Michael D. Overman, Esq.

Federal Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Michael D. Overman is a distinguished attorney in Federal Workers’ Compensation law; his practice focuses on representing injured workers who qualify under the Federal Workers’ Compensation Act for wage loss and medical benefits from compensable work-related injuries.

With over a decade of legal expertise, Michael D. Overman has successfully handled thousands of cases. His experience covers a wide range of issues in Federal Workers’ Compensation law, with a particular focus on the Defense Base Act (DBA). He is strongly committed to serving claimants and workers who qualify under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extension acts. Michael has represented his clients in numerous hearings and achieved numerous successful appeals throughout his career.

Reputation for Effective Advocacy

When working with Mr. Overman clients can expect a responsive and empathetic advocate who is personally invested in every client’s success. He is committed to standing up for those in need and fighting for the financial assistance that will help them get back on their feet. Michael continues to build on his reputation for his candid, honest, and reasonable approach to the legal community. He is a  formidable advocate for injured federal employees and those under the LHWCA, DBA, and NAFIA.  His strong relationships with defense counsel and adjusters facilitate efficient case resolutions. His work ethic and integrity have earned him respect among peers and clients.

High-Value Longshore Cases and DBA Work

Michael’s work in the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extension acts has led to securing millions of dollars in settlements. His notable achievements include the successful resolution of highly challenging cases, such as securing settlements for very late claims and representing clients with PTSD from civilian contracting roles.

Michael’s acumen in this area is further evidenced by his handling of multiple high-value Longshore cases, where he has achieved substantial client settlements. In various cases, he has notably secured settlements of $150,000, $400,000, and $385,000. In a particularly challenging case, he helped secure a settlement of $900,000 after winning at the trial level and successfully navigating the appellate process. These cases often involved complex legal arguments and required a deep understanding of the law, showcasing his legal acumen and persistence. His ability to tackle these intricate cases head-on and achieve favorable outcomes for his clients underscores his exceptional legal writing and appellate work capabilities.

Commitment to Helping Federal Workers

Beyond his legal victories, Michael’s work significantly impacts the lives of his clients. He is committed to securing the treatments and compensation necessary for clients to recover from injuries and deeply understands the broader implications of these cases on their lives. Michael emphasizes that workers’ compensation is about unlocking the ability for clients to receive treatment and get better, compensating them for the loss of use and damage done to their bodies. Especially in non-scheduled claims like PTSD, he focuses on quantifying their future earning potential and securing monetary compensation that reflects the injury’s impact on their ability to earn wages in the future.

Impact on Clients’ Lives

Practically speaking, schedule awards and settlements obtained by Michael often represent a fresh start for his clients. This is particularly true in Longshore and Defense Base Act (DBA) cases, where he strives to cover treatment costs, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and potentially future wages. He understands these individuals once provided for their families and now find themselves in challenging circumstances. Michael’s goal is to make them whole again, to the extent possible within the legal system.

One particularly notable case involved a client who worked in Guantanamo Bay and did not file his claim for 18 years, leading to a significantly lapsed statute of limitations. Demonstrating his meticulous approach and dedication, Michael discovered a two-decade-old doctor’s note that tolled the statute, unlocking potential liability for the employer/carrier. Despite the age and complexity of the claim, he successfully negotiated a settlement. This case exemplifies Michael’s commitment to seeking justice and compensation for his clients, even in seemingly insurmountable circumstances.

Education and Professional Experience

Michael earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude, and served as an associate editor of the Widener Law Review. He completed his undergraduate studies cum laude at Dickinson College, majoring in Spanish. His legal career began with an externship at the Delaware Supreme Court, where he honed his skills in legal analysis and writing.

Language Skills and Client Diversity

Fluent in Spanish, Michael has effectively represented a wide array of clients, especially benefiting those who speak Spanish as their first language. His ability to communicate intricately in Spanish has been crucial in handling complex cases for Spanish-speaking clients, ensuring they are fully informed and represented with utmost care.

Speaking Engagements and Professional Contributions

Michael regularly shares his expertise through speaking engagements, including his notable presentation on Federal Workers’ Compensation and the Longshore Act at the Randy J. Holland Delaware Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court.


  • American Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Delaware


  • Juris Doctorate, Widener University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Dickinson College

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