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Frank D. Russo, former CAAA President, Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, and Counsel to Speaker of the Assembly Willie Brown, joins firm as Of Counsel

September 14, 2011

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Frank D. Russo, an attorney with 35 years experience in workers’ compensation, civil litigation, employment disputes, personal injury law, and politics and legislation, has joined the firm of Boxer and Gerson, LLP as Of Counsel and has launched a mediation and arbitration practice of his own, Russo Mediation and Law.

“We are proud to have Frank on board,” said Michael Gerson, a founding partner in Boxer and Gerson, LLP. “He’s built his reputation on his extensive experience handling complicated and difficult cases and his skill in resolving thorny disputes, whether legal, political, or those based upon philosophical differences or raw emotions. His understanding of the law is profound, having been involved in the crafting of laws and regulations, while serving as a highly-regarded expert in the state’s political process.”

An arbitration panel member with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Mr. Russo was first certified as a Workers’ Compensation specialist by the State Bar of California in 1985 and served as a Workers’ Compensation Judge pro tem as far back as 1982. In 1997, he was selected by his colleagues as President of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association. Mr. Russo has lectured to hundreds of attorneys, judges, and other professionals, and served as the instructor for a comprehensive law school level class on Workers’ Compensation. He also authored a chapter in the Continuing Education of the Bar textbook: California Workers’ Compensation Practice.

Russo has also played key policymaking roles in California, written major legislation in the State Capitol, and served as Chief of Staff to Chair of the Assembly Rules Committee Nancy Skinner and Legal Counsel to Speaker of the California Assembly Willie L Brown.

Mr. Russo graduated with honors from Yale University in 1973 and received his law degree from Boalt Hall, at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his comprehensive mediation training and coursework through Steven Rosenberg’s professional program and is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association Alternate Dispute (ADR) Section and serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the Basic Crafts Workers’ Compensation Program.

He is a member of Compensation Mediation and Arbitration Services (CMAS), an association of independent mediators and arbitrators, and is ready to help statewide in resolving disputes of all kinds, legal, employment based, community, or political.

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