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Specialty Certification in Workers' Compensation

On January 12, 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers' Compensation Law Section as a certifying organization in the area of workers' compensation law. The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Review and Certifying Board had recommended the approval.

The PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section became the first bar association entity in Pennsylvania to receive approval as a certifying organization. Several other states recognize specialty certifications for workers' compensation law, including California, Florida and North Carolina.

Attorneys in Pennsylvania who earn this distinction are allowed to use the following language in advertisements:

"Certified as a specialist in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court." The goal of specialty certification is to help the public make a more informed decision when choosing an attorney.

In 2013, 149 attorneys were certified as specialists in workers' compensation. In May of 2014, another 32 lawyers became certified in this specialty area of the law.

In May of 2015, an additional 20 attorneys were certified by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers' Compensation Law Section as specialists in the practice of workers' compensation law.

The attorney must also maintain their certification by paying an annual fee of $90. The attorney must also report the completion of continuing legal education (CLE) credit from the Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Board including a set number of hours that must be devoted to the field of workers’ compensation. See Section 6.a.1.g) of Article IX of the PBA Workers Compensation Law Section Bylaws.

Read more about Specialty Certification for Attorneys in Pennsylvania.


Criteria for Specialty Certification in Workers' Compensation

To earn the designation as a certified specialist in the area of workers' compensation law, the attorney must establish that he or she has:

  • been admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • been actively engaged in the practice of law for a minimum of five years;
  • devoted a minimum of 50% of his practice to the specialty field of workers' compensation;
  • directly participated over the past five (5) years in a minimum of seven (7) of the following categories of workers' compensation litigation:
    • claim petitioners;
    • fatal claim petitions
    • specific loss claims;
    • utilization review;
    • Occupational Disease claims under Section 108 of the Workers' Compensation Act;
    • Termination Petitions;
    • Suspension Petitions;
    • Modification Petitions;
    • Compromise and Release proceedings;
    • Appeals before the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board;
    • Appeals before the Commonwealth Court; and
    • Appeals before the Supreme Court.
  • directly participated in both direct and cross-examination of at least twenty-five (25) medical, vocational, or other expert witness depositions;
  • submitted three samples of any of the following documents authored by the attorney:
    • Proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Brief submitted to a Workers' Compensation Judge;
    • Briefs filed before the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board;
    • Petition for Supersedeas and/or Answer to Supersedeas before the Workers Compensation Appeal Board and/or Commonwealth Court; and
    • Briefs filed with the Commonwealth Court.
  • showed proof of completing the designated number of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MOLE) hours in the field of workers' compensation over the specified period;
  • passed a four-hour examination on topics related to workers' compensation.

Topics for the examination include: 

  • Preparation of all types of Petitions and Answers;
  • The Elements of a Disability Claim, a Specific Loss Claim, and a Death Claim;
  • Jurisdictional Issues;
  • Exclusion from coverage of the Workers' Compensation Act;
  • Occupational Disease Claims under Section 108 of the Worker's Compensation Act;
  • Exclusive Remedy;
  • Time Limitations;
  • Average Weekly Wage;
  • Deposition and Discovery;
  • Direct and Cross Examination of Fact Witnesses, Medical Witnesses, Vocational Rehabilitation Witnesses and other Expert Witnesses;
  • Presentation of Medical Evidence;
  • General Evidentiary Principles Applicable to Workers' Compensation Proceedings;
  • Supersedeas Fund and Subsequent Injury Fund Claims;
  • Offsets, Credits and Subrogation;
  • Interest, Costs, Attorney Fees and Penalties;
  • Change of Statute for Suspension, Modification and Termination of Benefits;
  • Commutation and Compromise and Release;
  • Mediation;
  • Briefs, Findings of Fact and Oral Argument before Workers' Compensation Judges;
  • Special Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure before Workers' Compensation Judges;
  • Appeals to Workers' Compensation Appeal Board;
  • Original Petitions to Workers' Compensation Appeal Board;
  • Special Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure Before The Workers' Compensation Appeal Board;
  • Supersedeas before Workers' Compensation Judges, Workers' Compensation Appeal Board and Commonwealth Court; Appeals to Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court; Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure;
  • Briefs and Oral Arguments before Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court; and
  • Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct.

