GEKLAW Partner Sherry Grant Receives President's Award from CAAA
GEKLAW partner Sherry Grant received the inaugural President's Award from the California Applicants' Attorneys Association (CAAA) during the group's 2019 Summer Conference. CAAA is a 1,000-member statewide organization that advocates for injured workers' rights and a better workers' compensation system for all. The award recognizes members who provide outstanding service and make exemplary contributions to CAAA, to the workers' compensation community and to their clients; and inspire others to participate in helping CAAA achieve its goals. Grant was one of four outstanding workers' compensation attorneys who were so honored.
For more than three decades, Grant, a founding partner of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, LLP, has fought for the rights of injured workers. She was one of the first women to join CAAA; this recent honor is a testament to her exemplary service and contribution to the organization, as well as to the community and her clients.
Known as a passionate advocate, leader, mentor and legal scholar, Grant has tenaciously led the charge against so-called legislative "reforms" that have, in part, stripped away the rights of those hurt at work. Not content to just "accept" the "take-aways," she has worked tirelessly over the years to widely share her often insightful and creative legal analyses to make the most of these perpetual changes in California's workers' compensation laws.
A prime example of such dedication and commitment is her creation and subsequent collaboration with CAAA on a critical handbook that provides much-needed guidance in understanding the often misunderstood medical relationship to the law involved in representing injured workers. To no one's surprise who knows Grant, she entitled it Pearls of the AMA Guides. It contains more than 100 pearls of wisdom about impairment ratings (used to determine the percentage of permanent disability compensation) for those hurt at work.
"It is an honor to receive the President's Award from CAAA, an organization that is so in line with what I and my partners stand for—advocating for the rights of injured workers through legal, policy and educational channels," she says.
"It's all about starting with knowledge and never forgetting we are here to protect the human beings that are so often treated as less important than equipment. We at GEKLAW pledge to remain vigilant on the legislative front to ensure a more fair and just workers' compensation system. Working with other CAAA members, we can make a real difference."