Kelly's practice focuses on the defense of employers/carriers in workers' compensation claims in the State of Florida before the Judge of Compensation Claims. She works closely with adjusters and employers to defend claims during the pre-suit and litigation process, from the date of injury to settlement or final hearing.
Kelly also defends employers in matters involving workers' compensation coverage compliance investigations, stop work orders, penalty assessments, business records request and audits imposed by the Division of Workers' Compensation. Kelly has represented numerous employers and businesses in the dispute of penalty assessments and compliance actions before the Division of Administrative Hearings. She also advises employers and businesses in general workers' compensation compliance matters and handling of workplace accidents to minimize exposure and premiums.
Before joining Marshall Dennehey, Kelly worked for a statewide insurance defense firm as a member of the workers' compensation and general liability practice groups. While there, she practiced in the areas of workers' compensation defense and subrogation, employer compliance, general liability defense and asbestos litigation.
Kelly graduated in the top 10 percent of her class, and earned her juris doctor in 2013. During law school, Kelly served on the Mock Trial and Moot Court Teams where she received numerous oral advocacy and professionalism awards. She also worked during law school, gaining a wide range of experience in all areas of law while clerking with a solo practitioner. She also clerked with a preeminent Jacksonville plaintiff's personal injury law firm, as well as a Duval County Circuit Court Judge.
Prior to attending law school, Kelly worked for five years in sales and marketing with two Fortune 500 companies where she received high level corporate sales and customer service training.
Year Joined Organization: 2018
Marshall Dennehey Expands Workers' Compensation Department Into the Sunshine State
January 24, 2018
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...
First DCA reaffirms ban on “bootstrapping” inadmissible medical opinions in self-help cases in favor of the employer.
Law Alerts • April 1, 2019
After the employer denied surgery recommended by the authorized provider, the claimant underwent a less invasive surgery with an unauthorized provider. The judge of compensation claims found that the surgery performed was sufficiently similar to the..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Emotional support animals found medically necessary.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2019
A Jacksonville District judge of compensation claims ordered an employer to reimburse an injured worker for the purchase of an emotional support animal. The judge found that the employer waived its right to challenge medical necessity, citing the..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Special Workers' Compensation Alert - Daubert Is Out-And Frye Is Back In!
What's Hot in Worker's Comp • December 19, 2018
What's Hot in Workers' Comp, Vol. 22, No. 11, November 2018
What's Hot in Worker's Comp • November 27, 2018
Associations & Memberships
•E. Robert Williams Inn of Court
•Jacksonville Bar Association