Finding a Workers' Compensation Attorney in Pennsylvania

If you need to find a workers' compensation attorney in Pennsylvania, then consider the benefits of choosing an attorney who has earned the designation as a certified specialist by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

At Lawyer Legion, we recognize the important role that specialty certification programs in Pennsylvania play in helping the public find a qualified.


Current Workers' Compensation Attorneys Certified

Name Law Firm/Organization City State      
Saad Hassan Aslam Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo Cressona PA
Lawrence Joseph Baldasare Burns White Pittsburgh PA
Halmon L Banks Banks Law Firm Philadelphia PA
Lawrence F Barone Freeburn & Hamilton Harrisburg PA
Michael C. Bauerle Batt & Gross Philadelphia PA
Deborah A. Beck Goldfein & Joseph PC Philadelphia PA
Timothy D Belt Belt Law Firm PC Kingston PA
Stuart Wells Benson   Gibsonia PA
Alexis Anne Berg-Townsend Cohen Feeley Altemose & Rambo Whitehall PA
Janet Huff Blaum Law Offices of William M Blaum Clarks Summit PA
William M Blaum Law Offices of William M Blaum Clarks Summit PA
Gregory Boles Fenner & Boles LLC Philadelphia PA
Bradley Robert Bolinger DiLoreto Cosentino & Bolinger PC Chambersburg PA
Richard Edward Bordonaro Marnen Mioduszewski Bordonaro Wagner & Sinnott LLC Erie PA
Eric S Borjeson ES Borjeson & Associates Philadelphia PA
Beth A. Bowers Haggerty Goldberg Schleifer & Kupersmith PC Reading PA
Kevin M. Bradway Cordisco & Saile LLC Trevose PA
Michael W Brant Brant & Associates PC Canonsburg PA
Dan K Bricmont Attorney at Law Pittsburgh PA
Christopher Robert Bridgman Carpenter McCadden & Lane LLP Media PA
Dina Brilliant Brilliant & Neiman LLC Warminster PA
Joseph Irvin Brodak Brodak Law LLC Washington PA
Kenneth N Brodsky Law Offices of Kenneth N Brodsky Bala Cynwyd PA
Michael William Cardamone   Blue Bell PA
Alfred J Carlson Martin Law Philadelphia PA
Sean Alan Casey   Pittsburgh PA
Maureen Cassidy   Philadelphia PA
Lawrence R Chaban Alpern Schubert PC Pittsburgh PA
Melissa R. Chandy   Philadelphia PA
Rhett Paris Cherkin Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Coleman LLC Pittsburgh PA
Francis N. Ciprero Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano North Wales PA
Paul C Cipriano O'Brien Rulis & Bochicchio LLC Philadelphia PA
Peter John Classetti Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman Newtown PA
Timothy F. Coffey   Philadelphia PA
Lenard A. Cohen   Philadelphia PA
Anthony T. Colangelo   Pittsburgh PA
Jonathan Robert Colton Joshua M Bloom and Associates PC Pittsburgh PA
Joseph Anthony Conlan   Philadelphia PA
Kevin L. Connors   Exton PA
Melody Anne Cook Duquesne University Pittsburgh PA
Thomas Stoddard Cook Calhoon & Associates PC Harrisburg PA
Anthony James Cosentino DiLoreto Cosentino & Bolinger PC Chambersburg PA
Adam Nathan Crosier   Harrisburg PA
Robert L Cullen Cullen Legal  Bristol PA
Joseph Benjamin D'Amico Frommer D'Amico Anderson Harrisburg PA
Nariman Patrick Dastur DeAngelis Dastur & Associates Pittsburgh PA
Christian A. Davis   Philadelphia PA
