Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr. is a founding partner at the firm and serves as managing partner. He concentrates his practice in the area of workers’ compensation, and the representation of injured workers, exclusively.
Mr. Quatrini has more than 30 years of experience in state and federal courts and has served as counsel in prominent local cases. He is a member of the Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Westmoreland Academy of Trial Lawyers, and is past president of the Westmoreland Bar Association (1988-1989). While on the Westmoreland Bar Association’s board of directors, Mr. Quatrini played an active part in securing and financing the first permanent headquarters and the first full time Executive Director in the Association’s hundred-year history. Since 1984, he has been a member of the executive committee of the Workers’ Compensation Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and served as chair of the Section from 1989 - 1990.
In Pawlosky v. WCAB (Latrobe Brewing Co.), one of the most widely cited cases in the Commonwealth, Mr. Quatrini convinced the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to dramatically redefine the term "injury" under the Workers’ Compensation Act to include any disease that constitutes an insult to the body as well as any work-related aggravation of a non-occupational disease. Mr. Quatrini also successfully argued to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Gilliland v. Heckler that the administrative law judge must give considerable weight to the opinions of a treating physician in a social security disability case. In 2002, in the case of McIlvaine v. WCAB (States), Mr. Quatrini persuaded the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that if a truck driver is injured while passing through Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act will cover that injury, and it does not matter where a truck driver lives or where a truck driver was hired. As a result of this decision, any individual who is hurt while working in Pennsylvania will have the protection of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.
Mr. Quatrini serves on the Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee, a position appointed by the Secretary of Labor and Industry. When the Workers’ Compensation Act was amended in 1996, Mr. Quatrini was selected by the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers to lecture to its members on the effects of the new legislation.
Mr. Quatrini served as Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney from 1974 to 1980. He also served as Solicitor for the Westmoreland County Controller.
Mr. Quatrini is a former chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Conference of County Bar Leaders, which provides training and programming for bar association presidents of the 67 Pennsylvania counties. Mr. Quatrini has served on numerous boards of local non-profit agencies, including the Westmoreland County March of Dimes, where he served as chair and vice president, WESTCO credit union, Westmoreland Bar Foundation, The Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Adelphoi USA, and the Westmoreland Land Trust.
Mr. Quatrini is a founder of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, a philanthropic vehicle designed to provide all individuals with the opportunity to be a philanthropist and to positively impact the lives of residents of Westmoreland County. He also served as founding Chair of the Foundation.
Mr. Quatrini was recently awarded the Professionalism Award by the Westmoreland County Bar Association, an honor which has only been granted to five other members of the association. He was also recognized by the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County as its "Person of the Year" in 2006 and was bestowed the Award of Distinction by the Mental Health Association of Westmoreland County in 2007.
Since 1992, Mr. Quatrini has been a member of a statewide team of attorneys who co-author the publication Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure. The teaching group, which lectures to over 1,000 workers’ compensation attorneys in Pennsylvania, won the prestigious Award of Outstanding Achievement from the International Association for Continuing Legal Education in 2000 and 2002. Mr. Quatrini recently launched a new series of lectures entitled, "Medicine for Lawyers." Mr. Quatrini moderates a panel of physicians and attorneys who lecture to attorneys all over Pennsylvania on medical topics. His presentations have included: Chronic Pain, Orthopedics, Mild to Moderate Brain Damage, Analyzing and Using Medical Records, Mastering Medical Records, Defending the Back Injury Case and Litigating the Upper Extremity Case.
Mr. Quatrini has been listed in editions of The Best Lawyers in America, where he was named one of the best American lawyers in workers’ compensation. He has also been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.
Mr. Quatrini has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of workers’ compensation.
Some of Mr. Quatrini’s presentations on workers’ compensation rights include: The National Business Institute, The Industry for Workers’ Compensation Reform, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Industrial Conference, The Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association, and Ethics in Rehabilitation.
Mr. Quatrini received his B.A. from St. Vincent College in 1971 and his doctorate of law from Duquesne University in 1974. He is a lifelong resident of the Latrobe-Greensburg area. He and his wife, Patricia Cecchini, of New Alexandria, have two sons, Michael and Adam.