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PBA Workers Comp Fall Section Meeting 2024 – Hershey


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  • Start Date:2024-09-12 13:00:00
  • End Date:2024-09-13 11:45:00
  • Length:
  • Level:Intermediate
  • Topics:Workers' Compensation

$329.00 []

Overview

Special Pricing Available

PBA Workers’ Compensation Section Member – $299. The discount code will be made available through the section. **This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other PBI discount**

The Workers’ Compensation Fall Section Meeting is so much more than your typical conference.

It’s a cornerstone in PA Workers’ Compensation—the annual gathering of like-minded professionals uniting to exchange ideas, share best practices and learn new ways of doing business.

Featuring the very latest in trends, opportunities & challenges.

The Fall Section Meeting is the most efficient way to stay current on new developments, significant cases, medical perspectives, today’s practice issues, judicial insights and more.  You are exposed to current, practical information and the substantive knowledge you need to stay competitive.

Phenomenal networking opportunities.

This is THE bench-bar conference for Pennsylvania workers’ comp. Your attendance puts you in direct contact with colleagues, judges, experts, and others shaping today’s practice.

  • Catch up with friends and colleagues from across the Commonwealth
  • Make new contacts and expand your network.
  • Power-network at the Reception on Thursday evening

Celebrate the 2024 Irvin Stander Memorial Award Winner

Join the PBA Workers’ Compensation Law Section as they honor the 2024 Irvin Stander Memorial Award recipient.  

Updates that you can rely on.

  • State of the Union from the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication.
  • Recent Developments from the Supreme, Commonwealth, and Superior Courts
  • Hot topics and what’s trending
  • Ethical Issues with Attorney’s Fees: Recent Developments and Practice Implications
  • Fee Reviews: Update
  • IME Demo
  • Average Weekly Wage
  • Medical Marijuana Legal Update
  • Advocacy Skills for the WC Practitioner, WC Refresher: Nuts & Bolts
  • Ethical Issues from a Judge’s Perspectives
  • Jurisdictional Differences Judges’ Roundtable

Special thanks to the Fall Section Meeting Planning Team

  • Katherine E. Bavoso, Esq., The Chartwell Law Offices LLP
  • Nariman P. Dastur, Esq., DeAngelis Dastur & Associates PC
  • Anita M. Ellis, Esq., Cipriani & Werner, PC
  • Jeffrey S. Gross, Esq., Gross & Kenny, LLP
  • Marla A. Joseph, Esq., The Law Offices of Marla A. Joseph, LLC
  • Jenna L. King, Esq., Martin Law LLC
  • Valerie H. Lieberman, Esq., Naulty Scaricamazza & McDevitt LLC
  • Amit J. Shah, Esq., Martin Law LLC

Hotel information.

You may make a room reservation by calling the Hershey Lodge Reservation office at 855-729-3108 and asking for the room block for the PBA 2024 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SECTION, September 11-13, 2024. You may also reserve online: Hershey LodgeNOTE: This web address no longer supports Internet Explorer. Please use a different search engine to access this group link.

Group Room rate is: $265.00 per room per night plus taxes. Deadline to reserve is Monday, August 26, 2024. After this date, room prices may increase and/or rooms may not be available.

We are pleased to offer this program in collaboration with the PBA Workers’ Compensation Section.

Faculty

Abigail A. Gross, Esq.

Ms. Gross is the founder of Gross Law Office, LLC – a boutique law office located in Allentown specializing in workers’ compensation and social security disability matters. She has been practicing workers’ compensation law for nearly a decade, with her beginnings in workers’ compensation defense. By 2013, she opened Gross Law Office where she began to devote the majority of her practice to the representation of injured workers. Ms. Gross is 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. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Lehigh County Bar Associations. She has also been continuously selected for inclusion in Philadelphia Magazine’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Stars edition, an honor held by less than 5% of practicing attorneys (2012-2017 editions). She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Slovak Society of the USA since 2014; and in 2016, Ms. Gross was selected as recipient of the Top Forty Under 40 award by Lehigh Valley Business. She earned a B.A. degree from Shippensburg University and a second B.A. degree from Cedar Crest College before obtaining her J.D. degree from The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

Alfred J. Carlson III, Esq.