Daniel K Deardorff Martson Law Offices Carlisle PA
Paul M. Della Franco Willig Williams & Davidson Philadelphia PA
Matthew D Dempsey Lenahan & Dempsey PC Scranton PA
Terrence E Dempsey Lenahan & Dempsey PC Scranton PA
Joseph James Derita Workers Compensation Office of Adjudication Allentown PA
Richard R. Di Stefano   Paoli PA
David Harold Dille Burns White Pittsburgh PA
Christopher A DiMeo Carpenter McCadden & Lane LLP Media PA
Richard D Director Law Offices of Richard D Director Whitehall PA
Edward K Dixon Zimmer Kunz PLLC Pittsburgh PA
Geoffrey William Dlin Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo Philadelphia PA
John Paul Dogum Martin Law Philadelphia PA
Dean V Dominick Katherman Briggs & Greenberg LLP York PA
Patrick M Donan Steiner Segal Muller & Donan PC Dresher PA
Michael Gerald Dryden Willig Williams & Davidson Philadelphia PA
Bart E Ecker Laputka Bayless Ecker & Cohn PC Hazleton PA
Victoria Porcel Edwards   Carlisle PA
Michael David Eiss Margolis Edelstein Philadelphia PA
George M Evan Cipriani & Werner PC Pittsburgh PA
Matthew Stephen Faher Rudberg Law Offices LLC Pittsburgh PA
Michael Andrew Farrell Caldwell & Kearns PC Harrisburg PA
Diane Fenner Fenner & Boles LLC Bala Cynwyd PA
Donald F Fessler Marnen Mioduszewski Bordonaro Wagner & Sinnott LLC Erie PA
Gregory J Fischer Gaitens Tucceri & Nicholas PC Tarentum PA
Gretchen Jean Fitzer Walsh Barnes Collis & Zumpella PC Pittsburgh PA
James R Flandreau Paul Flandreau & Berger LLP Media PA
Scott Alan Fleischauer Katherine L Niven & Associates LLC Harrisburg PA
Ronald J Fonner Quatrini Rafferty PC Greensburg PA
Joseph Thomas Forkin ConnorsO'Dell LLP Exton PA
Christopher Michael Fox   Philadelphia PA
Robert P Frantz Pfeiffer Brown DiNicola & Frantz Pottsville PA
Aaron S. Friedmann   Philadelphia PA
Julie Wieczorek Fritsch Rudberg Law Offices LLC Pittsburgh PA
John W Frommer Frommer D'Amico Anderson Harrisburg PA
Drew P Gannon Katherman Briggs & Greenberg LLP York PA
Bret R. Goldstein Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP Philadelphia PA
Shawn C. Gooden   Harrisburg PA
Peter Joseph Gough Quatrini Rafferty PC Greensburg PA
Doreen Prescott Grant Schaff & Young PC Philadelphia PA
Wayne F Green Green Law Lancaster PA
Abigail Ann Gross Gross Law Office LLC Allentown PA
Jeffrey Scott Gross Batt & Gross Philadelphia PA
Michael F Hagstotz Haggerty Goldberg Schleifer & Kupersmith PC Abington PA
Fred Harold Hait Allied Attorneys of Central PA LLC Carlisle PA
Thomas D Hall Law Offices of Thomas D Hall Pittsburgh PA
William J Hall   Dunmore PA
Alexis Catherine Handrich   Philadelphia PA
Benedict Robert Heinz   Philadelphia PA
Mandy L Heinz Nikolaus & Hohenadel LLP Lancaster PA
Kelly A Hemple Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo Aston PA
Paul B. Himmel   Philadelphia PA
Charles Wayne Hippo Hippo & Fleming Law Offices Altoona PA
Barbara L Hollenbach Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA Allentown PA
Richard D Hollingworth Dethlefs-Pykosh Law Group LLC Red Lion PA
Robert Alan Huber Huber and Palsir LLC Philadelphia PA
