Areas of Practice

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1979)
  • Smith College (A.B., 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association, Women's Division
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Women's Rights Committee, co-chair, 2014-2015
  • Smith College Alumnae Association, past member of board of directors

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005-2017, Top 50 Female Lawyers 2005-2006, 2013
  • College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Distinguished Alumni Award by the Black Allied Law Students Association (BALSA) section of the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Martha Hampton Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section, 2017

Niki T. Ingram

Director, Workers' Compensation Department
Shareholder
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2704
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
ntingram@mdwcg.com

Niki serves as the director of the Workers' Compensation Department, where she assumes responsibility for more than 30 attorneys throughout 10 offices. She is also a member of the firm's board of directors. She has served as chair of the Workers' Compensation Client Development Practice, supervising the group's client development activities. Niki was also chairperson of the firm's Human Relations Committee for 10 years and helped develop our Human Relations Policy.

Throughout her career, Niki has handled personal injury defense cases and tried multiple cases to verdict in state and federal court. Since joining the firm in 1988, Niki has devoted the entirety of her practice to workers' compensation defense, representing self-insureds, insurance companies and employers.  

Niki graduated with distinction from Smith College with an A.B. in Psychology. She then received her juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Niki has worked in the public interest sector, for the government and in the private sector.

Niki is actively involved in legal community. She served as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section and Women's Rights Committee, and was a member of the Nominating Committee and the Investigative Division's Committee on Judicial Selection and Retention. She also served as the chairperson of the Workers' Compensation and Employment Liability Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practice Section and as a member of the Survey Committee of the Workers' Compensation and Employment Law Liability Committee.

In 2017, Niki received the prestigious Martha Hampton Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Workers' Compensation section. The award honors an attorney or judge who shows exemplary dedication, compassion, professionalism, scholarship and good will. In 2016, Niki was inducted into the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, joining a select group of attorneys from across the country who have distinguished themselves in the practice of workers' compensation law. She is also a recipient of the Sadie T. Alexander Award for Distinguished Alumni by the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Niki is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and was awarded an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been named as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in Philadelphia, as well as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2005. Niki is also a charter member of the Alexander Barbieri Inns of Court. She has spoken at national conferences for the American Bar Association, the former American Trial Lawyers Association, SEAK and the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference. She also lectures frequently at state and local conferences on legal issues and related topics.

Niki is a member of the editorial board of Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. She has served on the board of directors of Delaware Futures and as a director of the Smith College Alumnae Association's board of directors. From 2012-2015, Niki served on the board of directors for the Delaware Center for Horticulture, and she currently volunteers for Friendship House.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Analytics Overload! How Much is Too Much?, National Council of Self Insurers Annual Conference, San Diego, California, June 5, 2017

  • Shifting A Male-Dominated Work Culture, Smith College Women’s Leadership Conference, Northampton, Massachusetts, April 1, 2017

  • Work/Life Balance: How Do You Achieve It in the Private Sector?, The National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 10, 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

  • The First 48 Hours: CSI, CLM Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 6, 2016

  • Exploring the Rising Use and Costs of Compounded Medications in Workers' Compensation, National Workers' Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, Connecticut, March 1-2, 2016

  • Basic WC Law, Part 2, Panel Member, Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, June 2, 2015

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

  • Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on the Workers' Compensation System, McKesson Corporation Safety, Security and Workers' Compensation Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 5, 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

  • What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation to Keep You Out of Trouble in Your Liability Case, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 16, 2014

  • Winning by Inclusion, Panel Member, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Diversity Luncheon, Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 2014

  • Your Law Degree: A Passport to Your Future, Women's Rights Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, June 5, 2014

  • Diversity & Inclusion in the Insurance Industry – A Critical Success Factor, Philly I-Day 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 9, 2014

  • Healthcare Reform's Impact Nationally and on Workers' Compensation, ABA TIPS/LEL Workers’ Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 13, 2014

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

  • Valley of the Dolls: Drugs, Drugs, Drugs, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 27, 2011

  • Penny Wise and Pound Foolish, National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 11, 2010

  • Unique Workers' Compensation Aspects of Independent Contractors and Traveling Employees, National Teleconference for Lorman Education Services, January 13, 2010

  • Updated Issues for Small Businesses, Symposium for Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2008

  • Independent Contractors and Traveling Employees: How to Support Them and Keep Your Costs Down, National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 21, 2008

  • Medicare Set-Asides: What You Need to Know and Why, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Auto Law Update, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, October 31, 2008

  • Managing Your Workers' Compensation Claims, Willis HRH Seminar Series, Rockville, Maryland, October 2008

  • How Do Companies Choose Between Mediation and Litigation in Workers' Compensation Cases, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Roundtable, Harrisburg and Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, April 2008

  • Workers' Compensation Symposium, Sedgwick CMS, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2007

  • Claims Handling Checklist, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association Annual Meeting, State College, Pennsylvania, March 7, 2007

  • Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation, Panel Member, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 31, 2007

  • Workers' Compensation: Latest Developments and What Is on The Horizon, SEAK, National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference, Hyannis, Massachusetts, July 2005

  • Gender: Its Impact on the Litigation Process, AAJ (formerly ATLA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, July 2003

  • Repetitive Trauma in the Workplace, Panel Member, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, July 31, 1997

Published Works

  • Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Guide, Eighth Edition, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, co-editor-in-chief, 2016

  • "The Trouble With Compounds," Workers' Compensation Magazine, June/July 2016

  • "Confronting Unconscious Biases in Litigation," Diversity Insider, newsletter of the DRI's Diversity Committee, May 6, 2016; The Resource, newsletter of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

  • "Three Things We Can Count On: Death, Taxes and Rising Workers' Compensation Costs," Workers' Compensation magazine, April/May 2015

  • "National Trends in Workers' Compensation," Risk Management Magazine, November 2013

  • "Calculating the Average Weekly Wage Under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act," Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Guide, 2010/2011 edition as prepared by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

  • "Medical Costs and How They Are Increasing The Costs of Your Claims," Ace Group Claims Bulletin, October 2010

  • "The Use of Pharmacy Records When Defending A Case," The Philadelphia Lawyer, 2009-Winter, Vol. 71, No. 4

  • "National Trends In Workers' Compensation," SEAK, April 2005

  • "Awaiting The Caso Decision," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2004

  • "10 Questions For Judge Jacqueline Allen," The Philadelphia Lawyer, Fall 2004

  • "Commonwealth Court Arms Employers in Good-Faith-Job-Offer Refusal Cases," The Legal Intelligencer, November 29, 2001

  • "Injury Outside The Workplace Not Employer's Responsibility," The Legal Intelligencer, April 26, 2001

  • "Stopping Temporary Benefits For The Retired Worker," The Legal Intelligencer, April 26, 2001

  • "Modified Job Must Meet Physician's Restrictions: Good Faith Offer To Claimant Required," The Legal Intelligencer, July 26, 2001

  • "Second Termination Petition Not Precluded By Initial Filing," The Legal Intelligencer, September 27, 2001

  • "Commonwealth Court Arms Employers In Good-Faith-Job-Offer Refusal Cases," The Legal Intelligencer, November 29, 2001

  • "Managed Care Integration with Workers' Compensation," Workers' Compensation (PSIA Newsletter), Vol. 2, No. 5, 1996

  • "Stroke Cases: They are Defensible," Counterpoint, July 1993

  • Tort and Insurance Law Journal, American Bar Association

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA (J.D.)

  • Smith College, Northampton, MA (A.B., With Distinction)

    Major: Psychology