Mark E. Gearheart, Attorney at Law
State Bar No. 95244 | (925) 671-9777
Mark E. Gearheart
Gearheart & Sonnicksen
January 1, 2018 to the present: Managing partner, Gearheart & Sonnicksen, Pleasant Hill, CA.
Represent injured workers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the Courts, and act as office/business manager for the firm.
January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2018: Law Office of Mark Gearheart, Pleasant Hill, CA. Represent injured workers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and the Courts.
November, 1993 to 12/31/2014: Partner, Gearheart & Otis, Attorneys-at-Law, LLP, Pleasant Hill, CA. Practice exclusively devoted to representing injured workers before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and the Courts, and also acted as office/business manager for the firm.
May, 1992 through October, 1993: Solo practice representing injured workers. Law Offices of Mark Gearheart, Pleasant Hill, CA.
1983 through April 1992: Managing Attorney for the Contra Costa office of Boxer, Ury & Gearheart in Pleasant Hill. Represented injured workers before the WCAB and the Courts.
1980 through 1983: Associate attorney for Ury and Goldstein in Vallejo, CA. Represented injured workers before the WCAB and the Courts, and claimants for social security disability in administrative hearings and Federal District Court.
Juris Doctor: May 1980, Hastings College of the Law (University of California) San Francisco, CA.
Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, April 1977. Major: Political Science. Minor: Economics.
Admitted to practice in all California Courts 1980, Federal District Court for the Northern District of California, 1980, Certified by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Workers Compensation law, 1988. Member, Board of Directors of the California Applicants' Attorneys' Association (Past President, East Bay Chapter), the American Association for Justice, the National Workplace Injury Law and Advocacy Group. Currently serving as Co-Chair of the CAAA Regulations Committee. Appointed Workers’ Compensation Judge Pro Tempore, 2004.
AWARDS/ PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
Martindale-Hubbell rating: A-V; listed in The Best Lawyers in America 1999-present. Voted a “California Super Lawyer” for Workers’ Compensation by peers 2004-present (San Francisco magazine survey of lawyers and judges). Awarded “Applicant Attorney of the Year” by the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section 2012. Awarded Workers’ Compensation Claimant’s attorney of the year for the Oakland/East Bay area by Best lawyers 2017 and 2018.