Joseph C Huttemann Martin Law Philadelphia PA
Leo P Jackson Jackson Law LLC Stroudsburg PA
Richard Alan Jaffe Law Offices of Richard A Jaffe LLC Philadelphia PA
Karl J Januzzi Shollenberger Januzzi & Wolfe LLP Enola PA
Bandy Lee Jarosz Oyler Oyler & Jorosz Fairfield PA
Marla A Joseph Law Offices of Marla A Joseph LLC Jenkintown PA
Kenneth Martin Kapner Law Offices of Kenneth M Kapner PC Philadelphia PA
Jenifer Dana Kaufman   Philadelphia PA
Lauri A. Kavulich   Philadelphia PA
John E Kawczynski Field & Kawczynski LLC South Amboy NJ
Timothy James Kennedy Law Offices of Timothy Kennedy Broomall PA
Patrick W. Kenny   Philadelphia PA
Vasil Lazarus Kirifides Schmidt Kirifides & Rassias Media PA
Sara J Klein Attorney at Law Pittsburgh PA
Jennifer Kline Katherman Briggs & Greenberg LLP York PA
Harry John Klucher Law Offices of Harry J Klucher Sharon PA
Edward E Knauss Metzger Wickersham PC Harrisburg PA
Jonathan B. Koutcher PearsonKoutcher LLP Philadelphia PA
William A. Kovalcik Michael J O'Connor & Associates LLC Frackville PA
David M Kraft Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo Pottsville PA
Joel B Kundin Attorney at Law Pittsburgh PA
Gregory T. Kunkel Kunkel Law Firm Uniontown PA
Ian Foster Landman Del Collo & Mazzanti LLP Paoli PA
Thomas P Lang Dale E Anstine PC York PA
Brian J Lenahan Lenahan & Dempsey PC Scranton PA
Adam K Levin Liever Hyman & Potter PC Reading PA
Mauri Lynne Levy   Morgantown PA
Donald Cosmo Ligorio Hourigan Kluger & Quinn PC Kingston PA
Jane Ann Lombard Swartz Campbell LLC Philadelphia PA
Thomas C Lowry Thomas C Lowry Esq PC & Associates Plymouth Meeting PA
Krystal MacIntyre DiLoreto Cosentino & Bolinger PC Chambersburg PA
Bruce Harrison Macknight Sacchetta & Baldino Media PA
George E Martin Martin Law Philadelphia PA
Debra A Matherne Michael J O'Connor & Associates LLC Frackville PA
Jeffrey Vincent Matteo Fox & Fox Attorneys at Law PC Norristown PA
Mark L Mazzanti Del Collo & Mazzanti LLP Paoli PA
Daniel Edward McCabe Wolf Baldwin & Associates PC Pottstown PA
Michael J McCadden Carpenter McCadden & Lane LLP Media PA
Terence Sean McGraw Warren & McGraw LLC Blue Bell PA
Michael William McGurrin Galfand Berger LLP Philadelphia PA
Elizabethanne D McMunigal Bingaman Hess Wyomissing PA
Ryan Thomas McNicholas   Paoli PA
Louis Joseph Michelsen Ira H Weinstock PC Harrisburg PA
Lisa Ann Miller ConnorsO'Dell LLP Exton PA
Jeffrey A Mills Nikolaus & Hohenadel LLP Lancaster PA
Mark S Mislanovich Woomer & Hall LLP Pittsburgh PA
James Bradley Mogul   Bala Cynwyd PA
Gary D Monaghan Monaghan & Monaghan LLP Uniontown PA
James V Monaghan Law Offices of James V Monaghan Norristown PA
Michael A Murphy Ogg Murphy & Perkosky LLP Pittsburgh PA
Ryan Joseph Murphy Devine Law Offices LLC Lancaster PA
Sharolyn L Murphy Doman & Murphy LLP Upper Black Eddy PA
Glenn Neiman Brilliant & Neiman LLC Warminster PA
Kathleen A. O'Dell ConnorsO'Dell LLP Exton PA
Michael O'Donnell O'Donnell Law Offices Kingston PA
Andrew C Onwudinjo Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo Reading PA
Alexander J Palutis Smigel Anderson & Sacks LLP Harrisburg PA
