Kenneth G. Scholtz
Ken is a shareholder who joined the firm upon graduation from law school. His early civil litigation experience included handling small claims property damage matters, across the state, for which he appeared at hearings before countless Magisterial District Judges. Since then, Ken has developed a practice that involves a range of legal work for a variety of clients. For his entire career, Ken has also defended employers involved in Workers’ Compensation litigation, and represented other businesses, including large, national, corporations, and smaller, family-owned businesses. Ken works directly with human resource professionals, risk managers and claims administrators in defending Workers’ Compensation claims, and ensuring compliance with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. A significant portion of Ken’s practice involves defending regional hospitals, and nursing homes, involved in Workers’ Compensation litigation. Throughout his entire career, Ken has also served as counsel for Workers’ Compensation defense, and general litigation, for local utility companies. Ken also defends the Port Authority of Allegheny County. A portion of Ken’s practice also involves work with clients in heavy industry including steel manufacturing, coal mining, construction and long haul trucking. Ken has also successfully defended local companies – including plumbing supply warehouses, roofing suppliers, and auto repair shops – in seeking dismissal of asbestos lawsuits.
A portion of Ken’s practice involves real estate law, specifically the representation of a large property management group with over 60, multi-unit, apartment buildings in Allegheny County. Ken’s real estate work also includes tax assessment appeals, and eminent domain matters. In 2017, Ken successfully negotiated a multi-million dollar recovery for a local business whose property was taken via eminent domain by the PA Turnpike Commission. Ken has also recovered financial compensation for clients whose land is taken via eminent domain by PennDOT. Ken’s property tax assessment appeal work has included representing residential and commercial property owners, as well as school districts and municipalities; this has involved countless hearings before the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessments Appeals and Review, appellate arguments and negotiations before the Board of Viewers (Allegheny and Butler Counties), including non-jury trials in the Court of Common Pleas.
Ken serves in a general advisory role for his clients on a daily basis, but is also regularly called upon to represent clients in depositions, mediations, arbitration hearings, oral arguments on motions, and in trials. Ken has also argued before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Areas of Practice: Ken is Chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Group, and has served in that role since 2013. Ken is also a member of the firm’s litigation group, health law group, energy group and real estate group – where his focus has been on handling matters associated with eminent domain proceedings. Ken’s practice is devoted to defense of Workers’ Compensation claims, general commercial litigation, and issues involving real estate and property tax.
Articles and Presentations: Ken has several articles posted on the firm’s website – and continuously blogs on issues related to Workers’ Compensation; his work has also been published in Iron & Steel Technology magazine. Ken has been a featured speaker at Continuing Legal Education Seminars for attorneys, and has also presented before industry groups and human resource professional organizations.
Honors and Awards: Ken has been selected for inclusion as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law, by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®.
Memberships and Activities: In 2017, Ken finished a three year term as President of the Board of Trustees for The Early Learning Institute, a local non-profit organization that provides comprehensive early childhood intervention for families with children who have special needs; Ken has been a Trustee with the organization since 2009. During his tenure as Board President, Ken oversaw a contractual agreement transition with another non-profit organization, and helped to manage implementation of a strategic plan that included negotiations with County officials regarding changes to an outdated and imbalanced referral system, and a significant change in services offered by The Early Learning Institute.
Since 2003, Ken has served as pro bono counsel for Neighborhood Legal Services; this work includes representing victims of domestic violence through the Protection From Abuse program in the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. This work has included dozens of hearings, and three non-jury trials. Ken is a current and active member of the Penn State University – Dickinson School of Law Alumni Association. Ken is also a member and supporter of The Bison Club, affiliated with Bucknell University Athletics. Ken completed the 40 hour Trial Advocacy College program at the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008. Ken is a graduate of the Leadership Pittsburgh Program (LDI – Class XII.) Ken is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, where he is a Member of the Workers’ Compensation Section, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Jurisdictions: Ken practices in County Courts throughout Western Pennsylvania; a significant portion of Ken’s practice involves appearances at hearings before Workers’ Compensation Judges, and appellate arguments before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. Ken has argued before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. He is also admitted to practice at the Federal level, in the U.S. District Court in the Western District, and Middle District, of Pennsylvania.
Education and Background: Ken graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Political Science, and was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 1997. He was a two-year varsity letterman in football, and a proud member of the 1996 Patriot League Championship team. He is a 2001 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law. While in law school, Ken clerked for the Hon. Bernard L. McGinley (ret.), in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. In law school, Ken also completed a study abroad program in Florence, Italy – earning credits through an international law curriculum at the University of Florence.