Welcome to the Workers' Compensation Section Home Page.
Your Executive Council has created this site in an effort to encourage and facilitate communication and exchange of ideas among the members of our Section. Enjoy! The purpose of the Workers' Compensation Section is to provide an organization within The Florida Bar open to all members in good standing who have a common interest in workers' compensation law. The Section provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas leading to the improvement of individual trial abilities in workers' compensation cases.
Send mail with questions or comments about this web site to:
Richard J Manno, Esq.
1099 W. Morse Blvd.
Winter Park, FL., 32789
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Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, The Trial Advocacy Workshop will change the way you approach trials, improving your performance exponentially.
The trial, conducted by participants, will include issues involving the “fraud defense,” the applicability of the Daubert Standard, the applicability of major contributing cause and the use or exclusion of various forms of evidence.
This is a hands-on-program limited to 24 attorney participants. The focus of the program includes application of the Rules of Evidence, direct and cross examination of expert and lay witnesses and trial strategy.
Workers' Compensation Trial Advocacy Workshop
Live Presentation: June 12 - 13, 2015
OJCC Rohde Building
Message from the Chair
By William H. Rogner, Esq. Orlando, FL
I am honored to serve as Chair the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar for 2014 – 2015. I hope to continue to lead our Section in the pursuit of legal excellence, professionalism, and the promotion
of an enjoyable and sustainable Florida workers’ compensation legal practice. This pursuit requires a collaborative effort among all members of the Section, which include lawyers representing injured workers, lawyers representing industry, mediators, and Judges of Compensation Claims.
As Chair, I hope to foster the continued collegiality and courtesy between workers’ compensation practitioners that appealed to me as a new lawyer over 23 years ago. I routinely hear lawyers in other practice areas lament acrimony and distrust among lawyers. Conversely, with very few exceptions I greatly enjoy the relationships with my opponents in workers’ compensation matters. Moreover, my service on the Section’s Executive Council has allowed my to develop relationships with workers’ compensation lawyers statewide that I would have otherwise never met. I recommend service on the Executive Council and I encourage Section members to run for positions as they become available.
Even more importantly, I aim to foster and improve upon the relationship Section members have with the Judges of Compensation Claims. Without hesitation, I contend that we have never had a more professional, talented, and knowledgeable cadre of Judges. The leadership of Deputy Chief Judge Langham has been exemplary, leading to unprecedented technological innovation, timely dissemination of information, and open communication between practitioners and the judiciary. I hope to increase both JCC membership in the Section and their active participation in the Section.
Finally, during my term I hope to expand and improve the Section’s outstanding educational services. I have called upon Dawn Traverso to continue coordinating our webcast seminars. She has done, and will continue to do, exemplary work. I encourage Section members to get involved by volunteering to teach a one-hour course on a topic of your choice. Contact Dawn or myself if interested. I am also committed to growing and improving the Workers’ Compensation Forum, the premier Florida workers’ compensation educational conference. Led by Leo Garcia, and co-sponsored by WCCP, the Forum is a Florida-focused, advanced educational opportunity that should not be missed. I encourage Section member firms to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, which provide valuable exposure to leaders in the business and insurance industries.
I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to outgoing Section Chair Chris Smith. Chris’ dedication, passion, and commitment will be missed. Fortunately, he remains on the Council as the Immediate Past-Chair and I intend to call on him frequently. I congratulate Chair-Elect Mike Winer, who is both a friend and worthy adversary. I also offer my appreciation for the tireless efforts of Alan Kalinoski and Joanne Prescott, who will remain in the roles of Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. I wish to recognize the outstanding work of program coordinator Willie Mae Shepherd, without whom I would be lost. I applaud the continued efforts of News & 440 editor Jeff Appel and I encourage Section members to submit articles to Jeff for publication. Finally, thank you to those that graciously agreed to serve as committee chairs during my term.
I applaud the continued work of our section lobbyist Fausto Gomez. Along with legislative committee chairs Chris Smith and Rick Thompson, Fausto will be ready to address any legislation that may be considered during the 2015 session. Your Council's dedicated team of leaders provides experience from both a claimant and defense perspective that can be of assistance to legislators as they address changes to our workers’ compensation system.
Sincerely, Bill Rogner