and select Boxer+Gerson to represent them.

Maria Grasso is named chair of the board of directors by the Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland for her leadership on workers’ compensation issues within the Hispanic community.

Maria Grasso starts running a monthly clinic on workers’ comp issues at the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, and she begins providing trainings and clinics at the San Francisco–based embassies and consulates of Peru, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

John Harrigan, Bert Arnold, and several union officials with close ties to the firm all work together to positively affect the final version of SB 863, the bill that reduces fees for certain medical treatments and increases permanent disability benefits for injured California workers.

Boxer+Gerson becomes a founding sponsor of Kids’ Chance of California, a nonprofit that provides college scholarships to children of seriously or fatally injured workers. Dennis Popolardo serves as board member.

Mike Gerson argues in the Kite case that disability caused by injury to multiple body parts should, in certain circumstances, be added rather than compacted — which had been keeping case values lower. The resulting holding has since been followed in many cases, producing better results for injured workers.

Worksafe, a statewide nonprofit with close union ties that works on safety issues affecting workers, honors Julius Young with the Frances Schreiberg Pro Bono Award for his long history of leadership on worker-safety policies.

Bert Arnold serves as president of the California Applicant Attorney Association.

On September 30, Mike Gerson is awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the State Bar of California Workers’ Compensation Section. This honor in Mike’s 40th year of practice is shared with his family, many colleagues, and the entire California workers’ compensation community.

Justin Litvack is designated as NFLPA panel attorney for the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

Maria Grasso named consulate attorney by the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, a long-sought position.

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A platform for union members and leaders

The attorneys at Boxer+Gerson are ready to help union workers who’ve suffered serious injury get medical care, temporary disability payments, and other benefits — whether their injuries resulted from dangerous machinery, subcontractor negligence, vehicle accidents, or other third-party causes. We also can help family members with cases involving accidental death.

Committed to outreach within our community, we advise business agents, stewards, and other union leaders on workers’ comp issues, job safety, job-site civil cases, and Social Security Disability. We’re always happy to conduct workshops for staff and members of Bay Area locals, as well as participate in union-sponsored events like conferences and luncheons.

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