Workers Compensation Defense Practice Group Dedicated to Prevention, Negotiation and Litigation.


Sand and Saidel, P.C. has been rendering quality service to industry, health care institutions, business and governmental entities since 1983. The firm prides itself on rapid response and winning at economical rates. The firm's principals are Richard Sand and Daniel Saidel.

Sand and Saidel is pleased that is has represented the majority of its clients for more than two decades.

Sand and Saidel P.C. is pre-eminent in the field of workers' compensation in representing governmental entities, insolvent carriers, institutional and commercial employers. The firm's victories include ground-breaking successes in Milici v. City of Philadelphia, overturning the right of workers to "double-dip," and Hannigan v. WCAB, allowing the employer the right to subrogate against uninsured and underinsured recoveries.

The Worker's Compensation Department attorneys regularly offer training and instruction to members of the State and Local Bar as well as to employers on such issues as:

Mass Litigation

Hearing Loss

Occupational Disease

Permanent Loss


Repetitive Injuries

Yellow Freight Cases


Pension, Disability and other Credit

Death Claims

Significant Cases

Bucceroni v. City of Philadelphia – Claimant’s claim petition was denied based upon positive work rule and not in the scope of employment when claimant police officer was involved in fights with his two superior officers.

John Carpenter v. WCAB in which we obtained a reversal of a decision granting a hearing loss claim based upon the Maguire decision which held that a claimant must meet the burden of proving that his hearing loss continued to develop after his retirement.

Robert Fisher v. WCAB in which the Commonwealth Court affirmed the decision of the WCAB which reversed the granting of an occupational cancer claim. This resulted in a Supersedeas Fund reimbursement in the amount of $123,751.44.

Hannigan v. WCAB – The Commonwealth Court finding that uninsured motorist benefits are subject to subrogation where the motor vehicle policy was purchased by someone other than the employee, employer, or tortfeasor.

Milici v. WCAB in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that even where a claimant has an irreversible disease, employer can still litigate the issue of whether claimant can perform a modified job and whether claimant has residual earning capacity.

Pancoast v. WCAB – Commonwealth Court decision holding that even if the claimant’s condition is an irreversible occupational disease, employer is still entitled to a physical exam.

T. Pryor v. Temple University Hospital – Commonwealth Court win involving modification and suspension petition resulting in suspension of benefits and Supersedeas Fund reimbursement of $140,000.00.


"The performance of Sand and Saidel has been outstanding. In my view, they always provided excellent technical legal services, with a considerable focus on effectiveness and efficiency, in service delivery. The firm is an incredible "corporate citizen."

- Hon Johnny J Butler, Judge of The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Retired: Former Secretary of The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

"I have found Sand & Saidel to be goal driven while always keeping the client's wants and need in mind at all times.Their work is excellent and they are always available to discuss a case, provide guidance and conference our most difficult claims. Sand & Saidel works very hard to satisfy our litigation strategies while bringing litigated claims to a cost effective conclusion."

- James Bussaco, Claims Manager, Alliance National Insurance Company

"The performance and attitude of Sand and Saidel has been professional and cost effective."

- Lee Herzer, Vice President Operations, Comp Services Inc

"Sand and Saidel has a team of attorneys that have always given me sound legal advice so that I was able to make a proper decision on my claims. They are both knowledgeable and experienced in Pa Workers’ Compensation Law."

- Peter M Marturano, Workers Compensation Manager, The School District of Philadelphia

"We are pleased to recommend the Workers’ Compensation services of Sand & Saidel P.C. The services provided have been at the lowest reasonable cost and have been of the highest quality."

- R.Mark Adams, Vice President, AmeriHealth Casualty Services

Skill Set

Advise Risk Management, TPA’s, and Safety

Claims Investigation

Litigation Strategy

Preparation of Budgets

Settlement Recommendations

Preparation of Briefs and Memoranda

Participation in Medaiations and Conferences

Defense of all Claims

Litigation in Common Pleas Courts

Preparation and Litigation of Appeals

Defending Depositions, including Expert and Global

Cooperation in Subrogation

Adherence to all Litigation, Billing and Technology Requirements


Founding Partner

Richard M. Sand is a 1969 graduate of New York University Law School and a co-founder of the firm. He was a member of Governor Rendell’s Labor and Industry Transition Team and a member of Governor Corbett’s Education Transition Team. He is involved on a daily hands-on basis in file handling and billing in addition to serving as liaison with firm clients. Mr. Sand is a former vice-president of Human Resources Corporation of America and a Professor of Insurance. He also is the author of twelve books and member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Historic Commission.


Jeffrey L. Zeitz, Workers’ Compensation Department Chair Mr. Zeitz has been with the firm since 1996 and was appointed supervisor in 2001. He has handled several appellate and reported cases and argued successfully before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. In addition, he has handled countless claims involving retirement and pension issues as well as Heart and Lung and Civil Services matters. He spearheaded the City of Philadelphia Streets Partial Litigation and Firefighter Hearing Loss programs. Mr. Zeitz is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey. Mr. Zeitz is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Mr. Zeitz received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1994. Before joining Sand and Saidel in 1996, Mr. Zeitz served a law clerk for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Diane Lee Newman has been with the firm since 2002 and specializes in cases involving employment discrimination, mental/mental claims, and work rules cases. Her significant appellate victories include Bucceroni and Costello. She has earned her MBA in human resource administration and is an adjunct professor of employment law and litigation. She regularly lectures in the field. Ms. Newman is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey.

Thomas G. Dougherty is a graduate of Lafayette College and Villanova University Law School. He has more than 20 years experience in insurance defense litigation including over 10 years in workers’ compensation defense and previously served as in house counsel for AIG, Zurich and Travelers Insurance Companies.

Joel Roinestad is a workers’ compensation specialist, who joined the firm in 2003. He handled workers’ compensation matters exclusively and has litigated all aspects of such cases. Mr. Roinestad is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  He is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Ronald Carter joined the firm from Eckell Sparks. He has more than ten years of experience in workers’ compensation and associated civil law matters. Mr. Carter is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Administrator Staff

Carol Gittelman has been the Practice and Office Manager since the firm’s inception in 1983. As such, she oversees personnel and firm compliance with all internal and external policies and regulation.

Francis Davis is the Workers’ Compensation Section Secretary.

Theresa Angelo is responsible for all billing matters and has done so for 10 years. Prior to 2003, she was employed by Gordon and Weinberg.

Contact Us

Firm Email Address:

Address: 113 S. 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19103

Phone: (215) 851-0200, FAX (215) 851-9990

Name EXT E-Mail
Angelo, Theresa 3323
Carter, Ronald 3324
Davis, Fran 3303
Dougherty, Thomas 3332
Gittelman, Carol 3317
Newman, Lee 3322
Roinestad, Joel 3318
Sand, Richard 3307
Zeitz, Jeffrey L. 3302