Thomas E. Panzer
Municipal, Zoning, and Workers Compensation Attorney

Workers' Compensation Attorney Thomas E. Panzer’s legal practice areas include administrative litigation, municipal law, land use and zoning.

High Swartz
Doylestown Office

Bucks County, PA

Thomas E. Panzer’s practice areas focus on administrative litigation, including zoning and land use, and workers’ compensation. Mr. Panzer has represented multiple zoning hearing boards over the past 25 years. He also represents both claimants and defendants including insurance carriers, third party administrators, Pennsylvania self insureds, and PA uninsured employers in workers’ compensation matters. He is a frequent lecturer on Pennsylvania workers’ compensation topics.

Mr. Panzer joined High Swartz in 2016 as a result of a merger with McNamara, Bolla & Panzer, Attorneys at Law, a firm for which he served as Managing Partner. Tom has been practicing law in southeastern Pennsylvania for over 25 years.

In addition to the practice of law, Mr. Panzer has been involved in community activities with regard to zoning, municipal issues, land reuse and politics. Mr. Panzer recently served a four-year term as Bucks County Treasurer, served two terms as a Warminster Township, Bucks County, Supervisor and a full five year term as an appointed member of the Warminster Municipal Authority Board of Directors.

Currently Mr. Panzer serves as Solicitor to Zoning Hearing Boards for Bedminster, Bensalem,
Doylestown, Milford, New Hope Borough, Upper Southampton Township, Warrington Township, and
Wrightstown Township. He is also the Conflict Solicitor for the Lower Southampton Township Zoning
Hearing Board and the UCC Solicitor & Special Counsel to Tobyhanna Township. Previously, Mr.
Panzer served as Solicitor to Middletown Township and Warwick Township Zoning Hearing Boards and
Borough Solicitor for Newtown Borough.

Mr. Panzer has also contributed his time and energy to the MS 150 City to Shore Bike Ride with Team Ox Cycling. He also participates in the Ben to Shore charity ride with the Bucks Heroes team for Families Behind the Badge Children’s Foundation. Tom has served as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night, Bucks County Corporate Walk co-chair. He has also served as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of non-profit entities, including Wesley Enhanced Living and Growth Opportunities Center.


Get to Know Municipal, Zoning, and Workers Compensation Attorney Thomas E. Panzer

Affiliations & Honors

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Member, Workers’ Compensation and Municipal Law Sections
    • House of Delegates, 2009–2012
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Member, Workers’ Compensation Section
    • Co-chair, Workers’ Compensation Legislation Committee, 1996–1997
  • Bucks County Bar Association
    • Member, Workers’ Compensation Section
    • Co-chair, Workers’ Compensation Section, 2005–2008 & 2016-2017
    • Board of Directors, 2009-2012, 2018-2021
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
    • Member, Workers’ Compensation Section
    • Member, Municipal, Real Estate and Land Use Section
  • Bucks County Inns of Court
  • Military Installation Remediation and Infrastructure Authority | Horsham Township
    • Secretary, 2020

Honors

Activities

  • Road Biking
  • Biking for a World Free of MS, 2019

Practice Areas

Background

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1993

Education

  • J.D., Widener University School of Law, 1993
  • B.S., Computer Information Systems, Tulane University, 1987

Experience

Bucks County Treasurer – 2015-2019

Tom Panzer's Legal Insights

Do Workers’ Comp Benefits Apply When Employees WFH (Work From Home)?

The impacts of COVID are undeniable. Chief among them has been the proliferation of a WFH (Work From Home) workforce. Gallup reported that 43% of employees work from home at least some time. Businesses and employees have had to adapt to that new reality. One of the questions that arises is whether or not workers’ […]

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Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits FAQs for 2021

Understanding Workers Compensation If you sustain a job injury or a work-related illness, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act provides for your medical expenses and, in the event that you are unable to work, wage-loss compensation benefits until you’re able to go back to work. This can be a difficult, scary, and confusing process for anyone. […]

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Client Testimonials

Karen B.

“Doylestown has no shortage of lawyers, but in your time of need, do you know who to contact? I found myself with a zoning issue and was given Tom Panzer’s name. Any appreciations lifted within my first meeting with Tom. He is open and honest in his communication while presenting a strong professional appearance. Tom works with you and really takes time to listen to your concerns. I am very happy with the services I received. As far as lawyers, Tom stands above the rest. So if you find yourself in need, your confidence couldn’t be better placed than with Tom Panzer from High Swartz.”

Craig L.

“Tom Panzer has provided excellent representation on my behalf. I would not hesitate to recommend the legal services of High Swartz, Doylestown!!!”