Continuing Legal Education

Advanced Workers’ Compensation – Fall 2015 [CHICAGO]

October 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Update your knowledge on recent Appellate Court decisions, AMA examinations, and the compensability of psychological injuries with this advanced-level workers’ compensation seminar! Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending this seminar will better understand:

  • How Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare Set Asides interact with workers’ compensation claims;
  • Recent Appellate Court decisions that have affected the workers’ compensation practice;
  • The ethical pitfalls you need to be aware of during your next workers’ compensation case;
  • The physician’s perspective on AMA examination guidelines;
  • The economics of running a law practice, including 401k’s; 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, Rochester, WI

Program Moderators:
Carol A. Hartline
, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Rockford



9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Interaction of Social Security, Medicare, Medicare Set Asides, and Workers’ Compensation
Gain a better understanding of how Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare Set Asides interact during a workers’ compensation claim with this informative presentation.
Robert J. Finley, Hinshaw & Culbertson, Chicago

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Case Law Update
Join us for a brief overview of significant Appellate Court decisions from the past year that have impacted the workers’ compensation practice.
Kenneth F. Werts, Craig and Craig, LLC, Mt. Vernon

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

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Your Law Practice*
Discover the ethical pitfalls that you need to avoid during your next workers’ compensation case to help you stay out of trouble with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
Thomas W. Dillon, Konicek & Dillon, Geneva

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

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  AMA Examinations: The Physician’s Perspective
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the American Medical Association’s guidelines regarding examinations from the perspective of an orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Jesse Butler, Spine Consultants, LLC, Park Ridge

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Law Firm Economics: 401k’s and Beyond
Get the information you need on law office economics, including 401k’s.
James Reinhart, Reinhart Financial Group, Oakbrook Terrace

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Compensability of Psychological Injuries
This segment discusses Illinois’ compensability laws regarding psychological injury claims in workers’ compensation cases.
Robert C. Nelson, Nelson & Nelson, Belleville


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval