Frackville, PA – May 22, 2013 – It is with great pride that the attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates, LLC announce that Attorney William A. Kovalcik and Attorney Debra A. Matherne have been certified as specialists in the area of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section Certification Committee.
Attorney Kovalcik and Attorney Matherne both received a passing grade on the certification examination in March 2013. The certification is effective for five years.
The process and certification of lawyers in the area of workers’ compensation was put into effect by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille in January. The order granted accreditation to the Pennsylvania Bar Association workers compensation law section as a certifying organization in the area of workers’ compensation law. By taking the exam and receiving a passing grade, an attorney can refer to him/herself as certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Attorney Kovalcik was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1985 and is also a member of the Northumberland County Bar Association. Attorney Kovalcik is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and handles cases involving workers’ compensation.
Attorney Matherne currently serves as the second vice chair for the American Association for Justice, Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Injury Section. Attorney Matherne has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ which is the highest rating given. Legal ability ratings are based on performance in legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience. Attorney Matherne is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, and she is also a member of the Schuylkill County Bar Association and the Dauphin County Bar Association. Attorney Matherne is a graduate of Villanova School of Law and handles cases involving workers’ compensation and social security disability.
The attorney team at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates has established a strong record of success. With a combination of integrity, reliability and trustworthiness, they have earned a reputation for the resolution of serious legal problems including work injuries, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home neglect, and social security disability. Michael J. O’Connor & Associates can be reached Toll Free at 1 (800) 518-4LAW or at www.OConnorLaw.com.