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May 20, 2019

Marzzacco Named for Third Consecutive Year in 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

We are proud to announce that firm owner and lead attorney Christopher Marzzacco has been included in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2019, his third consecutive year. Selection is based on independent research of 12 criteria related to an attorney's knowledge, experience, results and reputation in the legal community. No more than five percent of a state's attorneys can be selected each year. Visit our blog to learn more.


May 16, 2019

Attorney Jesse Rhodeside Obtains Workers' Comp Settlement for Permanently Injured Trucker

We are proud to announce that Jesse Rhodeside of our Workers' Compensation litigation section recently obtained $214,000 for a tractor-trailer driver who injured his low back at work when he fell repairing his vehicle. Because of permanent injuries, the client was unable to return to driving and had been receiving workers' compensation benefits. However, as often happens in these cases, the workers' compensation insurance company's doctor believed our client had fully recovered from his work-injury, when the client clearly was still work-disabled. Attorney Rhodeside then stepped in to assert our client's rights and fought the insurance company on his behalf. After many discussions and legal maneuvers, Attorney Rhodeside was able to negotiate a lump-sum settlement of $214,000.00 for our client.

Firm owner Christopher Marzzacco said of the case, "I know how hard Jesse worked to get this amazing result for our hard-working client. Jesse works tirelessly for all of his clients and this case is a perfect example of his dedication to injured workers."


February 21, 2019

Rhizor and Meister to Present at PBI 2019 Estate & Elder Law Symposium

Attorneys Michelle Rhizor and Tom Meister will lecture for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 2019 Estate & Elder Law Symposium, scheduled in Mechanicsburg on February 28, 2019. The duo, two experienced legal advocates for those with disabilities, will co-present on the topic of "Social Security Disability-What Elder Law Practitioners Need to Know." The Symposium will be taught live at PBI's headquarters and telecasted to various locations throughout Pennsylvania. PBI provides comprehensive continuing legal education (CLE) services and programs to Pennsylvania attorneys.

Michele Rhizor has practiced with Marzzacco Niven & Associates and its predecessor firm since 2015. Attorney Rhizor currently represents persons with disabilities before the Social Security Administration throughout Central Pennsylvania. Attorney Rhizor supervises the Social Security Department at Marzzacco Niven & Associates.

Attorney Tom Meister has practiced with Marzzacco Niven & Associates and its predecessor firm since 2014. Attorney Meister has over 26 years of experience in social security and worker's compensation matters, and currently represents persons with disabilities before the Social Security Administration throughout Central Pennsylvania. Attorney Meister has handled appeals, recently arguing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a social security matter.


February 19, 2019

Marzzacco Obtains $1,265,000 Settlement

Attorney Chris Marzzacco recently settled a wrongful death and survival action case for the family of a woman killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. The crash happened on March 30, 2018 on Route 81 near Lebanon, Pennsylvania, after a young man operating a German sports car inexplicably crossed the median at a high rate of speed, crashing head-on into a 46 year old woman who was traveling in the opposite direction, killing her instantly.

The post-crash investigation showed the other driver had been observed by witnesses vomiting on the side of the road, incoherent and emitting a strong odor of alcohol. After months of investigation, Marzzacco filed suit against the driver and after gathering evidence showing the driver's father had negligently entrusted the vehicle to his son before the crash, included him as a named defendant as well.

"This was another tragic case of a someone making a conscious choice to drink alcohol to the point of utter inebriation and to then drive on our roadways," said Marzzacco.

The driver was covered by a $250,000.00 auto liability insurance policy and his father was covered by an additional $1,000,000.00 "umbrella" policy. Despite that coverage, the driver was still deemed "underinsured." Marzzacco was also able to obtain $15,000.00 of additional coverage for the family-which was all the coverage available under the client's automobile UIM coverage.

The case was filed in nearby Dauphin County-the county of residence of the DUI driver, and the settlement was approved by the Court on January 25, 2019.


November 8, 2018

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We are proud to announce Marzzacco Niven & Associates has been recognized in the 2019 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms."

Firms included in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking status signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

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August 29, 2018

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Attorney Chris Marzzacco Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Third Consecutive Year

Attorney Christopher Marzzacco, owner of Marzzacco Niven & Associates, of Harrisburg, was named in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his "high caliber of work in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation--Plaintiffs." Marzzacco has now been recognized consecutively from 2017. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 7.8 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys across Pennsylvania and the United States.

"I am honored to again receive recognition from my peers in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Any time your colleagues and opponents recognize your legal abilities, your hard work for clients becomes even more meaningful."

Attorney Marzzacco's practice is concentrated in automobile, motorcycle and trucking case litigation, including Wrongful Death and Survival actions. Mr. Marzzacco also represents persons seriously injured or killed in premises liability cases, work accidents, and by dangerous or defective products. Attorney Marzzacco practices throughout Pennsylvania. Over the years, Mr. Marzzacco has personally made several exceptional recoveries in death and catastrophic cases for his clients including settlements of $2.15 million; $1.85 million; $1.625 million; $1.5 million; $1.015 million and $1 million. Mr. Marzzacco has also been co-counsel in several complex cases that resulted in confidential, multi-million dollar awards and settlements.


May 18, 2018

Firm owner Christopher Marzzacco was recently selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2018. This is the second year in a row that Mr. Marzzacco has been honored with this distinction. Lawyers are selected based on peer evaluations, recommendations and independent research, and no more than five percent of a state's attorneys can be selected each year. View the full blog post to learn more.


May, 2016

The National Business Institute, an organization offering continuing legal education for professionals, is offering a course entitled "Workers' Compensation: Critical Essentials from Both Sides of the Aisle" in Harrisburg, PA. This seminar will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

As a former Workers' Compensation Judge and because of her experience as a Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Katherine L. Niven has been asked to present a portion of this education.

Her portion of the education will concentrate on using evidence to the advantage of workers' compensation clients. Specifically, she'll be speaking on strategies involving medical records, second medical opinions, documentation of the recovery period, accident reports, employment records, witness statements expert witnesses, doctor competencies and social media landmines.

For more information on this seminar, visit the National Business Institute or view the Workers' Compensation: Critical Essentials from Both Sides of the Aisle course brochure.


May, 2016

Adam N. Crosier & Scott A. Fleischauer of Harrisburg, PA Earn Workers' Compensation Law Specialty Certification

Harrisburg, PA - Adam N. Crosier and Scott A. Fleischauer of Marzzacco Niven & Associates in Harrisburg, PA have been certified as specialists in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers' Compensation Law Section.

Crosier and Fleischauer successfully completed the 2016 certification process by submitting a variety of documents showing that at least 50 percent of their legal practice is in the specialty field of workers' compensation, that they have practiced in the field for more than five years, and that they actively participate in Mandatory Continuing Legal Education in workers' compensation law and related fields. Crosier and Fleischauer also passed the certification examination that focuses on workers' compensation law and rules and leading case law.

In 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved the PBA Workers' Compensation Law Section as the first bar association entity in Pennsylvania to certify lawyers in the area of workers' compensation law. Certification was granted to 149 lawyers who took the exam in 2013, 32 lawyers who took the exam in 2014, 20 lawyers who took the exam in 2015, and 18 who took the exam earlier this year.

Because of their successful completion of the certification process, Crosier and Fleischauer will be permitted to use the following language when communicating about their certification to clients and to the public: "Certified as a specialist in the practice of workers' compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court."

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.