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August 02, 2021

Workers' Compensation Compliance Crusher: 2021 Update on Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation Practice

Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section

FRIDAY 8/20/2021
12:30 - 4:45 p.m. (includes a break)
Login link and materials will be provided electronically late the morning of the program.
4 SUB CLE credit

Presenters LIVE via WEBCAST

This program offers practical updates and tips for the most seasoned workers’ compensation attorneys, paralegals, and judges and is a must attend for those just starting out! This half-day educational program will focus on relevant issues, recent developments, case law and hot topics in workers’ compensation practice.

Panelists will offer guidance on a wide range of topics that include:

Lawyering with Littles: The Work/Life Balance Approach

This CLE session will focus on the realities and challenges of being a successful lawyer and litigator with children. The speakers will share tips and advice on how to balance being a parent and a lawyer in today’s world. They will discuss topics which include dealing with work stress and at-home, strategies for discussing and setting realistic expectations for your partner and children, and suggestions for how to deal with those dreaded child sick days! Speakers will address lawyer/parent challenges that so many of us face on a daily basis.


Jody Joy, Esq., Spivack & Spivack, LLP, Philadelphia
Valerie H. Lieberman, Esq., Partner, Naulty, Scaricamazza & and McDevitt, LLC, Media

What Constitutes a Reasonable Investigation?

What constitutes employer and/or insurer’s “reasonable investigation” in a workers' compensation case? Should such an investigation or lack thereof be considered for purposes of unreasonable contest and/or penalties? What discovery is relevant and competent? When is the testimony of the adjuster necessary? This CLE session will delve into the rules and case law applicable to this current hot topic.


Paul M. Fires, Esq., Partner, Firm Chair Emeritus, Co-Chair of the Workers' Compensation Group Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP, Philadelphia
Samuel H. Pond, Esq., Managing Partner, Pond Lehocky Giordano LLP, Philadelphia


Hon. Sandra Craig, Judge, Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication, Philadelphia

Emotional Intelligence: The Art of Friendly Persuasion

This CLE session will focus on how emotional intelligence has become an integral part of the practice of workers' compensation. The speakers will discuss how emotional intelligence is used in all aspects of the practice, from interacting with clients, opposing counsel, judges, mediators, and vendors. The speakers will also discuss how emotional intelligence is a necessary skill for presenting testimony and brief writing.


Jeffrey S. Gross, Esq., Founding Partner, Gross & Kenny, LLP, Philadelphia

Robin M. Romano, Esq., Shareholder, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C., Philadelphia


Hon. Audrey Timm, Judge, Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication, Philadelphia

Medical Marijuana: When the Smoke Clears

This CLE session will address the evolving use of medicinal marijuana within the workplace and its use as an alternative to limit the use of opioids. The speakers will examine who can use medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, how access to medical marijuana can be obtained, and the employer/carrier’s obligation to pay for same.


Jenifer Dana Kaufman, Esq., Kaufman Workers' Compensation Law, Philadelphia

Additional panelist may be added.

Don’t be fooled by other programs, this is the only program for comprehensive direction on Workers’ Compensation matters. Join us for a face-paced, in-depth afternoon on the hottest workers’ compensation issues and gain the strategies, background, and confidence you need to successfully handle cases in your practice!



Philadelphia Bar Association

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