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
    •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' Compensation, 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

    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' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey 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

    Honors & Awards
    • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

    Year Joined Organization: 1992

    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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    A Claimant Who Fails to Establish a Valid Common Law Marriage to Decedent Is Not Entitled to Widow’s Benefits Under §307 (3).
    Francis X. Wickersham, September 29, 2014
    The decedent sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a drilling rig accident while working for the employer. The employer and the claimant entered into an agreement to pay dependency benefits to the decedent’s two minor children. In the agreement, the claimant reserved the right to...

    A Claimant Who Injures Himself In The Parking Lot A Few Hours Before His Shift Was To Begin Was In The Course And Scope Of Employment At The Time Of The Injury.
    Francis X. Wickersham, September 29, 2014
    The claimant’s shift did not begin until 8 AM, but he testified that he typically arrived at work early because of traffic. He testified that he parked in the employer’s parking lot at approximately 6:30 AM and went into the building to pick up his clean uniforms and take them back to...

    An Employee Killed While Attempting To Apprehend A Thief After A Robbery Of A Convenience Store Was In The Course And Scope Of His Employment.
    Francis X. Wickersham, September 29, 2014
    The decedent was scheduled to work the night shift, but he went in early—with his work shirt on—in response to a phone call from a co-worker who needed help with the cash register. After adjusting the cash register, the decedent remained on the employer’s premises to stock and...

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    620 Freedom Business Center, Suite 300
    King Of PrussiaPA 19406


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