Mr. Shor is the managing partner in the law firm of Shor & Levin, P.C. representing injured workers and their families for 40 years.
Jay is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section (PaTLA) and Montgomery County Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. He served multiple terms on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Judiciary Committee which interviews and recommends candidates for judgeships in Montgomery County.
Jay is recognized as the individual who initiated the idea of full settlement of workers’ compensation claims, and this concept became law in 1996 and enables all injured workers to settle their claims in a manner similar to other types of injury lawsuits.
In 1996 managing partner Jay Shor met with a group of Pennsylvania legislators to discuss Worker’s Compensation. He told the legislators that there were two types of cases that can’t be settled: A custody case where both parties agree on some schedule and workers’ compensation cases because back then lawyers need to develop a hypothetical earning capacity and a complicated formula to settle the case. The medical portion of the case remained open so the adjustors and insurance company had to continue to pay so there was no way to end the case.
This conversation led the legislators to develop the basis for the Compromise and Release Settlement which allows an injured person to get value for their case in the form of future benefits indemnity and for future medical benefits all in one lump sum so they can get on with their life and be productive again.
Members of the Pennsylvania legal community consider Jay Shor, Esquire, responsible for changing the way workers’ compensation cases are handled and settled. Jay Shor is a visionary with a past and a presence into the future of passionately investing in workers’ compensation cases.
He is a graduate of Northeast High School in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Pennsylvania State University in 1964 and his J.D. from University of Pittsburgh in 1971.
Jay served in the United States Army in 1968. After graduation from law school, he started his career as an advocate for the poor and downtrodden as counsel with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thereafter, he switched his focus to victims of crime by becoming an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania where he was elevated to Chief of Trials.