Harvey navigates the tumultuous waters of personal injury with expertise and honesty. As a family man and prominent member of the East Bay community, he provides a personal touch that is rare in today’s world of corporate lawyers. In 2011 Harvey was voted the best of Oakland and the East Bay for 2011, being called out as “Most Legendary Legal Eagle.”
Harvey considers himself the voice for you, his client. His ultimate goal? Helping you get back to your pre-accident health status as soon as possible. Big claims mean big injuries, and while sometimes that is unavoidable, he is not satisfied until he sees his clients return to pre-accident form.
His list of cases and clients spans the gamut, from a man who slipped and fell in a grocery store to a woman who had an accident on public transportation. He’s represented clients against Safeway, Oakland Unified School District, Kaiser Permanente Foundation, PG & E, EBMUD, AC Transit, California Department of Transportation, Pyramid Brewery, BART, and many more companies, both large and small.
Harvey has led a colorful life: He’s served as a Captain in the US Air Force, worked with financial guru Suze Orman. He also represented a man against the Army and managed to obtain for his client one of the largest private bills of compensation ever from the U.S. Congress. This case was so unusual it got Harvey featured on 60 Minutes and was even made into a movie that even featured a character modeled after him. Harvey has taught at both the paralegal program at Dominican College in San Rafael and Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
After graduating from Duquesne Law School, he joined a private practice in San Rafael where he took on criminal law, divorce, and personal injury cases.
Settling in the East Bay, he literally hung up his shingle in an historic Victorian-style building in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. Through word of mouth, and referrals from prior clients, his practice has grown and prospered over 40 years.
Beyond his impressive professional success, Harvey is dedicated to his family and community. For ten years, he has volunteered his time as “Lawyer in the Library” at Rockridge Library and served on the board of various not-for-profit organizations. When he is not working or volunteering, he hikes, travels, and spends time with his wife of 50 years, pet Shih-Tzu, close friends, three children, and four granddaughters.