Jason A. Heller

Jason A. Heller

Associate

Office

Practice Groups

Jason A. Heller focuses his Maryland and Washington, D.C. workers’ compensation practice on the defense of employers and insurance companies.  In Maryland, Jason has defended employers and insurers before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit Courts, and the Court of Special Appeals. In Washington, D.C., he has represented the interests of employers and insurers before the Office of Workers’ Compensation, Office of Hearings and Adjudication, Compensation Review Board, and the Court of Appeals.   

Jason’s record includes defending employers and insurers against accidental injury and occupational disease claims and issues pertaining to the causal relationship of disabilities and claimants’ alleged temporary total and/or permanent partial disability. His practice has led to several multi-day jury trials before various Maryland Circuit Courts, many of which resulted in favorable verdicts for employer and insurers. Throughout his career, Jason has represented employers in the food-service industry, hospitals, municipalities, construction companies, hotels, assisted-living facilities, and family-owned establishments. He also shares his insights into developments in workers' compensation law and litigation trends through the firm's widely read and highly regarded Workers' Compensation Defense blog.

Prior to beginning his workers’ compensation defense practice, Jason gained valuable experience representing claimants before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission.  He also handled automotive tort cases and assisted business owners in various general civil litigation matters.

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, Jason attended the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he was an associate editor and contributor at the University of Baltimore Law Forum.

Representative Matters
  • Secured a defense jury verdict finding that the Claimant did not sustain an accidental injury arising out of and in the course of her employment, resulting in a reversal of the prior Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission decision and the avoidance of future indemnity and medical exposure.
  • Secured a defense jury verdict finding no causal relationship between claimant's back disability and the initial accidental injury, resulting in a reversal of the prior Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission decision and the avoidance of significant medical and indemnity exposure.
  • Secured a defense jury verdict finding that the claimant failed to give proper notice of an alleged accidental injury, resulting in a reversal of the prior Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission decision and a disallowed claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Secured a defense verdict from the Office of Hearings and Adjudication finding that claimant’s back surgery was not causally related to the subject accidental injury, resulting in significant savings and avoidance of future medical exposure. 
Professional Affiliations
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
Admitted to Practice
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Education
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 2007
Publications/ Presentations
  •  “Roberts v. Montgomery County: When Acquiescence Leads to Compensability,” Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Volume XIX, Number 3, Fall 2014
  • “Christian v. State,” University of Baltimore Law Forum 39, 2008