Florida Workers’ Advocates Educational Conference

Representing Florida’s Workers for Over 30 Years

The 2021 Conference will be held IN-PERSON!

To check out hotel COVID Policy CLICK HERE

FWA 31st Annual Educational Conference
June 3-4, 2021
JW Marriott – Grande Lakes

Conference Managed by:

RMR Events

3837 Salmon Drive

Orlando, FL  32835



FWA appreciates the generous support of their numerous sponsors.  Many sponsorship opportunities for FWA and the FWA Educational Conference are available.  Information is available below.


The 2021 conference will be held at the JW Marriott at Grande Lakes in Orlando.  Resort address is: 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL  32837



Registration is open.  If you registered in 2020 and did NOT request a refund, you are automatically registered for 2021.


The health of our attendees, sponsors, conference staff and the staff of the hotel is of utmost concern.  The planning team is currently engineering a safe and effective plan to hold this event IN PERSON!  To download the curent JW Marriott COVID Protocols – CLICK HERE.

JW Marriott - Grande Lakes

Information regarding room reservations will be posted soon.
An email will be sent to the FWA mailing list and to the FWA list-serv when reservations are open.

JW Marriott - Grande Lakes

 4040 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32837

JW Marriott - Grande Lakes

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy conference environment.
Check out the Marriott’s COVID Protocols

About the FWA Educational Conference

With 150 attendees from all over the state of Florida, the new 1.5 day format has increased networking, educational and sponsorship opportunities.  Sponsorship areas located adjacent to meeting space facilitate attorney/sponsor interaction.  Engaging and informative general session presentations and panels provide a world-class educational experience. Lunch, refreshments and cocktail reception are provided.







Florida Workers’ Advocates has always valued its partnerships with numerous loyal companies that assist in the fight for Florida’s injured workers.  There are multiple opportunities to support this organization including sponsorship of the Annual Educational Conference.  Click on the graphic to download the 2021 Sponsorship Packet.  Thank you for your support.  If you have other questions, email us at: admin@fwaconference.org

General Agenda

Thursday Agenda (June 3) FULL DAY

7:45-8:15am – Registration


Introduction/Opening Remarks

Paul Anderson, Esq. (Immediate Past President)

Matthew Carrillo, Esq. (Incoming President)

Michael Horowitz, Esq. (Incoming Vice President)


Overcoming Defenses to TTD/TPD

Matt Carrillo, Esq. (Incoming President)

Eric Christiansen, Esq.

Stacy Ortiz, Esq.

9:20-9:30am – SPONSOR Presentation


Proving PTD

Brian Sutter, Esq.

Bryan Greenberg, Esq.

Michael Rudolph, Esq.

10:20-10:30am – BREAK


Work Comp Retaliation & Other Employment Issues

Kenneth Hesser, Esq.

Lou Pfeffer, Esq.

Sean Culliton, Esq.

11:20-11:30am – SPONSOR Presentation


LUNCH, Recognition, Special Guests, & FJA Presentation


Caselaw Update

Brad Smith, Esq.

Jeffrey Friedman, Esq.

2:40-2:50pm – SPONSOR Presentation


Factors that Affect Mediation Outcomes

Howard Scheiner, Esq. (Mediator, former JCC)

Juan Bello, Esq. (Mediator, former JCC)

Michael Winer, Esq.

3:40-4:00pm – SPONSOR Presentation

4:00-4:10pm – BREAK


Legal Ethics & Professionalism

Moderator – Michael Horowitz, Esq. (Incoming Vice President)

Honorable Jack Weiss, Judge of Compensation Claims

Honorable Jacquelyn Newman, Judge of Compensation Claims

Honorable Thomas Hedler, Judge of Compensation Claims

Honorable David Langham, Deputy Chief Judge, Div. of Admin. Hearings

5:00pm – Cocktail Reception

Friday Agenda [June 4] HALF DAY


E/C Discovery Demands & Issues

Rosemary Eure, Esq.

Ramon Malca, Esq.


Federal v. State Workers’ Compensation Claims

Zachary Tucker, Esq.

Jason Ellis, Esq.

10:10-10:20am – BREAK


Legislative Update

Jonathan Kilman, Esq.

Richard Chait, Esq.


Attorney’s Fees

Mark Touby, Esq.

Michael Srebnick, Esq.

1:00-5:00 – Board Meeting – Palazzo FGH

Board meeting restricted to Board Members only.

Additional Information

The registration table will open at 7:45am on June 3 to pick up badges and other registration materials.

If you  have not pre-registered, you may register onsite.  Please allow enough time to complete your registration prior to the start of the sessions.

This event is NOT open to the public – a badge is required for entrance into every session.

The agenda has been submitted to the Florida Bar for CLE credit approval.

All sessions will be held in the JW Marriott Palazzo Ballroom, Section E. The registration area will be immediately outside that ballroom.

Agenda for Download

Download the current agenda here.

Countdown to 2021 Conference








Florida Workers’ Advocates Mission

The purpose of the FWA is to protect and defend the workforce of Florida and particularly the rights of Florida‘s injured workers by providing a medium for cooperation and continuing education among lawyers representing the interests of injured and disabled workers and other persons interested in promoting injured workers and providing fair and just treatment to those workers who suffer workplace injuries and those who are dependent upon them.

To achieve this purpose, the FWA seeks to attract and promote the involvement of compassionate, dedicated individuals and organizations committed to the highest degree of professionalism and the protection of the rights of injured workers, and may take such action and engage in such activities, or assist other persons or organizations in such action or activities, as are consistent with the overall purpose and goals of the organization, including, but not limited to reaching out to and working with groups interested in providing fair and just treatment of Florida’s injured workers and their families encouraging active citizenship of its members through personal involvement and financial participation in the state elective process at the state and local level; assisting candidates for elective public office; educating and informing government officials and other organizations; striving to influence the passage or defeat of legislation to create fairness for injured workers, require benefits be furnished in a timely manner, and insure access to the courts; and participating in appropriate legal or administrative actions.

In support of this purpose, the FWA may also through a political action committee seek voluntary contributions from individuals and entities for the purpose of influencing the selection, nomination, election or appointment of any individual to any state or local public office and to foster positive legislation to promote a fair balance for all stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system.