About Us

Firm Information

History

Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP was originally formed in 2003 when James G. Pietras, Esq. and Christopher J. Saracino, Esq. formed the firm to service client who desired dedicated legal representation in the defense and litigation of their workers’ compensation claims throughout the State of New Jersey. The firm was then expanded to add Benjamin F. Smith, Esq. as a partner in June of 2003. Jody L. Meek, Esq. became a partner of the firm effective January 1, 2006. The firm has since grown and now employs a total of eight attorneys who specialize in workers’ compensation defense and litigation. Along those lines, Christopher J. Saracino, Esq. is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a workers’ compensation attorney

Philosophy

Unlike many other firms who handle workers’ compensation claims, our firm devotes its entire practice to the defense and litigation of workers’ compensation claims.  We represent employers, self-insureds, insurance companies, and third-party administrators throughout the State of New Jersey.  As a result, these claims get the attention they deserve because they are the sole focus of the firm.  We do not have a “general” litigation practice.  Accordingly, our clients get to interact with an experienced, knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney.  Along those lines, Christopher J. Saracino, Esq. is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as workers’ compensation law attorneys. 

The experience level of the attorneys at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP is best illustrated by the results that we have obtained on behalf of our clients.  Whether a client intends to fully litigate a claim through trial, or seeks a favorable settlement, the attorneys at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP have the experience to accomplish that goal. 

The firm has two reported decisions in the area of workers’ compensation since 2003.  In both cases, “good” case law was created for employers in the State of New Jersey.

In Jumpp v. City of Ventnor, 177 N.J. 470 (2003), we were able to convince the Supreme Court of New Jersey that a deviation from employment by an employee to perform a personal errand was not compensable.  The case fully reviewed the 1979 amendments to the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act and significantly limits the opportunity for an employee to obtain benefits in an accident which occurs off premises.

In Stroka v. United Airlines, 364 N.J. Super. 333 (App. Div. 2003), cert. den., 179 N.J. 313 (2004), we successfully defended United Airlines in a nationally publicized claim for post-traumatic stress disorder brought by a flight attendant arising out of the events of September 11, 2001.  The result precluded hundreds, if not thousands, of airline industry employees from filing workers’ compensation claims for psychiatric injuries resulting from the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Industries

Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP represents all types of employers in various industries throughout the State of New Jersey in the defense and litigation of their workers’ compensation claims.  Representative clients include those in the retail, transportation, manufacturing, processing, construction, health care, and hotel/casino industries.  The firm also represents many local municipal governments.


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