Mr. Carlson is the managing partner of Martin Law in Philadelphia. He is also the current President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He has been a litigator in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law since passing the bar in 1992. Mr. Carlson initially practiced at a leading defense firm in Philadelphia, then joined his present firm in 2000 to represent injured workers in Pennsylvania and protect their rights. He has been voted a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2005 and a Top 100 Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Super Lawyer on multiple occasions. Since 2013, Mr. Carlson has also been recognized in Best Lawyers of America. He was among the first class of attorneys to become a certified specialist in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law. In addition to maintaining an active caseload, Mr. Carlson lectures extensively in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law. He has also published numerous articles on the subject. Mr. Carlson served as Co-Chair for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section in 2008 and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association since 2010. He received his J.D. in 1992 from Widener University School of Law, his MBA in 1992 from Widener University, and his B.S., magna cum laude, in 1989 from Villanova University.

Amit J. Shah, Esq.

Amit J. Shah is a partner at Martin Law and focuses his practice exclusively on Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation law. Mr. Shah has been with the firm since 2007. In the Spring of 2014, Mr. Shah became a certified specialist in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation by the PA Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the PA Supreme Court.* Mr. Shah has spoken at continuing legal education seminars on various issues related to Workers’ Compensation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shah worked at a boutique defense firm handling Workers’ Compensation litigation in Pennsylvania. He also previously served as a legal intern in the immigration department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2004, Mr. Shah earned his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, where he was a member of the Minority Law Student Association. In 2001, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Shah is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section. In January 2015, Mr. Shah became an ex officio member of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. In 2017, Mr. Shah served as a co-chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In 2022, Mr. Shah was elected to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Council. Mr. Shah has been designated by the National Football League’s Players’ Association (NFLPA) to represent the players of the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition, Mr. Shah is associated with the National Hockey League’s Players’ Association (NHLPA), Major League Baseball’s Players’ Association (MLBPA), Major League Soccer’s Players’ Association (MLPSA), and Professional Hockey’s Players’ Association (PHPA) to handle Workers’ Compensation matters for professional athletes in Pennsylvania.

Anita M. Ellis, Esq.

Ms. Ellis is an attorney at United States Steel Corporation in Pittsburgh, where she has handled Pennsylvania workers’ compensation on behalf of the self-insured employer since 2006. In addition, she supervises the workers’ compensation cases of outside counsel in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Texas, as well as the work of outside counsel on State and Federal Black Lung claims in multiple jurisdictions. Ms. Ellis is an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and inactive member of the West Virginia Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Ellis is the current Chair Elect for the Workers’ Compensation Section of Pennsylvania Bar Association, and continues to be the Legislation Committee Chair. In addition, Ms. Ellis is an employer representative on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council and a Zone 12 Representative in the PBA House of Delegates. Prior to becoming an attorney, she had a combined ten years of experience in workers’ compensation as a claims adjuster in the insurance industry and also administering the workers’ compensation program for a non-profit agency. Ms. Ellis is a graduate of Chatham College in Pittsburgh, and received her J.D. in 2003 from the Duquesne University School of Law, where she received a Barrister’s Award and the J. Alfred Wilner Award.

Anthony Natale III, Esq.

Mr. Natale is a Shareholder in the Workers’ Compensation Department at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Philadelphia. He devotes his practice to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, municipal law/Heart and Lung Act, and federal Longshore and Harbor workers’ compensation. Mr. Natale has successfully represented clients in high-exposure, complex litigation, including repetitive trauma, occupational disease, hearing loss and chemical sensitivity claims. He also actively represents the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association in regard to workers’ compensation matters. Mr. Natale is an experienced speaker and author in the areas of workers’ compensation and employment law. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Barbara E. Holmes, Esq.

