Heckler and Frabizzio
Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Partners

    Anthony M. Frabizzio

    Partner   afrabizzio@hfddel.com

    Anthony M. Frabizzio, is a partner with the Wilmington law firm of Heckler & Frabizzio and concentrates his practice on the defense of workers’ compensation matters for carriers and self-insured employers. He graduated from Salesianum High School, obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Delaware and his J.D. degree from Dickinson School of Law.  Mr. Frabizzio is a past Chair of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation and is presently serving on the Workers’ Compensation Oversight Panel, Data Collection Sub-Committee and Fee Schedule Sub-Committee. He previously served on the Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Task Force and is a member of the Defense Counsel of Delaware, Delaware State and American Bar Associations.  He has received the Community Service Award from the Delaware Bar Association.  Mr. Frabizzio is a past Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware and has lectured on workers’ compensation for seminars sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association, the Industrial Accident Board of the State of Delaware, and professional organizations.

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    Maria Paris Newill

    Partner   mnewill@hfddel.com

    Maria Paris Newill is one of two Managing Directors for the Firm of Heckler & Frabizzio where she has worked since 1990 representing Employers and Insurance Companies in Workers’ Compensation matters before the Delaware’s Industrial Accident Board, Superior Court and/or Supreme Court.

    Ms. Newill attended the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware (December 1986, B.S.A.S.) graduating from University of Delaware with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology (degrees completed in 3 ½ years). Ms. Newill then attended Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, OK (May 1990, J.D.) while her husband was stationed in Oklahoma, serving in military. Ms. Newill graduated from Law School in top 25 % of the class in May 1990.

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    William D. Rimmer

    Partner   wrimmer@hfddel.com

    William D. Rimmer is a partner with the Wilmington law firm of Heckler & Frabizzio where he has specialized in the defense of Workers’ Compensation matters on behalf of self-insured employers and insurance carriers in the State of Delaware for more than 20 years. Mr. Rimmer is a past Chair of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation. He is also a member of the Defense Council of Delaware, the Delaware State and American Bar Associations and is a former member of the Justice Randy Holland Worker’s Compensation Inn of Court. Mr. Rimmer routinely lectures on the subject of Workers’ Compensation, is the Delaware representative for the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) and has been rated AV “Preeminent” in insurance defense litigation by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Rimmer is a fellow of the College of Worker’s Compensation Lawyers of the American Bar Association.

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    John Gilbert

    Partner   jgilbert@hfddel.com

    John Gilbert was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, October 11, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Pennsylvania; 1992, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2003, Delaware and U.S. District Court, District of Delaware. Education: Trinity College (B.A. History, 1984); Temple University School of Law (J.D., 1987); Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Samuel Salus, Court of Common Pleas, Montgomery County, PA, 1987-1989; Member: Delaware State Bar Association, Chair 2011-2012 Section of Workers’ Compensation; former Member of the Randy J. Holland Delaware Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court. PRACTICE AREAS: Workers’ Compensation Litigation; Insurance Defense Law and Employment Law.

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    Patrick G. Rock

    Partner   prock@hfddel.com

    Patrick G. Rock, Born: Burlington, Vermont, September 1, 1972; Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2001; the Maine Bar in 2001, the Delaware Bar in January 2005; U.S. District Court, District of Delaware in 2007; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2007. In 2015, 2016 & 2017 Patrick was voted by his peers to be among Delaware’s Top Lawyers and in 2016 he was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.

    Education: Thomas Moore College (BA 1996); Widener University School of Law (JD 2000). Member: Delaware State, Maine State Bar Associations. Practice Areas: Product Liability, Premises Liability, Insurance Defense, General Practice, Employment Law, Discrimination Claims and Section 1983 Claims.

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    Amy M. Taylor

    Partner   ataylor@hfddel.com

    Amy M. Taylor joined the firm of Heckler & Frabizzio in June of 2009 where she represented employers and insurance carriers in defense of workers’ compensation claims. In 2017 Amy made the transition into General Liability practice; shortly thereafter becoming Partner. Prior to joining Heckler & Frabizzio, Amy practiced corporate law in Wilmington, DE where she specialized in business and commercial transactions involving Delaware alternative entities.

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  • Associates

    Stephen L. Nowak

    Associate   snowak@hfddel.com

    Steve Nowak grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and came to Delaware to attend UD.  He received a BA from Delaware in Business (Marketing).  Following college, Steve attended Widener University School of Law, where he was a note and comment editor for the law review, the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.  His JD from Widener was awarded cum laude.

    After law school, Steve served a law clerk to the Hon. Clarence W. Taylor in the Delaware Superior Court.  He has worked at Prickett, Jones, and Elliott, the City of Wilmington Law Department, New Castle County Department of Finance and his own solo practice.  He is admitted to practice in the Delaware state and federal courts and the United State Supreme Court.

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    John J. Ellis

    Associate   jellis@hfddel.com

    John Ellis is the senior associate for the Worker’s Compensation Defense Department. He was admitted to practice in Delaware and New Jersey in 2006 and Pennsylvania in 2007. John is a graduate of West Chester University (B.A., 2002) and Widener University School of Law (J.D., 2006). At Widener, he served as the Senior Staff Member for the Widener Law Review. Before joining the firm, John served as a Judicial Clerk to The Honorable Francis P. DeStefano in the Superior Court of New Jersey. He is co-chair of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section Case Law Update Committee. John is also a member of the Randy J. Holland Delaware Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court and the American Bar Association.

