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Richard J Marcolus

Richard J Marcolus

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Rich Marcolus is a workers’ compensation and employment law advocate with over 20 years experience. He is a Certified Workers’ Compensation lawyer and partner at the law firm of Levinson Axelrod, and is licensed in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.


He is a member of the NRCC Carpenters Local #253 Union. It was while working as a carpenter, observing the abuse workers received from employers and insurance companies that he decided to become a workers' compensation/employment/personal injury attorney.


He paid for his education by working as a carpenter while attending Seton Hall University. He graduated with a B.A. from there in 1982 with Honors. In 1985, he began his legal career after receiving his law degree from Villanova University.


Although he laid down his tools for good in 1985, he still remembers what it was like to do a real day's work. It is with these memories that he aggressively advocates for injured workers who are mistreated, abused, neglected and often fired after getting hurt on the job.


Rich has actively worked to stay involved with the community while fulfilling his responsibilities at the law firm. He was a member of the Henry Hudson Board of Education from 2001 - 2004; he was on the Atlantic Highlands Planning Board from 2006-2008; he is currently active in the Monmouth County SPCA; and currently, he is the President of COSH, a public-interest group that monitors the workers' compensation system to protect injured workers. COSH was instrumental in the passage of new laws that gave Judges enforcement powers against any party that has flouted a court order.


Rich has handled every type of compensation case from falls from scaffolding to lifting injuries. He has handled occupational claims such as pulmonary disease cases, heart attack and stroke cases, psychiatric cases due to stress, harassment and discrimination, repetitive trauma cases like carpal tunnel syndrome, cancer and organ disease cases due to chemical, mold and toxic substances and many other work-related conditions including death cases. Over 20 years he has handled thousands of cases and has had hundreds of trials.


Rich also handles motor vehicle accidents, fall downs, malpractice and liability cases. His specialty is handling construction site cases where his construction and union background gives him a working knowledge of how construction accidents happen and why.


Rich handles employment cases dealing with family and medical leave issues, sexual harassment, gender, age, race, disability and other forms of discrimination and CEPA (whistleblower) cases. He also handles ordinary and accident disability pension hearings and social security disability claims. Rich also handles municipal court matters.


Rich is currently working with the New Jersey Attorney General’s office on an investigation of fraudulent exams being conducted by a New Jersey compensation doctor on behalf of insurance companies. Rich was able to expose the fraudulent exams through trial and later convinced the Attorney General’s office to investigate the wrongdoing. He is anxiously awaiting their investigation in hopes that it will curtail future attempts by doctors to lie for insurance companies.


Rich also became the chair of the New Jersey Advisory Council on Safety and Health. This organization of doctors, unions and lawyers was founded to protect and increase benefits for injured workers. Rich recently testified before the N.J. Senate concerning a bill that would increase benefits for hand and foot injuries.


Rich was named a Super Lawyer by a blue ribbon panel of lawyers, judges and legal experts.


Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers Compensation Attorney.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Workers Compensation: 100%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • David T Wheaton

    I have known and worked with Rich for many years. He is one of the hardest working attorneys around. Highly recommended.

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    David Wheaton Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Levinson Axelrod, P.A.

274 Church Street
Belford, NJ, 07718

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 199303/13/2015
NJActive198505/29/2015
PAActive198505/31/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2015
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2013
Top Attorney in New JerseySuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2012
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2009
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2007
Top Attorney in NJSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2005
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2004
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2003
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2002
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2001
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court2000
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court1999
Certified Workers' Compensation AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme Court1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerLevinson Axelrod, P.A.1991 - Present
AssociateLevinson Axelrod, P.A.1985 - 1990

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New Jersey Advisory Council on Safety and HealthChair2014 - Present
New Jersey Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
NRCC Carpenters Local #253 UnionMember1978 - Present

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Seton Hall UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982