In his Of Counsel role with the firm, Tom provides employers, self-insureds, and insurance carriers with the benefit of his many years of experience in the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation field. His advice and counsel rests on the foundation of his extensive litigation of workers’ compensation matters, chairing a very large workers’ compensation department, and the broader perspective made possible by the numerous leadership roles he has undertaken in the business, nonprofit, and insurance communities.
This broader view, coupled with his legal skills, enables him to provide sound advice concerning defensive measures available to employers, including the design of workers’ compensation cost-containment programs employers wish to establish. He sees his role in this area as a collaborative one with his clients. An essential facet of these programs should be that of always recognizing the possibility of litigation becoming necessary to protect the interests of the employer. The program, whether it be a return to work program or otherwise, should be established and acted upon in such a way that, should litigation become necessary, the employer can come into the Hearing Room with strong supportive evidence or, stated otherwise, “all the bases covered.”
Tom is the author of many published articles, chapter contributions, and has lectured extensively in his field of concentration. He served as an Adjunct Professor with the Temple University Beasley School of Law teaching a post-graduate course in this area of the law. The expertise he has developed enables him to provide clients with advice that is firmly rooted in legal precedent. He also demonstrates confidence in the formulation of cutting-edge litigation strategies and arguments to have the workers’ compensation law interpreted and administered in a way providing equal protection to the rights and interests of claimants and employers. Tom also provides clients with case valuations for settlement purposes.
Tom is involved in quality control measures the firm has instituted in order to make certain that a high-level of service and expertise is consistently being received by our clients. His in-depth knowledge of the law enables him to effectively expand the scope of the litigation strategies and tactics being used to protect our clients
Tom and the firm are committed to delivering a high level of service to our clients, characterized by prompt responses to letters, emails, and phone calls; fast and reliable status reports and recommendations; and a clear commitment to move files to conclusion. As the former head of a large workers’ compensation department and former Chief Marketing Officer for a law firm, Tom clearly understands the value of these action items. In mentoring younger attorneys in the firm, he emphasizes the value and absolute necessity of providing a high level of service to clients.
Education and Admissions
- Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1973, J.D.
- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1967, B.A.
Professional Organization Memberships
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Workers’ Compensation Section, Past Co-Chair
- The Pennsylvania Self-Insurers’ Association
- The Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Past President
News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
- “Causation Concepts in Workers’ Compensation Law: The Expanding Scope of Compensable Injuries”, Medicolegal Consequences of Trauma Ed. (Co-Author with William H. Simon, MD. and George E. Ehrich, MD.), Marcel Dekker Inc., 1992
- “Workers’ Compensation in Orthopedic Disability”. Orthopedic Disability and Expert Testimony, Fourth Edition, 1996 Cumulative Supplement by Samuel D. Hodge and J Craig Currie, 1995
- Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease by Barbieri, Doyle, and Bond. Published by George T. Bisel Company, Philadelphia, PA.
- Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Guide, Published by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Harrisburg, PA.
- “The Importance of Accurate Injury Descriptions in Notices of Compensation Payable”, Co-Authored with Hannah L. Hubler, The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, January, 2010
- Adjunct Professor of Law in the area of Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1997 – 1999
- Lectured on Workers’ Compensation topics for: National Association of Self-Insurers; Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry; Pennsylvania Defense Institute; Pennsylvania Self-Insurers’ Association; Temple University School of Risk Management; Villanova University School of Law, Pennsylvania Bar Association; and Philadelphia Bar Association
- Best Lawyers in America, 2001-2012
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2001- 2012
- A V Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
- Appointed Scholar-in-Residence in Legal Studies at the Fox School of Business & Management