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 1.00 Ethics)
Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation:  16.00 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. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Meetings: The Central Coast chapter meetings vary.
  • Location: Varies
  • Attendance fee: $45.00 CAAA Members $55.00 Non-Members
  • WCABS: Oxnard 1901 N. Rice Ave, Suite 200 Oxnard, CA 9303 (805) 485-2533
    Santa Barbara 411 E. Canon Perdido, #2 Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 968-0258


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Can MSAs be rigged?
  • What should we be looking for in the MSA?
  • Does an MSA help or hinder settlement?
  • How do we challenge an MSA?
  • Does an MSA need to be sent to CMS for approval?
  • Structuring MSAs
Panel: Alan Gurvey, Esq. (Moderator); Saul Allweiss, Esq.; Ken Paradis, Esq.; Steven Chapman; Janice Skiljo-Haris
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Social Security offsets; "Hartman" formula
  • State Disability
  • Pensions, Long Term DIsability, PERS, and STRS
  • Medicare and MediCal
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Special Needs Trust 
Panel:  Lynne Brown, Esq. (Moderator); Justin Sonnicksen, Esq.; Roshele Snyder, Esq.; William Lindahl, 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. – 9:30 a.m.

  • Professional referrals; the do’s and don’ts for lawyers and doctors
  • Attorney/client relationships
  • Facebook and other social media
  • Advertising on the internet
  • Website content
  • Blogging
Panel: Dirk Stemerman, Esq. (Moderator); Lisa Ivancich, Esq.; David Carr, Esq.
Credit: 1.0 MCLE (Ethics)


10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • Preparing for the deposition
  • Communicating with the doctor
  • Knowing the medicine
  • Objectives and strategies
  • Evidence, objections and demeanor
Panel: Elliot Berkowitz, Esq. (Moderator); Keith More, Esq.; Barbara Thompson, Esq.; Carl Jacobs, Esq.; Timothy Reynolds, M.D.
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.
  • The panel will discuss the important issues in workers’ compensation today, including implementation issues and regulations
Panel: Judge Paige Levy, DWC Chief Judge (Moderator); Christine Baker, Director of the Dept. of Industrial Relations; George Parisotto, DWC Acting Administrative Director
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • The panel discusses the most important cases that have recently come down from the WCAB and appellate courts in California
Panel: Joseph Capurro, Esq. (Moderator); Honorable Colleen Casey; William Herreras, Esq.; Lawrence Silver, Esq.
Credit: 2.0 MCLE, 2.0 Legal Specialization


4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Update on MTUS and opioids; what it means to injured workers
  • The implications of new legislation
  • SB 1160 strategies
  • How can injured workers obtain treatment when the defendant denies a claim, or does not authorize treatment with an MPN physician?
Panel: Adam Dombchik, Esq. (Co-Moderator); Jason Marcus, Esq. (Co-Moderator); Richard Wooley, Esq.; Megan Ruble, Esq.; Diane Worley, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME


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9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Abuse of discovery
  • Objections to sub rosa video
  • How to deal with untimely service of video
  • Subpoenas Duces Tecums
  • Advocacy letters
  • Bank records
  • Witness statements
  • Facebook and other social media
Panel: Scott Rubel, Esq. (Moderator); Chris Azvar, Esq.; Sean Di Thomas, Esq.; James Tuthill
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization 


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Percentage of doctors listed on an MPN who initially agree to see a patient based on the applicant attorney's request?
  • Percentage of doctors listed on an MPN who refuse to see injured workers
  • Excuses MPN doctors use to refuse to treat injured workers
  • Steps to take to obtain authorization for treatment within MPN
  • What constitutes denial of care?
  • Treating outside the MPN
Panel: Tom Martin, Esq. (Moderator); Charles Rondeau, Esq.; Sylvia Joo, Esq.; Bita Adham, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


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9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

  • Does the “psyche standard” apply to physical injuries? (The McCoy and Wang cases)
  • Does the Larsen case shed light on what constitutes a “violent” act? Can we extrapolate this definition to a “catastrophic injury?”
  • What are the arguments for a “secondary” psychological condition actually being a primary “physical” injury?
  • Labor Code §4662 total disability exception to the “psyche repealer”
  • Good faith personnel action; Rolda revisited
Panel: Juliana Guerriero, Esq. (Moderator); Ed Stone, Esq.; Honorable Shiloh 
Rasmusson; Gabor Vari, M.D.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.25 QME 


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • What is a MTBI?
  • When is a stroke industrial?
  • Specialists used for treatment and evaluations in catastrophic cases
  • How do you assess the value of a catastrophic case?
  • Settlements; structure alternatives
  • Vocational analysis
Panel: Barry Gorelick, Esq. (Moderator); Tina Odjaghian, Esq.; Gary Kaplan, Esq.; Fernando Gonzalez, Ph.D.; Enrique Vega
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.25 QME


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