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Anthony Natale III

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2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2745
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
apnatale@mdwcg.com

Tony devotes his practice to Pennsylvania workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, municipal law (Heart and Lung Act), and federal Longshore and Harbor workers' compensation. He focuses on high-exposure, complex litigation including repetitive trauma claims, occupational disease and hearing loss claims, as well as chemical sensitivity claims. He also actively represents the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association in regard to workers' compensation matters.

Tony has represented law firms, financial institutions, forging companies, steel mills, transportation companies, aeronautical/space manufacturers, universities and hospitals in various types of workers' compensation and unemployment compensation matters. He has handled multiple high-exposure workers' compensation chemical and toxic tort claims involving mass defendants, and he has had a high success rate in having clients dismissed from same.

Tony is the founder of Marshall Dennehey's in-house workers' compensation Continuing Legal Education program. He is also frequently called upon to speak to insurance companies and self-insured employers in the areas of workers' compensation and employment law.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Successfully argued that viewing the September 11 terrorist events and suffering a psychological condition did not rise to the degree of a work injury under Pennsylvania law.

  • Refined the interpretation of workers' compensation case law as it relates to the staute of limitations regarding death claims from medication abuse.

  • Successfully defeated and/or resolved at base value more than 400 high-exposure hearing loss cases in western and eastern Pennsylvania.

  • Successfully defended 50 late answer high-exposure claim petitions in eastern and middle Pennsylvania in 2007.

  • Successfully handled multiple heart attack and psychological claims.

  • Successfully handled multiple toxic tort (asbestos, silica) cases.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Workers' Compensation Fraud: Don't Forget the Data, Marshall Dennehey Insurance Fraud 360, June 13, 2018

  • Workers' Compensation Fraud: Don't Ignore the Data! 2018 Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference, Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, April 13, 2018

  • Workers' Compensation Fraud: Don't Forget the Data, Philly I-Day, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 12, 2018

  • Biggest Mistakes Companies Make in Complying with Workers’ Compensation, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Human Resources Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, November 28, 2017

  • Workers' Compensation Legal Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 19, 2017

  • If You See Something, Say Something – Detecting Workers' Compensation Fraud, Pennsylvania’s 2017 Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, April 6, 2017

  • Case Law Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminars, October 19 and 27, 2016

  • Pennsylvania's Workers’ Compensation Law: Best Practices for Complying with Benefits, Understanding the Flow of a Workers’ Compensation Claim, and Tips to Prevent WC Fraud, PA Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Summit, September 30, 2016

  • Check the Rulebook: Workers' Compensation Legal Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 22, 2015

  • Unemployment Compensation Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, June 2015

  • Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2015, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 13, 2015

  • UC/WC 101 Benefits Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, March 19, 2015

  • PEO's effect on Guaranty Fund: Insurance Company Perspective, Fund Perspective and Counsel Perspective, NCIGF 2014 Fall Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 22, 2014

  • Case Law and House Bill Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 30, 2014

  • Social Media and Workers’ Compensation, and Handling Unusual WC Situations, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Summit, Hershey, Pennsylvania, October 1, 2014

  • Workers' Compensation Medical Fraud and Abuse, CEU Institute, June 25, 2014

  • Busted! Identifying, Proving And Prosecuting Workers' Compensation Fraud, National Workers' Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, Connecticut, February 4-5, 2014

  • Understanding the Most Common Mistakes Made in Workers' Compensation, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Human Resources Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, December 3, 2013

  • Tri-State Workers' Compensation Legal Update, Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey seminar, October 24, 2013

  • FrankenFraud – The New Employee Monster, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, November 30, 2012 

  • Workers' Compensation 101 Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 8, 2012

  • Unemployment Claims Fraud: Protect Your Organization from Bogus Jobless Claims, Center for Competitive Management, April 19, 2012 

  • Unemployment Compensation Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Scranton, Pennsylvania, March 8, 2012; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, March 16, 2012

