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28th Annual Workplace Torts & Workers' Comp (Virtual)

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28th Annual Workplace Torts & Workers' Comp 

December 3, 2021

(approved for 6.0 CLE Hours)

Topics & Speakers

8:55 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks - Program Chairs

  • Stewart Poisson, Poisson Poisson & Bower, PLLC, Wilmington
  • Vernon Sumwalt, The Sumwalt Group Workers' Compensation and Trial Lawyers, Charlotte

9 a.m. | Constitutional Challenges in Workers’ Compensation Cases in Other States


  • Bob Bollinger, Bollinger Law Firm, PC,  Charlotte 


  • Professor Michael C. Duff, St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis
  • Thomas J. Murphy, Murphy Law Firm, Great Falls

10 a.m. | Workers’ Compensation Appellate Court Decisions Since November 2020 

  • Honorable Jeff Carpenter, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh
  • Honorable Robin Hudson, North Carolina Supreme Court, Raleigh
  • Stewart Poisson, Poisson Poisson & Bower, PLLC, Wilmington
  • Vernon Sumwalt, The Sumwalt Group Workers' Compensation and Trial Lawyers, Charlotte

10:45 a.m. | Break

11 a.m. | The Nature and Impact of Stigma Toward Injured Workers 

  • Rebecca Gewurtz, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science McMaster University, Toronto
  • Steve Mantis, Chair of the Research Action Committee of the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups,  Ontario

11:25 a.m. | Tips on Handling Appeals to the Full Commission

  • April Gladkin, Lead Counsel to the Full Commission, N.C. Industrial Commission 
  • Honorable Wanda Blanche Taylor, Commissioner, N.C Industrial Commission

12:15 p.m. | Lunch 
1:15 p.m. | Insurance Product Primer 

  • Kristine Prati, Wilson Ratledge, Raleigh

1:45 p.m. | Perspectives from a Former Defense Attorney

  • Viral Mehta, Mehta & McConnell, Charlotte

2:15 p.m. | The NC Rate Bureau’s Responsibility for the NC Workers’ Compensation System 

  • Moderator: Hank Patterson, Patterson Harkavy, Chapel Hill 
  • Joanna Bilouris, COO, Insurance Operations, NC Rate Bureau, Raleigh
  • Jarred Chappell, Director of Workers Compensation Operations, NC Rate Bureau, Raleigh

3 p.m. | Break

3:15 pm | Extended Benefits Panel

  • Richard Harper, Harper Law Firm, PLLC, Sylva
  • Kevin Bunn, Kevin Bunn, Attorney at Law, PC, Cary
  • Stewart Poisson, Poisson Poisson & Bower, Wilmington
  • Leslie Wickham, Wickham PLLC, Durham 

4:30 pm | Adjourn

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28th Annual Workplace Torts & Workers' Comp
12/03/2021 at 8:55 AM (EST)  |  360 minutes
12/03/2021 at 8:55 AM (EST)  |  360 minutes
Certificate of Attendance
Up to 6.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 6.00 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available