Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Peter A. Pentz

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  • The Dickinson School of Law, J.D.; Dickinson Journal of International Law (published)
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S.; Pennsylvania State University Supreme Court, 1985, 1986

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Certified as Workers' Compensation Law Specialist, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association; Workers Compensation Section, Past Chairman
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association; Workers Compensation Section, Executive Council Member, President-Elect; 100th Anniversary of Workers’ Compensation Act Committee
  • PA Workers’ Compensation Bench Bar Panel on Practice and Procedure
  • PA WCAIS Attorney Focus Group
  • Lake Erie Claims Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Pennsylvania Self Insureds Association

Mr. Pentz practices in the area of workers' compensation, representing employers and insurance carriers throughout Western Pennsylvania and New York. He is certified by the Pennsylvania Bar Association as a specialist in workers’ compensation. Mr. Pentz’s practice includes representing insureds, self-insureds, third party administrators and insurance carriers in all aspects of workers’ compensation as well as defense of heart and lung cases and defense of claims under the Jones and Longshoremen’s Acts. He also counsels employers in ancillary workplace programs, return-to-work programs, accident investigation and accident prevention.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Among the first group of practitioners to be certified by the Pennsylvania Bar Association as a specialist in workers’ compensation
  • Successfully defended a workers’ compensation claim on grounds that the claimant’s receipt of benefits under the Jones Act was his exclusive remedy
  • Successfully defended a large manufacturer against a series of over 20 hearing loss cases brought on by union sponsored testing
  • Obtained a defense verdict for the Commonwealth against a highly contested psychological injury claim involving over 25 witnesses
  • Involved in extensive litigation for manufacturers in Northwest Pennsylvania that established the employer’s right to use funded alternative employment for modified duty, reducing employer costs and providing an additional option in certain workers’ compensation cases

Honors & Ratings

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America®, (Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers), 2013-2015
  • Included in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® in Workers’ Compensation, 2012-2014

Recent Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Healthcare Ventures Alliance Long-Term Care Seminar, May 2014
  • Firm's Workers' Compensation Lunch & Learn, May 2014
  • State Workers Insurance Fund, February 2014
  • PA CareerLink of Lawrence County, February 2014
  • Firm's Workplace Law Forum, November 2013
  • Annual Workers’ Compensation Bureau Conference in Hershey
  • Firm's Litigation & Workers’ Compensation Seminar
  • Firm's Municipal Law Symposium
  • Workers’ Compensation Update, Society of Healthcare Human Resource Professionals of PA
  • Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims, Keystone Community Education Council
  • Multiple seminars for clients in-house, as well as for industry groups, manufacturing associations and civic groups

Community & Professional Service

  • Kids' Chance of Pennsylvania, Board of Directors
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 100th Anniversary of Workers’ Compensation Act Committee
  • United Way, Program Review Committee, Allocation Panel
  • Dickinson School of Law, Class Agent

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Workers’ Compensation Group, Practice Group Leader