Keri L. Morris-Johnston

Keri L. Morris-Johnston: Attorney with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
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  • Keri Lynn Morris is an associate with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Her practice is devoted largely to workers' compensation defnese and employment defense matters--Delaware workers' compensation, Delaware employmetn law defense (including discrimination and whistleblower protection), and federal employment law defense.
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Keri's practice is devoted to Delaware workers' compensation and employment law defense (including discrimination and whistleblower protection), in addition to federal employment law defense. Throughout her legal career, she has represented clients including automobile assembly plants, nursing homes, hospitals, security companies and retailers in matters pertaining to workers' compensation and employment law. She is also experienced in handling matters for non-profits and fast food franchises, and advising clients in relation to owner controlled insurance policies. Keri is especially adept at assisting and educating small employers on issues pertaining to workers' compensation.

While attending Widener University School of Law, Keri worked for the Delaware Department of Labor, where she handled a wide variety of employment, labor and civil rights issues. Keri investigated allegations of employment discrimination and wage and hour violations, including alleged prevailing wage violations and child labor violations.

Keri is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. She remains involved with her alma mater, serving as an advisor for the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Pot For Pain, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 25, 2018

Ingredients for Successfully Defending Claims for Work Injuries at Home, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 19, 2017

Defense Counsel Wish List, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 27, 2016

Put Me In Coach: Top 10 Opportunities in Claims and Litigation Management, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, October 22, 2015

Employment Law Update and Workers' Compensation Basics, Delaware State Dental Society, Dover, Delaware, March 19, 2015

Case Law Update, Delaware State Bar Association Workers' Compensation Seminar, January 21, 2015

Navigating The Bermuda Triangle: The Intersection of Workers' Compensation, FMLA and ADA, Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey seminar, October 24, 2013

Prevailing Wage Law in Delaware, April 2005

Year Joined Organization: 2005


Marshall Dennehey Announces New Shareholders, Special Counsel
January 2, 2014
Marshall Dennehey announced today that 16 attorneys, nearly half of them women, were elected shareholders of the firm at the annual shareholders' meeting held December 9 in Philadelphia. The new shareholders, categorized by office, are as follows.Philadelphia, PA: Aaron E. Moore and Eric A. Packel...


Delaware State Dental Society Monthy Meeting
Mar 19, 2015
Shannon Brainard and Keri Morris-Johnston are the featured presenters at the Delaware State Dental Society's monthly membership meeting and dinner. Shannon and Keri will discuss ways to prevent and defend against employment discrimination,...


Legal Updates for Employment Law
Law Alerts • May 11, 2016
New EEOC Procedures for the Release of Position StatementsBy Keri Morris-JohnstonThis year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implemented a new procedure allowing the release of an employer's position statement filed in..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Unemployment Compensation Benefits ... Are Injured Workers Entitled to Both?
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2014
By Keri L. Morris-Johnston, Esq.*Key Points:Workers’ compensation carriers are entitled to dollor-for-dollar credit for an injured worker’s receipt of unemployment compensation benefits.Carriers should ensure that work..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...

Delaware Whistleblowers' Act Applies to Constructively Discharged Employees?
Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2012
Key Points:Under the Delaware Whistleblowers' Protection Act, the constructive discharge doctrine can provide a basis for a claim.To support such a claim, a plaintiff must show that..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012

Utilization appeals in 45 days ... not anymore.
Law Alerts • April 1, 2012
In 2011, The Delaware Department of Labor had promulgated regulations that provided for only a 45-day appeal period from any Utilization Review decision, which could be appealed by either party to the Industrial Accident Board for a hearing de novo..., Case Law Alert - 2nd Qtr 2012

Vol. 16, No. 2, February 2012
What's Hot in Worker's Comp • February 1, 2012

There have been a significant amount of pro se employment discrimination complaint filings in the U.S.D.C. in and for Delaware. A review of the decisions from the last six months are decisions on motions to dismiss rather than any substantive decisions.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2012
Tani filed a complaint regarding his alleged employment contract and his termination from employment. He filed suit against three separate defendants. The complaint was over 50 pages and made several allegations ranging from employment..., Case Law Alert, 1st Qtr 2012

Delaware courts follow the District Court and Third Circuit in handling employment discrimination cases.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2011
Several years ago, Delaware amended the Discrimination in Employment Act to allow for a right to sue in the Delaware state courts. While most employment discrimination cases continue to be filed in the District Court for the state of Delaware, the..., Case Law Alert - 4th Qtr 2011

Special Delaware Alert - Changes to the Delaware Workers' Compensation Statute Employer Forms and Out-of-State Providers
What's Hot in Worker's Comp • August 24, 2011
On August 17, 2011, Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill108 into law. This Bill has two significant changes to theDelaware Workers' Compensation Act.Employers had an obligation to complete the Employer'sForm identifying any...

When an employee, who is subject to an arbitration clause, files a complaint alleging employment discrimination, retaliation and breach of contract, a motion to dismiss the complaint is appropriate.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2011
Emmanuel Esaka filed a complaint against Nanticoke Health Services, Inc., Mid-Sussex Medical Center, Inc. The plaintiff alleged he was subjected to discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2011

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment Law - Employer

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(302) 552-4372  Phone
(302) 552-4340  Fax
University Attended:
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, B.A., Major: Criminal Justice, 1998
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, J.D., 2003
Year of First Admission:
2005, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit; 2005, District Court District of Delaware; 2005, Delaware; 2004, Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

•Associated Builders and Contractors, associate member, Legislative and Legal Rights Committee
•Delaware State Bar Association; chair, Workers' Compensation Section
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Randy J. Holland Delaware Workers' Compensation Inn of Court

Reported Cases:
Published Works: New EEOC Procedures for the Release of Position Statements and EEOC Lawsuits Challenge Sexual Orientation Discrimination as Sex Discrimination, Legal Updates for Employment Law, May 2016; Workers' Compensation Benefits and Unemployment Compensation Benefits... Are Injured Workers Entitled to Both?, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014; Delaware Whistleblowers' Act Applies to Constructively Discharged Employees?, Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012; Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2011-present; Updates To Delaware's Workers' Compensation Statute, Defense Digest, Vol. 13, No. 4, December 2007

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