NJ Attorney Helped Pass First Responders Law That Now Protects Those on COVID-19 Front Line

Richard Marcolus isn’t your average workers’ compensation attorney; and that isn’t because he’s a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist by the New Jersey Supreme Court. He’s a former Union Carpenter, and current Union Member, who knows what it’s like to sacrifice your body and produce essential work that benefits others.

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Marcolus’ humble beginnings in carpentry spurned an interest in helping fellow workers he saw struggling to navigate the unfamiliar and often inflexible process of obtaining benefits following work-related injuries and illnesses. He’s parlayed that passion into a career as a respected attorney representing his working brethren, and a role as Partner at Levinson Axelrod, one of New Jersey’s largest and oldest law firms.

Though Marcolus has earned national recognition for his work, his efforts lobbying for legislation that safeguards workers, and clears the path to compensation during times of need, is what speaks volumes about his unvarnished zeal for helping workers when they need it most.

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Among his many advocacy efforts, Marcolus has been an integral part of the Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act (Assembly, No. 1741), a law named after a Hackensack Deputy Chief Firefighter who passed away from a heart condition medical experts linked to toxic exposure sustained while working in the cleanup of Ground Zero following 9/11.

For Marcolus, cases like Canzanella’s exposed glaring omissions in New Jersey’s workers’ compensation system – firefighters, law enforcement, and other first responders lacked protections and legal options when they suffered harms from workplace exposure.

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