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CHICAGO - Workers' Compensation Update - Fall 2019


Presented by the ISBA Workers’ Compensation Law Section

Monday, October 14, 2019
ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

5.50 hours MCLE credit, including 2.0* hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit in the following categories:
  • 1.0 Mental Health and Substance Abuse MCLE credit
  • 1.0 Professionalism, Civility, or Legal Ethics MCLE credit

Join us for this annual update that explores a number of key workers’ compensation issues. Labor/employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:
  • The medical definition of impairment;
  • The significant Appellate cases that have impacted the workers’ compensation practice throughout 2019; 
  • How to use or object to electronic evidence in your next case; 
  • How to classify employees and independent contractors in today’s remote work environment; 
  • When to refer a colleague in need; and 
  • How to identify and negotiate liens. 

Program Coordinator:
Anita M. DeCarlo , Ankin Law Office, LLC, Chicago

Program Moderators:
Howard H. Ankin , Ankin Law Office, LLC, Chicago (Chicago Program)
John B. Adams, Attorney at Law, Rochester, WI (O’Fallon Program)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Impairment and the Shifting Burden
This segment explores the medical definition and methodology of impairment, as well as the legal analysis of the shifting burden.
Dr. Jerrold Blair Leikin , Northshore University HealthSystem, Glenview (Chicago Program)
Michael A. Rom, Cullen, Haskins, Nicholson & Menchetti, P.C., Chicago (Chicago Program)
Joseph K. Guyette, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., Champaign (O’Fallon Program)
Dr. Michael Mullins, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (O’Fallon Program)

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Case Law Update
Don’t miss this discussion on the significant Appellate Court decisions from February-October 2019 that have impacted the workers’ compensation practice.
Howard H. Ankin, Ankin Law Office, LLC, Chicago (Chicago Program)
Kenneth F. Werts, Craig & Craig, Mt. Vernon (O’Fallon Program)

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break (beverages provided)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Electronic Evidence and Social Media*
Learn how to obtain, offer, and object to electronic evidence and social media during your next workers’ compensation case.
Candice E. Drew, Weidner & McAuliffe, Ltd., Chicago (Chicago Program)
Brent R. Eames, Eames Law Group, Ltd., Chicago (Chicago Program)
Deborah A. Benzing, Law Offices of Meachum Starck Boyle and Trafman, Chicago (O’Fallon Program)
Anita M. DeCarlo, Ankin Law Office, LLC, Chicago (O’Fallon Program)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Employee vs. Independent Contractor in the Modern World
This presentation discusses how to classify employees or independent contractors in today’s era of work-from-home and work “from the app.”
Markham M. Jeep, Jeep Jeep & Hauck P.C., Waukegan (Chicago Program)
Guy Spayth, Jr., Hennessy & Roach P.C., Chicago (Chicago Program)
Gerald W. Napleton, Ridge & Downes P.C., Chicago (O’Fallon Program)
Dennis S. O’Brien, Livingstone, Mueller, O’Brien & Davlin P.C., Springfield (O’Fallon Program)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Recognizing, Understanding, and Referring a Colleague in Need*
This segment shows you what to look for when facing a colleague in need – from how to recognize the signs, to understanding it, and knowing when to intervene.
Valee Salone, Lawyers’ Assistance Program (Chicago Program)
J. Nelson Wood, Lawyers’ Assistance Program (O’Fallon Program)

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Section 5(b) Liens and Subrogation
The program closes with an in-depth look at liens and subrogation, including how to identify, calculate, and negotiate the Section 5(b) liens.
Timothy J. O’Gorman, Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates, LLC, Chicago (Chicago Program)
T. Fritz Levenhagen, Levenhagen Law Firm, P.C., Swansea (O’Fallon Program)

Pricing Information

  • ISBA sponsoring section members get a $10 registration discount (which is automatically calculated in your cart when you log in to register).
  • An additional $15 fee is charged for live/onsite registrations that are received on or after Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Fees:
    • ISBA Member - $135
    • Non-Member - $290
    • New Attorney Member (within the first five years of practice) - $25
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval

October 14, 2019
Mon 9:00 AM CDT

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Duration 7H 0M

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