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.

Classes/Seminars Taught

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

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

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...

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.

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G. Jay Habas

717 State Street, Suite 701
EriePA 16501


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