The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has been much more open about changes in the hiring and assignment of Workers’ Compensation Judges (WCJs) than in years past. In fact, to the credit of the Bureau, we have received electronic notification regularly for additions or changes in the workers’ compensation hearing locations on a regular basis.
Today, we received notification that a new WCJ has been hired, and assigned to the Philadelphia hearing office, located at 110 North 8th Street, on the 4th Floor. By our count, the Honorable Nancy Harris Farese will be the 18th WCJ assigned to the Philadelphia hearing office. The high number of WCJs at this office is partially due to the closing of the Northeast Philadelphia hearing office in 2012.
Prior to entering the judiciary, according to the notification sent by the Bureau, Judge Farese “graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Law School and has been employed as a staff workers’ compensation attorney with PMA Insurance Co since 1996. Prior to her employment with PMA, she worked with several other law firms in Philadelphia and one in Pittsburgh.”
We wish happiness and success to Judge Farese in her judicial career, and look forward to practicing before her.