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  • Brown Bag Lunch - 12/17/2020

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 12/17/2020 at 12:00 PM (CST)

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Please register for this program.

    12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

    James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall Auditorium
    Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph Street
    Chicago, IL

    1 hour general MCLE credit

    As always, all persons are welcome to attend. WCLA members & IWCC personnel and staff and other approved attendees receive free MCLE credit. 

  • Brown Bag Lunch - 11/19/2020

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 11/19/2020 at 12:00 PM (CST)

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Please register for this program.

    12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

    James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall Auditorium
    Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph Street
    Chicago, IL

    1 hour general MCLE credit

    As always, all persons are welcome to attend. WCLA members & IWCC personnel and staff and other approved attendees receive free MCLE credit. 

  • Brown Bag Lunch - 10/29/2020

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/29/2020 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Please register for this program.

    12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

    James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall Auditorium
    Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph Street
    Chicago, IL

    1 hour general MCLE credit

    As always, all persons are welcome to attend. WCLA members & IWCC personnel and staff and other approved attendees receive free MCLE credit. 

  • Brown Bag Lunch - 9/24/2020

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 09/24/2020 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Please register for this program.

    12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

    James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall Auditorium
    Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph Street
    Chicago, IL

    1 hour general MCLE credit

    As always, all persons are welcome to attend. WCLA members & IWCC personnel and staff and other approved attendees receive free MCLE credit. 

  • Brown Bag Lunch - 8/27/2020

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 08/27/2020 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Please register for this program.

    12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

    James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall Auditorium
    Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph Street
    Chicago, IL

    1 hour general MCLE credit

    As always, all persons are welcome to attend. WCLA members & IWCC personnel and staff and other approved attendees receive free MCLE credit. 

  • Webinar - Brown Bag Lunch - 7/30/2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live In-Person Event on 07/30/2020 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Please register for this webinar.

    12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

    1 hour general MCLE credit

  • Webinar - CompFile: Electronic Filing Questions & Answers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/14/2020 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

    Observe a live walk through of the electronic settlement process in CompFile – Q&A to follow.

    Observe a live walk through of the electronic settlement process in CompFile – Q&A to follow

    Tuesday, July 14 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM

    1-hour general CLE

    Connor Gallagher

    Connor Gallagher, business and technical analyst for WorkComp Strategies, is a leader in the development and implementation of CompFile, the IWCC’s new e-filing and case management system. Mr. Gallagher brings experience and expertise to the project after launching similar programs within the workers’ compensation sector across the United States. He is pleased to share the most recent development of CompFile: electronic settlements.

    David B. Menchetti (Moderator)

    David B Menchetti’s a shareholder in Cullen, Haskins, Nicholson & Menchetti, P.C. in Chicago and concentrates his practice in the representation of injured workers throughout Illinois before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Circuit Courts and the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (JD) and attained an undergraduate degree (BA) with distinction from Stanford University. Mr. Menchetti is a former staff counsel to Illinois State Senate President Philip J. Rock and concentrated in legislation dealing with insurance, pensions and licensed activities. He has served as counsel to Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. and advised about and drafted reforms to the Workers’ Compensation Act in 1989 and 1991.

    He is a member of: the Illinois State Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council Chair and Legislation Committee member); the Chicago Bar Association (Industrial Commission Committee Chair ); the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Workers’ Compensation Committee Chair); the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (President); the American Association for Justice (Workplace Injury Section); the Workplace Injury Litigation Group; and the Board of the Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Health and Safety.

    He has authored the chapter on “Penalties” in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Workers’ Compensation Notebook and has lectured on workers’ compensation issues for: the Illinois State Bar Association; the Chicago Bar Association; the National Business Institute: the Council on Education in Management; the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims Association; the judicial training program for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; the United Food and Commercial Workers Union; the Laborers International Union; Combined Orthopedic Specialists; the Illinois Bones Association; Kankakee Community College; the University of Chicago Hospitals.

    He serves as an advisor to the Illinois AFL-CIO on workers’ compensation matters and participated in the negotiations and drafted the amendments contained in the historic 2005 and 2012 Workers’ Compensation reform legislation. He is listed in the Who’s Who in American Law, has been designated as one of the Best Lawyers in America and has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer. The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association has presented him the President’s Award. He has been selected as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.

