Total Credits: 6.75 General
Join your friends and colleagues for this annual can’t-miss seminar. Our faculty of experienced practitioners and experts will update you on the latest developments, analysis, and practice tips in workers’ compensation law that are significant for you and your clients.
Reviews from our last update:
Practical and substantive analysis of workers’ comp issues
Fun, entertaining and informative
Very on-point and relevant to the practice
Friday, September 18, 2015
Ambridge Event Center
1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97232
6.75 General or Practical Skills MCLE Credits
8:00 a.m. Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:25 Welcome and introductions
– H. Thomas Andersen
8:30–9:30 The Pohrman Case– Jerald P. Keene
– Julene M. Quinn
9:30–10:30 2014-2015 – A Year to Review
• Appellate Court Cases
• Workers’ Compensation Board Cases
– Edward J. Harri
– Betsy Wosko
10:30–10:45 Networking Break
10:45–11:30 Making Sausage in 2015 – A Legislative Update
• Changes on how and when attorney fees are awarded
• Changes to who may challenge a Notice of Closure
• Changes on time lines for filing a claim
– Christopher D. Moore
11:30–12:00 What’s New on the Administrative Front
• News from the Board
• Review of rule changes
– Holly J. Somers
12:00–1:15 lunch (on your own)
1:15–2:15 The Future of Workers’ Compensation – Will the Force Be With You?
• Where we came from: Workers’ Comp in the “T” (Traditional) world
• Where we are: Workers’ Comp in the “I” (Internet) virtual world
• Where are we headed: Workers’ Comp in the “R” (Should become subject workers?)
– Robert J. Guarrasi
– Larry D. Schucht
2:15–3:15 Effective Use of Paralegals in a Claimant’s Workers’ Compensation Practice
• Benefits and disadvantages
• Best practices and techniques
• Paralegal contributions in Vocational Disputes, Average Weekly Wage calculations, Permanent Disability evaluations, and preparing for hearing
– Philip H. Garrow
– Michael Graham
– Curtis Montgomery
– Rebecca A. Watkins
3:15–3:30 Networking Break
3:30–4:30 “The [PPD Rating Standards] They Are a Changin’” – New OARs as a Result of Brown and Schleiss
• New OARs walkthrough: A brief tour of the most relevant and noteworthy rule revisions
• Case law update: A review of Stryker, Yekel, a sampling of Hearings Division O&Os, and whatever else might come along relevant to the rule changes
• Report from the frontlines: The ARU’s Lead Worker highlights the most recent processing and rating trends related to the new OARs
– Ryan S. Delatorre
– Jennifer Millemann
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
H. Thomas Andersen
Attorney at Law
Ryan S. Delatorre
Workers’ Compensation Division
Philip H. Garrow
Philip H. Garrow LLC
Philip H. Garrow LLC
Robert J. Guarrasi
Attorney at Law
Edward J. Harri
Willamette University College of Law
Jerald P. Keene
Oregon Workers’ Comp Institute LLC
Workers’ Compensation Division
Christopher D. Moore
Moore & Jensen
Sather Byerly & Holloway LLP
Julene M. Quinn
Julene M. Quinn LLC
Larry D. Schucht
Holly J. Somers
Workers’ Compensation Board
Rebecca A. Watkins
Sather Byerly & Holloway LLP
Welch Bruun & Green
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H. Thomas Andersen, Attorney at Law and City Councilor, Salem; B.A., with high honors, University of Illinois (1972); J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (1976); member of the Vermont State Bar since 1977 and the Oregon State Bar since 1979; solo workers’ compensation practice emphasizes representing insurers, TPA’s, and self-insured employers; member, Oregon Law Institute Board of Directors; former trial counsel for SAIF Corporation; former partner at Speer, Jones, and Andersen (now Speer Hoyt LLC) and of Counsel, Garrett, Hemann, Robertson; frequent speaker for OLI, SAIF, and WCD; father and father-in-law of Oregon State Bar members.
Ryan S. Delatorre, Legal Issues Coordinator, Workers’ Compensation Division, Consumer & Business Services, Salem; B.A., University of Southern California (2005); J.D., Lewis and Clark Law School (2012); member of the California State Bar since 2012 (inactive); provides analytical support to each of WCD’s program areas and coordinates the resolution of legal issues with Oregon DOJ; coordinated the Division’s Schleiss and Brown implementation process and drafted the new OARs; former Resolution Policy Analyst, Workers’ Compensation Division, Consumer & Business Services (2014).
Matthew M. Fisher, Partner, Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, Portland; B.A., Willamette University (1993); J.D., Willamette University College of Law (2003); member of the Oregon State Bar since 2003; admitted to practice, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon; practice devoted to working with employers, insurers, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers in complex workers’ compensation defense litigation under the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Act, and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, also providing guidance and advice to claims professionals in complex claims and regulatory concerns, with emphasis on appropriate resolution and reduction of litigation costs; current Executive Committee member and former Chair (2010), OSB Workers’ Compensation Section; mentor attorney, Oregon Workers’ Compensation Institute; author and frequent presenter on topics related to his practice.
