Continuing Education Credits awarded when attending the entire convention: 

Minimum Continuing Legal Education:  14.75 MCLE (including 1.25 Ethics)
Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation:  13.75 MCLE
Division of Workers’ Compensation:  3.00 QME


1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Addition According to Kite

  • Why add impairments?
  • AMA Guides, pages 9-10, Section 1.4
  • Can Kite be applied utilizing different medical specialties?
  • Is a "synergistic effect" required?
  • The De La Cerda and Taina cases

Panel: Justin Sonnicksen, Esq. (Moderator); Bert Arnold, Esq.; Jack Goldfarb, Esq.; Mark Hyman, M.D.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME


2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Benson: How and Why Exceptions Apply

  • Is there one continuous trauma injury, multiple specific and CT injuries, or are the injuries “inextricably intertwined?”
  • Evidence needed to prove separate injuries
  • Does Wilkinson still exist?
  • The Herrera case
Panel: Elliot Berkowitz, Esq. (Moderator); Dirk Stemerman, Esq.; Erika Vargas, Esq.; Rosanne Wong, Esq.; Rosabel Young, M.D.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Strategies to Challenge and Rebut Panel QME Reports

  • Procedural Grounds
  • PQME reporting requirements
  • Substantial medical evidence: Improper causation and apportionment
  • Cross-examination of PQME doctors
  • Using trater reports to rebut PQME
Panel: Rick Wooley, Esq. (Moderator); Keith More, Esq.; Julie Hirsch, Esq.; Steven Feinberg, M.D.
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization, 1.0 QME


6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception - "Welcome Aboard"

Join us in the Exhibit Hall and 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.


8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
The Third Party Credit/Employer Negligence Trial: Everything you need to know to Litigate a Case

  • A case study from start to finish will be presented
  • Sample correspondence, affidavits, briefs
  • Time for trial! How to get your case tried to submission with witness and admissible evidence
Panel: Adam Dombchik, Esq. (Moderator); Eustace de Saint Phalle, Esq.; Honorable Craig Glass
Credit: 1.0 MCLE


10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
The Dynamex Case: Employee v. Independent Contractor

  • Does Dynamex apply to workers' compensation law?
  • Borello and The ABC test
  • Uber, Lyft cases
  • The impact on the workers' compensation system and on workers' compensation insurance
  • How to litigate a Dynamex issue
Panel: Larry Stern, Esq. (Moderator); Russell Ghitterman, Esq.; Aaron Kaufman, Esq.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization


11:15 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.
General Membership Meeting

  • For regular members only. Name badge is required. Box lunch provided.

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Report of Administrative Director George Parisotto and Chief Judge Paige Levy

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Commissioners’ Panel

  • The WCAB Commissioners discuss recent board panel decisions and the state of the WCAB
Panel: Chairperson Katherine Zalewski (invited); Commissioner Deidra Lowe (invited); Commissioner Marguerite Sweeney (invited); Commissioner Jose Razo (invited); Commissioner Juan Pedro Gaffney (invited); Commissioner Katherine Dodd (invited)
Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 Legal Specialization


2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Marvin Shapiro Memorial: Most Important Cases

  • The esteemed panel provides a critical review of the significant cases from the last 6 months
Panel: Megan Ruble, Esq. (Moderator); Joe Capurro, Esq.; William Herreras, Esq.; Ronald Feenberg, Esq.; Honorable Colleen Casey
Credit: 2.0 MCLE, 2.0 Legal Specialization


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
After the Election: How will the new administration impact our workers compensation system? A Round Table Discussion

  • Unscrambling the alphabet soup of the DIR, DWC, WCAB, and CHSWC
  • Why these agencies matter
  • Are there any changes anticipated in the AD's office? The Director's Office?
  • What is the anticipated future impact of recent appointments to the WCAB?
  • Will there be a legislative focus to "fix" workers' compensation with the new administration? 
Panel: Jason Marcus, Esq. (Moderator); Doug Bloch, Political Director Teamsters Joint Council 7; Member of the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC); Martin Brady, Executive Director, Schools Insurance Authority;  Member of the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC); Mark Rakich, Chief Consultant, California Assembly Insurance Committee



9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
How to Work with the Medicare Set-Aside that Lands on Your Desk

  • What do you do when the amount of the set-aside created by the defendant's vendor is too low? Too high?
  • How and when do you communicate with the set-aside vendor?
  • How do you challenge the set-aside with the vendor? With CMS?
  • Structuring the set-aside
  • Administering the set-aside

Panel: Bret Graham, Esq. (Moderator); Dennis Thomas, Esq.; Tiffany Speers, Esq.; Steve Chapman.
Credit: 1.25 MCLE, 1.25 Legal Specialization 


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Understanding Vocational Apportionment v. Medical Apportionment

  • Understanding causation of "disability" (as contrasted with causation of injury or causation of impairment)
  • Distinctions between vocational apportionment and medical apportionment
  • Estrada and Ramirez cases
  • Deposing vocational consultants

Panel: Art Johnson, Esq. (Moderator); Barry Gorelick, Esq.; Honorable Clint Feddersen; Honorable Eric Ledger
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization



9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Tips for Ensuring Ethical Representation at the WCAB

  • 'This isn't my file"
  • Ex-parte communication
  • 8 CCR 1056; LC§5813
  • Modifying boilerplate language on Compromise & Release
  • Professional demeanor and decorum

Panel: Christel Schoenfelder, Esq. (Moderator); David Dugan, Esq.; Edvin Minassian, Esq.; Matthew Gale, Esq.; Honorable Ivy Mi
Credit: 1.25 Ethics, 1.25 Legal Specialization


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Who's Got the Ball? The Burden of Proof

  • Whose burden is it?
  • How to develop the record
  • Substantial medical evidence
  • Apportionment

Panel: Bernie Baltaxe, Esq. (Moderator); James Yoro, Esq.; Adam Turner, Esq.; Honorable Linda Atcherley
Credit: 1.5 MCLE, 1.5 Legal Specialization





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