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Maria Elena Dryden

Maria Elena Dryden is of counsel at Willig, Williams & Davidson where she focuses her practice on workers’ compensation. She began her career as an associate in a large Center City law firm handling the defense of negligence and workers’ compensation claims. In 1998, she started her own firm, focusing on brief writing.

Maria Elena has decades of experience drafting briefs and pleadings for submission with all courts in Pennsylvania, including the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation System. Her experience includes briefs for the Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation Appeal Board, Commonwealth Court, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Maria Elena began writing briefs for the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Department in 2008. After the Cancer Presumption Law for firefighters was passed in July 2011, she worked with the firm assisting in firefighter claims. Since then, she has participated in the litigation of hundreds of occupational disease claims, including firefighters diagnosed with cancer and heart disease claims. She has also assisted workers claiming medical and wage loss for orthopedic injuries, hearing loss, and psychological injuries.

Maria Elena worked as a paralegal after earning her Paralegal Certification in 1991. While working as a paralegal, she taught at a paralegal school in the evenings. She also began volunteering at Women Against Abuse. She joined the staff at Women Against Abuse as the Volunteer Coordinator in 1992. Her job duties included assisting individuals with the intake and administration of Emergency Protection from Abuse Orders, conducting training seminars for volunteers at law schools and colleges, training volunteers, and coordinating volunteer schedules. She left Women Against Abuse in 1994 to attend law school full time.

A 1997 graduate of Temple University School of Law, she graduated cum laude from Lebanon Valley College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.    


  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Lebanon Valley College, cum laude, B.A. 1990
  • The Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, Honors, 1991


  • Willig, Williams & Davidson, Of Counsel, 2019-Present
    • Brief Writer, 2008-Present
  • Maria Elena Dryden, Esq., 2008-Present
  • Marks, O’Neill, Reilly, O’Brien & Courtney, 1997-1998

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
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