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Virtual Tennessee Workers' Comp Conference

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Virtual Tennessee Workers' Comp Conference

Join us for the 14th Annual Virtual Workers’ Comp Conference, November 12-13, 2020

Attend this two-day jam-packed event and connect with some of the best experts in the business. Presentations by some of Tennessee’s longest-serving workers’ compensation judges, skillful attorneys, and respected members of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Engage during the live Q & A each day with our dynamic speakers!

Expand your knowledge and expertise with use of the AMA Guides during the powerful virtual physician sessions!

Earn all of your annual CLE requirements in this one event. Up to 15 hours of general CLE hours including 3 hours of dual ethics/professionalism are offered.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Hot topics in workers’ comp
  • AMA guidelines
  • Ethics in workers’ comp cases
  • How to win on appeal
  • Legislative and caselaw updates
  • Termination & retaliation in the workplace
  • Employment law changes and updates
  • Physician’s panel: Spine, shoulder, and knee experts
  • Injury and causation
  • Medicare set asides
  • Mental injuries
  • Discovery limitations
  • Best practices in claims management
  • Insurance and compliance considerations

 

What your colleagues said about last year’s event:

“Relatable topics to current issues”

“I enjoyed hearing from so many members of the Bureau”

“High quality presenters”

“Location was great; convenient and nice facility”

Agenda

Day One: Thursday November 12, 2020 

8:00 am-9:00 am
Beyond Causation...An Examination of Affirmative Defenses & Case Law Update
Presented by Judge Amber Lutrell & Judge Allen Philips of the TN Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims

9:05 am-10:05 am
Ethics in Workers’ Compensation Cases
Presented by Sean Hunt of The Hunt Law firm

10:05 am-10:15 am
10-minute break

10:15 am- 11:15 am
Medical Issues
Presented by Frank Gallina of Parker Lawrence Cantrell & Smith

11:20 am-12:20 pm
Best Practices in Workers’ Compensation Cases
Presented by Michael Haynie of Manier & Herod

12:20 pm-12:50 pm
30-minute break

12:50 pm-1:50 pm
AMA Guidelines
Presented by Kitty Boyte of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP and Physicians Panel (TBD)

1:55 pm – 2:55 pm
Employment Law Updates & Ethical Considerations/TBD
Presented by Terrance Olsen of Olsen Law Firm

2:55 pm- 3:05 pm
10-minute break

3:05 pm-4:05 pm
Trajectory of the TN Workforce Post COVID-19

4:05 pm-4:35 pm
LIVE Q&A with the Workers’ Comp Speakers!

Day Two: Friday, November 13, 2020

8:00 am-9:00 am
Uninsured Employer’s Fund
Presented by Claudia Byers and Amanda Terry of TN Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

9:05 am-10:05 am
WC Appeals Board
Presented by Mary Beth Maddox of Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP

10:05 am-10:15 am
10-minute break

10:15 am- 11:15 am
Legislative Updates

11:20 am-12:20 pm
FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation

12:20 pm-12:50 pm
30-minute break 

12:50 pm-1:50 pm
An Update on Medical Issues in Workers' Compensation Cases
Presented by Judge Pamela Johnson of the TN Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims

1:55 pm – 2:55 pm
Termination & Retaliation and Ethical Considerations in the Workforce

2:55 pm- 3:05 pm
10-minute break

3:05 pm-4:05 pm

Claims Management

4:05 pm-4:35 pm
LIVE Q&A with the Workers’ Comp Speakers!

Your Distinguished Faculty

 

 

Kitty Boyte

Kitty Boyte
Over the past 20+ years Kitty has successfully guided many of the largest employers of middle Tennessee through workers' compensation and employment law issues. She has litigated workers' compensation cases in well over half the 95 counties in the state of Tennessee. She is a frequent speaker to industry and its insurers on local state, and national levels; and is a guest lecturer on workers’ compensation at the Nashville School of Law and on business ethics at Middle Tennessee.

Claudia Byers

Claudia Byers
Claudia is an Associate Attorney for the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, where she provides legal support for the Compliance Unit and represents the Bureau in contested matters. She also assists in the administration of the UEF Benefit program. During her time with the Bureau, Claudia has developed many valuable training opportunities for the Compliance Unit.

She is a member of the Employee Misclassification Advisory Committee. Claudia is active in the community and currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Junior League of Nashville. Claudia earned her JD from Belmont University College of Law in 2014.

