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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.
The California Workers' Compensation Act was enacted in 1937 and remains in effect today.
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.
Donald Brophy joins the firm
In January 1944, Donald Brophy joined the firm, and the firm became
Leonard, Hanna & Brophy.
Robert N. MacLean joins the firm
In July 1950, Robert N. MacLean joined the firm.
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.
In 1954, we opened our Oakland and San Jose offices.
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.
In 1961, Richard Brophy joined the firm.
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.
A New Beginning
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.
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.
In 1977, we opened our Redding office.
In 1979, we opened our Bakersfield office.
Santa Rosa Office
In 1981, we opened our Santa Rosa office.
In 1982, Hanna Brophy purchased our first computer. We also opened our Walnut Creek office that year.
In 1986, we opened our Stockton office.
In 1998, we opened our Riverside 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.
In 2008, we opened our Orange office.
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.
Van Nuys Office
In 2014, we opened our Van Nuys office and reopened our San Jose office.
In 2018, Hanna Brophy will be celebrating our 75th anniversary!
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.