Since 2013, Ms. Holmes has been a member of the course planning committee, the team that plans and presents the biennial PBI program Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure and writes the manual. She previously was a planner for the Handling the Workers Compensation Claim program and has participated in other PBI programs and the Bureau of Workers Compensation Conference. She is a partner in the law firm of Blaufeld Schiller & Holmes LLP in Pittsburgh, where she practices on behalf of injured workers in workers’ compensation claim and disability applicants in Social Security claims. She is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Allegheny County Bar Associations, and a former chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Council for the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Ms. Holmes was elected to the College of Workers Compensation Lawyers in 2011, and has participated in CWCL presentations at the annual meeting. She is admitted to practice before all courts of the Commonwealth and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Sixth Circuits. Ms. Holmes is a graduate of Chatham University in Pittsburgh and received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. In 2019, Ms. Holmes was awarded the Irvin Stander Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section. Ms. Holmes can be reached by phone at 412-391-0776, ext. 202, or 1-800-343-9384, and by email a bholmes@bshlaw.net.

Carol L. Cingranelli, Esq.

Ms. Cingranelli is a 1984 cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the area of workers’ compensation law: on behalf of injured workers, employers/insurance companies and also as chief counsel to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the WCAB. While at the BWC, Ms. Cingranelli was instrumental in promulgating regulations to effectuate the Act 44 of 1993 amendments, especially the medical cost containment regulations addressing utilization reviews, medical fee caps, re-pricing procedures and the fee review process. She is currently a senior claims attorney with PMA Companies, where, as an in-house counsel, her work has primarily focused on defending workers’ compensation claims since 2002. As part of her responsibilities at PMA, Ms. Cingranelli has developed a practice in litigating health care providers’ billing disputes before fee review hearing officers appointed by the Department of Labor & Industry. She has been very involved in fee review hearings challenging controversial billing practices of several high-profile treatments, including VAX-D and TMR procedures.

Christopher D. Pavuk, Esq.

Christopher D. Pavuk, managing partner of Chartwell Law’s Scranton, Pennsylvania office, focuses his practice on the representation of employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators and self-insureds in the defense of workers compensation matters. Chris handles workers’ compensation cases across a variety of industries, including healthcare, trucking and manufacturing. He assists these clients in limiting their liability and exposure. A leader in the legal community, Chris has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list as seen in both Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine since 2017, in the practice area of workers’ compensation. Chris served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Richard P. Conaboy of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and Chairman of the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D. C. His experience as a federal law clerk introduced him to a wide variety of practice areas including civil rights, Social Security, and employment law litigation. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, Lackawanna, and District of Columbia Bar Associations. Mr. Pavuk is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law, J.D., and the University of Scranton, B.A.

Daniel J. Siegel, Esq.

Attorney Daniel J. Siegel is a nationally known authority on ethics, technology, data protection and cybersecurity, civil litigation and workers’ compensation matters, and business workflow management, and the principal of both the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC and Integrated Technology Services, LLC. Dan’s practice includes defending lawyers in disciplinary cases; providing professional responsibility advice to lawyers and firms; serving as appellate counsel; and representing individuals in workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He also provides techno-ethics guidance to solo, small, and mid-sized law firms on cybersecurity, technology, and other related issues. In short, Dan handles the matters that keep other lawyers awakd at night. Attorney Siegel also advises law firms and businesses on workflow management, creating paperless offices, and other productivity matters. He is a prolific writer and speaker. He is Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Technology Committee, and Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division. The author of 15 books, Dan is also a columnist and frequent presenter on a wide range of topics. You can contact Dan at dan@danieljsiegel.com.

David G. Greene, Esq.

Mr. Greene is a partner at Weber Gallagher, where he serves as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Group. In his law practice, Mr. Greene counsels employers, insurance companies, and third-party administrators on how to best manage their Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claims. He works closely with his clients to provide appropriate risk management advice, whether that involves litigation or nonlitigation services. Mr. Greene is a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, where he taught the Tough Problems in Workers’ Compensation course for 15 years before being appointed to the faculty of PBI’s Practice and Procedure Manual. Mr. Greene’s recognitions include an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and being named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers each year over the past decade along with being named to the top 100 lawyers in Philadelphia and in all of Pennsylvania in 2019. Mr. Greene is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the National Restaurant and Retail Defense Association (NRRDA). He is also a fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Mr. Greene is a 1988 cum laude graduate of Duke University and a 1991 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. Mr. Greene can be reached at dgreene@wglaw.com. 

Hon. Alfonso Frioni, Jr.

