John A. Bednarz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Wilkes-Barre, PA

Bednarz Law Offices
 | 15 Public Square, Suite 405
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Phone: 570-559-5325
Fax: 570-823-9477
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Social Security Disability (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
Attorney Profile

John A. Bednarz is an attorney and the founder of Bednarz Law Offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Mr. Bednarz handles matters involving estates, personal injury, Social Security Disability, wills and workers’ compensation. He represents a wide range of clients in the Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and Hazleton metropolitan areas.

Mr. Bednarz has more than 40 years of legal experience. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre and earned his law degree from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He also holds a master’s degree in creative writing and fiction from Wilkes University.

After obtaining his license to practice law in 1978, Mr. Bednarz founded Bednarz Law Offices. He is qualified to appear before all Pennsylvania state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a prominent organization whose members are certified in various areas of law.

Mr. Bednarz understands that when recovering from a catastrophic injury caused by negligence or planning for the future, it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to provide accurate and helpful legal advice. He offers free consultations and is committed to providing clients with the necessary guidance throughout the entire legal process.

Dedicated to serving the needs of his clients, Mr. Bednarz provides personalized representation. He is devoted to protecting the rights of his clients and ensuring their peace of mind.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Workers' Compensation (50%)

Personal Injury - General (30%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Social Security Disability (10%)

Estate Planning & Probate (10%): Wills

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Wills

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About John Bednarz

Admitted: 1978, Pennsylvania

Honors/Awards:

  • The George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, created in 1995, recognizes outstanding and industrious appellate advocacy.  The honoree this year is Amicus Curiae Committee Member, John A. Bednarz, Jr., of Wilkes-Barre. An active member of the Amicus Committee for over 15 years, Mr. Bednarz has served as the Committee’s Allocatur Clerk and Brief Writer on numerous cases that have impacted Pennsylvania’s injured workers and victims.  Regarded by his peers as eminently skilled in Workers’ Compensation law, having earned the designation of Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for eleven years since 2007, as well as the broader areas of general civil law and Social Security disability, Mr. Bednarz’s Committee involvement has been highly regarded. As Allocatur Clerk, Mr. Bednarz served as gatekeeper for the Committee in determining and making recommendations as to whether or not a case presents a legal issue significant enough to warrant the Association’s formal input to the appellate courts.  As Brief Writer, he has written briefs covering a broad spectrum of the law, including the case of Hutchison v. Luddy (1999), in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided in favor of the young man who had suffered harm as the result of the actions of a priest, and the negligent actions of the Bishop and Diocese under which the priest served, finding that the Bishop and the Diocese had a duty to exercise reasonable care to control the priest, even if he was acting outside of the scope of his priestly duties in order to prevent him from harming others, since no matter where his actions took place, he was always acting as a priest.  Furthermore, the Court held that since both the Bishop and Diocese knew of the priest’s propensity for this kind of behavior, they had a duty to take whatever measures were necessary to prevent the priest from harming any more children, and found the inactions of the Bishop and Diocese to be not only negligent, but also reckless and abhorrent. Mr. Bednarz has also written briefs in the cases of Felton v. Spratley, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case involving lead paint poisoning; Matukonis v. Trainer, a Superior Court case; Steglik v. WCAB (Delta Gulf Group); Stevens v. WCAB (Consolidated Coal Co.); Farance v. WCAB (Marino Bros. Inc.); Soltez v. WCAB (U.S. Airways); Forbes Road CTC v. WCAB (Consla); and Haddon Craftsmen, Inc. v. WCAB (Krouchick).  All of these workers’ compensation briefs were submitted to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.  These Amicus Briefs were written over a period of time from 1995 to 2010.  In addition, Mr. Bednarz has written numerous Allocatur Clerk memos, even when he has not served as Brief Writer., George F. Douglas Jr. Amicus Curiae Award, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate for 25 years by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 1991. Recertified in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice- Member Board of Governors 1988-2017; Luzerne County Bench-Bar Committee (Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association); Executive Committee Luzerne County Bar Association (Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association) 2008-2010

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Director Emeritus Osterhout Free Library Wilkes-Barre Pa. 2003-Present; Past President Board of Directors Osterhout Free Library 1998-2003

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Frequent Lecturer for Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association) and other legal organizations on topics in Workers Compensation, Auto Law and Ethics. 

Educational Background:

  • King's College B.A. Government and Politics B.A. 1975; Wilkes University M.A. Creative Writing in Fiction 2006
Office Location for John A. Bednarz

15 Public Square
Suite 405
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Phone: 570-559-5325

Fax: 570-823-9477

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Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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