G. Jay Habas: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

G. Jay Habas

Jay Habas is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin and serves as the managing attorney of the Erie office. His practice is devoted largely to employment law, workers' compensation and professional liability.
Shareholder, Managing Attorney, Erie, PA Office
Erie,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone(814) 480-7802

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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Professional Liability
  • Civil Rights
University Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude, 1982 Medal of Honor
Law SchoolNotre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, J.D., 1985 Journal of Legislation; University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Trial Advocacy Program, 1991
Admitted1985, Illinois; 1989, Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

•Erie County Bar Association, Vice Chair, Workers Compensation Section, 2014
•Insurance Club of Erie County, President, 2005-2006 (two terms)
•Pennsylvania Bar Association


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.

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Classes/Seminars Taught

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


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...


Legal Updates for Employment Law

Law Alerts • October 9, 2015

NLRB Decision on Joint Employer Status of Firm and its Staffing Agency May Leave Employers Vulnerable to LiabilitiesBy G. Jay Habas, Erie, PennsylvaniaMany employers use staffing agencies to fill their needs for temporary workers...., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...

Legal Updates for Employment Law

Law Alerts • April 8, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court determines that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires a new standard.by Candace D. Embry, Esq.*The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., on March 25, 2015, in which the Court..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Whats Hot in Workers Comp, Vol. 18, No. 11, November 2014

Whats Hot in Workers Comp • November 24, 2014

On The Pulse...Profile of Our Erie, Pennsylvania Office

Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2014

By G. Jay Habas, Esq.*Pennsylvania's only port city on the Great Lakes, Erie is located in the northwest corner of the state and sits conveniently between Cleveland to the west, Buffalo to the east and Pittsburgh to the south. Once part of..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...

Employers suspension of benefits upheld because claimant voluntarily accepted retirement package in which he agreed he was not under duress, was able to work and was not disabled.

Law Alerts • January 11, 2013

The claimant sustained an acknowledged work injury on September 7, 2005. In May 2006, as a member of the union, the claimant attended a meeting addressing the employers' plan for attrition of the workforce. After the meeting, he accepted a..., Case Law Alert - 1st Quarter 2013

When a claimants own physician is the source of medical evidence that the claimant can return to work, an additional Notice of Ability to Return to Work form from the employer is not necessary.

Law Alerts • January 11, 2013

The claimant was employed as a home health aide when she suffered work-related injuries in October of 2008. Two months later, the claimant filed a Claim Petition against the employer and a Claim Petition seeking benefits from the Uninsured Employers..., Case Law Alert - 1st Quarter 2013

Supreme Court decides that the right of subrogation and reimbursement under Section 319 of the Act is precluded by the Section 213 provision of absolute governmental immunity such that a governmental entity is not subject to subrogation claims.

Law Alerts • January 11, 2013

The claimant fractured her right ankle when a public transit bus on which she was a passenger was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The injury occurred in the course and scope of her employment with the employer. She filed a workers'..., Case Law Alert - 1st Quarter 2013

Vol. 16, No. 10, October 2012

Whats Hot in Workers Comp • October 1, 2012

The decedent died in the course of his employment where his injury occurred in the furtherance of his business as a college professor even though precipitating events occurred at lunch off campus.

Law Alerts • October 1, 2012

The decedent, who worked as a professor at Penn State, suffered from significant pre-existing medical conditions including lymphedema, uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, difficulty breathing, cardiac problems and cellulitis of the legs. Under a..., Case Law Alert - 4th Qtr 2012

Commonwealth Court rejects the claimants argument that a C&R agreement should be rescinded due to a mutual or unilateral mistake on behalf of the employer.

Law Alerts • October 1, 2012

The claimant sustained a work-related injury in October of 2007 that was acknowledged by a Notice of Compensation Payable (NCP). In 2009, the parties entered into a Compromise and Release Agreement (C&R) and sought approval of the C&R at a..., Case Law Alert - 4th Qtr 2012

Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Successfully resolved high-damage medical malpractice lawsuit involving the death of a three-month-old child where damages exposure was seven figures, with clear liability and potential punitive exposure for low six figures prior to trial on the basis of supportive expert testimony.; Won appeal of toxic chemical exposure workers' compensation case where the judge found an employee died of cancer due to exposure from Benzene in workplace and awarded substantial, lifetime widow's benefits in excess of $500, 000. Award reversed on appeal to Commonwealth Court on basis of the argument that widow's claim was barred by application of statute of limitations.; Successfully appealed denial of hearing loss claim in workers' compensation case through extensive use of after-acquired evidence to demonstrate workplace exposure to noise did not rise to level of OSHA threshold limit.; Use of medical experts from seven different disciplines to mitigate exposure in medical malpractice claim involving three--month-old child.; Developed expert testimony from occupational medicine, toxicology, neurology, neuropsychology, industrial hygiene and psychiatry to defend alleged toxic chemical exposure in the workplace.; Obtained dismissal of a federal civil rights action on behalf of the County of Erie in which a grandmother asserted a constitutional right to the care and custody of a grandchild against the interests of an adoptive family with whom the child was placed by the court. Successfully argued that no court has recognized such a right on behalf of a grandparent.; Successfully obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District Court, and upheld on appeal, of a federal civil rights claim by a father alleging that a local children and youth agency negligently filed a report of suspected child abuse against him. The court agreed that the local agency acted consistent with the Child Protective Services Law and did not cause a deprivation of the parent's rights.; Persuaded plaintiffs to voluntarily withdraw a complaint, which alleged that a county agency intentionally sabotaged the plaintiffs from adopting children placed in their custody, on the basis of absolute immunity under the Pennsylvania Subdivision Political Tort Claims Act. Published Works: 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

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NLRB Decision on "Joint Employer" Status of Firm and its Staffing Agency May Leave Employers Vulnerable to Liabilities
G. Jay Habas, October 22, 2015
Many employers use staffing agencies to fill their needs for temporary workers. The advantages to the employer include that it can meet fluctuating employee needs without having to hire workers on its own; the temporary agency does the job of recruiting, selecting, training and, in most cases,...

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G. Jay Habas

717 State Street, Suite 701
EriePA 16501


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