Marla A. Joseph
Ms. Joseph, an AV rated lawyer, is the principal and sole shareholder of the Law Offices of Marla Joseph, LLC. For a quarter of a century, she has been fighting for disabled workers, concentrating her practice in workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law. Ms. Joseph earned her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991 and her J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 1994, where she was honored with an award for achievement in trial advocacy. The Best Lawyers of America awarded her the 2020 Philadelphia’s Workers’ Compensation Lawyer of the Year.
She is a Board Member of Kids Chance of PA, an organization that awards scholarships to the children of workers who died or suffered catastrophic injuries in a work accident. She was Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)’s Workers’ Compensation Executive Council from May 2018 to May of 2019 and previously served on its cabinet in multiple positions. During her tenure as Chair, she earned PBA’s Merit of Achievement Award for instituting a silent auction which raised a significant amount of money for Kids Chance of PA. Ms. Joseph was voted by her peers and a Blue Ribbon Panel as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Women Lawyers in Philadelphia Magazine’s 2009 Super Lawyers edition and was voted as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of workers’ compensation in its inaugural year and for well over a decade. She received the 2004 Lawyers on the Fast Track award from The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. Ms. Joseph frequently lectures on workers’ compensation issues and has planned and moderated seminars for the PBA, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Conference.
Ms. Joseph co-planned and moderated a seminar on civility that received an award from the American Bar Association (ABA). In 2017 and 2018, she co-chaired the PBA’s annual Workers’ Compensation Law Fall Section meeting, a premier seminar for worker’s compensation practitioners throughout the Commonwealth. She had numerous leadership roles in the Philadelphia Bar Association, including being elected to a 3 year term on its Board of Governors in 2003 and serving as its Chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 2002, during which time the Philadelphia Bar Association’s YLD received multiple awards from the ABA, the PBA and the Conference of County Bar Leaders. In addition, Ms. Joseph served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Worker’s Compensation Executive Committee in 2003, the Judicial Commission in 2001 and Chaired its Women’s Rights Committee in 2001.