Commissioner Frioni, a 1988 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, was first appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board by Governor Tom Ridge in 1996. He was reappointed by Governors Rendell and Corbett and has served as Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board since June, 2011. Prior to his appointment to the W.C.A.B., Chairman Frioni was In-house Counsel to The Travelers Insurance Co. specializing in Pa. Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease litigation, Federal Black Lung litigation and Longshoremen’s cases. Mr. Frioni performed similar work as an associate for the law offices of Tillman & Thompson (now Sutton & Williams, LLC); and from 1989-1991 was an Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. Immediately following law school where Chairman Frioni participated in the National Administrative Law Moot Court Competition, he served as staff assistant to the late U.S. Senator H. John Heinz, III. Chairman Frioni serves on the Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee, the Workers’ Compensation Liaison Committee, and the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board. He has been a guest lecturer for many PBI programs on workers’ compensation and served on the Centennial Committee of the PA Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section at which time he Co-authored A History of The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board: 1972-2015.

Hon. Debra A. Matherne

Judge Matherne became a workers’ compensation judge in 2022 and works in the Williamsport hearing office.   She is a graduate of Grove City College and Villanova University School of Law. Prior to her appointment as a workers’ compensation judge, Judge Matherne was in private practice focusing primarily on workers’ compensation matters since 1994.  During her tenure as a workers’ compensation attorney, Judge Matherne handled cases in multiple districts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing both Claimants at a central Pennsylvania law firm and Employers/Insurers at Swartz Campbell LLC and, most recently, Cipriani & Werner LLC.   In addition to workers’ compensation cases, Judge Matherne is also currently holding hearings as a medical fee review officer, adjudicating appeals and related disputes litigated between medical health care providers and insurance carriers.  

Hon. Erin Lynn Young

Judge Erin Young is a judge with the Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication. She is a graduate of Widener University Delaware School of Law, J.D. She is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Hon. Jeffrey A. Mills

Judge Mills graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1986. Thereafter he accepted a Commission in the United States Navy where he served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in Pearl Harbor, HI between 1986 and 1990. Following active duty, he continued to serve as a Reservist until 2002 attaining the rank of Commander. In 1990 he entered private practice with the law firm of Nikolaus and Hohenadel, LLP in Lancaster Pennsylvania where he remained until 2020. He was a managing partner, chair of the litigation department and maintained an active practice focusing on Workers Compensation litigation. In November 2020 he left private practice to accept an appointment as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with the Workers Compensation Office of Adjudication. Judge Mills also teaches Civil Litigation in the Paralegal program at Harrisburg Area Community College. In his spare time, he is an unrepentant fly fisherman.

Hon. Jeffrey J. Russell

Judge Russell has been a Workers’ Compensation Judge since 2014. While his judicial career began in the Harrisburg area, he is currently assigned to New Castle. Judge Russell travels extensively in his judicial role in order to perform a number of mediations and hearings throughout much of the western half of the Commonwealth. Prior to his appointment, he most recently practiced both defense and claimant work with the law firm of O’Malley & Magley in Pittsburgh. Previously, Judge Russell spent many years also handling both sides of workers’ compensation matters while working with some larger firms in western Pennsylvania.

Hon. Joseph DeRita

On November 12, 2018, Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry Jerry Oleksiak appointed Joseph DeRita as the Director of the Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication. Director DeRita was formerly a Workers’ Compensation Judge at the Allentown hearing office adjudicating and mediating cases in Allentown, Easton and Doylestown. Prior to that, Mr. DeRita represented injured workers for 30 years as a partner at the firm of Shor, Levin and DeRita, PC in Jenkintown, Pa. and later as a sole practitioner before assuming the bench. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a B.A. in Industrial Relations in 1983. He earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1987, and an LL.M. in trial advocacy from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2005. He chaired the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers (now the Pennsylvania Association for Justice) from 1997-1998.  He co-chaired the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2002 and served on its Executive Committee from 2001-2003.  Before taking the bench, he earned the Workers’ Compensation Law Certified Specialist designation in 2013 from the PBA Workers’ Compensation Law Section.  He is on the executive committee of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, a member of the International Association of Industrial Accidents Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) and the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary.  In March, 2022, he was inducted into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (CWCL).     

