Tony devotes his practice to Pennsylvania workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, municipal law (Heart and Lung Act), and federal Longshore and Harbor workers' compensation. He focuses on high-exposure, complex litigation including repetitive trauma claims, occupational disease and hearing loss claims, as well as chemical sensitivity claims. He also actively represents the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association in regard to workers' compensation matters.
Tony has represented law firms, financial institutions, forging companies, steel mills, transportation companies, aeronautical/space manufacturers, universities and hospitals in various types of workers' compensation and unemployment compensation matters. He has handled multiple high-exposure workers' compensation chemical and toxic tort claims involving mass defendants, and he has had a high success rate in having clients dismissed from same.
Tony is the founder of Marshall Dennehey's in-house workers' compensation Continuing Legal Education program. He is also frequently called upon to speak to insurance companies and self-insured employers in the areas of workers' compensation and employment law.
•Check the Rulebook: Workers' Compensation Legal Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 22, 2015
•Unemployment Compensation Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, June 2015
•Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2015, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 13, 2015
•UC/WC 101 Benefits Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, March 19, 2015
•PEO's effect on Guaranty Fund: Insurance Company Perspective, Fund Perspective and Counsel Perspective, NCIGF 2014 Fall Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 22, 2014
•Case Law and House Bill Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 30, 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
•Workers' Compensation Medical Fraud and Abuse, CEU Institute, June 25, 2014
•Busted! Identifying, Proving And Prosecuting Workers' Compensation Fraud, National Workers' Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, Connecticut, February 4-5, 2014
•Understanding the Most Common Mistakes Made in Workers' Compensation, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Human Resources Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, December 3, 2013
•Tri-State Workers' Compensation Legal Update, Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey seminar, October 24, 2013
•FrankenFraud - The New Employee Monster, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, November 30, 2012
•Workers' Compensation 101 Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 8, 2012
•Unemployment Claims Fraud: Protect Your Organization from Bogus Jobless Claims, Center for Competitive Management, April 19, 2012
•Unemployment Compensation Roundtable, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Scranton, Pennsylvania, March 8, 2012; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, March 16, 2012
•The Interplay Between the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act and the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, AmeriHealth Casualty webinar, August 25, 2011
•Top Ten Defenses to a Fee Review Action, Chubb Seminar, April 2011; discussion about the problems associated with provider fraud in fee review applications and a 10-point analysis on how to properly defend these cases
•Workers' Compensation Primer, Drexel Seminar, March 2011; an analysis on how to defend workers' compensation actions in a university setting
•Pennsylvania Claims Handling (monthly seminars in PA, NJ and DE), 2002-present
•Defending Pennsylvania Claims, Boston, 2008
•Prosecuting Fraud Under New Guides, Texas, 2006
•Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law and Claims Handling, Michigan, 2001
•Case Law Updates to various insurers on monthly basis, 1998-2000
•Prosecuting Fraud, 1997
•Pennsylvania Forms Seminar, 1997
•Act 57 Amendments, 1996
•How to Defend Hearing Loss Cases, 1994
•ADA and Workers' Compensation Act, five Pennsylvania cities, 1992
• The Treating Physician: A Misnomer in Workers' Comp Litigation, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, August 25, 2015
•Insurance Agency Risk Management: E & O Exposures By Line of Business, chapter on workers' compensation, 2014 edition
• Practical Ramifications of Supreme Court Determination Involving Latent Manifestation of Occupational Diseases Under the PA Workers' Compensation Act, CounterPoint, newsletter of the PA Defense Institute, April 2014.
• PEOs: A New Potential for Workers' Comp Fraud? A Close Look at Professional Employer Organizations, National Underwriter Property & Casualty, October 2013
• Fee Review Litigation: An Overview, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association newsletter, May 2011
• Retirement Does Not Mean Retirement When You are Collecting Workers' Compensation Benefits, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer 2011
• Ding Dong Kachinski's Dead: Commonwealth Court Declines To Resuscitate, Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
•Articles in Defense Digest and the Pennsylvania Self-Insurer's Association's publications
Year Joined Organization
Workers Compensation 101 Roundtable
Jun 8, 2012
Mary S. Kohnke Wagner and Anthony Natale III will be presenting at the upcoming Workers' Compensation 101 Roundtable, hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. They will address topics including changes to current workers...
2013 Annual Human Resources Conference
Dec 3, 2013
Niki Ingram and Anthony Natale are presenting Understanding the Most Common Mistakes Made in Workers' Compensation at the 2013 Annual Human Resources Conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry...
Job Abandonment and Disability Benefits
Dec 10, 2013
Although job abandonment is easy to prove when an employer has appropriate policies in place, the termination of an employee on temporary total disability who fails to come to work can greatly complicate things. If an employer has a straightforward...
