Gerald M. Lenahan
Partner | Sacramento Office
Gerald M. Lenahan is the senior managing partner of Lenahan, Lee, Slater, Pearse & Majernik. Originally from Chicago, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, received his Illinois state teaching credential, and briefly taught high school English at a public school in a suburb north of Chicago. After a brief stint as an outside salesperson for San Sierra Business Systems in Sacramento, he attended law school at the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1982.
Mr. Lenahan has been with the firm since May of 1981. He has been a partner with the firm since 1987 and a State Bar of California certified specialist since 1991. His practice is devoted exclusively to workers’ compensation defense, including serious and willful misconduct claims, and claims of unlawful termination in violation of Labor Code Section 132a. He has appeared in virtually every workers’ compensation appeals board in northern California and has represented clients before the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Mr. Lenahan argued Rodriguez v. WCAB, Flory Industries, 59 CCC 857, before the 5th District Court of Appeal resulting in a published opinion which had statewide significance in the interpretation of Labor Code Section 5402 and specifically defining the time limits for an employer to deny an employee’s claim for benefits. More recently he argued the Larkin v. Marysville case before the Supreme Court resulting in a published opinion finding that police officers are not entitled to a presumption of maximum earnings for temporary disability indemnity.
He has been married to Susan Donch Lenahan, a clinical laboratory scientist, since August of 1979. They have two children: Nolan, a civil engineer with his undergraduate and Master’s degree from UCLA, and Colleen, a graduate of Harvard University who obtained her Master’s degree in Museology from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Mr. Lenahan heads up the workers’ compensation department of the firm and has presented at the firm’s annual Fall Legal Update held each November for the past 33 years.