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

Linda Wagner Farrell

Shareholder
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)