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Raphael M. Duran

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2710
(215) 575-0856 - Fax

Raphael focuses his practice exclusively on workers' compensation litigation. He has represented some of the largest employers in the Philadelphia area, including those in the retail, construction, transportation, health care and food processing industries. Raphael also has extensive experience working with self insured and high retention clients.

Raphael is cognizant of a client's bottom line and works closely with them to develop the best possible risk management strategy. He partners with employer and insurance representatives during the infancy phases of a claim, an approach that has resulted in zero dollars in exposure on a number of occasions.

Raphael graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications. He received his juris doctor from Drexel University Kline School of Law in 2010 with honors in the Business and Entrepreneurship Concentration Program. Raphael was a member of the Moot Court Board and represented Drexel University in the University of San Diego Criminal Law Moot Court Competition.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Hidden Gaps in Insurance Coverage – Pitfalls and Landmines of Risk Management, Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council, February 21, 2019

  • Workers' Compensation Fraud, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 25, 2018

  • Know Your Rights, Drexel University's Black Graduate Student Union, February 23, 2018

  • Opioid Addiction in the Workers Compensation Arena, Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council, February 15, 2018

  • Defense Counsel Wish List, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 27, 2016

  • An Overview of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, Nationwide Insurance Company, July 2015

  • Dial "I" For IRE – An Overview of Impairment Rating Evaluations in Pennsylvania, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2012

  • The Relationship Between the Heart and Lung Act and the PA Workers' Compensation Act, AmeriHealth Casualty Services Inc., 2011

Published Works

  • "Litigation: Deposing Adjusters Without a Basis," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, April 19, 2016

  • "The Disregarded Diagnosis--How to Litigate the Termination Petition Without an Unreasonable Contest," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013, co-author

  • "Compelling Social Media Issues in Litigation," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013, co-author

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Law Clerk

  • Camden County Prosecutor's Office, certified legal intern

  • Honorable Judge Cohn Jubelirer, judicial clerk


  • Drexel University Kline School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Business and Entrepreneurship Law Program (J.D., 2010)

    Honors: Moot Court, Board Member 

  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (B.A., 2002)

    Major: Political Science and Communications  

Defense Digest Article December 17, 2013
By Andrea Cicero Rock, Esq. and Raphael Duran, Esq.* Key Points: A medical expert’s testimony is not competent to support a workers’ compensation termination of benefits if it does not acknowledge the accepted work injuries...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013 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...
Defense Digest Article February 1, 2013
By Raphael Duran, Esq. and Andrea Cicero Rock, Esq.*   Key Points: Social media can be utilized in workers’ compensation matters. Common Pleas Court decision in Largant v. Reed permits access to social media passwords and..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013
January 2, 2019
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 13 associates and two special counsel have been elevated to shareholder. Additionally, the firm has promoted four associates to the position of special counsel. These new shareholders and special counsel represent the firm's...
Seminar Feb 21, 2019
Raphael Duran is a featured presenter at the upcoming GPECC Power Hour. In "Hidden Gaps in Insurance Coverage – Pitfalls and Landmines of Risk Management," Rapahel will be joined by Christopher Grosso from Connor Strong to lead a...

Areas of Practice


  • Drexel University Kline School of Law (J.D., 2010)
  • University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 2002)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2010
  • Pennsylvania, 2010

Associations & Memberships

  • Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council, Board of Directors (2018)

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2017-2019

    The 2019 Super Lawyers list is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here . No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  

Year Joined Organization: 2011


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