Maureen F. Heffren, Esq.

Maureen F. Heffren, Esq., has served as an arbitrator and an administrative law judge and has undergone special mediation training. Ms. Heffren brings experience as an educator to her current practice of law which spans 25 years.

Judicial Experience

Luzerne County
Arbitrator: serve on arbitration panels, hearing civil court complaints involving claims of $50,000 or less.

Keystone Hearings and Appeals, LLC
Pittston, PA
Administrative Law Judge: hearing Medicaid appeals.

Northeast Hearings and Appeals
Pittston, PA
July 2010 – August 2010
Administrative Law Judge: hearing Medicaid appeals.

Federal Hearings and Appeals Services, Inc.
Plymouth, PA
December 2002 – January 2005
Administrative Law Judge: hearing Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Hearings and Appeals cases.

Legal Experience

Law Office of Attorney David R. Lipka
Plymouth, PA
July 2008 – July 2009
Attorney: hired based on experience as an Administrative Law Judge; handled Medical Assistance nursing home in elder law practice.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, Workers’ Compensation Division
Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and Harrisburg, PA
1994 – 2002
Law Clerk/Attorney

Law Office of Johnston & Johnston, Kingston, PA; Law Office of Sandor Yelen, Esquire, Wilkes-Barre, PA; Law Office of Maureen F. Heffren, Esquire, Pittston, PA
1991 – 1994
Independent Contractor

Hourigan, Kluger, Spohrer and Quinn, P.C.
Wilkes-Barre, PA
1989 – 1991

Hourigan, Kluger, Spohrer and Quinn, P.C.
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Summer 1988
Law Clerk

The Honorable William J. Nealon, Jr. (then Chief Judge)
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Scranton, PA
January 1988 – May 1988 (Semester-in-Practice)
Legal Intern

Other Experience

Fortis Institute
Forty Fort, PA
2008 – Present
Instructor: Paralegal and Criminal Justice programs
2009 – Present
Externship Coordinator

McCann School of Business
Wyoming, PA
1991 – 1994
Instructor: Paralegal program

Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke, PA
1991 – 1994
Adjunct Instructor: Paralegal program

Diocese of Scranton
Scranton, PA
1975 – 1986


Vermont Law School
South Royalton, VT
J.D., May 1989

Marywood College (now University)
Scranton, PA
M.S. in Counselor Education, May 1981

Marywood College (now University)
Scranton, PA
B.A. in Elementary Education, May 1975


  • Pennsylvania Bar

Admitted 1989
Admitted to all courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Luzerne County Bar Association
  • Hazelton Philharmonic Orchestra


Additional Qualifications

  • Mediation Training

Marywood University
Scranton, PA
March 2007
Basic Mediation Skills – Using the Transformative Framework: presented by
Deborah R. Gaber, Esquire, who has extensive experience as a mediator.
Program objectives included 1) How we experience conflict; 2) The transformative theory of conflict; 3) A comparison of mediation models; 4) The role of the mediator; 5) How Transformative Mediation works; 6) Introduction to screening and domestic violence issues; and 7) Ethics and practice issues.

  • East Coast Migrant Head Start Project

Batavia, NY
Summer 1984

  • Project Hope, Camp St. Andrew

Tunkhannock, PA
Summer 1979
Camp Counselor