National Workers Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit
Feb 4, 2014
Anthony Natale is a featured speaker at the 11th Annual National Workers' Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit being held on February 4 and 5 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center & Hotel in Connecticut. His presentation,...
Workers Compensation Summit
Oct 1, 2014
Three members of Marshall Dennehey's Workers' Compensation Department will be featured speakers at the Workers' Compensation Summit sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. The purpose of the Summit is to provide a...
UC/WC 101 Benefits Roundtable
Mar 19, 2015
Niki Ingram, Director of the Workers' Compensation Department, and Tony Natale, a shareholder in the department, are speaking at the UC/WC 101 Benefits Roundtable hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Covering the key...
Tough Problems in Workers Compensation 2015 - Philadelphia
Apr 13, 2015
Tony Natale, a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Department, is speaking at the upcoming Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2015 seminar, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Tony will discuss the defense perspective on...
Insurance Fraud 360 Marshall Dennehey 2016 SIU Fraud Seminar
Jun 2, 2016
Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a discussion and in-depth look at trending topics in Fraud and SIU. Don't miss the panel discussion on emerging trends in fraud with insight from members of the insurance industry.Guest Speaker:...
PA Chamber of Business and Industry Workers Compensation Summit
Sep 30, 2016
The PA Chamber of Business and Industry is hosting its annual Workers' Compensation Summit on Friday, September 30. This year's topics include understanding the litigation process, avoiding benefits mistakes, and tips to combat fraud.Niki...
The Treating Physician: A Misnomer in Workers' Comp Litigation
August 25, 2015
Special Workers Compensation Alert - Pennsylvania Senate Bill 3 Passed
Whats Hot in Workers Comp
June 16, 2015
Practical Ramifications of Supreme Court Determination Involving Latent Manifestation of Occupational Diseases Under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act (Counterpoint - PA Defense Institute publication)
April 1, 2014
Whats Hot in Workers Comp, Vol. 17, No. 10, October 2013
Whats Hot in Workers Comp
October 16, 2013
PEOs: A New Potential for Workers' Comp Fraud? A Close Look at Professional Employer Organizations
October 1, 2013
Special Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Alert
August 1, 2013
In the case of Whitesell v. WCAB (Staples, Inc.), the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld the Workers' Compensation Judge's and the Appeal Board's rulings that the 300-week period of limitation on a fatal claim set forth in...
Retirement Does Not Mean Retirement When You Are Collecting Workers Compensation Benefits
June 1, 2011
The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer 2011, Vol. 74, No. 2
Vol. 15, No. 5, May 2011
Whats Hot in Workers Comp
May 1, 2011
Ding Dong Kachinskis Dead: Commonwealth Court Declines to Resuscitate
Defense Digest Article
September 1, 2010
Pennsylvania - Workers' Compensation, Key Points:Commonwealth Court decides that a good faith follow through on jobs listed in a labor market survey is not detrimental to a modification petition.A job listed in a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
Appellate Decision Renews Viability of Course and Scope Defense in Workers' Compensation
Apr 21, 2016
Marshall Dennehey's appellate and workers' compensation team successfully defended a major Pennsylvania transportation authority in the four-year litigation of a claim petition arising out of an altercation between the claimant, a bus...
Dismissal of Claim Petition Against Life Insurance Company
Apr 21, 2016
Successfully defended a national mid-market life insurance company in the litigation of a claim petition wherein the claimant alleged a debilitating lumbar nerve root injury while carrying company property from her car into her home. Under cross...
Successful Prosecution of Termination Petition
Sep 21, 2015
Successfully prosecuted a termination petition on behalf of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. The claimant sustained an injury in her role as a standardized patient for the Commission. A student rigorously examined...
Defense Prevails in Workers Comp Litigation
Sep 21, 2015
Successfully defended a large Pennsylvania transportation authority in litigation surrounding a claimant's alleged lumbar spine disc aggravation injury that allegedly occurred during the course and scope of his employment. The claimant...
High Exposure Workers Comp Claim Dismissed
Jun 8, 2015
Successfully defended a high-exposure workers' compensation claim on behalf of a mushroom processing plant in Berks County. The case involved a claim petition in which an employee alleged a debilitating work-related injury involving a lumbar...
Mushroom Company in the Clear after Employees Fall
Feb 16, 2015
Successfully defended a large Pennsylvania mushroom distribution company in a claim petition. The claimant slipped and fell at work and landed on her knee. Within a month she had meniscal repair surgery and, a few months later, total knee...
Defense Puts Claims Against Professional Hockey Organization on Thin Ice
Feb 16, 2015
Successfully defended a professional ice hockey organization in a case of first impression. The claimant was invited to the organization's hockey camp as part of a professional team try-out. The claimant was known as an enforcer in...