Congratulations Paul Doolittle!

Paul Doolittle of Jacksonville was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (CWCL) last week in Chicago.

The CWCL was “established to honor those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers' compensation.” This is a group that grew from a joint effort of the Labor and Employment Section and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. The first class of Fellows was inducted in 2007 in Naples, Florida. Florida had nineteen Fellows in the College, Paul makes 20.

Stephen M. Barbas
Terrence D. Delehanty
Alfred L. Deutschman
Robert L. Dietz
Paul Doolittle
Donald Elisburg
Al Frierson
H. George Kagan
L. Barry Keyfetz
David Langham
Herbert A. Langston, Jr.
John Lazzara
Ramon Malca
James N. McConnaughhay
Steven A. Rissman
Gerald Rosenthal
John J. Schickel
Mary Ann Stiles
Richard S. Thompson, Jr.
Glen D. Wieland

The College held its annual induction ceremony in conjunction with the Workers' Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference in Chicago. I understand it was a bit chilly. In 2013 their midwinter meeting was at the Biltmore in Miami. Always a fan of Florida gatherings generally, it bears noting that Miami in March 2013 was a wiser choice than Chicago. Coincidentally, I did not make it to the Chicago meeting and induction. I do not regret missing the weather, but I wish I had been there for Paul’s induction.

Paul is known to many in the workers’ compensation world. I am showing my age, but I knew Paul when he was a defense attorney. In fact, Paul and I co-defended one of my first cases. I will forever remember the client, their expectations, and the sage advice Paul provided as we worked through a complex exposure claim.

Paul hails from New Mexico, and went to law school at Oklahoma City University College of Law. He currently represents workers injured at overseas military installations under the Defense Base Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act, and the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law. He is also a mediator. Years ago, he was the first attorney to hire me to mediate one of his cases.

He is a long-serving Board member of the Florida Workers’ Advocates, serves on the Board of Directors of the DOL-Joint Bar Associations, Inc., is a Past Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Justice Association, and is an Advocate-level board member of the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG). He currently serves on The Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Rules Advisory Committee. 

Paul has certainly distinguished himself in the field of workers’ compensation. He has “convinced his peers, the bar, bench and public that he possesses the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership.” He is a worthy Fellow of the College and I am proud to acknowledge him here for his years of devotion to workers’ compensation and the ethical and professional practice of law. I am proud to know him.

Congratulations Paul for your achievements and this recognition! 

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