Raphael M. Duran
Areas of Practice
Raphael focuses his practice exclusively on workers' compensation litigation. He has represented some of the largest employers in the Philadelphia area, including those in the retail, construction, transportation, health care and food processing industries. Raphael also has extensive experience working with self insured and high retention clients.
Raphael is cognizant of a client's bottom line and works closely with them to develop the best possible risk management strategy. He partners with employer and insurance representatives during the infancy phases of a claim, an approach that has resulted in zero dollars in exposure on a number of occasions.
Raphael graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications. He received his juris doctor from Drexel University Kline School of Law in 2010 with honors in the Business and Entrepreneurship Concentration Program. Raphael was a member of the Moot Court Board and represented Drexel University in the University of San Diego Criminal Law Moot Court Competition.
An Educational Update on Social Media, co-presenter, Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council, May 21, 2020
Hidden Gaps in Insurance Coverage – Pitfalls and Landmines of Risk Management, Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council, February 21, 2019
Workers' Compensation Fraud, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 25, 2018
Know Your Rights, Drexel University's Black Graduate Student Union, February 23, 2018
Opioid Addiction in the Workers Compensation Arena, Greater Philadelphia Executive Claims Council, February 15, 2018
Defense Counsel Wish List, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 27, 2016
An Overview of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, Nationwide Insurance Company, July 2015
Dial "I" For IRE – An Overview of Impairment Rating Evaluations in Pennsylvania, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2012
The Relationship Between the Heart and Lung Act and the PA Workers' Compensation Act, AmeriHealth Casualty Services Inc., 2011
"Litigation: Deposing Adjusters Without a Basis," Pennsylvania Law Weekly, April 19, 2016
"The Disregarded Diagnosis--How to Litigate the Termination Petition Without an Unreasonable Contest," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013, co-author
"Compelling Social Media Issues in Litigation," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013, co-author