Underdogs Turned Hungry Dogs

Sneakers hit the pavement. It’s early, but that doesn’t make a difference to Managing Partner Samuel H. Pond.

“Sometimes I like to run barefoot. I feel connected to the earth,” Sam says.

This particular day, Sam has chosen tennis shoes for his match against David Stern, Thomas Giordano Jr. and Jerry Lehocky, his three Partners at the law firm Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano.  At least once a month, the Partners get together to talk all things law firm and sports.

“I think healthy competition brings out comradery, and we always find a way to brainstorm great business and client service ideas, pre and post match,” Dave reveals.

Many successful law firm partners will agree: running an outstanding law firm is similar to coaching a winning team: there is high intensity to win the game for the fans (the firm’s clients) who are the most deserving. Like a professional team, the players need to work together with guidance and encouragement from the coach to win the game.

“The coach must be straightforward and effective. Like our Official Partners the Philadelphia Eagles’ coach Doug Pederson, we believe that prioritizing relationships requires leadership. We strive for excellence,” Sam states.

And it shows. Pond Lehocky’s meteoric rise has been accompanied by a plethora of accolades and accomplishments, including landing the Official Partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles, which highlights both the Firm’s credibility and its community impact with the Firm’s Partners leading the charge. Notably, Sam Pond’s negotiation of a $3 million dollar 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”, which provides workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers whose employers do not carry workers’ compensation insurance.

Additionally, Pond Lehocky has been named to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms list and its Partners have been named to The Best Lawyers in America list and the Super Lawyers® list as well. The Firm has been voted five-time winner of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work.

“We are trial lawyers. Our obligation is heavy since many of our clients’ livelihoods are in the balance in our cases. I like to compare us setting foot in a courtroom with the Philadelphia Eagles crossing the white lines of the field. Our effort and performance must be unmatched. This is why our partnership with the Birds is a perfect fit. There are synergies in our organizations. I am proud to call ourselves ‘Official Partners,” Dave remarks.

Since opening with five Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorneys and only one Social Security disability attorney, the Firm has grown to 40 attorneys and more than 200 staff. Pond Lehocky’s office locations have also greatly increased: since the Firm’s original office location in Center City, Philadelphia, it has opened 11 additional offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and California.

“When I think about the last eight years at Pond Lehocky, I am grateful for the colleagues and friends who believed in our ability to represent injured and disabled workers at the highest level by referring cases to us in record numbers. I am thankful to those who joined our Firm along the way and believed in our culture. We have a passion for protecting those in need, and we try to be the best leaders and trial lawyers out there,” Partner Jerry Lehocky explains.

Pond Lehocky’s Social Security disability department, headed by Partner Thomas Giordano Jr., Esq., has assisted tens of thousands of people in securing benefits in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Tom has been continually recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star.

“Since we opened our doors, we have helped secure over 30,000 Social Security disability awards. That is over 30,000 lives that have been improved because of our involvement. That’s 30,000 people who can sleep just a little bit easier knowing they can pay their mortgage, provide for their children, and most importantly, survive because of our help. Talk about job satisfaction! I also have immense feelings of gratitude to my Partners for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity, our attorneys and staff for working so hard day in and day out, and our referral partners and friends for having the faith and confidence in our Firm to send their clients, patients, friends and loved ones,” Tom notes.

Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano is proud to be an Official Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles.


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