Workers Comp

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


Summary

Workers’ Compensation 2016:

USING THE FORCE IN WORKERS’ COMP
Chairpersons: Kathryn Potvin & Elizabeth LePley
Thursday, May 5, 2016, Westin Hotel, Seattle
6.5 Total CLE Credits Approved (6.0 Law & Legal, plus 0.5 Ethics)
WSBA Live Activity ID# 1005175, WSBA A/V ID# 1005176

8:20-8:30 Welcome & Introductions
Kathryn Potvin, Seminar Co-chair, Putnam Lieb Potvin, Olympia
Elizabeth LePley, Seminar Co-chair, Nelson Blair Langer Engle, Seattle
8:30-9:00 Galactic Update: Legislative Session and Beyond
Michael Temple, WSAJ Government Affairs Counsel, Olympia
9:00-9:30 Patience You Must Have: Appellate Update
William Hochberg, Law Office Of William D. Hochberg, Edmonds
9:30-10:00 The Dark Side Clouds Everything: AMA Guides to Causation
Brian Wright, Causey Law Firm, Seattle
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Do or Do Not, There is No Try: Winning Your Case in Voir Dire
Karen Koehler, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan, Seattle
11:00-12:00 Use your Lightsaber: How to Make an Effective Request for Penalties
Sheryl Whitcomb, Penalty Adjudicator, Department of Labor and Industries
12:00-12:30 Lunch (box lunches included)
12:30-1:00 Fear is the Path to the Dark side: DSM V Update
Doug Palmer, Busick Hamrick Palmer, Vancouver
1:00-1:30 Unlearn What You have Learned: Change in the Vocational Process
Anne Kemerer Jones, M.ED., CRC, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant,
Strategic and Great Northern Consulting, Inc., Seattle
1:30-2:00 How to Know the Good from the Bad: Best and Worst Ergonomic Accommodations
Katherine Mason, Law Offices of K.L. Mason, Seattle
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:00 Hard to See, the Dark Side Is: Looking Ahead with the MPN and COHE’s.
Elizabeth LePley
3:00-3:30 You Will Know the Good from the Bad: Strategies in Claim Suppression and Fraud.
Dustin Dailey, Putnam Lieb Potvin, Olympia
3:30-4:00 I Sense a Trap: Ethics Panel Discussions
Moderator: Kathryn Potvin
Panelists: Kathy Comfort,Small, Snell, Weiss & Comfort, Tacoma
Katherine Mason
Elizabeth LePley

Presenters
Elizabeth Lepley
Elizabeth LePley is an Associate Attorney at Lehmbecker Law Firm in Bellevue, Washington. Ms. LePley has an extensive law background with expertise in numerous areas including workers' compensation, personal injury and ERISA, plus additional...More
Kathryn N. Potvin
Kathryn obtained a B.A. in Business Administration from California Lutheran University in 1995 then her law degree from Arizona State University in 1999. After an externship with the Chief Justice of the US District Court in the District of Nevada,...More
Michael E. Temple
Michael Temple has worked in and around the Washington State Legislature since 1979. He served as Attorney to the Speaker of the House and later as Counsel to the Senate Majority Leader. Mr. Temple first represented WSAJ as a lobbyist after tort...More
William D. Hochberg
William D. Hochberg, the managing partner at Hochberg & Hamar, leads a group of dedicated attorneys and staff in Edmonds, Washington. Mr. Hochberg limits his practice to Washington State and Longshore workers' compensation, personal injury, and...More
Brian Michael Wright
Brian Wright is an attorney at Causey Wright, P.S. 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 addenda. Brian took...More
Karen K. Koehler
Partner - Stritmatter Kessler Whelan
Karen Koehler is a partner with the Stritmatter Kessler Whelan law firm. This is her 30th year in practice.

For nine years Karen was an insurance defense lawyer. She worked for three years with Tom Chambers, her mentor in the practice of...More

Sheryl A. Whitcomb
Sheryl has been with the Department of Labor and Industries for almost 22years. Prior to joining Labor and Industries, she worked in various areas of the medical field. She joined the department in October of 1994 and worked as a Workers’...More
Doug M. Palmer
DIf you don't know who Doug Palmer is, then you aren't subscribed to the WSAJ Workers Compensation list serve. Why aren’t you subscribed to the WSAJ Workers Compensation list serve? Regardless, he is a partner at Busick Hamrick Palmer, PLLC and has...More
Anne Kemerer Jones, M.Ed., CRC
Anne Kemerer Jones, M.Ed., CRC, ABVE/D has been practicing as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant and Case Manager since January, 1999. She provides vocational assessment and rehabilitation counseling services on behalf of individuals who have...More
Katherine L. Mason
Katherine L. Mason is an EAGLE member of WSAJ and serves on its Board of Governors, currently as the Second VP, Judicial Committee. She also serves on WSAJ’S Justice For All PAC. Katherine has been a member of various WSAJ taskforces and committees,...More
Dustin J. Dailey
Dustin J. Dailey is a 2007 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. He began his legal career with the Washington State Attorney General's Office, representing the Department of Labor and Industries in worker compensation and WISHA...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

May 5, 2016


Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Galactic Update: Legislative Session and Beyond - Video
  • Patience You Must Have: Appellate Update - Video
  • The Dark Side Clouds Everything: AMA Guides to Causation - Video
  • Do or Do Not, There is No Try: Winning Your Case in Voir Dire - Video
  • Use your Lightsaber: How to Make an Effective Request for Penalties - Video
  • Fear is the Path to the Dark side: DSM V Update - Video
  • Unlearn What You have Learned: Change in the Vocational Process - Video
  • How to Know the Good from the Bad: Best and Worst Ergonomic Accommodations - Video
  • Hard to See, the Dark Side Is: Looking Ahead with the MPN and COHE’s. - Video
  • You Will Know the Good from the Bad: Strategies in Claim Suppression and Fraud. - Video
  • I Sense a Trap: Ethics Panel Discussions - Video
  • Workers Comp - Paper

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