Focusing exclusively on workers' compensation litigation, William is the managing attorney of the firm's Bethlehem office and a key member of the Workers' Compensation Practice Group. He has handled well over 2,000 workers' compensation cases in his career and has represented a large number of machine shops, hospitals, food stores and clothing manufacturers.
William has lectured for various organizations on civil and workers' compensation law. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. He is also a member of the Committee of Judicial Independence and the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is a former chancellor of the Carbon County Bar Association, former president of Conference of County Bar Leaders and former president of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
William is a graduate of Lafayette College. He subsequently attended the Dickinson School of Law, where he achieved his juris doctor in 1977. After graduation, he began work as an associate for the firm of Wittmack and Borden in Lords Valley, Pennsylvania, where he practiced in general civil and criminal law.
In 1979, William joined the firm of Scott and Lazorchak in Lansford, Pennsylvania, again concentrating in civil and criminal law. After the death of Robert Lazorchak in 1981, he became a sole practitioner and started a concentration in defense litigation. From 1989 to 1993, William was a partner in the firm of Scott and Webb. Richard Webb became a judge of Court of Common Pleas of Carbon County in 1993, and William again was a sole practitioner until he joined the firm of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 1996.
· "Supreme Court Clarifies When Petition Needed to Review NCP," Defense Digest, 2009-12, Vol. 15, No. 4
· How To Control Your Claim, The Seltzer Group Workers' Compensation Seminar, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, December 7, 2011
· Civil Practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
· Civil Practice in Carbon County, Carbon County Bar Association
· Advanced Workers' Compensation, Carbon County Bar Association
· Advanced Workers' Compensation, National Bar Institute
Associations & Memberships
· Carbon County Bar Association, chancellor, 2001-2002
· Conference of County Bar Leaders, past president and lifetime member
· Pennsylvania Bar Association, member of Board of Governors; member of House of Delegates; member of Committee on Judicial Independence
· Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, member of board of directors
· Pennsylvania Bar Institute, past president and lifetime member of Board of Governors
Honors & Awards
· AV® Preeminent™ by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
· Chief Justice John P. Flaherty Award, 2009
Year Joined Organization: 1996
Commonwealth Court Clarifies Use Of Surveillance Video
Defense Digest Article · June 1, 2012
Pennsylvania - Workers' Compensation Key Points: The claimant must prove disability persists during the entire reinstatement proceeding. When the claimant has the burden of proof, video surveillance can stand alone...., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2012
Supreme Court Clarifies When Petition Needed To Review NCP
Defense Digest Article · December 1, 2009
Pennsylvania -- Workers' Compensation, Key Points: Workers' Comp Judge empowered to modify Notice of Compensation Payable to include more serious diagnosis of claimant's back condition, even though petition before him was a Termination..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 4, December 2009
On The Pulse...Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Office Profile
Defense Digest Article · June 1, 2009
Founded in 1741, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is a city of nearly 72,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania which is known for its rich colonial and industrial history. Bethlehem sits at the heart of the Lehigh Valley and is approximately equal distance..., Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009