Workers Comp Zone


Governor Newsom has appointed Joe Capurro to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

Capurro is a distinguished veteran applicant attorney who has practiced in San Jose. Ethical, knowledgeable, and compassionate, Capurro is an excellent choice for the WCAB.

Capurro has been a longtime presenter at California Applicant Attorneys Association conferences, usually speaking on the “Most Important Cases” panel that analyzes recent critical WCAB and appellate cases.

System stakeholders had wondered when Newsom would fill a vacancy on the WCAB that was created by the resignation of a Jerry Brown appointee, Juan Pedro Gaffney.

Capurro will join a board largely comprised of experienced workers’ comp lawyers. 

This is the August 17, 2022 press release from the Governor’s office:


Governor Newsom Announces Appointments

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:

Joe Capurro, 68, of San Jose, has been appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Capurro has been a Sole Practitioner since 2012. He was an Attorney and Managing Partner at Capurro, Rocha & Schmidt from 1980 to 2012. Capurro is a member of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $170,463. Capurro is a Democrat.   

Stay tuned.

Julius Young