Bart E Ecker Esquire

Bart E Ecker Esquire

Managing Partner
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
570-861-5905 (Local)
800-582-6452 (Toll Free)

Managing Partner in the Law Firm of Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, P.C. with an extensive practice in the field of workers' compensation and occupational disease for over 30 years, including litigation before the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board; the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court; the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; the United Sates District Court and the United States Court of Appeals.

Mr. Ecker has lectured extensively in workers' compensation matters on behalf of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association and is the author of numerous articles dealing with workers' compensation issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Work Place Injury
  • Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1969
  • Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1963
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • “Rights of a Claimant Who Returns to Work with a Functional Impairment -- Lay Off for Economic Reason vs Termination for Cause", 19 Pennsylvania Law Weekly 1141, 1996
  • “Litigation State Workers’ Compensation Claims”, Law Notes, American Bar Association, The Complete Lawyer,, Volume 14 Number 3, 1997
  • “Employer Funded Job Referrals -- Trends in the Law, Workers’ Compensation”, 21 Pennsylvania Law Weekly Number 435, 1998
  • “Do Employer-Funded Jobs Constitute Productive Employment?", Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Workers' Compensation Newsletter, Issue 3, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • PA Super Lawyer, 2005 - 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award, Hazleton Jaycees
  • Trustee and Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Hazleton
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rated A/V

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Workers’ Compensation Committee, American Bar Association, General Practice Section, Vice Chairman, 1985 - 1993
  • Workers’ Compensation Committee, American Bar Association, General Practice Section, Chairman, 1993 - 1997
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Member, Workers’ Compensation Law Advisory Committee, 1999 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Council Member, Workers’ Compensation Section, 2004 - 2010
  • National Association Workplace Injury Litigation Group, Member, 1997 - Present
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel of Arbitrators
  • Investigative Division, Pennsylvania Judicial Evaluation Commission, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Member
  • Board of Directors of Public Broadcasting for Northeastern Pennsylvania -- WVIA T.V./FM, Past Chair & Member
  • Sugarloaf Township Planning Commission, Secretary
  • Local Board 98 Selective Service System, Formerly Chair of Local Board 98 Selective Service System
  • Hazleton-Nanticoke MHMR, Inc., Former President
  • Hazleton City Government Study Commission, Chair
  • Hazleton Kiwanis Club , President
  • All One Health Group, Inc., Member - Board of Directors
  • Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Army, First Lieutenant, 1963 - 1966
  • Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, P.C., Managing Partner, 1995 - Present
  • Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, P.C., Principal, 1973 - Present