Continuing Legal Education

Advanced Workers’ Compensation – 2014 (CHICAGO)

February 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
5.75 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S Clark St, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Get the updates you need to practice with confidence with this full-day seminar that examines a broad spectrum of advanced workers’ compensation issues!

Join us for a discussion on the pitfalls to avoid throughout the Appellate process, how the Commission uses impairment ratings, and the ins-and-outs of a Section 12 examination, as well as a look at the updates to current case law. Labor/employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners with advanced levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • The deadlines for a proceeding before the Arbitrator and Commission;
  • How to apply the new AMA guidelines;
  • How to avoid dismissal by the Appellate Court for failing to perfect your appeal;
  • Interlocutory orders from the Commission and Circuit Court;
  • How a physician performs an impairment rating examination and how the impairment rating affects the permanency awards at the Commission;
  • The various ethical issues workers’ compensation attorneys may face; and
  • Much more!
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, Attorney at Law, Libertyville

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



9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Time Lines: From Trial to the Appellate Court
Do you know what the deadlines are for a proceeding before the Arbitrator? What about before the Commission?  Do you know how to move your case to the Circuit and Appellate Court? Join us for a better understanding of which deadlines are jurisdictional and may deprive the Arbitrator, the Commission, or the reviewing Court of the jurisdiction to hear your case.
Timothy S. McNally, Weidner & McAuliffe, Ltd., Chicago

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Avoiding Appellate “Pitfalls”: Interlocutory Orders, Final Orders and Other Things that May Doom Your Appeal
Learn how to perfect your appeal by avoiding common appellate pitfalls with this informative presentation. Topics include: knowing whether the Commission or Circuit Court’s order is appealable; understanding the “mailbox” rule and how it applies to workers’ compensation appeals; and knowing when to take your case to the next level.
Michelle L. LaFayette, Gana & Shapiro, P.C., Chicago

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Case Law Update
Back by popular demand! Get the updates you need to better understand the significant Appellate Court decisions that have impacted the workers’ compensation practice over the last year.
Lawrence A. Scordino, Attorney at Law, Chicago

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

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Ethics: How to Avoid an ARDC Complaint*
This in-depth discussion explores the various ethical issues you might face as a worker’s compensation practitioner, and offers tips and advice on how to avoid the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, as well as the procedures before the ARDC.
Jeffrey D. Corso, Cooney Corso & Moinihan LLC, Downers Grove

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

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  The Impairment Rating Examination
Don’t miss this opportunity to see a physician perform an impairment rating examination and then discuss how the findings on our “patient” become an Impairment Rating under the AMA Guidelines.
Dr. Jesse Butler, Spine Consultants, Park Ridge
Lawrence A. Scordino, Attorney at Law, Chicago

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Impairment Ratings at the Commission
Following a physician’s demonstration of an impairment examination, this segment addresses when an impairment rating is necessary, how it is used, and the effect it has on permanency awards at the Commission.
Shuaib A. Ahmed, Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, Chicago

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

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.  Section 12 Examinations: Petitioner’s and Respondent’s Approach
This panel presentation explores Section 12 examinations from both the Petitioner and Respondent’s perspective, including how the petitioner prepares the client and how the respondent approaches a Section 12 examination. The legal basis for a Section 12 examination, as well as what goes into the decision to secure a Section 12 examination, are discussed.
Deborah A. Benzing, Law Offices of Meachum, Starck & Boyle, Chicago
Michelle D. Porro, Presbrey & Associates, P.C., Aurora


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval