Larson’s National Workers' Comp Advisory Board Members

 Larson's National Workers' Compensation Advisory Board is comprised of distinguished experts from around the country.

 Larson's National Workers' Compensation Advisory Board

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

   Lex K. Larson is President of Employment Law Research, Inc., Durham, NC, the author of Larson's Workers' Compensation Law, Larson's Workers' Compensation, Desk Edition, Employment Discrimination, Unjust Dismissal, and Employment Screening, all published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender, a member of the North Carolina Industrial Commission Advisory Council, a lecturer in CLE courses, a past Senior Lecturer at Law at Duke University, and a former certified mediator in the North Carolina court system.

  Thomas A. Robinson of Durham, NC, is a former workers' compensation defense attorney and research and writing assistant to Professor Arthur Larson, and the primary upkeep editor for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law and Larson's Workers' Compensation, Desk Edition, both of which are published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender.

  Katie Caverly is Senior Director, Research Information with LexisNexis responsible for developing and managing products in the workers' comp, labor & employment, pension & benefits, social security and veterans practice areas.  Prior to her work in product development, Katie was a 17-year HR professional with LexisNexis, Chevron Corporation, and other mid-to-large sized corporations.

   Robin E. Kobayashi is the Workers' Compensation Practice Area Lead and Medicare Secondary Payer Practice Area Lead at LexisNexis Legal & Professional Operations.

 

   Stuart D. Colburn is a shareholder with Downs Stanford, Austin, TX. He is the founder and served as the first Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is a past Course Director of the SBOT Advanced Workers' Compensation. He is also the co-author of Texas Workers' Compensation Handbook (LexisNexis) and a contributing editor of Texas Annotated Insurance Code (LexisNexis).

   Rebecca A. Shafer is an attorney specializing in risk management and workers’ compensation. She is a national speaker and writes frequently on the topic of workers' compensation. Her book Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50% provides practical solutions and cost containment techniques for employers with high workers compensation costs and her web-based resource center provides information on cost reduction. She was in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Corporation and developed the workers’ compensation consulting practices for Marsh and Aon.

   Brad Bleakney is a partner with Bleakney & Troiani in Chicago, Illinois, where he practices in the area of work related injury claims, Illinois Workers’ Compensation and related third party litigation for accidental work injuries. He is a member of the CBA Chicago Bar Association, ISBA Illinois State Bar Association, WCLA Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association, CBA Committee on Workers' Compensation, and ISBA Workers Compensation Section Council (2006-2012).

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

California

   Melissa C. Brown is a partner at Farrell, Fraulob & Brown, Sacramento, CA, the co-author of Advising Elderly and Disabled Clients (Warren Gorham & Lamont), the past president of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association, an Adjunct Professor and Director of Professional Education Programs, Institute of Laws of Health and Aging, at McGeorge School of Law, and a member of the LexisNexis California Workers' Compensation Editorial Board.

    Richard M. Jacobsmeyer is a partner at Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain & Claffey LLP, Oakland, CA. He is also an Editor-in-Chief of Herlick, California Workers' Compensation Handbook (LexisNexis).

   Colleen S. Casey is a Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge with the California Division of Workers' Compensation in San Francisco, CA, and a member of the LexisNexis California Workers' Compensation Editorial Board.

 

   Roger A. Levy is presently of counsel and former partner with Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, San Francisco, CA, the Editor-in-Chief of the Defense Base Act and War Hazards Compensation Act Handbook (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), and a member of the LexisNexis Benefits Review Board Service—Longshore Reporter Advisory Board.

   John W. Miller is a defense attorney with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, Thousand Oaks, CA, a Judge Pro Tempore with the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, the co-author of The California Workers' Compensation Rehabilitation System (MacMillan Publishing Company, 1981), and a member of the LexisNexis California Workers' Compensation Editorial Board.

   Kenneth B. Peterson is the Presiding Workers' Compensation Judge of the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board in Oakland, CA, the Editor-in-Chief of Hanna, California Law of Employee Injuries and Workers' Compensation (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), and a member of the LexisNexis California Workers' Compensation Editorial Board.

   James T. Ponzio is a partner with Mullen & Filippi, Chico, CA, and a member of the LexisNexis California Workers' Compensation Editorial Board.

