A Philadelphia-based workers’ compensation attorney has been appointed to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Jerry M. Lehocky of Philadelphia County will serve a three-year term beginning Feb. 1, 2018. He currently serves as a volunteer Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee member, conducting hearings and reviewing cases for the Board to consider.
“I’m honored to be appointed to serve on the Disciplinary Board and to assist in protecting the public and maintaining the integrity of the legal profession,” Lehocky said. “I am humbled by this appointment and look forward to lending my experience and expertise to the work before the Board in this new role.”
Created in 1972, the 13-member Disciplinary Board is an independent agency under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction. Its members include 11 attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the state. Funded by annual assessments paid by attorneys licensed to practice in the Commonwealth, the Board assists the Supreme Court in all matters involving attorney licensing and discipline.
A partner with Pond Lehocky Stern and Giordano of Philadelphia, Lehocky focuses his practice on providing representation to injured workers and social security applicants.
Lehocky is an active member of numerous boards and commissions, serving on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and Workplace Injury Litigation Group.
He was co-author of Act 147, the Uninsured Employers Guarantee Fund Act signed by Governor Ed Rendell in 2006 – the first piece of proactive legislation passed in Pennsylvania since 1972 on behalf of injured workers. In addition, Lehocky played a key role in ensuring the Workers’ Compensation Judges pay scale was remedied.
Lehocky previously served on the Board of Directors of the Volunteers for the Indigent Program and was former president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, serving as the first workers’ compensation attorney to lead the organization.
A member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, Lehocky received his undergraduate degree in political science from Allegheny College before graduating from Temple University School of Law in 1985.