Linda Wagner Farrell


Linda practices exclusively in the area of workers' compensation defense. As an advocate for her clients, Linda not only defends insurance carriers and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation matters, but also provides guidance for implementing effective risk management strategies and workers’ compensation programs with an eye toward cost efficiency. When businesses are audited by the State for workers' compensation coverage compliance or subject to stop-work orders, Linda partners with them to develop a strategic defense approach. She also 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

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

Pre-Existing Conditions, Major Contributing Cause and Apportionment, Marshall Dennehey webinar, November 5, 2020

Opioids...The Not So New EpidemicWorkers' Compensation Claims Professionals Annual Claims & Leadership Conferece, June 10, 2019  

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

Media Commentary

“Florida OIR Orders Larger Workers’ Comp Rate Cut of 6.6%,” AM Best BestWire, November 10, 2020

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
Florida Coastal School of Law (J.D., 2002)
University of North Florida (B.A., 1997)
Honors & awards
Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star
2011, 2013-2014
Florida Trend Magazine "Legal Elite Up and Coming"
Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Woman of the Year
904 Magazine “Legal Eagle,” Workers’ Compensation
December 2011
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
Year joined