  • Webinar - Brown Bag Lunch - 6/25/2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Please register for this program.

    Recorded on 6/25/2020 at 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

    1 hour general MCLE credit

    As always, all persons are welcome to attend. WCLA members & IWCC personnel and staff and other approved attendees receive free MCLE credit. 

    David B. Menchetti (Moderator)

    David B Menchetti’s a shareholder in Cullen, Haskins, Nicholson & Menchetti, P.C. in Chicago and concentrates his practice in the representation of injured workers throughout Illinois before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Circuit Courts and the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (JD) and attained an undergraduate degree (BA) with distinction from Stanford University. Mr. Menchetti is a former staff counsel to Illinois State Senate President Philip J. Rock and concentrated in legislation dealing with insurance, pensions and licensed activities. He has served as counsel to Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. and advised about and drafted reforms to the Workers’ Compensation Act in 1989 and 1991.

    He is a member of: the Illinois State Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council Chair and Legislation Committee member); the Chicago Bar Association (Industrial Commission Committee Chair ); the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Workers’ Compensation Committee Chair); the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (President); the American Association for Justice (Workplace Injury Section); the Workplace Injury Litigation Group; and the Board of the Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Health and Safety.

    He has authored the chapter on “Penalties” in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Workers’ Compensation Notebook and has lectured on workers’ compensation issues for: the Illinois State Bar Association; the Chicago Bar Association; the National Business Institute: the Council on Education in Management; the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims Association; the judicial training program for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; the United Food and Commercial Workers Union; the Laborers International Union; Combined Orthopedic Specialists; the Illinois Bones Association; Kankakee Community College; the University of Chicago Hospitals.

    He serves as an advisor to the Illinois AFL-CIO on workers’ compensation matters and participated in the negotiations and drafted the amendments contained in the historic 2005 and 2012 Workers’ Compensation reform legislation. He is listed in the Who’s Who in American Law, has been designated as one of the Best Lawyers in America and has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer. The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association has presented him the President’s Award. He has been selected as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.

    Cameron Lindahl, M.S.

    Cameron Lindahl, M.S. is the Director of Advocacy at CPT Institute. Cameron is responsible for leading CPT Institute’s mission as a 501(c)(3) charity to provide free “education and training for the legal community on protecting government benefits for the injured and at-risk” nationally. Additionally, he regularly publishes articles and conducts training in various settings across the country. His other duties include supervising the Education and Training Team, managing the national case funnel, and strategic development.

    Cameron’s interest in policy was first established when he received his graduate degree in Policy and Evaluation while conducting mixed-method research on the educational system in the United States. He then proceeded into the classroom as a teacher where he served at one of the lowest performing schools in Florida. His dropout prevention classroom served a diverse group of low-income students including those with special needs, behavioral disorders, and previously retained students. Cameron is proud to say that he was part of the team that successfully transformed the school’s failing status. These experiences paired with his father’s journey of becoming legally blind in his thirties fuels his passion for helping the community of disabled people. When he is not working Cameron enjoys traveling, home improvement projects, and camping with his wife and their two dogs.

  • Summer 2020 Medical Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Summer 2020 Medical Webinar

    Summer 2020 Medical Webinar

    Recorded on June 8, 2020 at 1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Agenda:

    • 1:00 – 1:45 PM - Eric Chahab, MD - Illinois Bone & Joint Institute
      • How BMI can impact case outcomes. Why Weight Matters
    • 1:45 – 2:30 PM - David Bokerman, PT - Athletico
      • The Physical Therapist’s Role in Pain Management
    • 2:30 – 3:15 PM - Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD - OrthoIllinois
      • The Injured Worker – Shoulder
    • 3:15 – 4:00 PM – Preston Wolin, MD - Center for Athletic Medicine 
      • Biologics in 2020:  Black Hole or Real Improvement

    Eric Chahab, MD

    Dr. Eric Chehab is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine. He provides general fracture care and specializes in the treatment of sports related injuries, in particular to the knee and shoulder. Dr. Chehab provides advanced treatments for anterior cruciate ligament injuries, shoulder injuries including rotator cuff tears and shoulder instability, and soft tissue and bone trauma.

    A graduate of Harvard and Stanford, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City – recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the nation’s #1 hospital for orthopedics. He completed his advanced training in sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, where he apprenticed with the head team physician and the medical staff for the New York Giants.