 

   Robert G. Rassp is an applicant's attorney with the Law Offices of Robert G. Rassp, Sherman Oaks, CA, and Lake Tahoe, CA, the author of The Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and California Workers' Compensation (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), a current member of the California State Bar Workers' Compensation Law Section Executive Committee, a member of the LexisNexis California Workers' Compensation Editorial Board, and a member of the LexisNexis California Appeals Panel Decisions Advisory Committee.

   Jesse N. Rosen of Los Angeles, CA, is a defense attorney, a former workers' compensation judge, a member of and then advisor to the State Bar California Workers’ Compensation Law Section Executive Committee from 2001 to 2005, and a member of the LexisNexis California Appeals Panel Decisions Advisory Committee.

   Jerome Schreibstein of San Francisco, CA, represents private and public sector employers, primarily in advice and counsel matters, policy drafting and implementation, as well as employment-related disputes, with specific emphasis on compensation (including wage and hour), disability accommodation and management, and trade secret protection.

   Julius Young is a partner with Boxer & Gerson, Oakland, CA, where he represents injured workers, an active blogger on California workers' compensation law at http://www.workerscompzone.com/, and a member of the LexisNexis California Appeals Panel Decisions Advisory Committee.

Colorado

   Richard E. Falcone of Richard E. Falcone, P.C., practices almost exclusively in workers' compensation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a member of the workers' compensation section of the Colorado Bar Association and maintains a blog written on injured worker law with comments at Colorado Workers Comp Blog. He also handles Social Security disability cases.

Connecticut

   Stephen C. Embry is a partner of Embry and Neusner, Groton, CT, where he represents claimants in workers' compensation and longshore matters, a member of the LexisNexis Benefits Review Board Service—Longshore Reporter Advisory Board, a past chairman of the American Trial Lawyers Section on Workers' Compensation, a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and a board member of the Work Place Injury Litigation Group of ATLA.

Delaware

   Cassandra Faline Roberts is a partner with Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP and head of the firm's Workers' Compensation Section since 1989. Her 27 years in practice have been devoted to cultivating an expertise in Delaware Workers' Compensation Law. Appearing regularly before the DE Industrial Accident Board on behalf of both injured workers, employers, and insurance carriers, her clients include Travelers Insurance, The News Journal, Boscov's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Olsten Temporary Staffing, Access Labor, and City of Lewes. She is the Editor of the Delaware Case Law Update, a quarterly newsletter highlighting recent decisions of the Industrial Accident Board and has been cited by The Best Lawyers in for DE Workers' Compensation for 2003 through 2009 and by Top Lawyers in Corporate Counsel for 2007 through 2009. Cassandra was named one of Delaware 's Top Lawyers by Delaware Today magazine in 2001 and in 2008 and has the distinction of being the only practitioner ever named a "Top Lawyer" for both the plaintiff and the defense.

Florida

   Robert J. Grace, Jr. is a partner with The Bleakley Bavol Law Firm in Tampa, Florida. His area of practice includes civil trial practice, workers' compensation and general insurance defense. He is active in the Florida Bar, where he was a committee member of the Clients' Security Fund from 1997 to 2003, serving as Vice-Chairman during 2002-2003. He is also a member of the Trial Lawyers and Workers' Compensation Sections of The Florida Bar. He is also active in the Florida Defense Lawyers' Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Litigation Section and the Tort and Insurance Practice Section and the Labor and Employment Law section. He is a frequent lecturer around the country on a variety of legal topics. Mr. Grace is "AV" Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized by Florida Trend Magazine as part of Florida's Legal Elite. He was also named a top lawyer by Tampa Bay Magazine and has been included multiple times in Best Lawyers in America.

  Mary Ann Stiles is a partner in the Tampa office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Ms. Stiles has extensive experience in the areas of workers’ compensation, insurance defense, corporate law, administrative, regulatory, and governmental relations and advocacy. Her practice involves participation in legislative activities; and since 1978, she has served as legislative counsel to corporate clients by regularly appearing before committees of the Florida Legislature and the Executive Branch of government on matters of importance to her clients.

