David B. Torrey


Judge Dave Torrey , Prickett's Fort, WV, Jan. 2011
DAVID B. TORREY, a native of Alexandria, VA, has been a Workers’ Compensation Judge with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry since 1993. He is Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1996-present). He is also the Editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Newsletter (1988-present). He received his A.B., 1982, from West Virginia University; and his J.D., 1985, from Duquesne University School of Law. While in law school, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Duquesne Law Review (Volume 23, 1984-85).

In 2010 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance.

He is the President of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary; and a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, an American Bar Association affiliate.

In 2008, he published the Third Edition of his treatise, Torrey & Greenberg, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation: Law & Practice (4 Volumes: Thomson-Reuters 3rd ed. 2008 & Supp. 2013).

He also served in the U.S. Army (1976-1979), and in the West Virginia Army National Guard (1979-1982).

Judge Torrey published "Master or Chancellor? The Workers' Compensation Judge and Adjudicatory Power" in the Spring 2012 issue of the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. Read it at http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/naalj/vol32/iss1/2/.

Judge Torrey will be moderating a panel, "Negotiation and Mediation Techniques," with fellow judges Ellen Lorenzen (FL) and Michael Alvey (KY) and attorneys Kevin Connors (PA) and Richard Johnson (IL), at the ABA Work Comp Sections CLE in Chicago, March 13-15, 2014. For more information, and to register, see

Selected Works

Legal Treatise
The definitive treatise on the law and practice of workers’ compensation under the Pennsylvania Act.
A review of an important book for the workers' compensation practitioner.
Marathon training in an old West Virginia river town.