Continuing Legal Education

Advanced Workers’ Compensation – 2013 (CHICAGO)

February 18, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 2.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

James R Thompson Center
100 N. Randolph
Lower level - Auditorium
(map and directions)

This program is now closed for registration.
Due to security at the James R. Thompson Center,
walk-in registrations will NOT be accepted.

Stay abreast of the ever-changing workers’ compensation laws
and improve the outcome of your cases by attending this Law Ed program!

Get the updates you need to practice with confidence with this full-day seminar that examines a broad spectrum of workers’ compensation issues. Labor/employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners with advanced levels of practice experience will better understand:

  • what Justices and arbitrators look for in a case;
  • the recent cases affecting workers’ compensation law;
  • the ethical concerns that may arise throughout a workers’ compensation practice;
  • how the American Medical Association guidelines are applied; and
  • how the Illinois courts are handling vocational rehabilitation.
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


Program Coordinator:
John B. Adams, Roddy, Leahy, Guill & Zima, Ltd., Chicago

Program Moderators:
Michelle L. LaFayette, Ganan & Shapiro, P.C., Chicago

Please Note: Due to security at the James R. Thompson Center, walk-in registrations will not be accepted. Advanced registration for this location is required.



9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Judicial Corner*
This panel presentation discusses what arbitrators and Appellate Court Justices looks for in workers’ compensation cases.
Joann M. Fratianni, Arbitrator, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Lake Forest
Hon. William E. Holdridge, Third District Appellate Court, Peoria

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Case Law Update
Get the updates you need to better understand the recent cases that have affected the workers’ compensation practice.
Cameron B. Clark, Law Offices of Arnold G. Rubin, Ltd, Chicago

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Ethics*
Discover the various ethical issues you might face as a workers’ compensation practitioner and discuss how ethical behavior benefits both your client and your practice.
Gawain Charlton-Perrin, The Hanover Insurance Group, Itasca

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Medical: AMA Guidelines in an Examination
Join us for an exploration of the American Medical Association’s 6th edition guidelines and how they are applied in workers’ compensation examinations.
Dr. Jeffrey Coe, Occupational Medicine Associates of Chicago, Chicago

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  AMA Guidelines: How They Are Being Used at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
This segment examines how the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is using the American Medical Association guidelines in workers’ compensation cases.
Brad F. Bleakney, Bleakney & Troiani, Chicago

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Vocational Rehabilitation
Gain a better understanding on how vocational rehabilitation is being implemented at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission with this informative presentation.
Michelle L. LaFayette, Ganan & Shapiro, PC, Chicago
Christine M. Ory, Law Office of Christine M. Ory, P.C., Wheaton

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval