Paul Fires counsels some of America’s most prominent and diverse businesses, including insurance companies, on managing workers’ compensation risk.
As Co-Chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice, Paul deploys universal best business practices, matching business skills and financial modeling with an ability to draw on a variety of professional contacts for his clients’ benefit. Paul’s dual role as practitioner and businessman has allowed him specific insight into his clients’ exposure reduction goals, fiscal requirements, long range planning and cost control concerns, resulting in a broader and more complete approach to advancing his client’s interests both with litigation and non-litigation services.
In recognition of his skills as a litigator, Paul has been named the US News and World Report/Best Lawyers Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year for Workers’ Compensation – Employers, 2014. Paul has also been listed in Best Lawyers in the area of Workers’ Compensation – Employers every year since 2007.
In addition to being Chairman of the Firm, Paul has also served as a member of the firms' management committee since 2008.
Paul M. Fires
Firm Chair, Board of Directors
Won a major victory for a client involving a substantial prescription opiate abuse scheme by an injured worker. The woman in question was filling multiple prescriptions simultaneously from different medical providers and using various pharmacies. The belief is that she was not consuming them. The Judge in question eliminated the employer’s responsibility for payment of the drugs, past, present and future, limited substantially the scope of her injuries and ordered a credit for overpayments made to the injured worker.
Won a case before a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Judge involving an allegation of workplace-related contraction of hantavirus. This condition, which is transmitted by rodent droppings, is uncommon in the United States, and is a serious medical disorder. The employee tested positive for hantavirus in initial evaluations and the employee’s worksite was found to have the presence of rodents and their droppings. Paul showed that with proper serology testing, and a full analysis by retained experts, the original findings constituted a false positive. He was also able to establish that the worker suffered instead from dermatomyositis.
Received a favorable ruling from the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board when it denied the late employee’s appeal seeking imposition of both lifetime and death benefits and substantial medical benefits. The issue was whether the worker developed stage 3B adenocarcinoma as a result of exposure to various substances, all alleged to be highly toxic, and many of which are used in a client's manufacturing process. The underlying ruling was that the worker's adenocarcinoma, which eventually metastasized and caused her death, was due to her years of cigarette smoking and not her years of alleged exposure to multiple other substances in the workplace.
Professional & Community Involvement
Alumni Board of Directors, George Washington University (Active Committee Memberships: Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; Recent Alumni Achievement Award; Alumni Outstanding Service Award; Jane Lingo Alumni Outstanding Service Award))
Board of Trustees, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Vice Chair, 2015 AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Judge Learned Hand Award Dinner
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Council on Litigation Management
2017 International Association of Defense Counsel/Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Joint Law Firm Management Conference Co-Chair
Member, International Association of Defense Counsel since 2007
Paul has received the following awards
Inducted by nomination and peer review to The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers (Class of 2011).
Inducted by nomination and peer review to The Best Lawyers in America – Workers’ Compensation, 2007 to present.
Inducted by nomination and peer review to Life Fellow status to the American Bar Foundation, 2011.
Inducted by nomination and peer review to International Association of Defense Counsel, 2008 to present
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