Thomas D. Gladden



Pittsburgh, PA







Thomas D. Gladden, a native of Washington County, PA, joined the Cohen & Grace firm in 2010 with extensive experience in representing employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators in all aspects of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law. Mr. Gladden uses his expertise in workers' compensation law at every level of litigation, including appellate practice. He has a particular interest in the practical aspect of handling workers' compensation and assessing case litigation issues to ensure a favorable outcome for employers, either through resolution or final decision.

Practice Focus and Special Interests

Appellate Practice before the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Professional Counseling to Claims Supervisors, Case Managers and Employer RepresentativesPractical and Cost Effective Solutions for Handling Workers' Compensation Cases

Specialized Expertise

Speaker, Pennsylvania Staffing Association – Western Chapter, Spring 2001-Spring 2006
Workers' Compensation Law and its Effects on the Temporary Staffing Industry
Allegheny County Bench Bar Conference, 2005 – "Practical Handling Recommendations for Professional Athletic Injury Cases"

Interests and Activities

Member Southminster Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon, PA
Currently serving as Deacon and Usher and previously served as an Elder
Volunteer Youth Baseball, Softball and Basketball Coach in Mt. Lebanon Associations and Mt. Lebanon Recreational Center for numerous years

Areas Of Practice

  • Workers Compensation
  • Assessing Case Litigation Issues

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1989


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Finalist in 1989 Appellate Moot Court Competition
  • Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Honors: Alden Scholar
    • Honors: Member, Phi Delta Theta National Fraternity
    • Major: English

Representative Cases

  • Joseph Frank v. W.C.A.B. (Sunrise Sunoco), A.2d., 2000, Pa. Cmwlth.
  • Luvine v. W.C.A.B. (Erisco Industries), 881 A.2d 72, 2005, Pa. Cmwlth.

Representative Clients

  • Construction Industry
  • Foundries/Iron Works
  • Temporary Staffing Agencies
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins
  • School Districts
  • Healthcare Agencies and Emergency Assistance Organizations

Classes / Seminars

  • Speaker, Pennsylvania Staffing Association, Western Chapter, 2001 to 2006
  • "Practical Handling Recommendations for Professional Athletic Injury Cases", Allegheny County Bench Bar Conference, 2005 to 2005
  • "Practical Handling Recommendations for Professional Athletic Injury Cases", Pittsburgh Penguins Summer Retreat Seminar
  • "Course and Scope of Employment Issues", Pennsylvania Defense Institute and Allegheny County Bench Bar Conference

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section, Member

Practice Areas

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