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Choose a date below to see the panels offered. 








Continuing Education Credits awarded when attending the entire convention: 

Minimum Continuing Legal Education:  15.25 MCLE (including 1.25 Bias)
Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation:  15.25 MCLE
Division of Workers’ Compensation:  4.5 QME

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

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1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Practical strategies to navigate MPNs
  • The fluidity of the MPN roster
  • Challenges and struggles of being an MPN doctor
  • MPN doctors and substantial medical reporting
Panel: Fran Sparagna, Esq. (Moderator); Diana Sparagna, Esq.; Michael Barnard, Esq.; Dr. Lauren Papa
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME


2:20 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

  • Invalid Utilization Review: Dubon, Bodam, and Patterson
  • Analyzing RFAs
  • Options for treatment after UR denial
  • How to appeal UR Decisions and IMR Determinations
  • Rebuttable presumption of MTUS and other guidelines
  • Stevens, McFarland and McAtee
Panel: John Don, Esq. (Moderator); Joseph Waxman, Esq.; Dr. Steven Feinberg
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME


3:40 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

  • Questions and comments about obtaining treatment for the injured worker
  • Panelists will present case studies of alternative means of obtaining treatment for injured workers based on the present law
  • Microphones will be available around the convention hall for public commentary and questions
Panel:  Alan Gurvey, Esq. (Moderator); Adam Dombchik, Esq.; Jason Marcus, Esq.; Charles Rondeau, Esq.; Honorable Scott Seiden  
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Legal Specialization, 0.5 QME


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • What have we learned from the Dahl case?
  • What are the next steps in obtaining a disability rating for DFEC?
  • rebutting age and occupation factors of the schedule
Panel:  Mark Gearheart, Esq. (Moderator); Robert McLaughlin, Esq.; John Bloom, Esq.  
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 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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8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

  • How to submit an application for the 120 Million Dollar Fund
  • How to file for a QME panel: (and the litigation continues)
  • How to file a lien and lien fees
Panel: Jill Singer, Esq. (Moderator); Jill Roderick, Esq.; Judge William Carero
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


10:05 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

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


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For Regular Members Only. Name Badge is Required. Box lunch provided.
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • The "demolition" of workers' compensation
  • The research behind the investigative reports
  • Inequities in the system   
Panel: Tom Martin, Esq., (Moderator); Keith More, Esq.; David DePaolo, President, WorkCompCentral
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Legal Specialization


2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • The esteemed panel provides a critical review of the significant cases from the last 6 months
Panel: Joseph Capurro, Esq. (Moderator); Melissa Brown, Esq.; Honorable Colleen Casey; G. Ronald Feenberg, Esq.; William Herreras, Esq.; Lawrence Silver, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Factors to consider when classifying employees
  • Consequences of misclassifying employees
  • Uber/Lyft controversy
Panel: Clint Feddersen, Esq. (Moderator); Jim DeSimone, Esq.; Yvonne Lang, Esq.; Alan Gurvey, Esq.
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Legal Specialization


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9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Conducting ethical discovery
  • Protecting applicants’ individual rights based on native language, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation
  • Preventing the abuse of the privacy rights of the injured worker and the rights of the undocumented worker
Panel: Alan Snitzer, Esq. (Moderator); Susan Medina, Esq.; Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson, Esq.; David Skaggs, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE (Bias), 1.25 Legal Specialization 


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Escobedo and recent cases following the principles in Escobedo
  • Causation of disability
  • Impermissible factors; degenerative changes
  • Medical apportionment versus vocational apportionment
Panel: Arjuna Farnsworth, Esq. (Moderator); Robert Rassp, Esq.; Ray Correio, Esq.; Mark Khan, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME 


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9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Keeping track of SAWW rates and how they work
  • Working with Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs)
  • Methods of Attorney Fee Reductions
Panel: Frank Rankin, Esq. (Moderator); Joanna Sacavitch, Esq.; Richard Montarbo, Esq.; Blair McGowan, Former Manager of DEU
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization 


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tables of the AMA Guides that internists use to describe impairment
  • Bases for potential apportionment of internal conditions
  • How do risk factors and preexisting conditions impact industrial findings?
  • Internal conditions as compensable consequences of physical injuries
  • METS testing and deconditioning
  • Almaraz/Guzman and internal conditions 
Panel: Brad Wixen, Esq. (Moderator); Kristi Ellison, Esq.; Dr. Eli Hendel
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME


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