Continuing Legal Education

Workers' Compensation Update - Spring 2018

February 19, 2018
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)
Presented by Workers' Compensation Law

The Regency Conference Center
400 Regency Park
(map and directions)

Update your knowledge on a number of important 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, evaluated, and treated in workers’ compensation claims;
  • The 2017 Appellate Court decisions that have impacted workers’ compensation law;
  • How to avoid ethical dilemmas in your practice;
  • How to present effective oral arguments before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission;
  • Integrating Medicare and Workers’ Compensation Benefits; and
  • How status as employee or independent contractor can affect employment benefits and liability. 

Program Coordinator:

John B. Adams
, Attorney at Law, Rochester, WI

Program Moderator:

Kenneth F. Werts, Craig & Craig, Mt. Vernon


NOTE: 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, Evaluation, and Treatment of Orthopedic Injuries
This comprehensive overview explores the diagnosis, evaluation, 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 discusses the significant Appellate Court decisions in 2017 that have impacted the workers’ compensation practice. 
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 Ethical Problems*
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.  Oral Arguments before the Commission and the Appellate Court
This panel presentation offers the perspectives 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 – 3:00 p.m.  Integrating Medicare and Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Join us for a look at the practical aspects of dealing with Medicare in the handling of workers’ compensation claims.   

Bradford J. Peterson, Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen P.C., Champaign

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

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Issue of Employee or Independent Contractor
Learn how employment status can affect issues in workers’ compensation cases, including employment benefits, liability, and more.

Timothy C. Steil, Ganan & Shapiro, P.C., Peoria