Michele R. Punturi: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Michele R. Punturi

Michele R. Punturi is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Her practice is devoted to workers' compensation and she has handled thousands of workers' compensation matters in her career.
Phone(215) 575-2724

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Practice Areas

  • Workers' Compensation
    University University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, B.A., Communications, cum laude, 1987
    Law SchoolWidener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, J.D., cum laude, 1990 American Jurisprudence Award, Property I, Property II, American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts I and II, American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Procedure I Evidence, American Jurisprudence Award, Business Organizations, Trial Advocacy, Dean's List and Phi Delta Phi
    Admitted1990, Pennsylvania; 1991, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

    Associations & Memberships

    • Defense Research Institute

    • Pennsylvania Bar Association

    • Pennsylvania Defense Institute

    • Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association

    • Philadelphia Bar Association

    • RIMS, The Risk Management Society


    Michele is a member of the Workers' Compensation Practice Group and devotes her practice entirely to workers' compensation matters. She has represented brokers, insurance carriers and self-insureds, handling matters for construction companies, steel product and technology companies, hospitals, retailers, supermarkets, hotels, personnel corporations, landscaping contractors, assisted living facilities, townships, churches, professional athletic teams, and motor vehicle and paper manufacturers.

    During her career at the trial level, Michele has successfully defeated numerous claim petitions by presenting medical and factual evidence showing that the claimants did not sustain work-related injuries and/or corresponding disabilities. She has also effectively terminated benefits of claimants by presenting medical and surveillance evidence supporting the fact that the claimants completely recovered from the work-related injuries. Michele has also been very successful in modifying claimants' benefits with the use of vocational testimony to prove that the claimants have sufficiently recovered from work injuries to return to the workforce. Her creative legal strategies have included requesting the judge's presence at the employer's premises.

    Michele has extensively lectured for various organizations such as the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association and the Insurance Society of Philadelphia. She has also published multiple articles and educational/training materials and has authored a chapter on workers' compensation in the prestigious West Pennsylvania Forms and Commentary Employment Law treatise.

    Michele is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Widener University School of Law. She began her career with Marshall Dennehey as a law clerk in 1988 and achieved shareholder status less than 10 years later. Michele's success is due in large part to the care and dedication she exhibits to each client and the attention to detail shown in her work. It is these characteristics that have led many of her clients to look to her as a sounding board for business and legal advice.

    Michele is active in the community, donating her time to a host of charitable organizations including Northern Children's Services, Children's Hospital, Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society.

    Classes/Seminars Taught

    A New Era of Workers' Compensation Claims? The Potential Impact of Social Trends, claims workshop presented by The Graham Company, Philadelphia, PA, April 18, 2013

    You Can't Handle the Truth: A Mock Trial, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2012

    Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Forms and Defenses, MAC Risk Management, June 15, 2012

    Defense Consideration and Limiting Exposure in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, Connor Strong & Buckelew, February 2, 2012

    • Judicial Panel, Annual FWCI Conference, August 2011

    UTBMS Billing Codes, Annual FWCI Conference, August 2010

    Understanding the WC Claims Process, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Roundtable, June 3, 2010

    The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, March 11-12, 2010

    The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, March 27-28, 2008

    Defense Considerations in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, The Graham Company Employer's Training Course, November 29, 2007

    Successfully Navigating Workers' Compensation Law - Hot Topics in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation - Case Law and Legislative Update, Insurance Society of Philadelphia, October 12, 2006

    The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, March 23-24, 2006

    Workers' Compensation Mock Trial, The Addis Group's 2006 Risk Management Forum, March 23, 2006

    Workers' Compensation Mock Trial, Churchill Dallas Risk Control Workshop, March 16-17, 2006

    Workers' Compensation Mock Trial, Raffles Risk Control Workshop, Captive Resource, April 2005

    Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2003, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 27, 2003

    Workers' Compensation 2003 Fall Section Meeting, Pennsylvania Bar Association, September 2003

    The Litigation Process, Pennsylvania Self-Insured - A to Z Training Course, April 11-12, 2002

    The Impact, Aftermath and Reality of Act 57, Annual Conference, Pennsylvania Self-Insured, June 25, 1998

    Impairment Ratings from the Doctor's and the Attorney's Perspectives, Philadelphia Bar Association/Workers' Compensation Section, June 17, 1998

    Legal Update, Annual Conference, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers Association, June 27, 1997

    Impairment Rating Under Act 57, REM, August 23, 1996


    • Phi Delta Phi

    Honors & Awards

    • AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

    • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

    • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2007-2008

    • Pennsylvania Self-Insured Association, Award of Excellence, 2008

    • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2005

    • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008-2009

    Year Joined Organization: 1988

    Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Nathan Armstrong v. W.C.A.B (Haines & Kibblehouse) - the court held that the filing of a Temporary Notice of Compensation Payable and Notice of Compensation Denial acknowledging an injury and no disability was sufficient acknowledgement of an injury for purposes of seeking a utilization review treatment; Lane Enterprises, Inc. v. W.C.A.B. (Patton) - prepared an amicus curiae friend of the court brief; Published Works: Beware: If We Snooze We May Lose. A Closer Look at LIBC-756 as Interpreted in Muir v. WCAB (Visteon Systems, LLC), Workers' Compensation (PSIA Newsletter), October 2012; Medical Suspension Has Life, PSIA Newsletter, May 2011; A Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation 4-Phase Checklist, PSIA Newsletter, September 2009; IRE's At Issue Again, PSIA Newsletter, May 2009; IRE's At Issue Again, Defense Digest, March 2009; Notice of Ability To Return To Work - LIBC 757 - An Analysis of Allegis Group v. WCAB, PSIA Newsletter, July 2006; and Defense Digest, June 2006; Recent Developments, Pennsylvania Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section, 2003 Fall Section Meeting, September 2003; Case Law Update-Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation 2003, Pennsylvania Bar Association, March 2003; Employer Liability for Employee Violation of Company Policy, PSIA Newsletter, November 2000; Recourse for Judge's Monetary Settlement Recommendation, PSIA Newsletter, January 2000; Contributor to the PSIA Newsletter, 1996-2012

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    Michele R. Punturi

    2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
    PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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