Workers' Compensation 2017: Making Workers' Comp Great Again

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


Workers’ Compensation 2017:
Chairpersons: Kathryn Potvin & Brian Wright
Wednesday, May 4, 2017, Motif Hotel, Seattle
6.25 Law & Legal Credits
0.75 Ethics Credits
8:20-8:30 Welcome & Introductions
Kathryn Potvin, Seminar Co-chair, Olympia Attorney
Brian Wright, Seminar Co-chair, Seattle Attorney
8:30-9:00 The Resistance – It’s A Marathon: Legislative Update
Michael Temple, Olympia Attorney
9:00-9:45 Bigly Updates: Legal Updates
William Hochberg, Edmonds Attorney
9:45-10:15 Practice Pointers: Birrueta - How it can be used against us and how can we use
it to our benefit
David Lauman, Tacoma Attorney
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 AMA Causation Guides: Repetitive Strain Injuries
Brian Wright, Seattle Attorney
11:15-12:00 Claim Retaliation/Claim Suppression
Hardeep Rekhi, Seattle Attorney
12:00-12:30 Lunch (box lunches included)
12:30-1:15 Constitutional Changes about Workers’ Comp Around the Country: And the
Future of Workers’ Comp
Amie Peters, Edmonds Attorney
1:15-2:00 VDRO Disputes
Debra Hatzialexiou, Olympia Attorney
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-2:45 Medicare Set Asides
Amanda Peters, Edmonds Attorney
2:45-3:15 Getting PPD in ONE Case and TPD in Another
Grady Martin, Seattle Attorney
3:15-3:45 BIIA Prima Facie Case
Mark Jaffe, Seattle Attorney
3:45-4:30 Ethics Panel Discussions
Moderator: Kathryn Potvin, Olympia Attorney
Panelists: Jane Dale Seattle Attorney, Doug Palmer, Vancouver Attorney,
Robert Silber, Seattle Attorney, Brian Wright, Seattle Attorney

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 for some time. 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
David W. Lauman
For more than 20 years, David Lauman has been helping injured workers receive the full benefits theydeserve. He was named a “Rising Star” by Washington Law and Politics magazine in 2005 and 2009. Inaddition to his workers’ compensation practice,...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
Hardeep S. Rekhi
Hardeep Singh Rekhi is an owner and partner of Rekhi & Wolk, P.S. His practice focuses onimmigration, individual employee rights as well as class action wage and hour litigation. He is anEAGLE member and a member of the WSAJ Board of Governors....More
Amie C. Peters
Amie C. Peters is the founding member of Blue Water Legal PLLC, an Edmonds, Washington plaintiff’s firm dedicated to helping injured workers with claims under the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act & Defense Base Act. She is admitted to...More
Debra Hatzialexiou
Debra Hatzialexiou has been the Legal Services Program Manager at the Department of Labor &Industries since 2009. Her program includes claim appeals, third party recovery, claim resolutionstructured settlement and the vocational dispute...More
Amanda E. Peters
Amanda E. Peters is an attorney at Blue Water Legal PLLC, an Edmonds, Washington plaintiff’s firmdedicated to helping injured workers with claims under the Longshore & Harbor Workers' CompensationAct, Defense Base Act and Jones Act. She is...More
Grady B. Martin
Grady B. Martin has spent his entire career as an attorney helping injured workers and their families.Before going to law school, he served as Assistant Director of Forensics (speech and debate) at WesternWashington University. He attended the...More
Mark Jaffe
Mark Jaffe is currently an Assistant Chief Industrial Appeals Judge in the Board of Industrial Appeal'sSeattle office. He has been with the Board for 29 years as a hearing, mediation and review judge. Heattended DePaul University Law School in...More
Jane Dale
Jane Dale is a litigation attorney who practiced in a variety of legal areas before finding her passion in workers’ compensation. Jane has since been working and litigating in the area of workers’ compensation, joining the Causey Wright team in 2014....More
Doug M. Palmer
Doug Palmer is your fearless Section Leader. Some people say that he has been the greatest leader ever. Those who say his time as leader will be over soon are merely leading a witch hunt and reporting fake news. In addition to leading without fear,...More
Robert A. Silber
Mr. Silber is an attorney at Staton Silber, P.S. a firm in north Seattle focused exclusively on representing people injured on the job. Previously, Mr. Silber was an associate attorney for twelve years with a Seattle workers’ compensation firm where...More

Originally Published

May 4, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • The Resistance – It’s A Marathon: Legislative Update - Video
  • Bigly Updates: Legal Updates - Video
  • Practice Pointers: Birrueta - How it can be used against us and how can we use it to our benefit - Video
  • AMA Causation Guides: Repetitive Strain Injuries - Video
  • Claim Retaliation/Claim Suppression - Video
  • Constitutional Changes about Workers’ Comp Around the Country: And the Future of Workers’ Comp - Video
  • VDRO Disputes - Video
  • Medicare Set Asides - Video
  • Getting PPD in ONE Case and TPD in Another - Video
  • BIIA Prima Facie Case - Video
  • Ethics Panel Discussions - Video
  • Workers' Compensation 2017 - Paper

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