Hon. Tina Maria Rago

A native Philadelphian, Judge Rago graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1992, Judge Rago graduated from Widener University School of Law and became a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars. In 1994, Judge Rago accepted a judicial clerkship, with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Upper Darby Offices where she remained until 1996. In 1996, Judge Rago joined the Law Firm of Margolis Edelstein where she remained for the following ten years attaining the status of partner. In 2006, Judge Rago took a position with the City of Philadelphia, Risk Management Division as counsel for the Employee Disability Program. On June 25, 2007, she was appointed as a Workers Compensation Judge in Workers Compensation Office of Adjudication. Judge Rago was the 2022 Martha Hampton Award recipient presented by the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association for her dedication and contribution to the Section. Outside the courtroom, Judge Rago is active in the community as a member of the SJP Mother’s Club and serves as a volunteer ambassador and speaker for The Alex’ Lemonade Stand Foundation helping to raise awareness and funding to combat pediatric cancer. She has co-chaired the Community Service and Charitable Events sub-committee of the Worker’s Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association since 2014. She currently serves as a co-chair for the Delaware County Bar Association – WC Committee. She is also an active member of the Judge Alexander F. Barbieri Inn of Court.

Jeffrey S. Gross, Esq.

Mr. Gross is a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Gross & Kenny, LLP. He concentrates his practice in workers’ compensation litigation and has been representing injured workers for over 30 years. Mr. Gross is a certified 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. Mr. Gross is currently the Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section. He is the Treasurer of the Alexander Barbieri Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court and has been serving in that role since its inception in 2011. He served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors from 2008-2010. Mr. Gross is a past co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section and has served on the Section’s executive committee for the past 23 years. He has served as the Chancellor of the Brandeis Law Society and is a founding member of the Brandeis Law Foundation. Mr. Gross is actively engaged in fundraising activities for the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Mr. Gross was awarded the Martha Hampton Award in 2003 in recognition of his strong advocacy and compassion for injured workers as well as his professional and community service. He has been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine every year since 2004 as one of the area’s leading attorneys in workers’ compensation litigation and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward &White. Mr. Gross is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and is a past-chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and is also currently a Board Member. He is also a Board Member of Kids Chance of PA. He is a frequent lecturer on various workers’ compensation issues and has authored numerous articles involving workers’ compensation issues in several publications, including The Legal Intelligencer. Mr. Gross received his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law and his B.S. from Muhlenberg College. Mr. Gross is also an FAA licensed pilot. 

Jenifer D. Kaufman, Esq.

Ms. Kaufman is the founder and principal of Kaufman Workers’ Compensation Law, LLC. She represents claimants throughout the Philadelphia region. She has a special interest in ensuring access to medical marijuana by injured workers. Further, she serves as the chair of the workers’ compensation sub-committee of the Hemp and Medical Marijuana Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Ms. Kaufman is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at jenifer@kaufmanworkerscomp.com.

Jenna L. King, Esq.

Jenna King is an associate with Martin Law and has exclusively practiced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law since passing the bar in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. King worked at a regional defense firm representing employers and major insurance carriers in workers’ compensation litigation across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the Spring of 2024, Ms. King became a certified specialist in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation by the PA Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the PA Supreme Court. In 2015, Ms. King earned her law degree from Widener University School of Law, where she founded and served as the Inaugural President of the Youth Court League, served as the Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Society, and was an active member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society. Ms. King is an active leader in the Workers’ Compensation Sections of both the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She is the 2023 Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section and has also served as the Co-Chair of its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee since 2019 as well as its PBA Liaison since 2020. Ms. King is also the 2024-2025 Chair-Elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section and has served as a Council member since 2020. Ms. King is a frequent presenter of Continuing Legal Education courses throughout Pennsylvania on various workers’ compensation topics. Ms. King earned her B.A., magna cum laude from Widener University in 2011. Before attending law school, she completed a year of service with the Americorps Program City Year, working with at risk youth at South Philadelphia High School. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude with Pro Bono distinction from Widener University Delaware Law School in 2015.

Katherine E. Bavoso, Esq.