    Dr. Chehab has served as a faculty member at Northwestern University, as assistant team physician for Northwestern University, team physician for Glenbrook South High School, and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago. At NorthShore University HealthSystem – where he serves as an Attending Surgeon – Dr. Chehab was the co-recipient of the Charles S. Neer Award from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons for excellence in shoulder research.

    An All-American rugby player in college and captain of the Harvard squad, Dr. Chehab understands the commitment required to achieve at the highest level. He feels privileged to help those in their pursuit of excellence by providing the highest level of compassionate care.

    David Bokermann, PT

    David Bokermann is the facility manager and physical therapist of the Athletico Bolingbrook Clinic. He has been a physical therapist for 7 years now. He received his undergraduate degree of health science from Bradley University and he continued his education, receiving his doctorate of physical therapy degree from Bradley as well. He has pursued further education including therapeutic neuroscience education of pain management and just received his certificate for a Champion Performance-Therapist this year. His clinical specialties include vestibular therapy, concussion management and balance and fall risk patients. Outside of the therapy clinic he enjoys spending time with his wive and 2 young kids. His hobbies include bike riding and watching football.

    Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD

    Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel’s orthopedic practice focuses on minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder. He has received extensive training from international experts and published significant literature regarding hip arthroscopycartilage restoration techniques, complex knee ligament surgery, and a variety of arthroscopic shoulder procedures.

    Dr. Van Thiel attended UCLA Medical School in pursuit of his medical degree and concurrently completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the UCLA School of Business. Following medical and business school, Dr. Van Thiel completed his orthopedic and sports medicine training at one of the top programs in the country at Rush Medical Center in Chicago under the guidance of some of the country’s leading sports medicine surgeons. He remains a faculty member at Rush for both research and resident education.

    Over the years, he has collaborated with world-renowned surgeons on research and development projects in a multitude of areas including hip arthroscopy and new techniques to treat labral tears; a comprehensive involvement with cartilage restoration and joint preserving surgical techniques of the knee, hip, and shoulder; as well as cutting edge procedures in shoulder arthroscopy. He has also had the opportunity to educate other surgeons in these specialty areas, and is currently a member of the Multicenter Arthroscopic Study of the Hip (www.mashstudy.com) along with other prominent surgeons from around the country.

    Dr. Van Thiel’s commitment to athletics and an active lifestyle is evident in both his personal belief that activity leads to better health, and his involvement with sports teams. While at Rush, Dr. Van Thiel was an assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and Chicago White Sox (MLB). He is currently affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network and is the head team physician for the AHL Ice Hogs. He is also a team physician with the US National Soccer Teams.

    Dr. Van Thiel continues to have a passionate interest in research and education. He has authored over 60 textbook chapters and journal articles. His research has been included in over 80 international presentations with topics including: hip arthroscopy, hip labral tears, cartilage restoration, shoulder instability repair, rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, and complex knee ligament reconstruction. Dr. Van Thiel currently sits on the editorial board of two major orthopedic sports medicine journals.

    Although cutting edge care is essential for excellent patient outcomes, Dr. Van Thiel also believes that cutting edge care cannot be completed without compassion and humility.

    You may contact Dr. Van Thiel by email: vanthielmd@orthoillinois.com

    Preston Wolin, MD

    Established in 1991, Dr. Preston Wolin is the director and founder of the Center for Athletic Medicine. Dr. Wolin earned his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois and completed his residency at Northwestern University Medical Center. He completed 2 fellowships: Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard University and Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Knee Surgery at Newton-Wesley Hospital/Tufts University.

    Board Certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons with specialization in the shoulder, knee, ankle, and elbow, Dr. Wolin is also subspecialty certified in Sports Medicine and serves as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the Sportsmedicine Fellowship.

    Dr. Wolin has served as a team physician for DePaul University, Loyola University, University of Illinois -Chicago, The Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer), United States Soccer National Men’s and Women’s Teams, The Chicago Red Stars (Women’s Professional Soccer), and The Windy City Thunderbolts. He is currently the team physician for Robert Morris University, St. Rita High School and St. Ignatius College Prep. A founding member of the Illinois State High School Sportsmedicine Advisory Committee, Dr. Wolin was also Vice President of the Conference USA Medical Committee and a consultant to the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

    Dr. Wolin is considered an expert in worker’s compensation and is a professional speaker on the subject as well as the author of a quarterly newsletter distributed to work comp professionals. As Chairman of theWorker’s Compensation Task Force and the IL Worker’s Compensation Committee, Dr. Wolin has the extensive experience necessary to manage worker’s compensation issues.

