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Linda Wagner Farrell

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200 W. Forsyth Street
Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 358-4224
(904) 355-0019 - Fax
lwfarrell@mdwcg.com

Linda practices exclusively in the area of Workers' Compensation defense. She represents numerous insurance carriers and third party administrators, as well as various self-insured employers. Linda defends businesses that are audited by the State for workers' compensation coverage compliance or subject to stop-work orders. She assists clients with premium disputes and some employment matters, and also represents uninsured employers with regard to workers' compensation claims.

Linda is an active instructor who lectures on various issues involving workers' compensation. She has lectured on behalf of the Workers' Compensation Section of The Jacksonville Bar Association, Lorman Education Services and AAA Construction School. She is also a Certified Instructor of Insurance Education, State of Florida, and often presents seminars to clients. Linda also speaks regularly for the Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals organization.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Linda was the workers' compensation practice group leader at one of the leading defense firms in the southeast. Linda has been awarded an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for professional competence.  

Linda is a native of Jacksonville. Before entering law school, she worked as a business consultant for a national management company.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a Final Compensation Order involving multiple Petitions filed by a pro se claimant for compensability of contact dermatitis and concrete burns allegedly sustained while working. The Judge ruled in favor of the employer/carrier on all Petitions finding compensability was previously resolved and the ongoing issues were moot.

  • Successfully defended a Petition for permanent total disability benefits, supplemental benefits and penalties, interest, costs and attorneys fees. The Judge entered a Final Compensation Order finding the claimant was not permanently and totally disabled despite a substantial, but not exhaustive, job search.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Opioids in Workers’ Compensation, Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 12, 2019

  • Opioids…The not so New Epidemic, Workers' Compensation Claims Professionals Holiday Conference, December 13, 2018

  • Top 5 Challenges Relative to Workers' Compensation Claims, Property and Casualty Claims and For Mediators, FCCI Educational Conference, October 2018

  • Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation, 2018 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 13, 2018

Published Works

  • Ex Parte Doctor Conferences Cannot Suggest, Direct or Instruct What Treatment or Care to Recommend,” Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019

  • Case Law Alerts, contributor, April 2018-present

  • What's Hot in Workers' Comp, contributor, March 2018-present

Education

  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, FL (J.D., 2002)

    Member: Mock Trial Team

  • University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL (B.A., 1997)

Pages

What's Hot in Worker's Comp May 1, 2019
What's Hot in Worker's Comp April 1, 2019
Law Alerts April 1, 2019
In a prior order that was pending on appeal, the judge of compensation claims determined the claimant was at maximum medical improvement. The order on appeal concerned claims for temporary partial disability benefits, which the judge dismissed,..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts April 1, 2019
The judge of compensation claims granted the claimant’s emergency motion to prohibit and/or limit the employer’s ex parte communication with the transfer of care physician. The judge’s opinion indicated he was confronted with..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019 By Linda Wagner Farrell, Esq.* Key Points: Recent evidentiary order seeks to limit substantive content of ex parte conferences with authorized treating providers. Judge ruled the employer or..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
What's Hot in Worker's Comp February 5, 2019
What's Hot in Worker's Comp January 16, 2019
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
The employer appealed an order awarding temorary partial disability after the judge of compensation claims found that the claimant’s refusal to accept the employer’s offer of suitable employment was justifiable under § 440.15(6),..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
The claimant requested a one-time change in orthopedic physician on February 15, 2017. That same day, the employer sent authorization and medical records to the one-time change doctor. Also on that day, an email was sent to claimant’s counsel..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

Pages

Apr 11, 2019
We successfully defended a petition for permanent total disability benefits, supplemental benefits and penalties, interest, costs and attorneys fees. The judge entered a Final Compensation Order, finding the claimant was not permanently and totally...
Jan 17, 2019
The order involved multiple petitions filed by a pro se claimant for compensability of contact dermatitis and concrete burns allegedly sustained while working. The judge ruled in favor of the employer on all petitions, finding compensability was...
Jan 17, 2019
Successfully defended a petition for permanent total disability benefits, supplemental benefits and penalties, interest, costs and attorneys fees. The judge entered a Final Compensation Order, finding the claimant was not permanently and totally...
January 24, 2018
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has expanded its Workers' Compensation Department into the state of Florida with the additions of  Heather Byrer Carbone, shareholder; Linda Wagner Farrell, shareholder; and associate Kelly M. Scifres. The attorneys will lead Marshall Dennehey's...
Conference Apr 12, 2018
Heather Byrer Carbone and Linda Wagner Farrell are speaking at the 2018 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum. Heather is presenting "Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits (Other than PTD)," while Linda is presenting "...
Conference Dec 13, 2018
Linda Wagner Farrell is presenting at the 2018 Workers' Compensation Claims Professionals Holiday Conference on December 13. In "Opioids…The not so New Epidemic," Linda, and co-presenter Kevin Glennon from One Call, will discuss...
Seminar Mar 29, 2019
Linda Wagner Farrell, shareholder in the firm's Workers' Compensation Department, will be a featured speaker at the Northeast Florida Disability Management Forum. She will present "Insurance Law & Updates: Opioids…The Not So...
Conference Apr 11, 2019
Heather Byrer Carbone and Linda Wagner Farrell, shareholders in the Workers' Compensation Department, are presenting at the 2019 Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Forum. Heather's session will cover average weekly wage and indemnity...

Areas of Practice

Education

  • Florida Coastal School of Law (J.D., 2002)
  • University of North Florida (B.A., 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2007

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Barrister, E. Robert Williams Inn of Court, 2009 to present
  • First Coast Manufacturers Association, Workforce Development Committee
  • Florida Bar
  • Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, Co-Chair, 2007-2008; Executive Board Member, 2007-2008
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section, Co-chair, 2007-2008
  • Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2004-2005
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011, 2013-2014
  • 904 Magazine “Legal Eagle,” Workers’ Compensation, December 2011
  • Florida Trend Magazine "Legal Elite Up and Coming", 2007-2008
  • Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Woman of the Year, 2008

Year Joined Organization: 2018

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