Katherine E. Bavoso is a Partner at Chartwell Law in the Camp Hill office. She concentrates her practice exclusively in the defense of workers’ compensation claims for carrier’s, TPA’s, and self-insured employers. With over twenty years of experience, she has practiced before most of the Judge’s statewide, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, and the Commonwealth Court. Ms. Bavoso is a 2002 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University where she was a member of both the appellate and trial moot court boards. She was also on the environmental law review. While at Dickinson, she clerked for Judge Geoffrey Berry of the 9th Judicial District in Goshen, New York and clerked for an insurance defense firm. Prior to Dickinson, Ms. Bavoso graduated from the University of Florida summa cum laude. She was a sister with the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Ms. Bavoso is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell. She was listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and was chosen as a Select Lawyer and a Local Legal Leader. Ms. Bavoso was named a Lawyer of Distinction in the practice of Workers’ Compensation and as one of Pennsylvania’s “Top 10” Workers’ Compensation Attorneys. Ms. Bavoso was Chair of the Worker’s Compensation Section statewide through the Pennsylvania Bar Association from May 2019 to May 2020. She also sat/sits on the Certification Committee, Membership Committee, Fall Section Meeting Planning Committee, and Stanley Siegel County Bar Award Committee. In 2020 she was chosen to sit on a multi-practice committee with the Pennsylvania Bar Association to discuss and implement policies during COVID. Ms. Bavoso has presented at numerous seminars including the Pennsylvania Bureau Conference, Fall Section Meeting, Tough Problems in Workers’ Compensation, and Best Practices in Workers’ Compensation. She is also a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association. 

Kimberly A. Zabroski, Esq.

Ms. Zabroski is a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Chartwell Law.  Her practice is dedicated to representing self-insured employers and insurance companies in workers’ compensation litigation in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.  Ms. Zabroski is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association and has served on the ACBA Workers’ Compensation Section counsel.  She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania and Western District of North Carolina, and the State of North Carolina.  Ms. Zabroski has been named to The Best Lawyers in America since 2010, in the specialty of workers’ compensation law.  Ms. Zabroski was also selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2015 and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2010 and was elected to the College of Workers Compensation Lawyers in 2019.  In 2019, Ms. Zabroski was appointed to the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Certification Committee and is currently serving her second three-year term.  She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Slippery Rock University and her J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University.

Marianne H. Saylor, Esq.

Ms. Saylor is the Director of the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, where she oversees the administrative operations for carrying out the provisions of the Act. Ms. Saylor was previously a partner at Willig, Williams & Davidson, where she represented claimants for 18 years. Previously, Ms. Saylor represented insurance companies and employers.. She earned her B.A. from Bennington College and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.

Marla A. Joseph, Esq.

Marla A. Joseph, Esquire, an AV-rated lawyer and Principal of the Law Offices of Marla Joseph, LLC, has been representing workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability claimants for over a quarter of a century.  Ms. Joseph earned her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1991, majoring in Psychology, and minoring in Business. In 1994, she earned her J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she was honored with an award for achievement in trial advocacy and had the privilege of working as a Teaching Assistant for Lynn Abraham, who was the Philadelphia District Attorney at that time. She is certified as a workers’ compensation specialist by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  The Best Lawyers of America just named Ms. Joseph the 2023 Lawyer of the Year, an honor she also earned in 2020. This is a distinction earned by only .4% of lawyers. In 2022, Ms. Joseph was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, a national organization that honors workers’ compensation lawyers who have exhibited the highest professional qualifications, ethical standards, character, integrity, professional expertise, and leadership.  In 2019 Philadelphia City Council honored Ms. Joseph with a Citation, acknowledging her selection in the Philly Labor Who’s Who in Injured Workers Advocacy. She became a Kids’ Chance of PA Board member in 2018 and instituted an annual Silent Auction, for which she was honored with the PA Merit of Achievement Award. The auction has raised over $60,000 in scholarships for students whose parents died or were catastrophically injured in a PA work accident. She is a former Chair of PBA’s Workers’ Compensation Executive Council, has been a course planner for their premier Fall Section Meeting for decades, and was the 2021 Co-chair of the Section’s Electronic Deposition Committee. Ms. Joseph was voted by her peers and a Blue Ribbon Panel as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Women Lawyers by the Super Lawyers and has continued to be voted a  “Super Lawyer” in the field of workers’ compensation since its inaugural year. She received the 2004 Lawyers on the Fast Track Award from The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly.  She frequently lectures on workers’ compensation issues and received an award from the American Bar Association (ABA) for her program on Civility in the Law. She served in numerous leadership roles with the Philadelphia Bar Association, including serving as YLD Chair in 2002, an elected member of its Board of Governors from 2003-2006, Chaired its Women’s Rights Committee in 2001, was a member of its Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee in 2003 and the Judicial Commission in 2001.  

