Jody joined Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP in 2004. She was named a partner of the firm in 2006. Jody has been representing clients in all aspects of workers’ compensation matters for over 23 years. She has extensive experience in the area of workers’ compensation appeals.
Jody graduated from Pemberton Township High School as class Valedictorian in 1987. From there, she earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from The College of New Jersey (formerly, Trenton State College) in 1991. She graduated from Cornell Law School in 1994.
Jody is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She was previously associated with two large South Jersey law firms as a workers’ compensation law attorney.
Jody is a member of the Justice James H. Coleman, Jr. Inn of Court – New Jersey Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court. The Justice James H. Coleman, Jr., Inn of Court was founded by workers’ compensation attorneys and judges and concentrates on issues surrounding workers’ compensation in New Jersey.
Jody has served as the Treasurer of the Chatsworth Elementary School Home and School Association for the past seven years. She is also active with the 12th Man Club supporting the Seneca Golden Eagles Football Team, as well as the Medford Athletic Association.
Jody has volunteered countless hours to several animal rescue organizations including JoeJoe’s Place, New Life Animal Rescue, Friends of Burlington County Animal Shelter, and One Love Animal Rescue. She also volunteers her time with the March of Dimes and Special Olympics.
Jody is an avid reader. She enjoys camping and all things Disney.
Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:
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Please be advised that in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, which imposed strict limitations on the operations of "brick-and-mortar" businesses and required telecommuting to the greatest extent possible, all N.J. workers’ compensation courts will continue to be closed to the public and to non-essential court personnel until April 13, 2020.
In response to overwhelming requests from the Workers’ Compensation Bar to hold non-emergent matters electronically or by teleconference, as of April 6, 2020, the following Workers’ Compensation Judges shall be designated by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation as essential personnel and shall report to their home vicinages for the purpose of hearing as many Workers’ Compensation matters as possible by telephonic conferencing, including all emergent matters and the following non-emergent matters, pre-trial conferences, general motions for medical and temporary benefits, and settlements by affidavit:
Hon. Audrey Kernan, S.J., Atlantic City WC Courthouse
Hon. Arthur Marchand, A.S.J., Bridgeton WC Courthouse
Hon. Ingrid French, A.S.J., Camden WC Courthouse
Hon. Lionel Simon III, A.S.J., Freehold WC Courthouse
Hon. Diana Ferriero, S.J., Hackensack WC Courthouse
Hon. Jill Fader, S.J., Jersey City WC Courthouse
Hon. Glenn Kaplan, S.J., Lebanon WC Courthouse
Hon. Michael Luther, S.J., Mt. Arlington WC Courthouse
Hon. George Geist, S.J., Mt. Holly WC Courthouse
Hon. Ashley Hutchinson, A.S.J., New Brunswick WC Courthouse
Hon. Philip Tornetta, A.S.J., Newark WC Courthouse
Hon. William Roca, S.J., Paterson WC Courthouse
Hon. Maria Del Valle Koch, S.J., Plainfield WC Courthouse
Hon. Eugene Mulvaney, S.J., Toms River WC Courthouse
Hon. David Puma, S.J., Trenton WC Courthouse
The Division’s plan is to limit physical interactions in our workers’ compensation courts to the greatest extent possible and shift to the use of telephone conferencing, and if possible video conferencing for judges, attorneys, and litigants. There will be no in-person Workers’ Compensation Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing motions for medical and temporary benefits and trials in which case social distancing will be enforced). Court offices will remain closed for in-person submissions. Filings will continue to be accepted electronically through COURTS On-line.
The N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation’s number one goal is to limit the exposure and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to court personnel, attorneys and their staff, litigants, witnesses, and members of the public at large.
Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP also continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our local community and the world at large. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, our office is closed and the members of the firm continue to work remotely. As such, the members of the firm may have limited access to information during this time. We continue to appreciate your understanding. We encourage our current clients, new clients, and fellow members of the bar to contact us via e-mail as that remains the best form of communication. All attorneys and paralegals have access to e-mail and case information. We have designated essential personnel to report to our office for the purpose of handling emergent matters only and to complete essential administrative tasks. Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP remains committed to complying with all health and governmental regulations. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those most affected by this situation.