Eric Bradford Pearson PearsonKoutcher LLP Philadelphia PA
Peter A Pentz Pentz Law Erie PA
Christian Michael Petrucci Law Offices of Christian Petrucci Bala Cynwyd PA
Anthony J Plastino Jones Gregg Creehan & Gerace LLP Pittsburgh PA
David A. Porter   Philadelphia PA
George Augustine Power Dell Moser Lane & Loughney LLC Pittsburgh PA
Colleen Marie Price Cipriani & Werner PC Scranton PA
Vincent J Quatrini Quatrini Rafferty PC Greensburg PA
Michelle Rhodes Del Collo & Mazzanti LLP Paoli PA
Katherine Mary Richardson The Dombrowski Group Paoli PA
Deborah Beth Richman Schaff & Young PC Philadelphia PA
Anna V Rio Law Office of Michael N Silver PC Drexel Hill PA
Paula S Robinson Robinson Law LLC Doylestown PA
Deborah Anne Rocco Rocco Law Offices LLC Philadelphia PA
Joel Charles Roinestad   Philadelphia PA
Howard Andrew Rosen   Philadelphia PA
Thomas A Rothermel Bingaman Hess Wyomissing PA
David P Rovner Shor & Levin PC Jenkintown PA
Zachary Michael Rubinich Rawle & Henderson LLP Philadelphia PA
Michael S. Russell Conlon Tarker PC Butler PA
Steven Robert Ryan Frommer D'Amico Anderson Harrisburg PA
Thomas F Sacchetta Sacchetta & Baldino Media PA
Marianne Henry Saylor Willig Williams & Davidson Philadelphia PA
Ryan Michael Scanlon   Scranton PA
Michael David Schaff   Philadelphia PA
Mark Robert Schmidt Schmidt Kirifides & Rassias Media PA
Stephen Arthur Schneider Freeburn & Hamilton Harrisburg PA
Joshua L Schwartz Barley Snyder  Lancaster PA
Geoffrey Lynn Seacrist Attorney at Law Brookville PA
Amit Jay Shah   Philadelphia PA
Michael D. Sherman   Sewickley PA
Patricia A Shoap Shoap Law Offices Chambersburg PA
Michael N Silver Law Office of Michael N Silver PC Upper Darby PA
Matthew William Slater   Philadelphia PA
Thomas Gordon Smith Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Coleman LLC Pittsburgh PA
Fred Constatine Soilis Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Coleman LLC Pittsburgh PA
Kenneth Eric Spivack   Philadelphia PA
Gerald F Strubinger Strubinger Law PC Palmerton PA
Richard Grimes Talarico   Pittsburgh PA
Adam Michael Taylor   Philadelphia PA
Erin Courtney Thompson Del Collo & Mazzanti LLP Paoli PA
Ronald Thomas Tomasko JSDC Law Offices Hershey PA
Steven R Tregea The Chartwell Law Offices Camp Hill PA
James J Turocy Law Office of James J Turocy Pittsburgh PA
Michael A Vanasse Vanasse Law LLC Lancaster PA
Joseph Edward Vaughan O'Hagan LLC Philadelphia PA
James Charles Veith   Willow Grove PA
Joseph Patrick Vendetti Vendetti & Vendetti Erie PA
Kim Livesey Veon   Blue Bell PA
Karl Peter Voigt Prince Law Offices PC Bechtelsville PA
Kristin Marie Waller Del Collo & Mazzanti LLP Paoli PA
Jason Weinstock Ira H Weinstock PC Harrisburg PA
Keld Rolf Wenge   Philadelphia PA
Allison M. Wheeler   Philadelphia PA
Thomas A Wilken Ira H Weinstock PC Harrisburg PA
Matthew L Wilson Martin Law Philadelphia PA
Levi S Wolf Wolf Baldwin & Associates PC Pottstown PA
Bruce E Woodske Woodske Law Offices Beaver PA
Jeffrey L. Zeitz   Philadelphia PA

This article was last updated on Friday, November 22, 2019.

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