Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Breakout for Attorneys

8:00 – 8:45 am    
Alumni Breakfast

Florida State University, College of Law
Hall of Cities - Boston
Convention Level
    
9:30 – 4:15 pm    
Crystal Ballroom M                     
Convention Level
(Entrance to J2)
    
Program Director:
Geoffrey Bichler, Attorney
Bichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC
Maitland, FL
    
Program Moderator:
Paolo Longo, Attorney
Bichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC
Maitland, FL
    
9:30 – 11:00 am    
Grand Bargain or Contract of Adhesion: The Ongoing Debate Over Benefit Adequacy, Procedural Efficacy, and Blanket Immunity in Workers’ Compensation 

    
This Breakout for Attorneys session is a joint undertaking with the Breakout for National Workers’ Compensation Review.

Moderator:
Paolo Longo, Attorney
Bichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC
Maitland, FL
    
Panel:
Michael C. Duff
Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Wyoming College of Law
Laramie, WY
    
Honorable David J. Langham, Deputy Chief 
Judge
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Tallahassee, FL
    
Robert H. Wilson
President
WorkersCompensation.com
Sarasota, FL
    
H. George Kagan, Attorney
MKRS Law
West Palm Beach, FL

This breakout will explore the national debate over the current state of workers’ compensation law with a focus on “The Grand Bargain,” the implicit requirement of benefit adequacy and employer immunity. The panel will discuss court decisions nationwide finding state statutes unconstitutional. Our remarkable panel includes: the preeminent workers’ compensation scholar Professor Michael Duff; Bob Wilson of Workerscompensation.com and “Cluttered Desk” fame; legendary voice of the defense bar George Kagan; and Deputy Chief Judge of the Florida Office of Compensation Claims, David Langham. The panel will discuss what they consider to be the minimal requirements for a workers’ compensation act to pass constitutional muster as an exclusive remedy. Don’t miss this one! 
    
11:00 – 11:15 am    
Break
    
11:15 – 12:15 pm    
Strategy Session: Hot Topics

    
Moderator:
Stuart F. Suskin, Attorney and 
State Mediator
Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims
Gainesville, FL
    
Panel:
William H. Rogner, Attorney
Hurley, Rogner, Miller, Cox & Waranch, PA
Winter Park, FL
    
Michael J. Winer, Attorney
Law Offices of Michael J. Winer
Tampa, FL
    
Glen D. Wieland, Attorney
Wieland, Hilado & DeLattre, PA
Orlando, FL
    
Dawn R. Traverso, Attorney
Eraclides, Gelman, Hall, Indek, Goodman, Waters & Traverso
Miami, FL

Employing a bipartisan panel, this presentation will discuss the current state of workers’ compensation law. An informative and lively session which will include adaptations necessary for a thriving practice to continue to grow in the ever-transforming field of workers’ compensation.

12:15 – 2:15 pm    
Lunch (on your own)

Purchase lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Visit the “Comp Time” Diner... grab & go, or sit and network with clients and exhibitors!
    
2:15 – 3:15 pm    
The Workers’ Compensation Practice From The Judicial Perspective

Moderator:
Honorable Stephen L. Rosen
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
St. Petersburg, FL
    
Panel:
Honorable Thomas Hedler
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
West Palm Beach, FL
    
Honorable Keef F. Owens
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Port St. Lucie, FL
    
Honorable Frank Clark
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Fort Myers, FL
    
Honorable Jonathan E. Walker
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Panama City, FL
    
Honorable Gregory Johnsen
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
West Palm Beach, FL

Our session will be an open discussion with an illustrious panel of judges regarding the most recent matters confronting attorneys and judges. While the judges are unable to provide advisory opinions, they can offer advice to practitioners on presenting certain issues using procedural correctness and admissible evidence during a hearing.
    
3:15 – 4:15 pm    
Focus on Ethics And Professionalism

Moderator:
Jason L. Fox, Attorney
Bichler, Oliver, Longo & Fox, PLLC
Maitland, FL
    
Panel:
Honorable Neal Pitts
Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Orlando, FL
    
Frank C. Wesighan, Attorney
Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton, PA
Orlando, FL
    
Scott P. Williams, Attorney
Law Office of Scott P. Williams, PA
Orlando, FL
    
James B. Birmingham, Attorney
Fulmer, LeRoy, Albee, PLLC
Orlando, FL

A learned panel of practicing attorneys and a sitting judge will discuss the principles of conduct required of all members of the legal profession. Panelists will provide solutions for some of today’s ethical dilemmas employing professional responsibility.