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Conference Agenda
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm

On-site Registration

1:00-1:15 pm
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
“You know, when I was a kid, I always thought I’d grow up to be a hero.” – Butch Cassidy

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mark Touby, Esquire – FWA President

1:15-2:05 pm
Rick: “Don’t you sometimes wonder if it’s worth all this? I mean what you’re fighting for.”
Victor Laszlo: “You might as well question why we breathe.”

Viewpoint from Tallahassee / Legislative Update
Paul Anderson, Esquire
Richard Chait, Esquire
Fausto Gomez, Esquire

2:05-2:30 pm
Gone With the Wind
“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” - Scarlett

Tough Settlement Planning Issues
Jason Lazarus, Synergy Settlement Solutions

2:30 – 2:40pm

The Sound of Music
“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” - Maria

The Modern Practice - Litigating your Case in the Technological Era
Practical aspects of video conference trials, docketing evidence via electronic filing, expectations of the judges, practice pointers for “virtual” trials with real evidence and parties.
Eric Christianson, Esquire
Josh Nelson, Esquire
Mark Lee, Esquire

3:30 – 4:00pm
FWA/Synergy Settlement Solutions Scholarship Presentations


4:10 – 5:00pm
Pulp Fiction
“If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.” - Jules

View from the Bench – Q & A with the Judges
Michael Horowitz, Esquire
Panel Members:
Honorable William Holley, Judge of Compensation Claims
Honorable Iliana Forte, Judge of Compensation Claims
Honorable Robert L. Dietz, Judge of Compensation Claims

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Cocktail Reception
Open to all registered conference attendees and sponsors
FRIDAY - June 3


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room! – President Merkin Muffley

The Doctor’s Deposition – Major Contributing Cause Put Under the Microscope
This will be a live mock deposition that will take place on the issue of MCC. The attorney panelists will prepare the doctor for his deposition, ask the questions to prove their prime facie case, and respond to a hard-hitting “defense” cross-examination

Dr. Anuj Prasher, M.D. - Orthopedic Surgeon

Paulo Longo, Esquire
Erik Grindal, Esquire

The Godfather
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” - Don Corleone

Practical Trial and Mediation: Practice Tips and Strategies for the Claimant’s Attorney
Stuart Suskin, Esquire, State of Florida Mediator
Glen Wieland, Esquire
Richard Berman, Esquire

Good Will Hunting
“It’s not your fault…” – Sean Maguire

Presentation by NeuroInternational
Speaker: Dr. Pritesh Parbhoo, Psy.D.
Michael Winer, Esquire

10:05- 10:15am
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” - Brody

Adding More Tools to Our Toolbox
Identifying “outliers” (FMLA, ADA, ADEA, EEOC, and other federal law) in cases can increase the value and benefits for our client.

Lou Pfeffer, Esquire

The Matrix
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” - Morpheus

The Impact of Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals on Your Practice
Speaker: Danielle Jaffe, IWP

“State of the Union” of Workers Compensation in the State of Florida
Mark Touby, Esquire, FWA President
Chris Smith, Esquire, FWA Vice President

1:00 – 1:50pm
Bonnie and Clyde
“This here’s Miss Bonnie Parker. I’m Clyde Barrow. We rob banks.” – Clyde Barrow

Case Law Update – The Most Recent Cases and Their Impact on Your Practice
Brad Smith, Esquire
Jane-Robin Wender, Esquire

1:50 – 2:40pm
Monty Python and The Holy Grail
“Oh, but you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.” - Dennis

The Supreme Court’s Decision on Due Process and the Impact to Your Practice
Panel Members:
Mike Winer, Esquire
Mark Touby, Esquire

2:40 - 2:50pm

2:50 – 3:40 pm
The Bridge on the River Kwai
“Don’t speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!” – Colonel Saito

PEOs and How to Overcome the Hurdles They Pose
Ray Malca, Esquire
Monte Shoemaker, Esquire
Richard Powers, Esquire

3:40 - 4:30pm
Raging Bull
“If you win, you win. If you lose, you still win.” - Joey La Motta

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP – “Simplifying the Practice”

The Anatomy of a Workers’ Compensation Case
This will be a tutorial/refresher on handling a workers’ compensation using the administrative timeline to your benefit. Setting up files from the time of sign up through trial/settlement. The 120-day rule, causation (burden shifting), 440.13 on referrals to specialists and waiver of defenses based on timeliness, amendments to pretrials, attorney’s fee hearings, etc.
John Sharpless, Esquire
Rosemary Eure, Esquire
Matthew Carrillo, Esquire

4:30 - 5:00pm
FWA General Membership Meeting

This Course will be submitted to the Florida Bar for Continuing Education Credits