  • The Interplay Between the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act and the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, AmeriHealth Casualty webinar, August 25, 2011

  • Top Ten Defenses to a Fee Review Action, Chubb Seminar, April 2011; discussion about the problems associated with provider fraud in fee review applications and a 10-point analysis on how to properly defend these cases

  • Workers' Compensation Primer, Drexel Seminar, March 2011; an analysis on how to defend workers' compensation actions in a university setting

  • Pennsylvania Claims Handling (monthly seminars in PA, NJ and DE), 2002-present

  • Defending Pennsylvania Claims, Boston, 2008

  • Prosecuting Fraud Under New Guides, Texas, 2006

  • Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law and Claims Handling, Michigan, 2001

  • Case Law Updates to various insurers on monthly basis, 1998-2000

  • Prosecuting Fraud, 1997

  • Pennsylvania Forms Seminar, 1997

  • Act 57 Amendments, 1996

  • How to Defend Hearing Loss Cases, 1994

  • ADA and Workers' Compensation Act, five Pennsylvania cities, 1992

Published Works

  • "If You See Something, Say Something - The Importance of Identifying and Reporting Workers' Compensation Fraud," CLM Magazine (page 10), August 2017

  • Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Guide, Eighth Edition, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, contributing author, 2016

  • "The Treating Physician: A Misnomer in Workers' Comp Litigation," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August 25, 2015

  • Insurance Agency Risk Management: E & O Exposures By Line of Business, chapter on workers' compensation, 2014 edition

  • "Practical Ramifications of Supreme Court Determination Involving Latent Manifestation of Occupational Diseases Under the PA Workers' Compensation Act," CounterPoint, newsletter of the PA Defense Institute, April 2014.

  • "PEOs: A New Potential for Workers' Comp Fraud? A Close Look at Professional Employer Organizations," National Underwriter Property & Casualty, October 2013

  • "Fee Review Litigation: An Overview," Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association newsletter, May 2011

  • "Retirement Does Not Mean Retirement When You are Collecting Workers' Compensation Benefits," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer 2011

  • "Ding Dong Kachinski's Dead: Commonwealth Court Declines To Resuscitate," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010

  • Articles in Defense Digest and the Pennsylvania Self-Insurer's Association's publications

Media Commentary

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA (J.D., 1991)

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (B.A., 1988)

What's Hot in Worker's Comp October 16, 2013
Law Alerts August 1, 2013
In the case of Whitesell v. WCAB (Staples, Inc.), the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld the Workers' Compensation Judge's and the Appeal Board's rulings that the 300-week period of limitation on a fatal claim set forth in...
Articles June 1, 2011
The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer 2011, Vol. 74, No. 2
What's Hot in Worker's Comp May 1, 2011
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2010
Pennsylvania - Workers' Compensation , Key Points: Commonwealth Court decides that a "good faith" follow through on jobs listed in a labor market survey is not detrimental to a modification petition. A job listed in a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010

