Marshall Dennehey Expands Workers' Compensation Department Into the Sunshine State

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has expanded its Workers' Compensation Department into the state of Florida with the additions of  Heather Byrer Carbone, shareholder; Linda Wagner Farrell, shareholder; and associate Kelly M. Scifres. The attorneys will lead Marshall Dennehey's statewide practice from the firm's Jacksonville office. All three previously practiced workers' compensation defense law at Boyd & Jenerette, P.A. in Jacksonville.

Marshall Dennehey's Workers' Compensation Department has represented employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for more than 30 years. The group addition in Jacksonville represents the firm's first workers' compensation offering in the state of Florida.

"We are thrilled to expand our practice into the state of Florida with the additions of Heather, Linda and Kelly," said Niki T. Ingram, Director of Marshall Dennehey's Workers' Compensation Department. "We had been waiting for the right time and opportunity. Heather and Linda are well known in the workers' compensation arena and bring a robust practice to the firm. We look forward to serving clients across the state, and anticipate further expansion in the future."

Heather Byrer Carbone will serve as practice group leader of the department in Florida. She has 17 years of experience in both workers’ compensation defense and employment law. She is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Workers’ Compensation. Ms. Carbone is highly accomplished in workers' compensation law dealing with the analysis and litigation of problems or controversies arising out of the Florida Workers' Compensation Law. She is active in the E. Robert Williams Inn of Court , Friends of 440 Scholarship Organization and Jacksonville Bar Association. She is  AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star and named a "Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment" by American Lawyer Media. She is a graduate of Florida State University and Indiana University School of Law.

Linda Wagner Farrell has over 15 years of experience representing insurance carriers, third party administrators and self-insured employers in all aspects of workers' compensation defense. She enjoys the highest peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell and was previously named "Woman Lawyer of the Year" by The Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association. Among her professional activities, she is active in the Workers' Compensation Claims Professionals group and is a Barrister in the E. Robert Williams Inn of Court. Ms. Farrell is a graduate of the University of North Florida and the Florida Coastal School of Law.

Kelly M. Scifres has five years of workers' compensation experience defending insured and uninsured employers, having worked closely with Ms. Farrell and Ms. Carbone throughout that time. Ms. Scifres also defends businesses audited by the state of Florida for workers' compensation coverage compliance and matters related to stop-work orders and penalty assessments.  She has prior experience in the areas of asbestos litigation, general liability defense, and subrogation of workers’ compensation liens in third party claims. Ms. Scifres is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and Florida Coastal School of Law.