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.
•Biggest Mistakes Companies Make in Complying with Workers’ Compensation, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Annual Human Resources Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, November 28, 2017
•Workers' Compensation Legal Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 19, 2017
•If You See Something, Say Something - Detecting Workers' Compensation Fraud, Pennsylvania’s 2017 Insurance Fraud Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, April 6, 2017
•Case Law Update, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminars, October 19 and 27, 2016
•Pennsylvania's Workers’ Compensation Law: Best Practices for Complying with Benefits, Understanding the Flow of a Workers’ Compensation Claim, and Tips to Prevent WC Fraud, PA Chamber of Business and Industry Workers' Compensation Summit, September 30, 2016
•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
Year Joined Organization
Workers Compensation 101 Roundtable
Seminar• 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
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
Seminar• 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
Conference• 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
Seminar• 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
Seminar• 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
Seminar• 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
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
Conference• 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...
Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Conference
Conference• Apr 6, 2017
Anthony Natale, a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Department, is speaking at Pennsylvania’s 2017 Insurance Fraud Conference, jointly hosted by the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority and the Delaware Valley and...
If You See Something, Say Something
Articles• August 9, 2017
The Treating Physician: A Misnomer in Workers’ Comp Litigation
Articles• 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)
Articles• 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
Articles• October 1, 2013
Special Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Alert
Law Alerts• 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
Articles• 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
Successfully Defended National Investment Corporation in Workers’ Compensation Action Involving the Efficacy of Opioid Medication
Dec 1, 2017
The claimant was admittedly addicted to opioid medication. Medical expert evidence was presented by the parties as to the ill effects of the medication. The Workers’ Compensation Judge found the ongoing use of opioids unreasonable and found...
Successfully Defended Local University in a Hostile Jurisdiction on a Course and Scope of Employment Defense
Dec 1, 2017
The claimant was a very credible employee who was seriously injured while on a horseback riding excursion at a Continuing Medical Education seminar. While attendance at the seminar was part of the claimant's job, the case evidence focused on...
Workers Comp Claims Against University Dismissed
May 11, 2017
Successfully defended a Philadelphia-based university in litigation involving an allegation by an employee that lifting a five-gallon bucket of paint caused or aggravated numerous disc herniations in the claimant’s spine. ?The litigation...
Employees Stroke Not Related to Work
May 11, 2017
Successfully defended a national thermographic inspection company in litigation surrounding an employee’s alleged stroke and disability. ?The claimant asserted that, while on a job for the company, he suffered a work-related stroke, secondary...
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...
Associations & Memberships
•Pennsylvania Bar Association