Florida Workers’ Advocates Educational Conference

June 6-7, 2024

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort


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


The 2023 conference will be held in the beautiful Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando



Registration for the 2024 Conference will open in January 2024



2024 Conference Agenda is posted below

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

2024 Conference

General Agenda

Thursday Agenda (June 6) FULL DAY

7:45-8:30am – Registration

“Then who’s vice president? Jerry Lewis?” – Marty McFly
Introduction, Opening Remarks

Eric Sandler, Esq. (Immediate Past President)
Holley Akers, Esq. (Incoming President)
Manny Franco, Esq. (Incoming Vice President)

“You’re not thinking fourth-dimensionally.” – Marty McFly
PEO’s/Undocumented Workers

Manuel Franco, Esq.
Joaquin Jiron, Esq.

“If you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” – Dr. Emmett Brown
Practical Tips for Owning and operating a Small/Solo Law Firm – Staffing/Technology/Marketing/Trust Accounting

Kenneth Hesser, Esq.
Catherine Agacinski, Esq.
Domenic Celeste, Esq.

Break and Sponsor Presentation
Successful Settlement Funding Strategies: The Value of Future Medical
Nate Evans, Arcadia Settlement Group

“Maybe you guys aren’t ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it” – Marty McFly
Medicaid Planning 101: The Importance of Preserving Access to Medicaid and other Public Benefits When Settling the PTD Case

Jason Neufeld, Esq.
Kimberly Syfrett, Esq.

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” – Dr. Emmett Brown
Caselaw Update

Christopher Mossallati, Esq.
Michael Srebnick, Esq
Megan Oliva, Esq.

12:20-2:00pm – LUNCH, Recognitions & Awards
Representative Michelle Salzman, Keynote Speaker

“This is heavy.” – Marty McFly
Case Law Deep Dive Strategy

Mark Crespo, Esq.
Bryan Greenberg, Esq.
Holley Akers, Esq.

“1.21 gigawatts” – Dr. Emmett Brown

Mark Lee, Esq.
Richard Berman, Esq.
Diana Castrillon, Esq.

Sponsor Presentation
William Matthews & Jeff Klugerman, Ringler Associates

“Great Scott!” – Doc
Legal Ethics & Professionalism with JCCs

Moderator – Mark Touby, Esq.
Hon. Barbara Case, West Palm Beach
Hon. Thomas A. Hedler, West Palm Beach
Hon. Lourdes Sancerni, Orlando

4:40pm – Cocktail Reception

Friday Agenda (June 7) HALF DAY

“Doc, you’re my only hope.” – Marty McFly

Using Pain Management Doctor to Establish MCC, Increase Impairment Ratings, and Prove PTD Entitlement

Dr. Arpit Patel
Dr. Neal Shah
Dr. Navdeep Jassal

“Why don’t you make like a tree and get outta here?” – Biff Tannen
Workers’ Compensation Legislation/Opt-Out/Rate Making

Rosemary Eure, Esq.
Jim Fee, Esq.
Ricardo Morales, Esq.
Chris Smith, Esq.

Break and Sponsor Presentation
Help Your Client Fight Illegal Work Comp Medical Billing
Rick Peck, Peck Law Firm

“I’m your density. I mean your destiny.” – George McFly
Legislative Update

Richard Chait, Esq.
Representative Michelle Salzman
Representative Berny Jacques

Marty: “Give me a Pepsi Free.” Waiter: “You want a Pepsi, pal, you’re gonna pay for it.”
Attorney’s Fees

Michael Winer, Esq.
Eric Christiansen, Esq.

12:00PM – Conference Ends

Additional Information

The registration table will open at 7:45am on June 6 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 Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort – Windsong Ballroom. The registration area will be immediately outside that ballroom.

Agenda for Download

A downloadable version of the 2024 agenda is available HERE.







DRS Registry Services, Inc.


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.  If you have other questions, email us at: admin@fwaconference.org

Countdown to 2024 Conference








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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.