Michael B. Dodd, Esq.

Mr. Dodd is an associate with O’Brien Rulis & Bochicchio, LLC in Pittsburgh. He represents clients ranging from major corporations, insurance carriers, privately-held companies, self-insured employers and governmental entities in workers’ compensation litigation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This includes representation at all stages of claims, including attending depositions and hearings before Workers’ Compensation Judges throughout Pennsylvania. Further, his practice involves advocacy at all stages of appeal, including argument, appellate briefs and amicus briefs before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. His experience includes litigating matters that involve statutory benefit schemes, such as the Heart and Lung Act, the Second Class County Code, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Retirement Code, and providing advice on the respective impact of such benefits on workers’ compensation matters. Prior to joining ORB in 2001, Mr. Dodd performed and assisted in plaintiff/claimant litigation in various practice areas, including Worker’s Compensation, Social Security and Civil Litigation. Further, he has presented lectures to employers and unions pertaining to issues governed by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. He received his B.A. in Communications from Duquesne University and his J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations.

Michael V. Quatrini, Esq.

Mr. Quatrini is an attorney with Quatrini Law Group, working out of the firm’s offices in Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Latrobe, and Altoona. He represents individuals in claims for Workers’ Compensation, Veterans Disability Compensation and Social Security Disability/SSI. Mr. Quatrini is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Social Security Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is an active member of, and speaker for, two national organizations, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) and the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG).

Nariman P. Dastur, Esq.

Mr. Dastur is the managing partner of DeAngelis, Dastur & Associates in Pittsburgh. Mr. Dastur is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and has served as a Proofer/Editor for their Workers’ Compensation Newsletter since 2002. In addition, he is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and has served on their Workers’ Compensation Section Counsel and served as its chair for the 2021-2022 term. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section and is the Immediate Past Chair. Mr. Dastur received his B.A. from Westminster College and his J.D. from Case Western University School of Law. His practice is devoted exclusively to the representation of workers’ compensation claimants. He was among the first to be certified as a workers’ compensation specialist in Pennsylvania, having met the requirements and passing a comprehensive exam in 2013. In 2020, he was elected a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. 

R. Burke McLemore Jr., Esq.

Mr. McLemore is a partner in the Harrisburg office of Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP, and past Chair of its Workers’ Compensation Section. His practice encompasses trial and appellate representation of employers and carriers from the Maryland line to the New York border. Significant cases include Leon E. Wintermyer, Inc. v. WCAB, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that rewrote the standards for review of administrative agency decisions. Mr. McLemore provides risk reduction and management advice to clients facing workers’ compensation and employment law claims. His forty‐plus years of insurance defense experience is applied to complex cases bridging workers’ compensation, subrogation and employment torts. For over 25 years he has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, and was voted Lawyer of the Year for workers’ compensation defense in central Pennsylvania in 2021. He has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer annually since 2004. He is a Past Chair of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Council and currently serves as the Section’s Delegate to the PBA House of Delegates. He is a past President of the Dauphin County Bar Association. The author of “Heart Attacks and the Pennsylvania Workmens’ Compensation Act”, he regularly contributes as an author and speaker to Pennsylvania Bar Institute presentations. Mr. McLemore is a past member of the Board of Directors of PBI. He served as President of Dickinson Law School’s General Alumni Association and received both its Distinguished Service and Outstanding Alumni Award. He taught workers’ compensation law as an adjunct Professor of Law at the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. He was the 2014 recipient of the Irvin Stander Memorial Award and is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He is a past Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. McLemore is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College (Phi Beta Kappa) and of the Dickinson School of Law.

