Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano is pleased to announce partner Jerry Lehocky’s appointment as President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ), effective July 1, 2013. Mr. Lehocky is a founding partner of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, which has become the area’s leading workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability law firm since its inception in 2010.
On June 29th, Mr. Lehocky will be inducted as President at PAJ’s Annual Retreat in Bedford, PA.
“Being elected President of this esteemed organization is such an honor. It’s especially important to me because it marks the culmination of more than 20 years of my affiliation with this group, including sitting on the board and serving as Chair of the Workers Compensation Section for twelve years. Most importantly, however, it provides an even greater platform for me to help injured victims and advocate for workplace justice,” explains Lehocky.
Mr. Lehocky has the distinct honor of serving as the first president of PAJ whose practice is solely dedicated to workers’ compensation law. As president, he will oversee the organization’s mission of upholding the Constitution and promoting efficient enforcement of justice while leading the approximately 3,000 PAJ trial lawyers who have dedicated their lives to representing victims of various acts of negligence. The Pennsylvania Association for Justice dedicates its operation to the protection and enhancement of the United States trial system and to the education of the public about the important role trial lawyers play in the fulfillment of justice.
Mr. Lehocky’s presidency has been recognized in The Legal Intelligencer, The Pennsylvania Law Weekly, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Mr. Lehocky was honored with a congratulatory citation from State Representative Ed Neilson, read by Senator Mike Stack, at a reception celebrating Mr. Lehocky’s appointment.
Mr. Lehocky’s own life experiences have impacted his decision to not only advocate for injured workers in the court room, but also on a much larger scale via political action and in the legislative arena as well. He grew up in a middle class, hard-working family in the blue-collar steel mill town of Aliquippa, Pa. His mother worked at JC Penney’s for 30 years, and his father was a plumber who was diagnosed with lupus at a very young age. Because of this, he has experienced firsthand the toll that being disabled can take on a man and his family. He spent a significant amount of time in hospitals with his father who, between the time of his diagnosis and his death at age 65, suffered four heart attacks and had three sets of triple bypass surgery.
Were it not for the union health benefits and Social Security Disability benefits, we would have been on the street”, says Lehocky.
Mr. Lehocky is partner at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano. He has been a litigator of workers’ compensation and Social Security since being admitted to practice in 1985. In his career, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Philly Volunteers for the Indigent Program and a member of the disciplinary board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He also co-authored “House Bill 2738,” which is the first positive piece of workers’ compensation legislation to become law in over thirty years.
Mr. Lehocky is consistently recognized by his peers as a leader in the field of workers’ compensation and has been named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Top 100 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 in Philadelphia lists for 10 years in a row. Also, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® in 2012 and 2013. Read more about Jerry Lehocky.