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.
• 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
Year Joined Organization: 1997