On December 2, 2010 at its Annual Holiday Party, the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association presented the 11th Annual Martha J. Hampton Award to William (“Bill”) J. McKee a member of the Chartwell Law Firm. The award is named after Martha J. Hampton, the former partner of Galfand Berger LLP, who displayed an exemplary commitment to protecting the rights of injured workers. It is presented each year to the attorney or judge who best exemplifies Ms. Hampton’s dedication, professionalism and good will.
Bill epitomizes the spirit of this award. He has taught numerous courses on workers compensation and legal ethics, has been a course planner for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) and has lectured throughout the state. Bill has become a mentor to many of the section’s younger attorneys. Indeed, these attorneys, and Bill’s other colleagues, often look to him for judgment and guidance. Bill has earned the respect of his adversaries while maintaining the friendship of all.
The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section was established in 1995 to address the specialized needs of lawyers practicing workers’ compensation law. The section maintains a number of committees providing opportunities for lawyers to learn and enhance their skills.
The Martha J. Hampton Memorial award honors former Galfand Berger partner, Martha Hampton, who was committed to the practice of workers’ compensation law. Martha’s interests went beyond the individual cases she litigated. Martha believed in the viability and importance of the Workers’ Compensation section of the Bar Association. She was a past president of the section and participated in activities as varied as writing informative articles for the Legal Intelligencer to testifying before subcommittees in Harrisburg on proposed legislation.
In honor of the Martha J. Hampton Award, the law firm of Galfand Berger, LLP makes a charitable contribution — on the Section’s behalf and in honor of the award recipient — to Kids Chance, an organization that helps youngsters who have lost a parent due to a work related injury gain a higher level of education.