A history of

Legal expertise

Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen, LLP (“Hanna Brophy”) opened in 1943 in San Francisco’s historic Merchant Exchange Building. From the beginning, the practice has been dedicated to representing defendants in workers’ compensation and related cases.

Our reputation was established early on. Warren Hanna authored the original and most recognized workers’ compensation treatise, The California Law of Employee Injuries and Workers’ Compensation; this treatise is commonly cited as “Hanna.” Don Brophy expanded the firm’s statewide reputation by flying himself to represent defendants in cities such as Fresno, Sacramento, and Bakersfield. Don’s flight path mapped the direction and future progression of the firm, with many of his stops becoming permanent Hanna Brophy offices.

At the conclusion of World War II, some of the country’s brightest litigators joined the firm after returning from the war. Among them were Bob MacLean, Edward McAleer, and Herbert Jensen.

1911
CALIFORNIA

Roseberry Act

California enacts its first workers' compensation law, the Roseberry Act.

1937
CALIFORNIA

Compensation Act

The California Workers' Compensation Act was enacted in 1937 and remains in effect today.

1943
SAN FRANCISCO

Firm Founding

On March 31, 1943, Edmund D. Leonard founded our firm. The original location was at the Merchants Exchange Building on California Street in San Francisco.
In April 1943, Warren Hanna joined the firm, and the firm became Leonard and Hanna.

1944
SAN FRANCISCO

Donald Brophy joins the firm

In January 1944, Donald Brophy joined the firm, and the firm became
Leonard, Hanna & Brophy.

1950
SAN FRANCISCO

Robert N. MacLean joins the firm

In July 1950, Robert N. MacLean joined the firm.

1953
FRESNO, SACRAMENTO

Fresno Office Opens

In January 1953, the firm opened our first branch office, which was in Fresno.
Edward P. McAleer joined the firm and began managing the Fresno office. Herbert "Herb" C. Jensen also joined the firm this year in the San Francisco office. Also, the firm opened our Sacramento office.

1954
OAKLAND & SAN JOSE

Expansion

In 1954, we opened our Oakland and San Jose offices.

1958
SACRAMENTO

Firm name becomes Hanna & Brophy

In 1958, Edmund Leonard withdrew from the firm to become the Executive Vice President of the Self-Insurers Association. The firm name at that point became Hanna & Brophy. Also, Herb Jensen took over the management of the Sacramento office.

1961
SAN FRANCISCO

Richard Brophy

In 1961, Richard Brophy joined the firm.

1966
LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles Debut

In 1966, the firm opened our Los Angeles office in partnership with Sherman Grancell. We changed our name at that time to Hanna, Brophy & Grancell.

1972
CALIFORNIA

A New Begenning

In 1972, the firm split; Grancell decided to head in a different direction. The firm's name changed to Hanna Brophy, Jakobson, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen, which recognized some of the key junior partners in addition to two of the main founders.

1973
CALIFORNIA

Jakobson Retires

In 1973, Jakobson retired, and the firm changed its legal name one final time to Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen. Although this remains our legal name, we are known throughout the industry simply as Hanna Brophy.

1977
REDDING

Redding Office

In 1977, we opened our Redding office.

1979
BAKERSFIELD

Bakersfield Office

In 1979, we opened our Bakersfield office.

1981
SANTA ROSA

Santa Rosa Office

In 1981, we opened our Santa Rosa office.

1982
WALNUT CREEK

First Computer

In 1982, Hanna Brophy purchased our first computer. We also opened our Walnut Creek office that year.

1986
STOCKTON

Stockton Office

In 1986, we opened our Stockton office.

1998
RIVERSIDE

Riverside Office

In 1998, we opened our Riverside office.

1999
LOS ANGELES

LA Office

In 1999, the firm opened its Los Angeles office. This is the first time that the firm had been in Los Angeles since it was with Grancell.

2008
ORANGE

Orange Office

In 2008, we opened our Orange office.

2012
OAKLAND

Leslie Tuxhorn Becomes Partner

In 2012, Leslie Tuxhorn was named the Firm Managing Partner. She is the first woman to manage the firm. Also in 2012, we opened our San Diego office.

2014
VAN NUYS

Van Nuys Office

In 2014, we opened our Van Nuys office and reopened our San Jose office.

2018
CALIFORNIA

75th Anniversary

In 2018, Hanna Brophy will be celebrating our 75th anniversary!

1911
1937
1943
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1950
1953
1954
1958
1961
1966
1972
1973
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1979
1981
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1986
1998
1999
2008
2012
2014
2018

In 1991, we added our first southern California location, opening an office in San Bernardino (now Riverside). Since that time, we have expanded our southern California presence significantly by establishing offices in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego.

By following in the innovative footsteps of our founders, we continue to lead by example. We have always represented a wide variety of clients, including some of the largest manufacturers, retailers, farming businesses, and their insurers. Focused on innovation, Hanna Brophy maintains all documents in a paperless environment on multiple servers, and we only print items that are necessary for the zealous representation of our clients. We constantly upgrade our technology to be as efficient and user-friendly as possible, and our attorneys are mobile with fully encrypted laptops that allow us to securely access our clients’ files.

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On July 1, 2012, Leslie was appointed to lead the firm as our Firm Managing Partner. Leslie has practiced in the area of workers' compensation for over 20 years. The California State Bar recognizes Leslie as a certified specialist. She represents employers and insurance carriers with respect to workers' compensation claims and related matters. Ms. Tuxhorn also represents employers with respect to allegations of serious & willful misconduct as well as claims of unlawful discrimination brought pursuant to Labor Code section 132a.
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John Armanino is the managing partner of the San Francisco office, a Senior Partner in the firm, and a member of the firm's executive committee. During the course of his career at Hanna Brophy, Mr. Armanino has appeared in nearly every superior court in Northern California and has tried cases to conclusion in nine different counties.
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Brenna Hampton is the managing partner of our San Diego office and a California State Bar certified workers’ compensation legal specialist. In 2005, she was admitted to the California State Bar after obtaining her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, where she earned special designation as a distinguished advocate on the client counseling and negotiation teams and where she served double-tenure as president of the law school’s Women's Law Caucus.
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Todd Ewing joined Hanna Brophy in 1997, bringing with him several years' worth of experience in employment litigation. He became a partner in 2002 and was promoted to the managing partner of the Riverside office in 2003. He now runs the Firm’s Los Angeles office. Todd's practice encompasses all aspects of workers' compensation defense, including defense of Labor Code section 132a claims, serious & willful petitions, penalties, and CalPERS issues. He has developed a special interest in representing professional sports teams, self-insured employers, and governmental entities.
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