Jason A. Heller
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.
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.
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 employers 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.
- 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.
Honors & Awards
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2020
- District of Columbia
- University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 2010
- University of Baltimore Law Forum: Associate Editor and Contributor
- University of Maryland, B.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2007
- District of Columbia Bar Association
Publications & Events
- “Considerations to Overcome the Unintended Challenges of Wrap-up Policies” (Co-Author), Construction Executive, January 16, 2018
- “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
- “Opioid Reduction in Maryland and D.C.” (Co-Presenter), GS Client Presentation, Greensboro, NC, August 8, 2018
- “Strategies to Mitigate Exposure on Difficult Claims in Maryland and Washington, D.C.,” GS Workers’ Compensation Webinar, June 28, 2018
- “Handling Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Undocumented Workers in Maryland” (Co-Presenter), GS Workers’ Compensation Webinar, February 5, 2020
- “Available Strategies to Mitigate Exposure on Difficult Claims in MD and DC,” (Co-Presenter), GS Workers’ Compensation Webinar, June 28, 2018
December 18, 2018