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Pond Lehocky Kicks off Women’s History Month honoring first female partner

Pond Lehocky named it’s first female partner Melissa Chandy Esq. earlier this year along with colleagues Frank Ciprero, Kevin Harchar, Andrew Ruder and Keld Wenge. The Firm is proud to amplify female identifying voices and leaders during Women’s History Month.

“A special recognition to Melissa for being the first female Partner in Pond Lehocky’s history,” founding partner Thomas J. Giordano, Jr said. “It is a title she earned through her hard work, her professionalism, her incredible advocacy on behalf of injured workers in Pennsylvania, her empathy, her compassion for her client’s and her loyalty to our firm.”

Chandy has focused her practice exclusively on Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law since graduating from Penn State – Dickinson School of Law. Chandy was born and raised in Canada where she attended the University of Toronto and was accepted into a highly competitive Specialist Program in Commerce and Finance. Chandy is a certified specialist in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the PA Supreme Court.  She was also elected to the Pennsylvania Association of Justice’s Board of Governors and is also an active member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association. Additionally, Chandy has been chosen to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list. She also serves as the Chair for the Firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

“As a woman, and as a person of color, I do want to make sure that I see more women and more people of color at the partnership table, at the partners table, and in the law firm,” Chandy shared. “That’s one of my goals, and I think that’s really important both of us in terms of what we want to do here at Pond Lehocky.”

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

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