Georgia

   Richard C. Kissiah, the Managing Partner of Kissiah & Lay in Alpharetta, GA, practices almost exclusively in the field of workers' compensation law, and is a past chairman of the Atlanta Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Section, a member of the board of directors for the Atlanta Medical Association's Medical-Legal Committee, and the author of Kissiah's Georgia Workers' Compensation Law (LexisNexis Matthew Bender).  Illinois

   Doug McCoy is Principal of McCoy Consulting, Lawrenceville, GA, an independent firm that provides consulting services to stakeholders in the property casualty insurance industry, and the author of Workers' Compensation: The Survival Guide for Business (LexisNexis) (e-publication).

Illinois

   Kenneth F. Werts is a partner with the law firm of Craig & Craig where he specializes in personal injury defense with emphasis on workers' compensation, black lung and occupational disease defense. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois. He is also past President of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Mr. Werts is co-author of Illinois Workers' Compensation Guidebook (LexisNexis).

Indiana

   Richard J. Swanson, an attorney with Macey, Swanson & Allman in Indianapolis, Indiana, is an experienced litigator in all areas of labor and employment law and has represented injured workers throughout the State of Indiana before the Indiana Worker's Compensation Board for the past 25 years. He is a member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group and is a past Co-Chair of the Worker's Compensation Committee, ABA Section of Labor and Employment. Currently he is working on a national task force to reconcile the interests of Medicare and injured workers.

   Diana L. Wann of Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson specializes in workers' compensation defense. She served as the Co-Chairperson of the American Bar Association Workers' Compensation Committee Management, 1998-2002. She also served on the Diversity Committee Liaison, 2000-2002, and was a Committees Management Member, 2002. She is an active member of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network. She has served on the Board of Kid's Chance of Indiana since 1996 to present.

Iowa

   H. Edwin Detlie, who practices workers' compensation and social security disability law in Ottumwa, IA (see http://www.detlielawfirm.com/) is the Past President of the Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, a former Administrative Law Judge with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and a consultant for LexisNexis electronic products, including LexisNexis Total Practice Advantage case management software and LexisNexis Automated Social Security Forms.

Kentucky

   Marcus A. Roland is a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated attorney and has practiced law in Kentucky for over 15 years. He received his B.A. from Union College, his M.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Marc has spent the largest part of his career handling workers’ compensation claims. Roland has represented clients, appeared before Administrative Law Judges and presented arguments to the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board, the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court in over 1,000 matters.  Marc is also a trained mediator, a trained meeting facilitator, and was recognized in 2008 as a featured consultant with HG.org. Roland has presented at a variety of seminars and is the editor of Roland Niemi Law Group’s blog, OUCH! He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Fayette County Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the Kentucky courts and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky.

Louisiana

   Denis Paul Juge is a director in the law firm of Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli, Frieman & Whiteley, Metairie, LA, an adjunct professor with the Loyola University School of Law, where he has taught insurance and workers' compensation law, a consultant to the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), where he's involved with legislative drafting and lobbying efforts on LABI's behalf, and the author of Louisiana Workers' Compensation (LexisNexis Matthew Bender).

Maryland

    Jennifer C. Jordan is General Counsel at MEDVAL, LLC and the Editor-in-Chief of The Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance (LexisNexis). She specializes in providing settlement solutions for complicated insurance claims involving Medicare Secondary Payer issues that necessitate Medicare set-aside evaluations, conditional payment reimbursement, custodial medical administration, MMSEA Section 111 reporting and/or structured settlement financing. She also frequently speaks and writes on the topic for a number of organizations throughout the country.

    Lance G. Montour is a partner of Humphreys, McLaughlin & McAleer, Baltimore, MD, where he handles advanced workers' compensation defense matters, and a contributor to Maryland Workers' Compensation (LexisNexis Matthew Bender).

    Albert B. Randall, Jr. is a principal of Franklin & Prokopik, where he concentrates his practice in the defense of employers and insurers in the defense of workers' compensation claims, tort liability, administrative and regulatory matters and general civil litigation. He is currently the President of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network, a national association of law firms selected based upon their skill, experience and overall qualifications in the area of workers' compensation defense.     

Massachusetts

  Deborah G. Kohl is an attorney in Fall River, MA, concentrating in the areas of worker's compensation and disability law. She is the editor of MA Workers' Compensation Sourcebook and Citator (2013,2014). She is a fellow and President of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers and has been elceted as a member of NASI (National Academy of Social Insurance.) She has served as Chair of the AAJ Lawyer's Workers' Compensation Section and as President of Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG). She currently serves as a member of the WILG board and as a Vice President of the TIPS WC Section. She is on the Board of MATA and is the chair of the MBA WC Section.

