Henry K. Gaus

Deputy County Counsel

Henry Gaus joined the Office of the County Counsel in February of 2016, and works in the Workers’ Compensation Unit.  His practice focuses on all aspects of litigation related to defense of workers’ compensation claims before the Bay Area District Offices of the Appeals Board, including San Jose, Salinas, Oakland, and San Francisco.  He has served as a Judge Pro Tem at the San Jose Board, and is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. He has brought hundreds of workers’ compensation cases to conclusion through litigation, informal resolution, arbitration, and/or mediation.  Mr. Gaus began his legal career in civil litigation, involving primarily insurance liability defense, and had been defending workers compensation claims for a broad base of clients for approximately 27 years before joining the County Counsel team.  

Henry’s professional expertise includes:

  • Litigation before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
  • Appellate litigation
  • Subrogation litigation


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • San Francisco State University, B.A., History Major and Social Science Minor, magna cum laude, 1981

Prior Experience

  • Associate/Partner/Managing Partner at Thomas, Lyding, Cartier & Gaus, San Jose (1989-2016)
  • Associate at Handelman & Bacon, Palo Alto (1986-1989)

Professional Publications

  • "Allison Wonderland", Workers Compensation Quarterly, Volume 15, Page 9
  • "Of Virtue and Immorality", Workers Compensation Quarterly, Volume 9, Number 3, Page 12
  • "To Advance or Not to Advance...", Workers Compensation Quarterly, Volume 7, Number 2, Page 1
  • "Minimum Statutory T.D.:  Unjust Enrichment or Fair Compensation?", Workers Compensation Quarterly, Volume 3, Number 4, Page 3

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