Finalist: San Francisco Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2013

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Civil Justice Award 2015 -Awarded April 7, 2016

Read Tom's acceptance speech

Bar Association of San Francisco Pro Bono Volunteers of the Month - March 2016

Mission & Firm Philosophy

Paoli & Geerhart, a partnership formed in 1998 by Tom Paoli and Chuck Geerhart, is dedicated to providing first-rate quality representation to seriously injured people.

Our mission: to achieve the maximum recovery for our clients.

Our guiding philosophy: honesty, tenacity, flexibility, optimism, and compassion.

At Paoli & Geerhart the partners collaborate on every case the firm handles, bringing their individual experience, talent and enthusiasm together to provide truly exceptional personal representation to their clients. You can be assured that your case will receive the personal attention of the partners.

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Meet your attorneys:

Bay Area attorneys Tom Paoli and Chuck Geerhart discuss their law practice.

We Get Results


"I had a really good experience being represented by Tom Paoli. This was my first time ever having to deal with legal issues, and Tom not only explained everything I needed to know, but he really cared about my case and seeing that I got what I deserved. I was very frustrated and irritated with a insurance company issue and Tom did his research and knew exactly what the problem was in order to resolve it. Over all, my patience and trust in Tom made the case a easy process and I am very happy with my decision to be represented by Tom."

Tatjana R.

"Chuck and Tom not only provided us with the needed legal assistance in a very unpleasant and painful process, but did so in a way that showed they really cared about our situation, our feelings and that they wanted us to have a positive and happy outcome."


Paoli & Geerhart did everything they said they thought they could do in my case, and more! I was not sure at first if I could completely trust anyone, because my life was turned upside-down by my injury. I was run over by a tour bus and had a serious degloving injury to my legs. Tom and Chuck, and his assistant David, had a lot of patience, and explained everything they were doing to help. I really appreciate all the work they did on my case.


"As a British journalist, recently based in San Francisco and without medical insurance, things seemed pretty messy after I found myself in an airport shuttle, driven by a lunatic, who struck a parked cab. I had to go to hospital, who diagnosed a head injury – as, later, did a neurologist – but the shuttle company’s insurance company continually balked at paying the bills.

A friend recommended Chuck Geerhart. It was an excellent recommendation. He was a great lawyer to have on my side, persistent in his battles with the insurance company, supportive of his client and a pleasure to work with, resolving the claim with the minimum of fuss."


"I was working as an air traffic controller at SFO when a notoriously faulty elevator slammed to a stop between floors, throwing me against the wall and rupturing discs in my neck.  I had to have major surgery on my neck. The City and the elevator maintenance company denied liability, until Chuck Geerhart obtained copies of all prior repair records which showed the elevator was continually resetting due to a power supply issue.

During the discovery phase of the case, to protect my privacy rights, he filed a motion with court to block a subpoena issued by the defense that sought to obtain my complete confidential employment file and complete health history in violation of the law. We ultimately settled the case for $1,000,000 after mediation.

I feel that Chuck and Tom Paoli did a great job making sure I was fairly compensated for this life-altering injury."

Gabriel Zapata

"I was 23 years old, working as a manager for a San Francisco automobile dealership service department, and doing pretty well for myself, when a fight with a co-worker ended in me being taken to the hospital with a head injury. I suffered a brain injury, and didn’t even remember what happened.

My Aunt helped me to search for a lawyer to help me sue the co-worker, and after several lawyers turned my case down, Paoli & Geerhart agreed to try to help. Their persistence, creativity, and thorough knowledge of the law turned up the winning strategy. They were able to reach the liability insurance my employer had to cover these kinds of accidents, and following some pretty intense negotiations, we were able to make a settlement that helped compensate me for my injury."


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