Philip H. Garrow, Philip H. Garrow LLC, Bend; B.A., Portland State University (1980); J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (1983); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1983; practice focuses on workers’ compensation and social security disability cases; member, Oregon State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section (1983–present), and Local Professional Responsibility Committee; past chair, Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee; past member and chair, OSB Client Security Fund.
Michael Graham, Paralegal (1989–present), Philip H. Garrow LLC, Bend; B.A., 1969; M.A., 1970; areas of expertise include evaluating claims for permanent disability and assisting workers in obtaining vocational services; former Vocational Counselor, Cooley & Associates, and Cascade Rehabilitation Counseling (1985–1989); former Claims Examiner and Legal Examiner, SAIF and SAIF Corporation (1978–1985); served, U.S. Army (1962–1965).
Robert J. Guarrasi, Sole practitioner, Lake Oswego; B.A., Columbia College (1977); J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (1981); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1981 and the California State Bar since 1991; practice focuses on workers’ compensation, personal injury, and social security claims in both Oregon and California; member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association; 2014 recipient, OSB Workers’ Compensation Section’s Professionalism and Service Award.
Edward J. Harri, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Professor of Legal Writing, Willamette University College of Law, Salem; B.A., Walla Walla College (1968); M.S.A.S., Montana State University (1970); J.D. and Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Willamette University College of Law (1973 and 1986); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1973; referee, Workers’ Compensation Board (1988–1991); past member, Appellate Settlement Conference Committee; member, Oregon Appellate Process Review Committee and the Amicus Committee of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association; selected by students as Teacher of the Year (1998); co-recipient of the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007).
Jennifer Millemann, Workers’ Compensation Division, Appellate Review Unit, Salem; B.A., Portland State University (1994); Lead Worker in the Appellate Review Unit since 2011; former Appellate Reviewer in the Workers’ Compensation Division specializing in dispute resolution of claim closures and accuracy of disability benefits (2006–2011); former Permanent Partial Disability Rating Specialist (1999–2004) and Claims Adjuster (1994–1999), SAIF Corporation.
Christopher D. Moore, Senior Partner, Moore & Jensen, Eugene; B.A., University of Chicago (1978); J.D., University of Oregon School of Law (1982); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1982; practice emphasizes workers’ compensation and Social Security disability; member, OTLA (1982–present), AAJ (1983–present), and Oregon Workers’ Compensation Attorneys; former chair, Workers’ Compensation Section OTLA; committee member, OTLA Political Action; recipient, OSB Workers’ Compensation Section Douglas W. Daughtry Award for professionalism, and the OTLA Douglas Swanson Award for outstanding Workers’ Compensation Attorney; past president, OTLA; former executive director, Oregon Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.
Julene M. Quinn, Julene M. Quinn, LLC, Portland; B.A., University of Michigan (1982); J.D., Washington College of Law at the American University (1985); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1989; practice focuses on workers’ compensation hearing and appellate work and social security disability cases; former attorney, Kryger Alexander Carlson PC; former, appellate counsel SAIF Corporation; has handled over 100 cases before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Larry D. Schucht, Trial Counsel, SAIF Corporation, Salem; B.S., University of Nebraska at Kearney (1982); J.D., Creighton University School of Law (1986); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1986; practice focuses on workers’ compensation claims; adjunct professor of law, University of Oregon School of Law; member, OSB Workers’ Compensation Section Going Forward Committee (2011–present); 2015 recipient, OSB Workers’ Compensation Section Professionalism and Service Award; frequent speaker and presenter concerning Workers’ Compensation.
Holly J. Somers, Chair, Workers’ Compensation Board (2013–present), Presiding Administrative Law Judge (2007–2013), Administrative Law Judge (2003–2007), Workers’ Compensation Board, Portland (2007–Present); B.S., Portland State University; J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (1997); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1997 and the Washington State Bar since 1998 (inactive); began her career working as a receptionist (1987) in a workers’ compensation insurance company, advancing to claims assistant, and then claims examiner; former trial lawyer primarily handling workers’ compensation cases on behalf of injured workers from 1997 until 2003, when she became an Administrative Law Judge.
Rebecca A. Watkins, Associate, Sather, Byerly & Holloway, LLP, Portland; B.S., Portland State University (1995); M.S., Portland State University (1999); J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (2004); member of the Oregon State Bar since 2004 and the Washington State Bar since 2012; practice focuses on employment issues, including employer consultation, policy development, and litigation; admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon in 2006; member, OSB Workers’ Compensation, Appellate, and Labor & Employment Law Sections and OADC.
Betsy Wosko, Partner, Welch, Brunn & Green, Portland; B.A., University of Connecticut (1988); J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School (1991); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1992; admitted to practice in US. District Court, District of Oregon (1993), and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; practice focuses on workers’ compensation, personal injury, civil litigation, and employment law; member, MBA, OSB Workers’ Compensation Section, OTLA and OWLS.
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