Making a difference in the lives of people who need help has always been what I have sought to do, both as a lawyer and in the community. Being able to calm the fears of clients who are feeling especially vulnerable after a serious work injury, and offer them solutions and hope, is something that I take pride in being able to do. I take the time to listen to my clients and make sure I understand their situations. I do my best to explain the strange and complicated world of California workers' compensation law in ways that they can understand.
I feel truly blessed to be able to do the kind of work I love and can get real satisfaction from doing. I feel an obligation to give back to the community, and have therefore given my time to serve as an officer and president of a parent teacher organization, coach youth soccer, and sit as a workers' compensation judge pro tem. I also spend quite a bit of time answering questions from injured workers here on AVVO, and offering advice to colleagues on professional websites.
I have always believed that lawyers should not take cases unless they honestly believe that they can make a positive difference in the outcome of the case for the client. There is no reason for someone to pay an attorney a fee if they would end up with the same result without having a lawyer. If you come see me for a free consultation, and I do not think I can make things better for you, I will always tell you so.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Specialist, Workers' Compensation Law||State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization||2003|
|American Jurisprudence Award||Bancroft-Whitney Law Publishers||1975|
|American Jurisprudence Award||Bancroft-Whitney Law Publishers||1974|
|Workers Compensation Judge, Pro Tem||Workers' Compensation Appeals Board||2004 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Gerald F. Batchelder, PC||1988 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Alan Gorelick & Associates||1979 - 1988|
|Attorney||Baker, DeOme, Talarides, Nelsen & Batchelder, Associates||1977 - 1979|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Attorneys for Injured Workers of California||N/A||2010 - Present|
|California Applicants' Attorneys Association||Education Committee Member||2006 - 2010|
|Workers' Comp section, California State Bar||N/A||2002 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||1988 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit||Member||1979 - Present|
|California Applicants' Attorneys Association||N/A||1977 - Present|
|California Applicants' Attorneys Association chapter||N/A||1977 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of California||Member||1976 - Present|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1976|
|California State University, Hayward||Political Science||Other - Bachelors||1973|