Choose a date below to see the panels offered. 








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:  15.00 MCLE
Division of Workers’ Compensation:  2.0 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. – 2:30 p.m.

  • What is permanent disability?
  • What is impairment?
  • What is the significance of the difference when establishing overall disability? Apportionment?
  • ​Comparing Labor Code §§ 4660 and 4662
Panel: Brad Chalk, Esq. (Moderator); Art Johnson, Esq.; Richard Montarbo, Esq
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Apportionment between multiple injuries
  • Discussion of cases applying Benson
  • When are disabilities “inextricably intertwined?”
  • Questions to ask a doctor when addressing Benson issues​
Panel: Bernhard Baltaxe, Esq. (Moderator); Sarah Carr, Esq.; Arjuna Farnsworth, Esq.; Michael Giachino, Esq.
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • This panel will address the legal issues relevant to immigrants’ rights in labor and workers’ compensation
Panel:  Bernardo de la Torre, Esq. (Moderator); Richie Ross, CAAA Political Consultant; Maria Elena Durazo, Vice-Chair, Democratic National Committee and UNITE HERE International Union Vice President for Immigration and Diversity, Kenneth Martinson, Esq.  
Credit: 1.0 MCLE 


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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FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • Procedure:  Objections in depositions and trials
  • Rules of evidence
  • Admission and exclusion of evidence
  • Substance:  What are the issues? What evidence do you need to prove your case?
  • ​Stating the issues, witnesses and documents on the MSC/Pre-trial statement

Panel: Jeffrey Swartz , Esq. (Moderator); Warren Pulley, Esq.; Honorable Lilla Szelenyi; Honorable James Griffin
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Legal Specialization


10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • How to prepare for an applicant deposition
  • How to prepare applicant for deposition
  • Scope of discovery at applicant depositions
  • ​Complex issues arising at applicant deposition: e.g., immigration; social media; privacy; 5th Amendment
Panel: Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson, Esq. (Moderator); Laura Rosenthal, Esq.; Jenny Jerez, Esq.; Daniel Graves, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


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 and Deputy Commissioners discuss recent interesting Board Panel Decisions

Panel: Commissioner Marguerite Sweeney; Commissioner Jose Razo; Deputy Commissioner Anne Schmitz
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


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

Panel: Joe Capurro, Esq. (Moderator); 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.
  • How to use this regulation to get your client medical benefits; temporary disability benefits and the voucher
  • ​Addressing denials where the defendant failed to investigate

Panel: Patty Pomper, Esq. (Moderator); Mark Vickness, Esq.; Dyana Prince, Esq.; Michael Richter, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


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9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Compromise & Release and Addenda:, unpaid medical expenses; body parts; other injuries; Medicare/Medi-Cal; Social Security; general releases; resignation
  • ​Stipulations:, permanent disability commencement date; Labor Code §4650; outstanding mileage expenses; body parts; limitations on future medical

Panel: Bert Arnold, Esq. (Moderator); Amanda Poe, Esq.; Scott Rubel, Esq.; James, Witkop; Janice Skiljo Haris, RN-BSN, MSN, CNLCP, MSCC
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization 


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Labor Code §4062.3
  • The Maxham case:  What is the difference between “information” and “communications”?
  • What is ex parte communication?
  • How do you get non-medical information to a doctor?
  • Other ethical considerations:
    • Contact with clients; conflicts of interest; protecting the client’s medical privacy; retention of files post settlement; obligations to clients post settlement with open future medical awards
Panel: Jim Butler, Esq. (Moderator); Justin Sonnicksen, Esq.; Kate Lozano, Esq.;  Honorable Christopher Miller
Credit: 1.25 MCLE (Ethics), 1.25 Legal Specialization


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SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Leboeuf and its progeny: Why was Mr. Leboeuf not amenable?
  • ​Rebutting the schedule in partial disability cases; Diminished Labor Market method; AMA Guides method; Diminished Occupational Capacity method

Panel: Mark Gearheart, Esq. (Moderator); Joe Waxman, Esq.; Honorable David Hettick; Frank Diaz
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization 


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Denied body parts; UR/IMR denied treatment; after a C&R
  • Sources of alternative treatment:  Kaiser; union benefits; health insurers; Medicare; Medi-Cal      
  • ​How will the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act affect injured workers?

Panel: Dennis Thomas, Esq. (Moderator); Steven Scardino, Esq.; Shaamini Babu, Esq.; Chris Boehm
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization


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