Our culture

Behind each case there’s a person depending upon us for help. We never lose sight of that fact. It’s this knowledge that drives every one of us to put the needs of our clients first. We’re told that it’s something that comes through in the atmosphere here—a sense of confidence, compassion and, most of all, that we really care.

Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano history

Founded by partners Samuel Pond, Jerry Lehocky, David Stern, and Thomas Giordano Jr., the law firm of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano opened its doors in July 2010 with five Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys, one Social Security disability attorney and only 22 total staff members. Today, as the largest workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law firm in the region, Pond Lehocky has more than 40 attorneys and 250 staff members.

The firm also boasts a dozen office locations. Expanding from the firm’s original office location in Center City, Philadelphia, the firm has opened additional offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and California.

The largest workers’ compensation firm in Pennsylvania, the firm now has the most attorneys certified as workers’ compensation specialists in the state. This certification is administered by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law and authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Pond Lehocky’s Social Security disability department has grown tremendously, having assisted thousands of people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. In January 2015, the Social Security disability department became Disability Justice, now known as Pond Lehocky Stern Giorano Disability. Pond Lehocky Disability Justice is a Social Security disability (SSD) advocacy group that assists those who wish to file for SSD by providing excellent customer service, access to top-quality legal representation and educational resources. As an advocacy group, the company focuses its political action efforts solely on issues that affect SSD.

Pond Lehocky has also expanded into additional practice areas for workers—employment law and short- and long-term disability.

Pond Lehocky’s meteoric rise has been accompanied by a plethora of accolades and accomplishments that highlight both the firm’s expertise and its impact in the legal community, and the firm’s founding partners have led the charge. Notably, Sam Pond’s negotiation of a $3 million settlement stands among the highest in workers’ compensation ever awarded in Pennsylvania. Partner Jerry Lehocky’s efforts in co-authoring a bill that created the “Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund” (a fund which provides workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers whose employers do not carry workers’ compensation insurance) helped to create the first pro-workers piece of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation legislation in more than 30 years.

Additionally, Pond Lehocky has been named to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms list in the ‘Tier 1’ group for workers’ compensation, the highest classification. Partners Sam Pond, Jerry Lehocky, and David Stern have all been named to The Best Lawyers in America list and the Super Lawyers® list as well. Also, partner Thomas Giordano Jr. has been continually recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star, along with several other Pond Lehocky attorneys.

Pond Lehocky has also been consistently recognized as one of the region’s best workplaces. The Philadelphia Business Journal has named the firm to its Best Places to Work list five times, including in 2018. Philly.com has also named the firm one of the Top Workplaces in the region.