    Vitas J. Mockaitis (Moderator)

    Vitas J. Mockaitis has 32 years of experience handling Illinois workers’ compensation claims.  Respected as a leading trial lawyer, Vitas has briefed and successfully argued many cases before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission during the course of his distinguished career.

    With his extensive knowledge and experience in workers’ compensation law and related fields of legal practice, Mr. Mockaitis has presented numerous seminars on the theme of injured workers’ rights and benefits, addressing unions and labor organizations throughout the state of Illinois.  In addition, he has authored and co-authored several guidebooks and information pamphlets concerning workers’ compensation issues as they relate to injured workers in Illinois.  Subjects of the publications have included repetitive trauma and overuse injuries and injured workers’ medical rights, among other topics.

  • Webinar - Brown Bag Lunch - 5/28/2020

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/28/2020

    Brown Bag Lunch - May 2020 Update: June 2020 Special Circumstance Arbitration Procedures Guest Speaker - Chairman Michael Brennan Once registered, you will be able to access the handouts ("Handouts" tab) and join the webinar ("Contents" tab).

    Brown Bag Lunch

    12:00 noon to 1:00 pm - Webinar

    Once registered, you will be able to access the handouts ("Handouts" tab) and join the webinar ("Contents" tab).

    1 hour general MCLE credit

    WCLA members & IWCC personnel and staff and other approved attendees receive free MCLE credit. 

    David B. Menchetti (Moderator)

    David B Menchetti’s a shareholder in Cullen, Haskins, Nicholson & Menchetti, P.C. in Chicago and concentrates his practice in the representation of injured workers throughout Illinois before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Circuit Courts and the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (JD) and attained an undergraduate degree (BA) with distinction from Stanford University. Mr. Menchetti is a former staff counsel to Illinois State Senate President Philip J. Rock and concentrated in legislation dealing with insurance, pensions and licensed activities. He has served as counsel to Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. and advised about and drafted reforms to the Workers’ Compensation Act in 1989 and 1991.

    He is a member of: the Illinois State Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council Chair and Legislation Committee member); the Chicago Bar Association (Industrial Commission Committee Chair ); the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Workers’ Compensation Committee Chair); the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (President); the American Association for Justice (Workplace Injury Section); the Workplace Injury Litigation Group; and the Board of the Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Health and Safety.

    He has authored the chapter on “Penalties” in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Workers’ Compensation Notebook and has lectured on workers’ compensation issues for: the Illinois State Bar Association; the Chicago Bar Association; the National Business Institute: the Council on Education in Management; the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims Association; the judicial training program for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; the United Food and Commercial Workers Union; the Laborers International Union; Combined Orthopedic Specialists; the Illinois Bones Association; Kankakee Community College; the University of Chicago Hospitals.

    He serves as an advisor to the Illinois AFL-CIO on workers’ compensation matters and participated in the negotiations and drafted the amendments contained in the historic 2005 and 2012 Workers’ Compensation reform legislation. He is listed in the Who’s Who in American Law, has been designated as one of the Best Lawyers in America and has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer. The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association has presented him the President’s Award. He has been selected as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.

    Michael Brennan

    Chairman, Illinois Workers Compensation Commission

    On March 15, 2019, Governor JB Pritzker appointed Michael J. Brennan as a Chairman of the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. He was previously appointed and confirmed as a Commissioner in 2013. His new 4 year term, as Chairman, will run through January of 2023.

    Prior to serving as a Commissioner, Mr. Brennan was a Martindale-Hubbell Peeminent AV-rated attorney who litigated numerous reported cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court. He Was among the principal authors of the Larson Illinois Workers’ Compensation Handbook. He has been appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General to the Self-Insured Advisory Board on past occasions.
    Mr. Brennan is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Workers’ Compensation Lawyers' Association. He has been accepted as a Member of the Gerson Lehrman Group Law Council. He has been elected by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer, an Illinois Leading Lawyer and is listed in Best Lawyers of America.