Pages

Aug 24, 2018
We successfully defended a nationally renowned canning and food corporation headquartered in Pennsylvania. The claimant alleged that she sustained an injury to her upper extremities due to repetitive motion at work. She described her duties to...
May 11, 2018
We successfully defended a national home décor manufacturer in the litigation of a review petition, which sought to add a cervical disc herniation and surgery to the nature of injury accepted in the case. The litigation had wide ramifications...
May 11, 2018
We successfully defended an eastern regional can corporation in the litigation of a brain injury case. The claimant was struck in the lower extremities by a form of sheet metal which caused him to become unconscious. Nearly three years later, the...
Dec 1, 2017
The claimant was admittedly addicted to opioid medication. Medical expert evidence was presented by the parties as to the ill effects of the medication. The Workers’ Compensation Judge found the ongoing use of opioids unreasonable and found...
Dec 1, 2017
The claimant was a very credible employee who was seriously injured while on a horseback riding excursion at a Continuing Medical Education seminar. While attendance at the seminar was part of the claimant's job, the case evidence focused on...
May 11, 2017
Successfully defended a Philadelphia-based university in litigation involving an allegation by an employee that lifting a five-gallon bucket of paint caused or aggravated numerous disc herniations in the claimant’s spine. ​The litigation...
May 11, 2017
Successfully defended a national thermographic inspection company in litigation surrounding an employee’s alleged stroke and disability. ​The claimant asserted that, while on a job for the company, he suffered a work-related stroke, secondary...
Apr 21, 2016
Marshall Dennehey’s appellate and workers’ compensation team successfully defended a major Pennsylvania transportation authority in the four-year litigation of a claim petition arising out of an altercation between the claimant, a bus...
Apr 21, 2016
Successfully defended a national mid-market life insurance company in the litigation of a claim petition wherein the claimant alleged a debilitating lumbar nerve root injury while carrying company property from her car into her home. Under cross...
Sep 21, 2015
Successfully prosecuted a termination petition on behalf of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. The claimant sustained an injury in her role as a standardized patient for the Commission. A student rigorously examined...

Pages

Seminar Jun 8, 2012
Mary S. Kohnke Wagner and Anthony Natale III will be presenting at the upcoming Workers' Compensation 101 Roundtable, hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. They will address topics including changes to current workers...
Conference Dec 3, 2013
Niki Ingram and Anthony Natale are presenting "Understanding the Most Common Mistakes Made in Workers' Compensation" at the 2013 Annual Human Resources Conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry...
Seminar Dec 10, 2013
Although job abandonment is easy to prove when an employer has appropriate policies in place, the termination of an employee on temporary total disability who fails to come to work can greatly complicate things. If an employer has a straightforward...
Conference Feb 4, 2014
Anthony Natale is a featured speaker at the 11th Annual National Workers’ Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit being held on February 4 and 5 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center & Hotel in Connecticut. His presentation,...
Seminar Oct 1, 2014
Three members of Marshall Dennehey's Workers' Compensation Department will be featured speakers at the Workers' Compensation Summit sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. The purpose of the Summit is to provide a...
Seminar Mar 19, 2015
Niki Ingram, Director of the Workers' Compensation Department, and Tony Natale, a shareholder in the department, are speaking at the UC/WC 101 Benefits Roundtable hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Covering the key...
Seminar Apr 13, 2015
Tony Natale, a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Department, is speaking at the upcoming Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2015 seminar, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Tony will discuss the defense perspective on...
Seminar Jun 2, 2016
Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a discussion and in-depth look at trending topics in Fraud and SIU. Don't miss the panel discussion on emerging trends in fraud with insight from members of the insurance industry. Guest Speaker:...
Conference Sep 30, 2016
The PA Chamber of Business and Industry is hosting its annual Workers' Compensation Summit on Friday, September 30. This year's topics include understanding the litigation process, avoiding benefits mistakes, and tips to combat fraud. Niki...
Conference Apr 6, 2017
Anthony Natale, a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Department, is speaking at Pennsylvania’s 2017 Insurance Fraud Conference, jointly hosted by the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority and the Delaware Valley and...
Conference Apr 12, 2018
Niki Ingram, Director of the Workers' Compensation Department at Marshall Dennehey, and Tony Natale, shareholder, will be presenting "Workers' Compensation Fraud – Don't Forget the Data!" at this year's Philly I-Day...
Conference Apr 12, 2018
Anthony Natale, a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Department, is presenting "Workers' Compensation Fraud – Don't Ignore the Data!," at Pennsylvania’s 2018 Insurance Fraud Conference. The session will focus...
Conference Jun 13, 2018
Join the Marshall Dennehey attorneys for a complimentary seminar discussing trending topics in Fraud and SIU. Topics include: Major Case Update Workers’ Compensation Fraud – Don’t Forget the Data Rancosky | Bad Faith Update...

Areas of Practice

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1991)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1991

Associations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 1995

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