Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Breakout on Longshore and Harbor Workers Act, Jones Act, and Defense Base Act (Day 1)

1:00 – 3:30 pm    
Grand Ballrooms 11 & 12
Convention Level

(Day 2 of this program is on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 beginning at 8:30 am in Grand Ballroom 8A.)
    
Program Moderator:
Robert L. Bamdas, Attorney
Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier, PLLC
Boca Raton, FL
    
1:00 – 2:20 pm    
Tract One Topic I                     
Judges and Attorneys Breakout 

Grand Ballroom 11
Convention Level

Handout
    
Moderator:
Limor BenMaier, Attorney 
Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier, PLLC
Houston, TX 
    
Panel: 
Honorable Paul Almanza 
Associate Chief Judge
U.S. Department of Labor
Washington, DC
    
HonorableTracy Allen Daly 
Judge
U.S. Department of Labor
Covington, LA 
    
Jon Robinson, Attorney
Strongpoint Law Firm, LLC
Mandeville, LA
    
Raymond Warns, Attorney
Holmes, Weddle and Barcott, PS
Seattle, WA

This session is designed to place practitioners and judges together in an informal setting to discuss both procedural and substantive practice before the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from the transfer of the file from the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, through discovery, and hearing. A special examination of the mediation judge protocol will also be discussed and contrasted to private mediation. 

1:00 – 2:20 pm        
Tract Two Topic I                     
Adjusters, Employers and the OWCP Breakout 

Grand Ballroom 12
Convention Level 

Handout
Handout - Forms

Panel: 
Kristina Hall
District Director for the 6th District
U.S. Department of Labor
Jacksonville, FL 
    
Paul M. Doolittle, Attorney 
Paul M. Doolittle, PA
Jacksonville, FL 
    
Christopher “Bo” Boyd, Attorney
Taylor, Day, Grimm & Boyd
Jacksonville, FL 

This session will focus on the substantive and procedural requirements placed on the claims professional for practice before the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP). Director Hall will discuss filing requirements and best practices from filing the LS-202 through the informal conference, while the attorneys on the panel will address legal procedure and potential pitfalls for the unwary. 
    
2:20 – 2:30 pm    
Break
    
2:30 – 3:30 pm    
Combined Topic II                    
War Hazard Reimbursement 

Grand Ballroom 11 & 12
Convention Level

Handout
    
Panel: 
Billy Frey, Attorney
Thomas, Quinn & Krieger, LLP
Houston, TX 
    
Keith Flicker, Attorney
Flicker, Garelick & Associates, LLP
New York, NY

Kimberly Lessa
Supervisor Workers Compensation Claims Examiner
U. S. Department of Labor
Jacksonville, FL 

This panel will address the ever-changing policies and procedures affecting War Hazard Compensation Act (WHCA) claims. Two frontline practitioners will provide their take on all aspects of a WHCA claim. What is the best way to resolve a Defense Base Act claim that has a WHCA component? How does the Division of Federal Employees Compensation review a WHCA claim? What evidence is required in a successful WHCA reimbursement application? What is needed to get direct payment? Our practitioners will address these topics and more.