Continuing Legal Education

Workers' Compensation Update - Spring 2017 [Fairview Heights]

February 20, 2017
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)

Fairview Heights
Four Points by Sheraton
319 Fountains Parkway
(map and directions)


Update your knowledge on a number of advanced workers’ compensation issues with this full-day seminar. Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending this seminar will better understand:

  • How orthopedic injuries are diagnosed and treated in workers’ compensation claims;
  • The 2016 Appellate Court decisions that have impacted workers’ compensation law;
  • How to avoid ethical dilemmas in your practice;
  • How to present effective arguments before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission;
  • American Medical Association evaluations and how they’re used in court; and
  • Claims of retaliatory discharge.

Program Coordinator:
John B. Adams
, Attorney at Law, Wisconsin

Program Moderator:
Kenneth F. Werts
, Craig & Craig, Mt. Vernon


NOTE: Beginning in 2017, your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.



9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Diagnosis/Treatment of Orthopedic Injuries
This comprehensive overview explores the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries from the physician’s perspective regarding workers’ compensation claims.
Dr. Matthew Gornet, Orthopedic Center of St. Louis, Chesterfield, MO

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Case Law Update
This segment explores the significant Appellate Court decisions that have impacted the workers’ compensation practice over the last year.
Sandra K. Loeb, Spiros Law PC, Champaign

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

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Ethics: Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Practice*
Don’t miss this discussion on how to conduct your law practice and avoid unethical situations.
Michael P. Downey, Downey Law Group LLC, St. Louis

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

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Judicial Corner: Perfecting Your Case before the IWCC and the Appellate Court
This panel presentation uses the perspective of Appellate Court Justices and members from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to discuss how to present effective arguments to the court.
Hon. Thomas M. Harris, Appellate Court, Fourth District, Lincoln
Stephen Mathis, Commissioner, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chicago

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  Usage of AMA Evaluations at the IWCC and Reviewing Courts
Join us for a look at how the American Medical Association evaluations are used at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and appellate court.
Joseph K. Guyette, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, Urbana

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Retaliatory Discharge Claims
Learn how to advise your clients on claims of retaliatory discharge with this informative segment.
Robert C. Nelson, Nelson & Nelson, Belleville



*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval