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Gerald Franklin Batchelder

About me

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. 


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 100%



Contingent (12-15%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Contact info

39111 Paseo Padre Parkway
Suite 316
Fremont, CA, 94538


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
Certified Specialist - Workers' Compensation LawState Bar of California2003
American Jurisprudence AwardBancroft-Whitney Law Publishers1975
American Jurisprudence AwardBancroft-Whitney Law Publishers1974
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Workers Compensation Judge, Pro TemWorkers' Compensation Appeals Board2004 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Gerald F. Batchelder, PC1988 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Alan Gorelick & Associates1979 - 1988
AttorneyBaker, DeOme, Talarides, Nelsen & Batchelder, Associates1977 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Attorneys for Injured Workers of CaliforniaN/A2010 - Present
Workers' Comp section, California State BarN/A2002 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember1988 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the 9th CircuitMember1979 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationN/A1977 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys Association chapterN/A1977 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaMember1976 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationEducation Committee Member2006 - 2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
California State University, HaywardPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1973