Continuing Legal Education

Workers' Compensation Update - Spring 2017 [Chicago]

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)

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(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/Moderator:
John B. Adams
, Attorney at Law, Wisconsin


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. Ashraf Darwish, Hinsdale Orthopedic, Western Springs

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.
Deborah A. Benzing, Law Offices of Meachum Starck Boyle and Trafman, Chicago

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.
Amir Tahmassebi, Konicek & Dillon, Geneva

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. William E. Holdridge, Appellate Court, Third District, Farmington
Michael J. Brennan, 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.
David B. Menchetti, Cullen Haskins Nicholson & Menchetti, Chicago

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.
Mitchell A. Kline, Attorney at Law, Chicago



*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval