DBT40 Honoree: Gregory Skolnik
Title: Workers’ Compensation Partner
Workplace: Heckler & Frabizzio, P.A.
Gregory Skolnik has recognized the power and importance of the law from his earliest days of Widener University Delaware Law School, and has worked for years to lend aid to those in need and advance others in the industry.
That is evident from his pro bono distinction and Chadwick Constitutional Education Fellowship for Appellate Advocacy bestowed at graduation.
Today, as a partner at Heckler & Frabizzio, P.A. in Wilmington, Skolnik represents upward of 20 defense clients in workers’ compensation cases annually while managing a team of nine attorneys and staff members. He’s litigated multiple successful appeals before the Delaware Superior Court and Delaware Supreme Court.
Outside of the courtroom, Skolnik has coached the Mount Pleasant High School mock trial team for more than six years, teaching teens how to approach building a case, framing an argument and examining witnesses. In 2018, his team finished third in the statewide competition.
With the pandemic upending his team’s traditional preparations last year, they adapted to an online format that allowed for more one-on-one tutoring with students. Their team was named the winner of the Delaware Way Award, which is awarded by opponents to the team that is deemed best at exemplifying the competition’s purposes, civility, and fair play.
Skolnik also helps other rising workers’ compensation lawyers through the Randy J. Holland Inn of Court, a professional group that mentors lawyers in an informal setting where they can ask questions they may be too scared to in a competitive law firm environment.
When he’s not in the courtroom or mentoring aspiring lawyers, Skolnick can be found biking or running half marathons around the region. He also loves cooking, and generally mans the kitchen for large family meals.