Heather Byrer Carbone


    When Florida employers seek resolution of claims or controversies arising out of the Florida workers’ compensation law, they often turn to Heather. Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Workers’ Compensation, Heather leads Marshall Dennehey’s Florida workers’ compensation practice. She devotes the entirety of her practice to workers’ compensation defense, representing businesses, third-party administrators and self-insureds across myriad industries. Heather’s clients benefit from her insights and experience in dealing with the analysis and litigation of problems or controversies arising out of the Florida Workers' Compensation Law. She also has experience handling employment law matters.

    Heather is an active writer and lecturer. She has authored multiple articles in the Florida Workers’ Comp Reporter. She has lectured on behalf of the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar and at various continuing education seminars. Heather is also a Certified Instructor of Insurance Education for the State of Florida and often presents seminars to clients.

    Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Heather was a partner at one of the leading defense firms in the southeast.

    Away from work, she enjoys hiking, biking, traveling and spending time with her family. She is a committee member with the Jacksonville Humane Society, and volunteers for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA). She completed the 2008 New York City marathon, and the National Breast Cancer Marathon, and often participates in road races that benefit various charitable organizations.

    Classes/Seminars Taught

    Motions to Dismiss and Motions for Summary Final Order, webinar, Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Section, May 8, 2024

    Hot Topics for Attorneys, WCI Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 22, 2023

    Talking About Generations, 2023 International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Annual Southeast Florida Workers' Compensation Claims Conference, Sunrise, FL, March 10, 2023

    Workers' Compensation Law and Ethics Update, Marshall Dennehey webinar, May 13, 2022

    Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits (Other than PTD), Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 15, 2021

    Pre-Existing Conditions, Major Contributing Cause and Apportionment, Marshall Dennehey webinar, December 3, 2020

    Ethical Requirements: Empathy and Ethics in Workers' Compensation, WCCP Annual Holiday Conference, November 18, 2020 

    How Medical Marijuana Is Impacting Workers’ Compensation, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 24, 2019

    Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits, Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 11, 2019

    Roundtable: Don’t Just Roll the Dice – Hot Topics in Evaluating Personal Injury Claims, Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium – Casino Royale, Tampa, FL, September 20, 2018

    Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits (Other than PTD), 2018 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 13, 2018

    Stop Work Orders, Association of Builders and Contractors, Jacksonville, FL, August 2017

    Specialty Drugs in Workers' Compensation, The CLM Business and Insurance Workers' Compensation Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2017

    Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits (Other Than PTD), The Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, Orlando, FL, April 2016, April 2017

    Recent Changes to Florida Workers' Compensation Law, The CLM, Jacksonville, FL, November 2016

    Workers' Compensation Overview, Fidelity National Financial Conference, April 2014

    Workers' Compensation In Florida, guest instructor for Florida Coastal School of Law, Contruction Law Class, 2012, 2014

    Social Security Disability Appeals, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Jacksonville, FL, November 2014

    Fundamentals of Workers' Compensation, Sterling Education Seminar, Jacksonville, FL, April 2013

    The Medicare Super Lien and Other Liens Simplified, National Business Institute Seminar, Jacksonville, FL, 2013

    Case Law Update, IARP, Select Medical Workers' Compensation Roundtable, Florida State Collge of Jacksonville, April 2012

    Credit Abuse Resistance Education, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Seminar, July 2010

    Published Works

    “Attorneys Behaving Badly: Sanctions, Attorney’s Fees and Costs in Florida Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Defense Digest, Vol. 29, No. 3, September 2023

    "Case Law Update for TPD/TTD," The Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Section, NEWS & 440 Report, Fall 2020

    "First Responder Benefits In, Attorney Fees Out," Insurance Journal, March 6, 2018

    "Average Weekly Wage and Indemnity Benefits (Other Than PTD)," The Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, 2016, 2017

    "The Florida Workers' Compensation Tight Rope Challenged," ABA/Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Committee Newsletter, 2008

    U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
    Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis (J.D., 2001)
    Florida State University (B.A., 1997)
    Honors & awards
    American Lawyer Media, Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment
    2013, 2014, 2016
    Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star
    2010, 2013-2016
    Jacksonville Magazine, "Jacksonville Legal Elite"
    904 Magazine “Top Lawyer,” Workers’ Compensation
    2012, 2014
    Associations & memberships
    Association of Builders & Contractors
    E. Robert Williams, Inns of Court, Executive Committee Member, Membership Co-Chair
    Florida Bar
    Friends of 440 scholarship organization, Co-Chair 2010-2012, Treasurer 2009-2010
    Jacksonville Bar Association, Co-Chair Workers’ Compensation Section 2010, 2011
    Jacksonville Claims Association
    Jacksonville Humane Society, Committee Member
    Society for Human Resource Management, national and Jacksonville Chapter member
    Year joined

    Board Certified in Workers' Compensation Law, The Florida Bar