   Alan S. Pierce is the former chairperson of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Section on Workers' Compensation Law. In 1995 Governor William Weld appointed him to the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council and he was reappointed in 1998 by Governor A. Paul Cellucci. He has lectured extensively on personal injury and workers' compensation issues for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. National Business Institute, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Risk Management Society, Harvard School of Public Health and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, among others. He has written and edited several publications including Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Law, Workers' Compensation And Law and Workers' Compensation Issues and Answers. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Workers' Compensation and hosts Workers' Comp Matters on the Legal Talk Network.

Michigan

   James A. Reiter is a founding partner of Charfoos Reiter Hébert, PC. He limits his practice to the defense of Employers in Workers’ Compensation matters and the representation of management in Labor & Employment law.  He is a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, where he currently serves on the Board of Governors. He is listed in Best Lawyers in under Workers’ Compensation Law.    

Minnesota

    Thomas P. Kieselbach has been practicing in the area of workers' compensation law for nearly 30 years. He is a well-known advocate representing employers, self-insurers, TPAs and insurance companies. He has tried hundreds of cases and has been involved in numerous appellate court cases which have shaped Minnesota workers' compensation law. Tom has continually been recognized by Minnesota Law & Politics in its Super Lawyers issue. He has also been noted in Best Lawyers in America and Minnesota Law & Politics "Top 40 Workers' Compensation Attorneys." He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was inducted as a Fellow into the 2007 inaugural class of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers.    

Mississippi

   Paul B. Howell is a partner with Franke & Salloum, Gulfport, MS, where he practices primarily in the area of workers' compensation defense under the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and a member of the LexisNexis Benefits Review Board Service—Longshore Reporter Advisory Board.

Missouri

   Martin A. Klug is an attorney with Huck & Howe, St. Louis, MO. and writes the law blog Mo. Workers' Comp Alerts.

Nevada

   Virginia L. Hunt of Virginia Hunt Law Office, Las Vegas, NV, represents injured workers and writes the award-winning Nevada Workers' Compensation Law Blog. She is a former Administrative Appeals Officer for workers' compensation cases.

New Hampshire

   Paul L. Salafia is a shareholder of Devine Millimet, Manchester, NH, where he heads the Workers' Compensation Group representing self-insured companies, trust, and insured employers, and the author of New Hampshire Workers' Compensation Manual (LexisNexis Matthew Bender).

New Jersey

  Gary E. Adams of Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman focuses his practice on representing injured workers and the disabled. He is Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section, and certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers' Compensation Trial Lawyer. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a New Jersey SuperLawyer for 2005-2012.

  John H. Geaney of Capehart Scatchard focuses his practice on the representation of employers, self-insured companies, third party administrators, and insurance carriers in workers' compensation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers' Compensation Law Attorney, and is the author of Geaney's New Jersey Workers' Compensation Manual for Practitioners, Adjusters, and Employers (NJICLE). He also writes a blog on New Jersey workers' compensation law - see New Jersey Workers' Comp Blog.

   John E. Kawcyznski is a founding member of Field, Womack & Kawczynski, South Amboy, NJ, where he represents employers and carriers in longshore cases, and is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, as well as the LexisNexis Benefits Review Board Service—Longshore Reporter Advisory Board.

 Lora V. Northen is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Workers' Compensation Department at Capehart Scatchard, where she represents employers, self-insured companies and insurance carriers. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Executive Committee, Workers' Compensation Section, and the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network.  She has been named a Fellow of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers as well as one of the top 50 New Jersey Female "Super Lawyers".

New York

   Ronald E. Weiss is a partner in the workers' compensation defense firm of Hamberger & Weiss, which has offices in Rochester and Buffalo, New York. He is managing partner of the Rochester office. Mr. Weiss has been listed for over 10 years in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of workers' compensation. He serves as the Secretary of The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. He is also the co-author of New York Workers' Compensation Handbook (LexisNexis Matthew Bender).

