Out of the Box Workers' Comp

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


Summary

8:20-8:30 Welcome & Introduction
Elizabeth LePley, Seminar Co-chair, Bellevue Attorney
Mark Wagner, Seminar Co-chair, Tacoma Attorney
8:30- 8:50 Losing the Paper! E-filing at the BIIA
Frank Fennerty, Labor Member, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
8:55-9:20 Back by Popular Demand - Hochberg's Appellate Update
Bill Hochberg, Edmonds Attorney
9:20-9:40 Update from the Department
Vickie Kennedy, Assistant Director for Insurance Services, Department of Labor and Industries
9:40-10:10 Legislative Update.
Larry Shannon, WSAJ Director of Government Affairs
Michael Temple, WSAJ Government Affairs Consultant
10:10-10:25 Break
10:25-10:55 Penalties: Am I Crazy or Crazy Like a Fox?
Douglas Palmer, Vancouver Attorney
10:55-11:25 Light Duty and Return to Work - "I'm going to be doing what?!
Strategy in Dealing with Light Duty Job Offers and the Significance of COHE's on Return to Work.
Christina Mach, Kent Attorney
11:25-12:00 Voc Changes and the Rise of Parking Lot Attendants: Non-community college programs, and parking lot cashiers, information gathering and the WC Database.
Katherine Mason, Seattle Attorney
12:15-12:45 Winning Your Case As Soon As You Can: Using MTG at the Board and in Depositions.
Brian Wright, Seattle Attorney
12:45-1:15 Handling Medical Witnesses that are Smarter Than We Are: Cross examination of IME and medical doctors at the Board.
Lee Thomas, Kent Attorney
1:15-2:00 Trying Our Cases in a Different Way.
Mark Wagner, Tacoma Attorney
2:00-2:45 Workers' Comp Ethics.
Moderator: Elizabeth LePley, Bellevue Attorney
Panelists: Kathy Comfort, Tacoma Attorney, and Katherine Mason, Seattle Attorney

Presenters
Elizabeth Lepley
Elizabeth LePley is an Associate Attorney at Nelson Blair Langer Engle in Seattle, Washington. She convinced the partners to allow her to work in a satellite office closer to her home in an office located in beautiful Snoqualmie. She makes the trek...More
Marc Wagner
Mark is a husband, father and Trial Lawyer. He lives with his family in Gig Harbor and has five children with four daughters and one son. In his spare time he loves getting outdoors with his family, bike riding and playing his guitars.

He...More

Frank Fennerty
Frank Fennerty has been the Labor Member of the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals since his appointment to the position in 1981 by Governor John Spellman. He was reappointed by Governor Booth Gardner in 1985 and 1989, by Governor Mike Lowry in...More
William D. Hochberg
WILLIAM D. HOCHBERG leads a group of dedicated attorneys and staff in Edmonds, Washington. Mr. Hochberg limits his practice to Washington State and Longshore workers' compensation, Social Security disability and personal injury cases. Mr. Hochberg...More
Victoria Kennedy
Vickie Kennedy is the Assistant Director for Insurance Services at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, managing one of the nation’s largest workers’ compensation insurers. She oversees approximately 1,000 employees involved with...More
Larry Shannon
LARRY SHANNON is the Government Affairs Director for the Washington State Association for Justice, and has held that role since 1994. He serves as director of all legislative, electoral, and public affairs activities of the organization. Previous to...More
Michael E. Temple
Michael Temple has worked in and around the Washington State Legislature since 1979. He served asAttorney to the Speaker of the House and later as Counsel to the Senate Majority Leader. Mr. Templefirst represented WSAJ as a lobbyist after tort...More
Douglas M. Palmer
Doug began practicing law in 2001 when he joined what is now the Pacific Northwest's third-largest workers' compensation defense law firm. He started representing employers and insurance companies in Oregon workers' compensation claims. In 2004, he...More
Christina Mach
Christina Mach is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (2003) and University of Washington School of Law (2007). Prior to joining Harpold Thomas, PC in 2013, she worked as a law clerk in the Snohomish County Superior Court and as an...More
Katherine L. Mason
Katherine L. Mason began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General's Office, representing the Department of Labor and Industries. From the AG's office, Katherine entered private practice, first doing...More
Brian Michael Wright
Brian Wright is an associate attorney at Causey Law Firm. He has been involved in workers’ compensation since 2005 when he began working for a (now defunct) independent medical examination firm assuring the quality of medical reports and...More
Lee Stewart Thomas
Lee practices exclusively in litigation involving injured workers and those injured through the negligence of others. He is regularly in hearings at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals trying cases against the Department of Labor & Industries...More
Kathryn C. Comfort
Kathy Comfort graduated from Walla Walla College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Minor in Journalism. She attended law school at the University of Puget Sound, graduating cum laude in 1989.

Ms. Comfort is a...More


Originally Published

June 11, 2015


Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Losing the Paper! E-filing at the BIIA - Video
  • Back by Popular Demand - Hochberg's Appellate Update - Video
  • Update from the Department - Video
  • Legislative Update - Video
  • Penalties: Am I Crazy or Crazy Like a Fox? - Video
  • Light Duty and Return to Work - "I'm going to be doing what?! - Video
  • Voc Changes and the Rise of Parking Lot Attendants: Non-community college programs, and parking lot cashiers, information gathering and the WC Database - Video
  • Winning Your Case As Soon As You Can: Using MTG at the Board and in Depositions. - Video
  • Handling Medical Witnesses that are Smarter Than We Are: Cross examination of IME and medical doctors at the Board. - Video
  • Trying Our Cases in a Different Way. - Video
  • Workers' Comp Ethics - Video
  • Out of the Box Workers' Comp Written Materials

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