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Continuing Education Credits awarded when attending the entire convention: 

Minimum Continuing Legal Education:  16.00 MCLE (including 1.25 Ethics)
Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation:  13.50 MCLE
Division of Workers’ Compensation:  1.25 QME

 Click on the links below to see an extended description, panelists and continuing education credits for each session.

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Navigating the Workers' Compensation Obstacle Course:
How to Successfully Access Injured Workers' Benefits in a Skewed Environment

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Getting MPNs to do Their Job

  • Obtaining pre-authorizations for medical treatment.
  • Obtaining court orders to access reasonable treatment.
  • Sample letters and petitions to use in litigating treatment issues.
  • Ensuring MPN doctors are paid for review of records, med-legal reports and appropriate treatment.
  • Recognizing inappropriate UR denials.
Panel: Lawrence Stern, Esq. (Moderator); Honorable David Brotman; Thomas Martin, Esq.; Jill Singer, Esq.; Ed Stone, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Not-so-Special Delivery: Common Defense Tactics That Interfere with the Delivery of Injured Worker Benefits

  • Withholding authorizations for treatment.
  • “Adding” cumulative trauma claims.
  • Failure to comply with the duty to investigate.
  • Directives given to “industrial clinics” and other MPN medical providers.
  • Withholding subrosa video and serving it after doctors’ evaluations.
Panel: Dennis Popalardo, Esq. (Moderator); Roxana Soltani, Esq.; Jamey Teitell, Esq.; Mark Vickness, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Brave New World: The QME Quagmire in 2018

  • The panel QME striking process.
  • Choosing medical specialties for QME requests.
  • Objecting to position papers/cover letters (Maxham case).
  • The Medical Unit’s denial of requests for psyche QMEs.
  • Obtaining additional QME panels.
  • Disputes regarding ML-104 billing
Panel:  Charles Rondeau, Esq. (Moderator); Jamie Berenson, Esq.; Thu Do, Esq.; Sue Honor, Esq.
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization


6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Visit vendors, enjoy great music, and enter our drawing for a chance to win. Convention registrants will receive one (1) complimentary drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres. Must be a CAAA Regular Member to win.

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The Law and Politics of Workers' Compensation

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
The 10 Most Important Things to Know to Successfully Represent Injured Workers

  • The passionate panel will disclose tools, approaches, arguments, and attitudes when it unveils the list of 10 strategies to successfully represent injured workers.

Panel: Alan Gurvey, Esq. (Moderator); Keith More, Esq.; Tina Odjaghian, Esq.; John Bloom, Esq.
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Legal Specialization


10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
The Art and Science of RFA Writing
  • What doctors should focus on in an RFA.
  • How to get RFAs for treatment approved.
  • Properly using medical guides to substantiate requests.
  • Urgent treatment requests.
Panel: Jack Breslavsky, Esq. (Moderator); Beatriz Trejo, Esq.; Bruce Fishman, M.D.; Brendan Morley, M.D.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.25 QME


11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
For Regular Members Only. Name Badge is Required. Box lunch provided.
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Commissioners' Panel
  • Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners discuss recent interesting Board Panel Decisions

Panel: Chairperson Katherine Zalewski (invited); Commissioner Frank Brass (invited); Commissioner Deidra Lowe (invited); Commissioner Marguerite Sweeney (invited); Commissioner Jose Razo (invited)
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Marvin Shapiro Memorial: Most Important Cases
  • The esteemed panel discusses the cases that are shaping workers’ compensation in California today

Panel: Megan Ruble, Esq. (Moderator); Joe Capurro, Esq.; William Herreras, Esq.; Ron Feenberg, Esq.; Larry Silver, Esq.; Honorable Colleen Casey
Credit: 2.0 MCLE, 2.0 Legal Specialization


4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Winds of Change: The Future is Now; Current Labor Issues Affecting our Practice
  • Participating in the legislative process and the 2018 election.
  • What are the important issues?
  • ICE at the WCAB and undocumented workers.
  • The alternative work force: The “gig” worker; independent contractor and the future of labor.
Panel: Adam Dombchik, Esq. (Moderator); Marc Marcus, Esq.; Bernardo de la Torre, Esq.; Diane Worley, Esq.; Richie Ross
Credit: 1.25 MCLE


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Truth or Consequences... And, Dealing with the Consequences

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
House Cleaning: The New Rules of Ethics

  • Changes to the State Bar Rules of Ethics.
  • A new era of capping and illegal referrals.
  • Protecting people who need representation.
  • Are Spanish speaking people being exploited
Panel: Jack Don, Esq. (Moderator); Ellen Pansky, Esq.; Dominic Dugo, Esq.; Teena Barton of ICW Group
Credit: 1.25 MCLE (Ethics)


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
New Considerations Addressing Permanent Disability and Apportionment
  • Identifying consequential medical conditions after work-related injuries.
  • Relevant AMA Guide Tables for WPI.
  • The Hikida case
  • Pearls of the AMA Guides - Revisited.
Panel: Sherry Grant, Esq. (Moderator); Robert McLaughlin, Esq.; Gil Stein, Esq.; Timothy Reynolds, M.D.; Honorable Clint Feddersen
Credit: 1.25 MCLE (Ethics), 1.25 Legal Specialization


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Looking into the Proverbial Crystal Ball

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
The Science of Genetics: Legal Apportionment or Politics?

  • Statutory provisions and issues regarding apportionment to asymptomatic issues.
  • City of Jackson case.
  • Practical applications: Identifying issues, discovery requests and strategic tactics.
  • Is genetic testing reliable?   Speculative?

Panel: Julius Young, Esq. (Moderator); Sarah Carr, Esq.; Jake Jacobsmeyer, Esq.; Jacob Rosenberg, M.D.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization 


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Carveouts: Debunking the Myths of Alternatives to the Workers’ Compensation System as We Know It
  • Are “carveouts” the future of workers’ compensation in California?
  • The role of the attorney in carveouts.
  • Timely and effective assistance in obtaining treatment and indemnity benefits.
  • Discovery, litigation and settlement in the alternative system.

Panel: Mark Edelstein, Esq. (Moderator); Robert Sherwin, Esq.; Steven Siemers, Esq.; Maria Mariotto, Ombudsperson
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization


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