Robert W. Mauthe, MD, PC

A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Dr. Mauthe completed four years at The Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and went on to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital. After completion of his residency he became the director for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 1998 he chose to go into private practice and currently has an office in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, just south of Allentown off Route 309 and one mile south of the Center Valley Parkway and the Promenade Shops. Dr. Mauthe received his degree in Medicine in 1986 and is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is also certified as an Independent Medical Examiner and certified in performing Impairment Ratings in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, he holds a license to practice in the state of Arizona. Dr. Mauthe specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of painful conditions including, but not limited to, disorders of the spine and extremities, both physical and post-surgical rehabilitation. He does not routinely prescribe narcotic medications and the practice emphasizes exercise and a return to a productive lifestyle, whether it be sports, work or leisure related activities.

Ryan C. Blazure, Esq.

Mr. Blazure is the chair of the PBA Young Lawyers Division. He is a member of the PBA and the Luzerne County Bar Association. Mr. Blazure previously served as the YLD delegate to the PBA House of Delegates and as the YLD delegate for Zone 5 to the PBA House of Delegates. He is a member of the PBA Animal Law Committee and the PBA Intellectual Property Law Section. Mr. Blazure served as YLD co-chair of Zone 5 from 2001 until 2005. From 2002 to 2007, he served as the PBA YLD High School Mock Trial Program regional coordinator for the northeastern region of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Wilkes University and the Syracuse University College of Law. Mr. Blazure practices law in Kingston and is a partner with the regional general practice firm of Cardoni & Associates, LLC, concentrating in civil litigation and criminal defense.

Stephen S. Bloomburg, Esq.

Mr. Bloomburg is a Principal in Post & Schell, P.C.’s Workers’ Compensation Department. In his practice, he represents a wide array of clients, from national corporations to small, locally-owned businesses. While attending law school, Mr. Bloomburg served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Alan S. Bloch, Senior United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Post & Schell, P.C., Mr. Bloomburg worked for a Pittsburgh-based plaintiff’s firm, where he represented the interests of individuals and corporations throughout the State and Federal courts of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bloomburg also specializes in representing the airline industry, including the representation of national and regional airline carriers, aircraft and avionics manufacturers and businesses servicing the in-flight and ground operations of the airline industry. Mr. Bloomburg was selected for inclusion in the 2014 and 2015 edition of Philadelphia Magazine’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Stars, a listing of the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth who are 40 or younger or have been practicing for less than 10 years. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Valerie H. Lieberman, Esq.

Valerie H. Lieberman is an equity partner in the Delaware County office of Naulty, Scaricamazza & McDevitt, LLC. She has been practicing law with a focus on Workers’ Compensation for over 30 years. She represents insurance companies, self-insured employers and uninsured employers from a variety of industries and strives to find solutions that will reduce a client’s workers’ compensation exposure. Ms. Lieberman has been selected for inclusion for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers form 2012-2019, 2022-24. She was also included in the New Jersey’s top rated lawyers in 2013 as well as a rated AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell in 2022. Ms. Lieberman was inducted into the College of Workers’ Compensation in 2023 and serves on the College’s Nominating Committee.. Ms. Lieberman is a member of both the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association. She is immediate past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section. She is co-chair of the PBA Workers’ Compensation Silent Auction Committee for Kids’ Chance and also serves as a board member for Kids Chance of PA. Ms. Lieberman received her B.A. from Arcadia University and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. In 2021, Ms. Lieberman was elected and serves as Judge of Election in Abington Township, Montgomery County, PA.

William A. Kovalcik, Esq.

William Kovalcik represents injured workers throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is employed by O’Connor Law LLC, headquartered in Frackville, PA. He is a graduate of St. Vincent College in Latrobe and obtained his J.D from the University of Notre Dame in 1985. He began practicing workers compensation in 1986 under the tutelage of John Bagnato at Spence, Custer, Saylor, Wolfe and Rose in Johnstown. He has been a Certified Workers Compensation Specialist since 2013. In 2020 he was named as a Best Law Firm Mentor by the Legal Intelligencer. He is a member of  the PBA Workers Compensation Section and Schuylkill County Bar Association. Mr. Kovalcik is a frequent lecturer at conferences and conventions of labor unions including the United Steel Workers and International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He has also presented at the Bureau of Workers Compensation’s Annual Conference.


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