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Workers' Compensation

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New England Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney

Protecting Your Company’s Bright Future

Melick & Porter, LLP counsels self-insured employers and insurance companies on a broad array of matters throughout the workers’ compensation process, from advice on claims upon filing through formal hearings and appeals. We value our relationships with our clients and we serve as regional counsel to many of our clients.

Our attorneys efficiently and effectively defend a high volume of workers’ compensation cases and are adept at handling claims presenting unique legal and evidentiary issues.

The types of workers comp defense cases we handle include:

  • Exposure to asbestos and other toxic substances
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Injuries with associated psychological trauma
  • Injuries involving disputes between successive insurers

Our workers’ compensation attorneys are proud to have served clients in the New England area.

What Do Workers' Comp Defense Attorneys Do?

The role of a workers' comp defense lawyer is to provide the support required during the entirety of your claim fighting process. A workers' comp defense attorney will stay by your side to educate you and help you make wise decisions. For help with your case, call today!

Additional In-Depth Services

In addition to litigation defense, we also conduct risk management programs. We provide employers with advice and recommendations to help them reduce the likelihood of workplace injuries and minimize potential exposure. This proactive approach also helps clients be well-positioned in the event of litigation.

In addition to our experience in workers’ compensation cases, we also use our resources in employment and toxic tort exposure cases. We have represented thousands of employers in state and federal courts over our long history as a firm, and we can use our success strategies to strengthen your unique case.

Our workers’ compensation defense attorneys have over 35 years of experience.

Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Alexander W. Ahrens


    Alex is an associate in our Connecticut office. He graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has a B.A. degree in English from Gettysburg College. Alex was an Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review and received awards for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy.

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    Erin J.M. Alarcon

    Of Counsel

    Erin’s extensive experience includes the defense of employment practices, insurance coverage, premises liability, and professional malpractice matters. She recently obtained a favorable finding before a New Hampshire medical malpractice screening panel in a negligent EMT case. She has also obtained summary judgment on behalf of numerous clients, including a pre-fabricated building company in a negligent construction matter.
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    Steven M. Banks

    Junior Partner

    Steve is a Junior Partner in Melick & Porter's Connecticut office. Steve studied business and psychology at Indiana University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He then attended Quinnipiac University School of Law and was honored with the Dean's Scholarship award. Following graduation from law school, Steve joined a small law firm in Danbury, Connecticut where he grew his practice for eleven years before joining Melick & Porter.

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    Robert T. Treat


    Rob concentrates his practice on premises liability, professional liability, explosion, construction injury and worker’s compensation matters. Rob’s most notable defense verdicts in civil jury trials include: a negligent product distribution claim by a waitress whose face was burned by flaming brandy flambé spilled on her by a chef performing a “Strawberry Flambe” on stage.

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    Christopher R. Van Tienhoven


    Christopher is a graduate of Denison University, and received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2009. Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Christopher practiced with several boutique and regional defense firms in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has trial experience in Connecticut and Rhode Island Superior Courts.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Client-Centered Approach
  • Well-Qualified & Accomplished Firm
  • Nationally Recognized Super Lawyers®
  • Seasoned Litigators & Appellate Attorneys
  • High-End Legal Representation
  • Track Record Of Client Success