Francis X. Wickersham: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Francis X. Wickersham

Francis X. Wickersham is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. His practice is devoted solely to defending employers in Pennsylvania workers' compensation claims.
King Of Prussia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone(610) 354-8263

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  • Workers' Compensation
    University Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, B.A., 1986
    Law SchoolWidener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, J.D., 1989
    Admitted1989, Pennsylvania; 1990, New Jersey

    Associations & Memberships

    •Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
    •Montgomery County Bar Association
    •Pennsylvania Bar Association


    As a member of the Workers' Compensation Department, Frank has devoted his practice to representing employers from many different industries in a variety of Pennsylvania workers' compensation claims. He has successfully defended construction companies, food service companies, nursing homes, pharmaceutical companies, retail stores and supermarkets in cases involving hearing loss due to exposure, occupational noise, psychiatric injuries from abnormal working conditions, injuries from contact with toxic chemicals in the workplace and fatalities.

    Frank's articles on important Pennsylvania workers' compensation cases frequently appear in well-known employer publications, such as the A.M. Best Insurance Digest, Counterpoint and the Pennsylvania Self Insurers' Association newsletter. He is a writer and editor of the firm's What's Hot In Workers' Comp, a monthly update on significant developments in Pennsylvania workers' compensation law. Frank has also given numerous presentations and seminars on critical developments in Pennsylvania workers' compensation law to various employer and insurance industry groups, as well as to his colleagues.

    In 1986, Frank received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He attended the Widener University School of Law and obtained his juris doctor in 1989.

    Frank is an active member of the workers' compensation sections of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar associations. He also has a long association with the Upper Merion Lacrosse Club as a member of the board, as well as with the King of Prussia Soccer Club, where he has served as a soccer coach for many years.

    Classes/Seminars Taught

    Marijuana in Workers' Compensation - Medical and Legal Challenges, CLM 2015 Medical Legal Summit, Chicago, Illinois, June 3, 2015

    Medicare Liens and Set-Asides and Workers' Compensation Liens, Philadelphia Bar Association's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, October 18, 2014

    Behind the Robe: An Interview With the Judges, Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey seminar, October 24, 2013

    •Career Day, Upper Merion Middle School, 2011

    Case Law Update, Broadspire and Glaxosmithkline, 2010

    Navigating the Workers' Compensation Court Room, Berkley Midatlantic Group, 2010

    How to Distinguish Between ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation Actions, Wegmans, 2009

    Record Retention and E-Discovery, The Addis Group, 2009

    Legal Updates: A Survival Guide, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association Annual Meeting, 2008

    Impact of New Vocational Regulations on Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Claims Handling, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, 2007

    Impact of New Vocational Regulations on Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Claims Handling, Cambridge Integrated Services, 2007

    The Do's and Don'ts of Utilization Reviews, Montgomery Bar Association, 2007

    •Career Day, Upper Merion Middle School, 2005

    •Law Day, Caley Elementary School, 2002

    •Law Day, Caley Elementary School, 2001

    Ethical Considerations in Workers' Compensation, Montgomery Bar Association, 2000

    Interplay Between Workers' Compensation and Liability, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, 1999

    Act 57 and its Impact On Workers' Compensation Litigation, Pottstown Hospital, February 1998

    Published Works

    • Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Update, Counterpoint, newsletter of the PA Defense Institute, June 2002 to present

    • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Carves Out Exception to Exclude Remedy Provisions of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act For Late Manifesting Occupational Disease Claims, ABA TIPS Workers' Compensation And Employers' Liability Law Committee Newsletter, Winter 2014

    • Legal Updates, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association Newsletter, 2009-present

    • Ask an Expert, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association Newsletter, January 2009

    Digest of Insurance Law, Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, 2007-present

    Special Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Law Alerts, 2006-present

    •Critical Case Summaries, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association Newsletter, 2006-2008

    What's Hot in Workers' Comp, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Department newsletter, 2002-present

    • Decisions Impact Workers' Comp Benefits: Court Focuses on Release Agreement, Length of Employment, The Legal Intelligencer, March 2001

    • Independent Contractor or Employee: Supreme Court Rolls Over Controversial Commonwealth Court Decision Holding That Federal and State Motor Carrier Regulations Require Finding of Employment, Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 2, April 2001

    • Lykins: The Supreme Court Eliminates Unemployment Compensation Credit for pre-Act 44 Injuries, Counterpoint, January 1999

    • Act 44 and Pre-Amendment Injuries: Banic Breaks the Mold, PSIA Workers' Compensation Newsletter, March 1996

    Year Joined Organization



    Class Action Band is Headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
    August 16, 2013
    Class Action, the in-house rock and roll band at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will perform in the final round of the 13th Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands competition, to take place September 28th at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. After...


    CLM 2015 Medical Legal Summit
    Conference • Jun 3, 2015
    Frank Wickersham, a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Department, is presenting at the CLM 2015 Medical Legal Summit. Marijuana in Workers' Compensation - Medical and Legal Challenges, will provide an overview of marijuana...

    Reported CasesRepresentative Cases; School District of Philadelphia v. WCAB (Hennegan) , 751 A.2d 729 (Pa. Cmmwlth. 2000) ; McKinney v. WCAB (Decision Data) , 752 A.2d 928 (Pa. Cmmwlth. 2000) (rev. per cuiam, 770 A.2d 326 (Pa. 2001))

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    New Mexico Court of Appeals Leads the Nation in Approving Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation Cases
    Francis X. Wickersham, March 18, 2015
    On January 13, 2015, the New Mexico Court of Appeals issued an opinion finding medical marijuana to be reasonable and necessary medical care for a workers’ compensation claimant. This opinion follows a decision issued by the same court on May 19, 2014, ruling that medical marijuana was...

    A Claimant is not Entitled to an Award of Benefits for Injuries Sustained in a Motor Vehicle Accident that Occurred while the Claimant was Driving to Work to Attend an Employer Meeting.
    Francis X. Wickersham, January 23, 2015
    The claimant filed a claim petition alleging that he sustained a brain injury as a result of an automobile accident while commuting to the employer’s premises for a meeting. The employer held two types of safety meetings: monthly safety meetings and stand-down meetings. The monthly safety...

    Evidence from a Claimant Contesting an Employer’s Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE) Must be Competent Evidence of a Similar Character.
    Francis X. Wickersham, January 23, 2015
    Following the claimant’s work injury, the employer filed a modification petition based on the results of an IRE. In opposition to the testimony given by the employer’s IRE physician, the claimant offered into evidence the deposition testimony of a psychologist who said that he was...

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    Francis X. Wickersham

    620 Freedom Business Center, Suite 300
    King Of PrussiaPA 19406


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