2013-14 Workers’ Compensation Practice Committee Members:
Honorable Timothy Basquill, Honorable Mary D’Ambrosio, Honorable Shelley Punancy, Jeff Friedman, Anthony Forte, Jason Goldstone, Heather Hatch, Tom Hedler, George Kagan, Ken Schwartz, Linette Waterman and Donna Wolfe.
If you are interested in joining the committee, contact Carla Brown.
SAVE THE DATE:
The 2nd Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Bar Association Office, 1507 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. This is an event you do not want to miss. You can register for the seminar on the Bar’s website in the very near future.
KENNIE EDWARDS AWARD:
On September 19, 1996 a horrible tragedy occurred in the workers’ compensation community that most will never forget. An injured worker armed with a shotgun and a handgun burst into a workers’ compensation defense firm in West Palm Beach, Florida. Attorney Kennie Edwards was shot and killed at age 38 leaving behind his pregnant wife and five year old son. The injured worker then shot and killed himself. Following this horrific event the workers’ compensation community established the Kennie Edwards Award which is presented annually to the Workers’ Compensation attorney who best exemplifies those professional qualities admired in Kennie- honesty, integrity, cordiality, good humor, high ethical standards and advocacy tempered by a sense of humility.
On Friday, February 1, 2013 the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Committee presented the 2013 Kennie Edwards award to Michael McManus.
Past recipients of the Kennie Edwards Award are: Honorable Timothy Basquill, Jason Goldstone, Alison Schefer, Randy Porcher, Honorable Shelley Punancy, Michael Celeste, Lyle Platt, Michelle Leissle, Charles Williams, Lloyd Findler, Walter Beisler, Art Pumpian, David Rigell and Stan Narkier.
INAUGURAL WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SEMINAR:
The first Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar was a huge success in 2013! The seminar was held at the Palm Beach County Bar Association and discussed topics including but not limited to: Professionalism; Everything you ever wanted to know about Kyphplaysty the next Waive of Minimally Invasive Treatment for the Spine; Practical Consideration and Discovery Practices when dealing with PEO’s; Compelling Attorney Fee Motions and An Overview of the Reverse Shoulder Replacement. We completed the program with a Question and Answer Session with the Judges of Compensation Claims assigned to handle claims in Palm Beach County.
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