     

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    Greg P. Skolnik

    Associate   gskolnik@hfddel.com

    Greg attended Pennsylvania State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received his law degree from Widener University in Wilmington, Delaware, graduating in the top 10% of his class, cum laude, and with pro bono distinction. During law school, he was a member of the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society, and received the Chadwick Constitutional Education Fellowship for Appellate Advocacy. He also worked as an extern law clerk for the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas in Delaware, and as an extern at the Delaware Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel. After graduating law school, he returned to the Court of Common Pleas as a Judicial Law Clerk, working as the sole Judicial Law Clerk for Chief Judge Alex J. Smalls, Judge John K. Welch, Judge Joseph F. Flickinger, and current Delaware Superior Court Judges Eric M. Davis and Andrea L. Rocanelli. Greg is an Associate at Heckler & Frabizzio, and focuses his practice exclusively on Delaware Workers’ Compensation and Insurance Defense law. He is licensed to practice law in Delaware and New Jersey.

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    MICHAEL W. MITCHELL

    Associate   mmitchell@hfddel.com

    Michael W. Mitchell is an associate in the firm’s liability department focusing his practice on insurance defense litigation, including personal injury, property damage, and products liability. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Mitchell practiced criminal law in Maryland.

    Mr. Mitchell earned his B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University in 2006, graduating cum laude; his M.B.A. in Finance from Wilmington University in 2007; and his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2010. He is admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.

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    Nicholas Bittner

    Associate   nbittner@hfddel.com

    Nicholas E. Bittner is an associate in the firm’s workers’ compensation department and was admitted to practice law in Delaware in 2016. He graduated from Bucks County Community College with an A.A. in Police Administration in 2011, Temple University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2013, and obtained his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2016. Mr. Bittner has an extensive background in investigation and litigation, owing from a work and educational history of private security and criminal justice, including two years of experience in criminal defense and nearly two years of experience working in the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas. In law school, Mr. Bittner served on the Honor Board for three years, was published in the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal, and served as an editor on the Sports Law Journal. (more…)

    Michele M. Subers

    Associate   msubers@hfddel.com

    Michele M. Subers is an associate in the firm’s liability department and has experience handling employment law cases. She was admitted to practice law in Delaware in 2017 and just recently passed the Pennsylvania Bar Examination. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies in 2013. She obtained her J.D. from Widener Delaware Law School in 2017.

    Before joining the firm, she was a law clerk at an Employment Law Firm for two years, where she began to stem a special interest in employment law. In her third year of law school, she founded the Employment Law Society on Widener Delaware Law School’s Campus, and presided as President.

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    James T. Betts

    Associate   jbetts@hfddel.com

    James Betts is a junior associate for the Worker’s Compensation Defense Department. James was admitted to practice in Delaware in 2017. James is a native Delawarean, hailing from Seaford, Delaware and has now relocated to Wilmington. James graduated from Lock Haven University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Philosophy.

    James then attended Delaware Law School. While in law school, James had the opportunity to intern/extern with a variety of organizations such as, the Office of the Delaware Public Defender, the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Pennsylvania Attorney General, and the Department of Justice: U.S. Trustee.

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  • Of Counsel

    John Wyatt Morgan

    Of Counsel   jmorgan@hfddel.com

    John Wyatt Morgan is Of Counsel with the Wilmington law firm of Heckler & Frabizzio where he has specialized in the defense of Workers’ Compensation matters on behalf of self-insured employers and insurance carriers in the State of Delaware since joining the firm during January 2000. Prior to joining Heckler & Frabizzio, Mr. Morgan served as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Wilmington where he concentrated his practice in the area of labor and employment including union contract disputes, grievances, contract negotiations and responding to charges of discrimination. Mr. Morgan also worked for a number of years as a Hearing Officer for the State of Delaware, Department of Labor. Mr. Morgan is past Chair of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law. He has been a member of the Delaware State Bar since 1992. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles H. Toliver, IV of the Delaware Superior Court. He received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of Delaware and his JD degree from Widener University School of Law.

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    Michael A. Pedicone

    Of Counsel   mpedicone@hfddel.com

    Michael Pedicone is Of Counsel at the Firm focusing on Liability Claims. Michael is a local boy, having graduated from Salesianum, the University of Delaware and Widener University (Delaware Law School). Admitted to practice in 1985, Michael began in insurance defense and continued there for over 20 years. He then switched to representing plaintiffs for about 8 years before returning to insurance defense in 2016. He has over 100 jury trials and at least 500 arbitration matters to his credit, with experience in auto cases, slip and falls, construction site claims, personal injuries and others. He is currently a member of the Defense Counsel of Delaware.

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    Norman H. Brooks, Jr.

    Of Counsel   nbrooks@hfddel.com

    Norman H. Brooks, Jr., is Of Counsel with the Wilmington law firm of Heckler & Frabizzio. He graduated from the Delaware Law School of Widener University in 1987, and passed the bar on his first attempt. He has been working for the defense ever since.  He is currently admitted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

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    George B. Heckler, JR

    Of Counsel   gheckler@hfddel.com

    Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 21, 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, Delaware.  Education: Baldwin-Wallace College (B.A., 1969); Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1974).  Omicron Delta Kappa; The Order of Barristers.  Member:  Delaware State (Past Chair, Workers’ Compensation Section) and American Bar Associations; Delaware Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council; Defense Counsel of Delaware; Defense Research Institute. [U.S. Army, 1970-1971].  PRACTICE AREAS:  Insurance Defense Law; Workers’ Compensation Litigation; Asbestos and Toxic Tort Litigation; General Civil and Trial Practice.