   Ronald Balter is an associate with the firm of Caruso, Spillane, Leighton, Contrastano, Ulaner & Savino, P.C., where he represents injured workers. He is a founding member of the Injured Workers Bar Association. He served as chair of the State Bar’s Tort, Insurance and Compensation Law Section’s Workers’ Compensation Division from 2004 until 2006. Mr. Balter has also served on the Board of Directors of the Society of New York Workers’ Compensation Bar Association since 1988. In 2005 Mr. Balter was named the Workers’ Compensation Attorney of the Year by the Institute for Jewish Humanities. He is also the co-author of New York Workers' Compensation Handbook (LexisNexis Matthew Bender).

   Edgar Romano, a New York City attorney with Brecher Fishman Pasternack Walsh Tilker & Ziegler, was elected in 2008 as President of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG). In 2008 Mr. Romano was also elected Vice Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the American Association of Justice (formally ATLA) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Society of N.Y. Workers’ Compensation Bar Association. Mr. Romano has been an active trial lawyer in the area of worker’s compensation and lectures throughout the country to numerous bar associations, unions and medical providers. He is on the Advisory Committee to the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program at Mt. Sinai Hospital and is listed in “Who’s Who in American Law".

North Carolina

   Kathleen Shannon Glancy of The Law Offices of Kathleen Shannon Glancy PA, Wilmington, NC, has served as vice president of membership of the Board of Governors and Political Activity Committee and as past chair of the Workers' Compensation Section for the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, and is an appointed member of the Advisory Committee for the North Carolina Industrial Commission and contributor to NOSSCR's Social Security Practice Guide (LexisNexis Matthew Bender).

   Bruce Hamilton, a partner with Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, has lectured about workers' compensation law at the North Carolina Bar Association's Workers' Compensation Seminars annually since 1997. He has also been a member of the faculty and speaker at continuing legal education programs produced by the North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Wake Forest University, North Carolina Institute of Government and Lorman Institute, and at the 2007 seminar entitled "Professionalism for Workers' Compensation Attorneys" jointly sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and North Carolina Association of Trial Attorneys. In addition, Bruce has lectured at each of the North Carolina Industrial Commission's Annual Educational Conferences since 2001, was a council member of the Workers' Compensation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association from 2001 through 2004, has been listed in the 2001-2009 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, and was chosen by his peers to appear in the 2006-2009 editions of North Carolina Super Lawyers.

   Vernon Sumwalt practices with the Sumwalt Law Firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the areas of workplace torts and workers’ compensation.  He serves the North Carolina State Bar on its Workers’ Compensation Specialization Committee (2010-present) and is a board certified specialist in workers’ compensation law.  He has contributed to several books, including The Law of Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina.  He is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Board of Governors 2010-present, workers’ compensation section executive committee (2006-2010, Secretary 2010-2011, Vice Chair 2011-2012), the small office practice section (Chair 2010-2012)) and the North Carolina Bar Association (workers’ compensation section (section council 2006-2009, Chair 2008-2009, Vice-Chair 2007-2008, editor of The Course and Scope newsletter 2003-2004), and appellate rules committee (2010-present)).  He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Workers’ Compensation Law since 2009, and has been recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers (www.superlawyers.com) in the field of workers’ compensation, first as a “Rising Star” in 2009 and then since 2010. In 2011, Mr. Sumwalt received the James E. Cross Leadership Award from the N.C. State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Ohio

   Philip J. Fulton, of Philip J. Fulton Law Office, Columbus, OH, is past Chairperson of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association Workers' Compensation Section, past Chairman (twice) of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers' Workers Compensation Section, past President of the Ohio Association for Justice (formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers) (2005), an Adjunct Professor at Capital University Law School teaching workers' compensation law, and the author of Ohio Workers' Compensation Law (LexisNexis) and Ohio Workers' Compensation Handbook (LexisNexis). 

Oklahoma

   Jacque Brawner Dean's practice is focused exclusively on the representation of employers in workers’ compensation issues. She served as a workers’ compensation judge from 1984 to 1988 and as administrator of the Workers’ Compensation Court from 1982 to 1984. In 2007, she was one of only 39 lawyers nationwide to be inducted as a Fellow of the inaugural class of The College of Workers' Compensation Attorneys established by the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network. For 2014, Best Lawyers listed her firm was listed as one of the top five in workers’ compensation defense, and also named her Workers’ Compensation Defense Lawyer of the Year. She also has been rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell and recognized in The Best Lawyers in America.

