Areas of Practice

Education

  • Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1990)
  • University of Pittsburgh (B.A., cum laude, 1987)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1991

Associations & Memberships

  • Judge Alexander F. Barbieri Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • RIMS, The Risk Management Society

Honors & Awards

Michele R. Punturi

Shareholder
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2724
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
mrpunturi@mdwcg.com

Michele has been with the firm for nearly 30 years, and was named a shareholder of the Workers' Compensation Department in 1998. Michele represents third party administrators (TPAs), insurance carriers and self-insureds, handling matters for construction companies, steel product and technology companies, hospitals, retailers, supermarkets, hotels, personnel corporations, landscaping contractors, assisted living facilities, townships, churches, professional athletic teams and manufacturers.

During her career, Michele has successfully defeated numerous claim petitions by presenting medical and factual evidence showing that the claimants did not sustain work-related injuries and/or corresponding disabilities. Her innovative legal strategies have included requesting the judge's presence at the employer's premises. In addition, Michele has argued numerous cases in front of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board and has taken multiple cases to the Commonwealth Court.

Michele has lectured for various organizations, including the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association and Insurance Society of Philadelphia. She has published many articles and educational/training materials and has authored a chapter on workers' compensation in the prestigious West Pennsylvania Forms and Commentary Employment Law treatise.

Michele is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Widener University School of Law. Michele's success is due in large part to the care and dedication she exhibits to each client and the attention to detail shown in her work. It is these characteristics that have led many of her clients to look to her as a sounding board for business and legal advice.

Michele is active in the community, donating her time to a host of charitable organizations including Northern Children's Services, Children's Hospital, Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Nathan Armstrong v. W.C.A.B (Haines & Kibblehouse) – the court held that the filing of a Temporary Notice of Compensation Payable and Notice of Compensation Denial acknowledging an injury and no disability was sufficient acknowledgement of an injury for purposes of seeking a utilization review treatment.

  • Lane Enterprises, Inc. v. W.C.A.B. (Patton) – prepared an amicus curiae "friend of the court" brief

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Maximizing the Productivity of an Aging Workforce, CLM Workers' Compensation Conference, Chicago, IL, May 22, 2019

     

  • Driven to Distraction – Mitigating Distracted Driving Claims, CLM Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, March 14, 2019

  • Return to Work: Perfecting Job Offers and the Revival of the Labor Market Survey, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 25, 2018

  • Private Eyes: They're Watching You!," Philadelphia Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section Meeting, September 14, 2018

  • Workers' Compensation Settlement Evaluation Analysis and Mediations, guest lecturer, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, April 11, 2018

  • The Rise in Workplace Violence: Practical Tips and Guidance to Avoid Devastating Consequences and Reduce Liability, CLM Annual Conference, March 15, 2018

  • Don't Get Burned: How to Keep a Medical Only Claim From Becoming an Indemnity Claim, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 19, 2017

  • Today's "Medical Only" Claim is Tomorrow's "Indemnity Claim," CLM & Business Insurance Workers' Compensation Conference, Chicago, Illinois, May 24, 2017

  • Do's and Don'ts of Fact Witnesses, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 27, 2016

  • Developing a Robust Return to Work Program, CLM Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2016

  • Put Me In Coach: Top 10 Opportunities in Claims and Litigation Management, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 22, 2015

  • The Dream Team Approach to Workers' Compensation Case and Litigation Management, 2015 CLM Annual Conference, Palm Desert, California, March 25, 2015

  • Checks and Balances: A Dream Team Approach, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 30, 2014

  • A New Era of Workers' Compensation Claims? The Potential Impact of Social Trends, claims workshop presented by The Graham Company, Philadelphia, PA, April 18, 2013

  • You Can't Handle the Truth: A Mock Trial, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2012  

  • Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Forms and Defenses, MAC Risk Management, June 15, 2012

  • Defense Consideration and Limiting Exposure in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, Connor Strong & Buckelew, February 2, 2012

  • Judicial Panel, Annual Florida Workers' Compensation Institute Conference, August 2011

  • The New Uniform-Based Task Management System (UBTMS) Workers' Compensation Code Set, Annual Florida Workers' Compensation Institute Conference, August 2010

  • Understanding the WC Claims Process, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Roundtable, June 3, 2010

  • The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, March 11-12, 2010

  • The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, March 27-28, 2008

  • Defense Considerations in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, The Graham Company Employer's Training Course, November 29, 2007

  • Successfully Navigating Workers' Compensation Law - Hot Topics in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation - Case Law and Legislative Update, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, October 12, 2006

  • The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, March 23-24, 2006

  • Workers' Compensation Mock Trial, The Addis Group's 2006 Risk Management Forum, March 23, 2006

  • Workers' Compensation Mock Trial, Churchill Dallas Risk Control Workshop, March 16-17, 2006

  • Workers' Compensation Mock Trial, Raffles Risk Control Workshop, Captive Resource, April 2005

  • Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2003, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 27, 2003

  • Workers' Compensation 2003 Fall Section Meeting, Pennsylvania Bar Association, September 2003

  • The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, April 11-12, 2002

  • The Impact, Aftermath and Reality of Act 57, Annual Conference, Pennsylvania Self-Insured, June 25, 1998

  • Impairment Ratings from the Doctor's and the Attorney's Perspectives, Philadelphia Bar Association/Workers' Compensation Section, June 17, 1998

  • Legal Update, Annual Conference, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association, June 27, 1997

  • Impairment Rating Under Act 57, REM, August 23, 1996

Published Works

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE (J.D., 1990)

    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Property I, Property II
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts I and II
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Procedure I Evidence
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Business Organizations, Trial Advocacy
    Honors: Dean's List and Phi Delta Phi

  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (B.A., 1987)

    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Political Science and Communications