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5th Annual Workers' Compensation Institute

IICLE’s Fifth Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute will continue to assist you in taking your workers’ compensation practice to the next level! Sophisticated issues, such as vocational rehabilitation, rebuttable presumptions, third-party subrogation, and special considerations regarding settlement, will be covered. The unintended consequences of e-filing and ethical considerations facing the workers’ comp attorney will also be discussed. You won’t want to miss this terrific opportunity to network with Commissioners and Arbitrators and other workers’ comp attorneys!
  • Credits: 4 General, 0 Diversity/Inclusion PR, 0 MH/SA PR, 2.25 Other PR
  • Product ID: P9001-18U
  • Formats:
    • DVD
    • Webcast
    • Live Event


Thursday, March 1st – Chicago (UBS Tower) & Live Webcast

 Moderator: David M. Barish, Katz Friedman Eagle Eisenstein Johnson & Bareck, Chicago

*Petitioner's/Plaintiff's perspective
**Respondent's/Defense perspective

8:00 – 8:35           Registration

8:35 – 8:45           Welcoming Announcements

8:45 – 9:00           Opening remarks

9:00 – 9:45            Case Law Update
                              This session will provide a review of important recent Illinois Appellate Court cases that                                            significantly impact the practice. 
                               Arnold G. Rubin, Rubin Law Group, Ltd., Chicago

10:00 – 10:45        E-filing and Unintended Consequences
(0.5 Professional Responsibility)
The rules of workers’ compensation practice were amended to include e-filing. The speakers will focus on e-filing as it relates to the delivery of decisions to the parties and will also discuss when e-filing will take effect at the Commission for matters other than receipt of decisions.
                               Commissioner Michael Brennan, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chicago
                              Catherine Krenz Doan, Rubin Law Group, Ltd., Chicago*
                              Daniel R. Simones, Nyhan, Bambrick Kinzie & Lowry, Chicago**                                                   

10:45 – 11:45        Rebuttable Presumptions in Workers’ Compensation Practice
This session will focus on areas in the Workers’ Compensation Act where the concept of Rebuttable Presumption is applied; what does Rebuttable Presumption mean in cases involving heart attacks, utilization review or intoxication? The Simpson and Johnston cases will be employed to launch the discussion.
                              Justice William E. Holdridge, Third District Appellate Court of Illinois, Ottawa
                              Jack Cannon, Healy Scanlon Law Firm, Chicago*
                              Brian Koch, Wiedner & McAuliffe, Chicago**        

11:45 – 12:30         Lunch – Provided with your Tuition

12:30 –1:30           Special Considerations in Settlements
(0.5 Professional Responsibility)
This session will focus on drafting settlement contracts where disability pension, social security, child support, and other liens are involved.
                               Frank J. Bertuca, Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, Chicago*
                               Jennifer Danish, Bryant Legal Group, P.C., Chicago*
                               Elaine Newquist, Ganan & Shapiro, P.C., Chicago**

1:30 – 2:30          Third-Party Subrogation – Mediation of a Workers’ Compensation Claim and Third Party Case 
(0.5 Professional Responsibility)
This session will address very specific issues involving the Section 5 lien rights of the employer in connection with a pending third party case. How are these issues addressed in a global mediation?
                              Hon. F. Keith Brown (Ret.), ADR Systems, Chicago
                              James J. Nawrocki, Goldberg Weisman Cairo, Chicago*
                              David Wise, Burke, Wise, Morrissey & Kaveney, Chicago*
                              James Clune, Garofalo, Schreiber & Storm, Chtd., Chicago**                          
                              Bradford S. Purcell, Purcell & Wardrope Chtd., Chicago**

 2:30 – 2:45             Break

 2:45 – 3:45            Vocational Rehabilitation and its Impact on Permanent Total Disability Claims and Wage Loss Claims
The speakers will focus on the importance of testimony relating to vocational rehabilitation as it is employed by both Petitioners and Respondents in wage differential claims and Permanent Total Disability claims, focusing on odd-lot claims.                             
Arbitrator Stephen Friedman, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
                              Philip Bareck, Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, Chicago*
                              Joseph Basile, Attorney at Law, Chicago**
                              Steven Blumenthal, Blumenthal & Associates, LLC, Westchester

 3:45 – 4:30            Ethical Considerations for Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
                               (0.75 Professional Responsibility)
Myriad ethical dilemmas facing workers’ comp attorneys, including documentary evidence, ex-parte communications, interference with attorney/client relationship, Petrillo issues, fee disputes, receipt of decisions, communication with Arbitrators, filing of proposed decision, requested extensions, and no-shows will be discussed.
                               Francis J. Lynch, Wolter, Beeman, Lynch & Londrigan, Springfield*
                               Dennis O’Brien, Livingstone, Mueller, O’Brien & Davlin, P.C., Springfield**

4:30                       Adjourn

Dates & Locations

  • 3/1/2018 - Webcast


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