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Lawrence R. Chaban

Workers compensation Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.8   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 42 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found

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About Lawrence

Learn Lawrence’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    I solely represent injured workers' in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Cases, including claims, modifications, terminations. I also perform extensive appellate work in workers' compensation before the WCAB and appellate courts in PA.

    42 years

  2. Employee benefits
    I have represented employees in claims against pension funds and under disability policies provided by the employer, including long term and short term disability claims.

    42 years

  3. Social Security & Disability
    I have represented hundreds of disabled individuals in their Social Security Disability and SSI claims.

    42 years

  4. Employment and labor
    I represent both unions and employees in labor and a few employment matters. This includes under the National Labor Relations Act and certain limited types of discrimination claims, on a case by case basis.

    42 years


Lawrence R. Chaban is a life-long Pittsburgh resident. He was born in the East End of Pittsburgh and grew up in Mt. Lebanon where he currently lives. His primary areas of practice are in Workers’ Compensation, social security disability and labor/employment law, representing plaintiffs and employees. Larry received his BA (1977) and JD (1980) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, both with honors. Larry has been admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1980. He is also admitted in the Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuits and the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

He is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Practitioners. Larry started his career in Washington, PA with one of the leading firms in Workers’ Compensation. This led him to practice before Workers’ Compensation judges throughout the western half of the state, as far as Erie and Bellefonte. He also received his background in labor law from one of the leading coal field practitioners. In 2003, Larry moved his practice to Pittsburgh as of counsel to Lydon & Schubert, subsequently AlpernSchubert.

Larry is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Law Specialist in Pennsylvania since certification has been permitted. He also is recognized for his Workers’ Compensation practice in The Best Lawyers in America and as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. He lectures frequently for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Associations for Justice, employer/insurer organizations and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation on Workers’ Compensation. Larry has also written a number of amicus briefs for Pennsylvania Association for Justice amicus committee on important workers compensation topics before the Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court. For this work, he has been awarded the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award in 2007 by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Larry served as the Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of Pennsylvania Association for Justice from 2005-2007 and served as chair of its Amicus Committee from 2009-2011.

While chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice he played a direct role in negotiating and writing the 2006 amendments to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. He sits on the council for the Pennsylvania Bar Association Worker’s Compensation Section, where he served as Chair in 2011-2012. In March 2013, Larry was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers an invitation only organization of the leading workers’ compensation attorneys across the United States. Larry has also been appointed to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council which is created under the PA Workers’ Compensation Act in October 2015 and serves as Employee Co-Chair.


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AlpernSchubert, PC
310 Grant Street
2727 Grant Building
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219


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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
SSD Claim - Highly Recommend Lawrence R. Chaban
Larry was very helpful throughout my SSD claim process. He was very responsive and receptive to my questions, made it easy for me and always took the time to explain everything in detail! I highly recommend him for any of your workers compensation, employee benefits, Social Security & Disability needs.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Larry Chaban, in my estimation, is a competent, reliable, committed attorney who was invaluable to me and to my particular case. He was also caring and added a source of strength during a very difficult personal time. I highly recommend Larry Chaban to anyone who wants to get the job expertly done and who genuinely does his very best to secure the best results.. Look no further for excellence!!
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Posted by Bob | August 13, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Solid responce
I provided limited background info. I was looking for a conformation of what I thought I knew by my own research. Was mostly looking for a "risk analyst" He provided solid info in a timely manor which was actionable.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Chaban will get it done!
Larry Chaban is a seasoned knowledgeable Attorney that truly cares about his clients. He encouraged me to give him a call if I had any questions or issues . He took time to make certain I understood what is taking place with my case. I was very pleased he represented me with such professionalism and competence all the way to victory!
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Posted by James | February 3, 2020
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Got the job done, quickly!
Had issues being approved for short term disability, was referred to Larry from a local attorney who spoke highly of him. He lived up to the expectations, was extremely knowledgeable, and took pride in getting me the outcome we both felt I deserved. Very reasonable and extremely knowledgeable. Wasted no time in getting things handled even with his busy schedule! Will call upon, and also recommend him to anyone going through similar situations. Very satisfied.
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Posted by Jennifer | September 5, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
He was extremely responsive and kind and had great advice to give would recommend
Posted by Joseph | March 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Short Term Disability, Unemployment, Employment Disability Cases
Mr. Chaban has handled all three aspects of my cases. He is a very professional, detail organized and compassionate lawyer. He won our Short Term Disability Case. He won our Unemployment Case. He won the Employment Disability Case. It progressed through the EEOC, Summary Judgement , PreTrial and then Settlement. This all took 5 years to PreTrial in Federal Court and Mr. Chaban NEVER lost his passion for the case. I highly recommend Mr. Chaban for any cases involving Employment Issues.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2017
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Wrongful termination
Mr. Chaban contacted me promptly, even though he was on vacation. After reviewing the documentation I provided and a brief consultation. It was his opinion I did not have a strong enough case to pursue legal action.
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Advice at no charge.
Mr Chaban is insightful and provided me a positive outlook on a very scary situation that I am going through. Awesome to see someone willing to answer a question without having to retain their services first. Very commendable on your behalf. Unemployment didn't even cross my mind and I thought my only option was to take on a corporation over severance, with no chance of coming out alive. I can breath now knowing I can look for career instead of grabbing the first job I found for necessities sake. Thank sir and stay good. :)
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • AlpernSchubert, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Sole Practitioner
  • Lawrence R. Chaban, Esquire
  • 2003 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Yablonski, Costello & Leckie, PC
  • 1980 - 2003


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • City of Pittsburgh v. WCAB (Robinson), 2013 Pa. LEXIS 517, 2013 WL 1196634 (Pa. 2013)
  • In favor of injured worker
  • Kelly v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (US Airway), 605 Pa. 568, 992 A.2d 845 (2010)
  • In favor of injured worker
  • General Electric v. Workers' Comp. Appeal Bd. (Myers), 578 Pa. 94, 849 A.2d 1166 (2004)
  • In favor of injured worker
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  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Zone 12 Governor on the Board of Governors
  • 2021 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Advisory Council
  • Employe Co-Chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2004 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
  • Comptroller
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Chair, Workers' Compensation Section
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Chair, Amicus Committee
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Chair, Workers' Compensation Section
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Irvin Stander Memorial Award for Professionalism
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 2021
  • Milton D. Rosenberg Award
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • 2018
  • Fellow
  • College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist
  • PBA Workers' Compensation Section
  • 2013
  • Amicus Curiae Award
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
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Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chaban is a very well respected attorney in the workers' compensation community. He knows the law and is the type of attorney you would want in your corner."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Larry is one of the best and brighest lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He is a strong advocate not only for his own clients, but for all the injured workers in the State of Pennsylvania. When I have to refer a client in the Pittsburgh I could think of no one else I would trust my clients to than Larry."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Larry knows the law."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Larry for many years on association activities. He has a sharp mind that always gets to the point. He has been very successful representing workers compensation and employment claimants. I recommend him without wualification."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Larry for 15 years. A consummate expert in the field of worker's rights in Pennsylvania, Larry has been in a leadership position in the Bar Association's Workers' Comp Section as well as leading the PAJ Workers' Comp Section to benefit the rights of injured workers throughout the state. He is a scholar and a gentleman in the truest sense of the word and is truly committed to the cause."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Attorney Chaban as an opposing legal counsel, who is always prepared, knows the law and considers the interests of his client to be of great importance."
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Pittsburgh Workers compensation Lawyer Lawrence R. Chaban
Lawrence R. Chaban
Workers compensation Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Licensed for 42 years
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