Jay is the managing partner of the firm's Erie office. He practices in the Professional Liability Department, where he represents employers and insurers in employment and workers' compensation matters. Jay's experience in handling these types of cases, in addition to litigating in state and federal courts, provides him with a broad perspective and the ability to address a variety of employment-related matters for his clients.
Jay defends and counsels clients on employment disputes involving hiring, termination, discipline, discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, premises liability, workplace violence, disability, OHSA, and wage and hour investigations throughout western Pennsylvania. He has also represented large manufacturers, retail establishments, family-owned businesses, health care organizations, construction companies, school districts, municipalities and non-profit agencies in all types of workplace injury cases including toxic exposure, traumatic injury and repetitive motion.
Jay is a frequent speaker on workers' compensation and employment-related topics for employers and insurance professionals throughout Pennsylvania. He previously served as co-author of the firm's monthly publication, What's Hot in Workers' Compensation, and is a contributer to the year-end summary of the Top 10 Cases in Workers' Compensation. Jay is actively involved in a number of professional organizations and serves as the vice chair of the Erie County Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section.
An Erie native and graduate of Gannon University (where he was the recipient of the Medal of Honor), Jay received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He began his career in Chicago with a major Midwestern defense litigation firm and then worked for a defense firm in Pittsburgh before relocating home to Erie with Marshall Dennehey in 1997.
•Cyber Liability, PCoRP Loss Control Workshop, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, April 10, 2015
•Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, AIG, November 6, 2014
•Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, Assurex Global Loss Control and Claims Conference, October 23, 2014
•Hot Topics in Employment, Assurex Loss Control & Claims Conference, October 22, 2014
•Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014
•Errors and Omissions: Limiting Your Exposure, Insurance Club of Erie County, January 15, 2014
•Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey Employment Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013
•Workplace Violence, Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management Fall Education Forum, September 13, 2013
•Best Practices in ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation, Lorman Education Services, Erie, PA, August 27, 2013
•Workplace Violence: Liability Issues, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference, Bedford Springs, PA, July 18, 2013
•Cyber Data Breach: The Latest Threat to Workplace Security, Human Resource Management Association of Northwest Pennsylvania Annual Conference, Erie, PA, May 30, 2013
•Employment Liability in the Cyber Age, Marshall Dennehey Employment Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2, 2013
•Workplace Violence - Concerns in the Insurance Industry, Insurance Club of Erie, January 16, 2013
•Afforadable Care Act, American Inn of Court - Erie, PA, February 19, 2013
•Municipal Liability, Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association, March 4, 2013
•Labor and Employment, Adjunct Faculty, Gannon University
•Act 57 Amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act
•Impairment Rating Evaluations to Reduce Exposure to Total Disability Benefits
•Maximizing an Insurance Carrier's Right to Subrogation
•Employer Liability for Workplace Violence
•Americans With Disabilities Act and its Interplay with Workers' Compensation
•Family and Medical Leave Act
•Employment, Workers' Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Insurance Agent E&O
•Workers' Compensation Affecting School Districts
•Pennsylvania and New Jersey Workers' Compensation
•What's Hot in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey newsletter, 2002-2013
• Natural Gas 'Gold Rush:' Injury and Occupational Exposure in Pennsylvania From the Marcellus Shale Gas Explosion, Energy Law Supplement, The Legal Intelligencer, July 2011
• Job Availability in Current Economic Crisis: Is It Time to Reconsider Funded Employment?, Workers' Compensation (PSIA Newsletter), March 2009
• Using Causation As A Defense To Negligence, Defense Digest, 2003
• Calculation of Average Weekly Wage for Employees on Leave of Absence or Unpaid Illness, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association Newsletter, May 1998
Year Joined Organization
Employment in Crisis: Workplace Security & Lessons from the Sandusky Case
Seminar • Oct 11, 2012
Join our distinguished panel for lunch and a discussion on issues relating to employment practices.
Employment Liability in the Cyber Age
Seminar • May 2, 2013
Join us for this unique presentation on cutting edge employment issues. The seminar will feature a mock trial Social Media on Trial - How Social Media Affects Employers and a panel discussion Cyber Data Breach - The Latest...
HRMA Annual Conference
Conference • May 30, 2013
This year's conference features three outstanding and highly respected speakers sharing topics from their respected areas of expertise. Jay Habas, Esq. (Marshall Dennehey): Cyber Data Breach, The Latest Threat to Workplace Security...
Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference
Conference • Jul 18, 2013
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 45th annual conference on July 17-19 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits....
Best Practices in ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation
Seminar • Aug 27, 2013
Employers in Pennsylvania are faced with an ever-changing maze of laws increasing their obligations to employees who cannot, will not or should not work. This seminar will tell you what you need to know about recent ADA and FMLA...
Risk Management Fall Education Forum
Seminar • Sep 13, 2013
The Risk Management Fall Education Forum is designed to provide participants with a review of current issues in claims management, risk financing, patient safety and loss prevention across the health care enterprise. The Pennsylvania Association for...