Oregon

   George W. Goodman is a shareholder and lead litigation attorney for Cummins, Goodman, Denley & Vickers, P.C. His practice emphasizes complex contract disputes, personal injury defense, OSHA and Employers Liability Act defense, employment law and workers' compensation defense litigation. 

Pennsylvania 

   Charles S. Katz, Jr.,a partner with Swartz Campbell LLC in West Chester, PA, frequently lectures on workers’ compensation topics and has moderated many programs for Lorman Educational Services.

 

    Kevin L. Connors is a partner at ConnorsLaw LLP, Exton, PA, where he specializes in insurance defense litigation and workers' compensation. His law firm is a charter member of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network. 

   Michael D. Sherman, a partner with Fried, Kane, Walters, Zuschlag & Grochmal, in Pittsburgh, PA, is a defense lawyer in a practice limited to workers' compensation and subrogation, a member of the planning committee for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation Annual Conference, a board member of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, and a frequent lecturer for workers' compensation topics before professional and private business groups.

South Carolina

  Grady L. Beard is a partner of Sowell, Gray, Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, specializing in workers’ compensation, occupational disease, employment law, and insurance regulatory matters. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, and the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network. He is currently the vice--chair of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, Workers’ Compensation Section, and has been selected for Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2009, Workers’ Compensation Law.

   Ronald J. Jebailyfounder and senior partner of Jebaily Law Firm in Florence, South Carolina, practices exclusively in the area of workers’ compensation. He is past president of the Injured Workers’ Advocates of South Carolina, and currently serves as Chair of the Judicial Affairs Committee. Mr. Jebaily is also a past board member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Education Association and currently serves on the Program Committee. Other memberships include the national Workplace Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG), the South Carolina Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the Florence County Bar Association. Mr. Jebaily is admitted to practice before the South Carolina State Courts, the United States District Court for South Carolina, the Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Texas

   Albert Betts, Jr. is a partner with Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas, where he focuses his practice on representing clients before the Texas Department of Insurance and other regulatory agencies.   He is general counsel for the Insurance Council of Texas, representing over 500 property and casualty insurers doing business in Texas.  He also represents insurance trade groups and other clients in governmental advocacy before the Texas legislature and regulatory agencies. Most recently, he has served as Commissioner of Workers' Compensation for the State of Texas, and as Chief of Staff for the Texas Insurance Commissioner.

   Stuart D. Colburn is a shareholder with Downs Stanford, Austin, TX. He is the founder and served as the first Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is a past Course Director of the SBOT Advanced Workers' Compensation. He is also the co-author of Texas Workers' Compensation Handbook (LexisNexis) and a contributing editor of Texas Annotated Insurance Code (LexisNexis). 

 Vermont

 Keith J. Kasper, a Shareholder of McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Buchard, PC, is one of Vermont 's leading workers' compensation lawyers. His expertise has been acknowledged by inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.  He lectures frequently not only in Vermont, but nationally, as well.  He authors a quarterly update on Vermont workers' compensation law. Mr. Kasper is a member of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network. He also teaches Business Law at the University of Vermont. He was editor in chief of the Rutgers Law Review and clerked for Justice Gibson of the Vermont Supreme Court.   

 
Virginia

    Lynn McHale Fitzpatrick is a principal of the law firm of Franklin & Prokopik, where she opened and is resident in the firm’s Virginia office.  She concentrates her practice in the area of civil litigation, especially the defense of state workers’ compensation cases.

   Lawrence Pascal is a partner with Ashcraft & Gerel, Alexandria, VA, the Chairman of the Committee on Workers' Compensation of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, where he contributes to the Lawyers Practice Handbook, and the author of Virginia Workers' Compensation: Law and Practice (LexisNexis Matthew Bender).

   Peter M. Sweeny of Leesburg, VA, is a past Chairman of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Workers’ Compensation Section and the author of The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Case Finder.

 

West Virginia

  Dill Battle, a Member of Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, specializes in workers' compensation, employment relations and counseling, general litigation, and commercial litigation. He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar's Workers' Compensation Committee and is listed in The Best Lawyers in for Workers' Compensation law. He is also a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network and the American Bar Association, Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Law Committee. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and obtained his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law.