Michael J. Parker
“I became a lawyer who specializes in disability law because I genuinely wanted to practice in an area of law that could help people. There is nothing more rewarding than receiving a hug from a client who is in desperate need of help—and my skills helped them receive the assistance they rightfully deserved. My favorite part about being an attorney at Pond Lehocky Giordano is battling insurance companies to get my clients the benefits they are entitled to, and developing a strategy with my clients for doing so.”
- University of Massachusetts Amherst (B.A. 2001)
- The Pennsylvania State University’s The Dickinson School of Law (2004)
- Board-certified Social Security Disability Advocate
- The National Advocates: Top 100 Social Security Disability Lawyers
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Lackawanna County Bar Association
- Pike County Bar Association
- National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives
- Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” from 2010-2019
Michael J. Parker earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001 and went on to receive his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in 2004.
Mr. Parker has focused his practice on advocating for the disabled for almost fifteen years. He is a board-certified Social Security Disability Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, an American Bar Association accredited organization. Mr. Parker has been recognized for his legal expertise as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star, which represents the top 2.5 percent of all attorneys under the age of 40 in 2010-2019.
In January of 2018, Mr. Parker spearheaded the formation of Pond Lehocky Giordano’s Long-Term Disability Department. Mr. Parker has taken his passion for representing disabled individuals and applied it to helping disabled individuals who are wrongfully denied insurance benefits. The Long Term Disability Department has since represented over 1,000 disabled individuals with their claims against their Long Term Disability Insurance Company. In January of 2022, Mr. Parker was made a Partner of Pond Lehocky Giordano, LLP.
He is very involved in the legal community and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Lackawanna County Bar Association, the Pike County Bar Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives. He is also very involved in his local community. The Mayor of Scranton appointed Mr. Parker as the Chairman of the Scranton Sewer Authority. In said capacity, Mr. Parker oversaw the sale of the Scranton Sewer Authority’s assets to the Pennsylvania Water Commission. This sale allowed the City to resolve significant debt and to not raise taxes on his fellow residents.
Mr. Parker is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Affairs and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Pond Lehocky’s Michael Parker takes to the airwaves to discuss Social Security and long-term disability.