Frank Gallina

Frank Gallina 
Frank M. Gallina is a partner in the Nashville law firm of Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Smith, where he practices primarily in the areas of workers' compensation defense, insurance defense, and general civil litigation.  Mr. Gallina earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his J.D. from the University of Memphis School of Law.  Mr. Gallina is a member of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations and is admitted to practice law in all Tennessee and Kentucky State Courts and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Michael Haynie

Michael L. Haynie
Haynie is a principal with Manier & Herod.  For over 20 years, he has specialized in representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims.  Mr. Haynie is frequently called upon to draft and advise on workers’ compensation legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly and has authored amicus briefs filed in the Tennessee Supreme Court on behalf of the business community.  He is also actively involved in forums and rulemaking proceedings at the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.  In recognition of his contributions to the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law, Mr. Haynie received the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association 2016 Defense Lawyer of the Year award.  

Sean Antone Hunt

Sean Antone Hunt
Sean Hunt is the owner of the Memphis boutique commercial defense law firm, The Hunt Law Firm, where the two-person law firm brings a unique team format to in-house counsel and business clients for their litigation needs. For the past 20 years, he has practiced in the areas of section 1983 litigation, construction litigation, products liability, personal injury, workers' compensation, and insurance defense. Recently, Mr. Hunt has become a Rule 31 trained mediator as well.

Pamela Beason Johnson

Judge Pamela Beason Johnson
In May 2014, Judge Johnson was appointed to the newly established Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims.  Now a twelve-member Court, Judge Johnson currently hears cases pending in Knoxville.  She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), and East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (ETLAW).  She is also a member of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary (NAWCJ) where she sits on the Board of Directors. 

She is a regular speaker on issues of workers’ compensation practice and procedures at the national, regional, state, and local levels.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in August 1997, and her law degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in May 2000. 

Judge Amber Luttrell

Judge Amber E. Luttrell
In 2015, Judge Luttrell was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims. She currently hears cases pending in Jackson and Memphis.  Before her appointment, Judge Luttrell practiced law with Waldrop & Hall in Jackson in the area of insurance defense with a concentration in workers’ compensation.

She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Mississippi. She is a member of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary (NAWCJ) and a Master of the Bench in the Howell Edmunds Jackson Chapter of the American Inn of Court. Judge Luttrell is a regular speaker on all things relevant to Tennessee workers’ compensation law.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College, and her law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2001.

Terry Olsen

Terrence L. Olsen, Esq. (“Terry”)
Partner of the Olsen law Firm founded in September 2003, and practices Immigration & Nationality Law exclusively. Terry has served, and continues to serve, the international community and his clients’ interests in the United States and internationally. By actively participating in government discussions of immigration law and policy, Terry is an active participant with the agencies governing immigration law, rather than being an observer on the sidelines.

Terry is an alumnus of William and Mary law School, Southern Illinois University at Chattanooga. While in law school, Terry spearheaded several legal organizations and was involved in the following law student organizations-member of the William and Mary Law Reviews, Articles Editor of the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Justice of Phi Alpha Delta, Virginia Trial lawyers Association, Technical Assistant of Courtroom 21, research Assistant for professor Grover, Law Clerk for the Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Extern at Goodman and Company.

Judge Allen Phillips

Judge Allen Phillips
Phillips hears cases in the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims in Jackson and Memphis. A Jackson native, Judge Phillips attended Lambuth College where he graduated with honors in 1987. Judge Phillips graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1990. While in law school, he served on the editorial board of the Tennessee Law Review. Judge Phillips was one of the first eight judges appointed to the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims in 2014.

Before his appointment, he practiced law with Waldrop & Hall in Jackson for twenty-four years in the areas of insurance defense and general practice with a concentration in workers’ compensation. He was in active in the local Bar Association, serving on the Board of Directors and receiving the Liberty Bell Award in 1995 for outstanding service to the Bar. He is currently a Master of the Bench in the local American Inns of Court, a member of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary and was a major contributor to “A Century of Progress and Prospective,” a book commemorating the Centennial of Workers’ Compensation in Tennessee.

 

Amanda Terry

Amanda Terry
Amanda is the Director of Compliance for the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. She has been with the Bureau since 2015. In her role, she oversees the Compliance Unit consisting on investigators and attorneys that identify employers that fail to comply with the requirements of the Workers’ Compensation Laws. She also assists in the administration of the UEF Benefit program. Prior to becoming Director, Amanda worked as an attorney and a mediator for the Bureau.

She is a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute and serves as the Chair of the Employee Misclassification Advisory Committee. Amanda earned her JD from Mississippi College School of Law in 2009.

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