Workers’ Comp Conference for Alabama Attorneys - Materials Only
Held in Hoover on Friday, October 4, 2019
The annual Alabama Worker's Comp Conference Materials provide essential updates, guidance, and advice for Alabama attorneys, employers, HR professionals, TPAs, insurers, consultants and others who need the latest and most accurate information. When you attend, you'll connect with leading workers' comp attorneys, representatives from the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, and other key players.
At this event you will:
- Learn the latest trends in Workers' Comp in Alabama
- Discuss practice problems with your colleagues
- Cover difficult issues like retaliation and discrimination claims
- Learn how to interact with the Alabama Department of Labor
- Discuss hot topics and different obstacles facing your practice
- And more!
Your Distinguished Faculty
Carin Burford, represents management in employment-related litigation concerning claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unemployment compensation, wage and hour, and workers’ compensation. Ms. Burford also regularly provides training on issues such as employee discipline, harassment and workplace violence prevention, litigation avoidance, and workplace policies and procedures.
Kendall Dunson, is a principal at Beasley Allen in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Dunson handles product liability, general personal injury and workers’ compensation cases involving defective industrial machinery as a member of Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Personal Injury and Product Liability Section. He has worked on numerous cases to compensate clients for their losses and influence corporations to design and manufacture safer products. Mr. Dunson has served as the president of both the Alabama Lawyers Association and the Capital City Bar Association. He was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the Alabama Chapter’s annual meeting Nov. 16, 2017, recently completed a term as a Board member for the National Bar Association and was named a 2017 Alabama Law Foundation Fellow. In addition, he served on the Board of the Montgomery County Bar Association until he was elected to the Executive Committee. Mr. Dunson is also past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association and has the distinct honor of being its first AfricanAmerican President. Mr. Dunson earned a degree in Corporate Finance from UGA and received his juris doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Doug Fields was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, Doug began his legal career over 20 years ago as an advocate for victims of injury and disability. He created Fields Law Firm to offer a different approach to serving clients – focusing on warmth, compassion, and care and connecting with clients as people, not cases.
Steve Garrett, Alabama Department of Labor, Birmingham
Donald B. (Bo) Kirkpatrick is a senior shareholder and a founding member of Carr Allison in Birmingham. His practice focuses primarily on workers’ compensation and related litigation, including retaliatory discharge and other employment matters. He advises self-insured clients, third party administrators and insurance carriers with respect to workers’ compensation issues. He has handled litigation statewide for Fortune 500 Companies and has extensive trial experience throughout Alabama. He has been selected to the Alabama Super Lawyers list since 2008 as well as Best Lawyers in America® since 2012.
Lawrence T. King is a founder of King Simmons, P.C., in Birmingham. His practice focuses on workers’ compensation. He was admitted to the Alabama and Georgia Bars (1988), and to the Florida Bar (1989). Two of his scholarly articles, Fired in Retaliation for Claiming Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Alabama, 24 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 539 (2001) and What Triggers the Application of Alabama Code §25-5-11.1?, 33 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 1 379 (2010) (with Christina Van Der Hulst), were cited as authoritative in the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions (3d ed. 2012), on the topic of retaliatory discharge. He has secured several 7-figure jury verdicts in retaliatory discharge cases totaling millions of dollars throughout Alabama, including record verdicts for that type case in at least 4 counties.
Donald M. (Don) Harrison, III, is Deputy General Counsel with the Alabama Department of Labor. He represents and advises the various divisions of the Department, including the Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment, and Inspections Divisions.
Friday, October 4, 2019
8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Donald B. (Bo) Kirkpatrick, II
- Recent developments in the definition of a “special employer” under the Workers’ Compensation Act of Alabama
- Recent developments in Alabama courts asserting jurisdiction over workers’ compensation claims in Alabama, as well as new decisions on venue issues
- Recent developments with regard to the standard for medical causation in workers’ compensation cases in Alabama
- The constitutionality of the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act
9:45 AM to 10:00 AM
10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Litigating Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims in Alabama
Lawrence T. King
King Simmons Ford & Spree, P.C.
- Proving retaliation
- Litigation techniques
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
LUNCH (on your own)
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
On the Job Injuries & Your Ethical Responsibilities to Your Client
- Product Liability: The Rule of Law
- How to Access a product liability case
- How to prepare a product liability case
- Expert testimony
- Applicable standards
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Critical Crossroads: How to Handle Alabama Workers' Comp Cases at the Intersection of the ADA and FMLA
- Americans with Disabilities Act – overview
- Family and Medical Leave Act – overview
- Workers’ compensation situations where federal law may also arise:
- Light duty
- Duration of leave
- Fitness for duty certification
- Medical examinations
- Reinstatement rights
- Health insurance continuation
- Confidentiality of medical information
3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Alabama Department of Labor Update
Donald M. (Don) Harrison, III
Alabama Department of Labor
This session will cover:
- Updates from the Department of Labor
- Ombudsman/mediation process
4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
Cases Arising Out of the Employment Relationship
J. Douglas Fields, Jr.
Fields Law Firm, LLC
- Retaliatory discharge and other wrongful terminations
- Co-employee cases
- Third-party liability
- Dangerous products and safety in the workplace
- Employer’s right of subrogation