Paul M. Della Franco
Paul M. Della Franco is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Willig, Williams & Davidson. Paul concentrates his practice in workers’ compensation and other employment-related disability matters. He is certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section. He is one of only 38 certified workers’ compensation lawyers in Philadelphia.
Paul is an experienced litigator who zealously represents the interests of injured workers throughout the state. As a former defense litigator, Paul is familiar with employer strategies and uses this knowledge to effectively represent his clients. He has successfully argued precedent-setting cases before the Commonwealth Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and he personally challenged the Commonwealth in an important Right to Know / Freedom of Information case.
In addition to representing individuals in workers’ compensation matters, Paul is well-versed in Pennsylvania’s Heart and Lung Act, and in matters before the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement. He has also litigated numerous cases before the Philadelphia Civil Service Commission.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University, Paul was awarded a Ph.D. scholarship to study criminology / criminal justice at the University of Delaware. Paul then returned to Villanova Law School to acquire his law degree. While at Villanova Law School, Paul was one of the founding members of the school’s Homeless Advocacy Project.
- Villanova University, J.D., 1993
- University of Delaware, Ph.D. Candidate, Criminal Justice/Sociology, 1988-1990
- Villanova University, B.A., 1988
- The Smyler Firm, Associate, 2002-2011
- Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, Associate, Labor Department, 1994-1996 and 1999-2001
- Weber, Goldstein, Greenberg & Gallagher, Associate, 1996-1999
- Ellner and Borrell, Associate, 1992-1994
- Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1993
- American Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
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