We do not like to brag, but we are good at what we do. As a firm, we take pride in helping members of our community to get their lives back together following an accident or injury. We are not “ambulance chasers” though – and we will decline any case which we do not believe has merit.
Lisa Pezzano Mickey has been handling workers’ compensation cases since 1991, shortly after she graduated from George Washington Law School. She began her career working for a non-profit organization, where she defended workers’ compensation claims. Thereafter, she spent nine years as an associate with an insurance defense firm, representing employers and insurance carriers in the Division of Workers’ Compensation. In that capacity, she was able to learn the tricks of the insurance industry and gained insights into how they evaluate claims. In 2001, she opened her own firm focusing on workers’ compensation claims on behalf of injured workers. Ms. Mickey has given lectures to other attorneys regarding workers’ compensation issues. She is a vice president and on the executive board of the N.J. Council of Safety & Health, a group of attorneys and doctors who fight to reform the New Jersey workers’ compensation system.
As the mother of two children with roots in Central New Jersey, she is passionate about protecting the rights of her clients. She resides in Hunterdon County, New Jersey with her husband and two children.
When a client has both a workers’ compensation claim and a third-party negligence claim, Ms. Mickey works to obtain the optimal results for her clients.
At larger law firms, your file may be passed around from one attorney to another, which could leave you feeling more like a file number than a client. We will handle your case personally from start to finish, ensuring that there are no loose ends. We do not handle every type of law under the sun. We don’t want to; we don’t need to. Each year we accept a limited number of cases involving accidents and injuries. Being picky about the cases we take, and having competent staff to delegate clerical tasks to, enables us to spend more time on your legal issues.
We promise to give you our honest assessment of the likelihood of success in your case, as well as the limits of what a workers’ compensation claim can accomplish. We will walk you through every step of the claims process before we begin, and answer all of your questions along the way.
It does not serve people well for them to incorrectly operate under the illusion that their cases will make them “millionaires” because they heard that an old lady was awarded a lot of money for spilling a cup of hot coffee (in actuality, the woman went through multiple surgeries for severe burns caused by scalding coffee which the restaurant chain knew was 30 degrees too hot). Such awards are impossible in the NJ Division of Compensation. We will “tell it like it is,” rather than telling you what you would like to hear, so that you will be able to make plans accordingly.
We hear that there are lawyers out there who fail to show common courtesy to their clients by neglecting to return phone calls. At Pezzano Mickey Law, your calls will always be returned within 24 hours, and we will provide you with a complete status of your case at any time. Almost as important, you will not get an “attitude” from our attorneys or staff when we have a conversation. We know that you have not been through this before and understand that you may be nervous. We will not make you feel uncomfortable for asking questions and certainly will not talk down to you.
We believe in empowering people to help themselves, so we will arm you with the knowledge you need to avoid making expensive mistakes. We will aggressively represent you in and out of Court and give you advice as to whether you should settle your case or go to trial. Together, as a team, we will decide on the best tactics for your case.
Although we are a small law firm, we utilize modern technology to organize the smallest details of your case. Your medical records will be scanned and electronically stored on our secure server, where they may be accessed at the click of a button. Since we handle so many cases in the Division of Workers’ Compensation, we have an account with the Division to file Claim Petitions electronically, possibly the same day as your consultation.
We are proud of our friendly and helpful staff, who have been trained to show you every courtesy. Unlike many firms, whose receptionists may be curt and cold, you will be greeted by a pleasant member of our team, who genuinely care about our clients. If your attorney is in Court and is not immediately available, our knowledgeable paralegals are a valuable source of information in their own right. Forgot something that the attorney advised you? Lost the phone number of the insurance carrier? Don’t recall the date of your next appointment? Our approachable staff will help you handle these details with a smile and no attitude.
If you call us and we cannot help you ourselves, we will do our best to point you in the right direction, to a professional who may help achieve your goals. We are not too proud to let you know if you are better off consulting with a different attorney, and will even help you to find the right attorney for you. Sometimes, the best advice you can get when you are thinking about taking legal action is that you do not have a claim that can be won, or it is simply not worth the time and cost of pursuing a particular claim. If that is true, we will tell you. But if we accept your case, you can be assured that you will receive zealous representation.
There is an art to representing workers’ compensation clients that comes from years of experience. We are in Court every single day. We know the judges, the insurance carriers, and the doctors involved in the small world of New Jersey workers’ compensation. We treat every client as an individual, with different needs, and have no patience for insurance carriers who seek to denigrate them. We will use every available legal argument to persuade insurance carriers to do the right thing. If the carrier cannot be persuaded, we will not hesitate to seek court intervention because we understand that the cruelest form of denial is a delay.
Every person has their strengths and weaknesses, including judges, lawyers, and doctors. We use our network of contacts to research the background of the individuals who play a prominent role in our client’s claims, to determine the best strategy for their cases. We have many repeat clients, who trust us to represent them again years after their initial cases have closed because we do not just build cases – we build relationships.