Richard A. Estacio. Sr. is a very savvy, experienced trial attorney. He became a lawyer “because I was the first person in my family to go to college and I wanted to continue my education and be in a position to do important work. I am most satisfied when I see my litigation plan unfold in court as anticipated, and know that my client feels that their interests are being fully and fairly presented.”
A frequent lecturer and author, Rick has given numerous presentations to and written articles for state and county bar associations, large and small companies/clients, third party administrators and trade organizations throughout Pennsylvania.
Rick’s areas of practice
A well-seasoned trial lawyer, Rick has tried many cases to verdict. His practice currently focuses on workers' compensation subrogation, but he also represents ERISA qualified and non-qualified health plans in reimbursement and subrogation actions in all federal district courts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Rick has considerable litigation experience in automobile accidents, premises liability and workers' compensation cases. He has been involved with corporate bankruptcy matters in connection with multi-billion-dollar liquidations and restructuring.
Workers' Compensation Subrogation: Over the past 30 years, Rick has developed a particular expertise in workers' compensation cases, successfully representing large insured and self-insured employers, as well as prosecuting claims on behalf of injured workers, obtaining superior outcomes for his clients. For example,
- My client needed to recover a lien but counsel had already distributed the funds. We filed suit, and they settled in order to avoid a trial.
- My client wanted to recover a lien but opposing counsel was uncooperative. We convinced counsel to resolve the lien rather than file suit. We recovered the lien in an amount acceptable to my client.
- My client sought to recover a lien for medical expenses, but counsel had actively tried to hide the settlement funds by depositing them in a joint account with his wife. We successfully convinced the court that this was wrongful conduct, and they were ordered to make the joint account available to our client for the lien.