Jerry M. Lehocky is a Partner at the Firm of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano. Mr. Lehocky has been a litigator of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security since being admitted to practice in 1985. Initially, his practice involved representing employers and insurance companies. In 1991, Mr. Lehocky began representing claimants exclusively in the areas of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability.
As a former Chairman of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Workers’ Compensation Section (for 12 consecutive years), Mr. Lehocky has been involved personally in the lobbying efforts related to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. He has been invited to meet with the Governor on Workers’ Compensation issues and has served as a consultant to several State Senators and Representatives in this area as well. He co-authored “House Bill 2738” which was signed into law by Governor Rendell on November 9, 2006. This bill passed unanimously in the PA House of Representatives and Senate. It was the first positive piece of Workers’ Compensation legislation in favor of injured workers to become law in over thirty years. “House Bill 2738” created the “Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund” which provides Workers’ Compensation benefits to injured workers whose employers do not carry Workers’ Compensation insurance.
Mr. Lehocky continues to serve on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and was on the Board of Directors of the Volunteers for the Indigent Program. Mr. Lehocky is also a member of the Workplace Injury Litigation Group, a national organization designed to address workplace injury issues. Currently, Mr. Lehocky is a committee member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Lehocky is the current President for The Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He is the first Workers’ Compensation attorney in the history of this organization to hold that position. In addition, Mr. Lehocky has also been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® lists from 2004-2013 as well as the Super Lawyers® Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Super Lawyers® Top 100 in Philadelphia lists. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Mr. Lehocky was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Lehocky received the 1997 Legal Leader Award from Philaposh for distinguished service to injured workers of Pennsylvania and has also received an accommodation of dedicated service from the State Senate of Pennsylvania for his efforts on behalf of injured workers in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Lehocky has written numerous articles and publications in the area of Workers’ Compensation and lectures extensively on various issues involving the practice of Workers’ Compensation.
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