The Grand Consensus: New Ways Forward

1:15 – 2:15 pm

Grand Ballroom 8A
Convention Level

Representing a variety of stakeholders, our highly informed panelists first present a super-survey culled from other prominent national “summits.” Adding their considerable insight, they point out the contours of an emerging consensus on how tomorrow’s workers’ compensation programs are likely to look as we move deeper into the 21st century. With distinct and varied viewpoints, the presentation is steeped in historical perspective: “Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.” The 1972 National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws Report, now almost 50 years old, was both praised and scorned: was it a missed opportunity that might have saved a lot of trouble? Or does it offer little that is useful today? Our presentation is a virtual report card on workers’ compensation, with the “needs improvement” comment section detailed. Change is inevitable. Attendees will come away from this powerful feature presentation with a better handle on what’s next.

Welcome and Introductions
Co-Chairs and Moderators, National Workers’ Compensation Review (NWCR)
William E. Pipkin, Jr.
Austill, Lewis, Pipkin & Maddox
Mobile, AL

James M. Anderson
Anderson Crawley & Burke
Jackson, MS

H. George Kagan
H. George Kagan, PA
Gulf Stream, FL

David Langham
Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims
Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims
Pensacola, FL

Kip A. Kuban
Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP
Overland Park, KS

Alan S. Pierce
Pierce, Pierce and Napolitano
Salem, MA

Julie Fortune, Attorney
Chief Claim Officer
Arrowpoint Capitol
Charlotte, NC


View All Sessions