2014-15 Workers’ Compensation Practice Committee Members:
Committee Members: Hon. Mary D’Ambrosio, Anthony Forte, Rand Hoch, Marissa Hoffman, Gerald McKim, Frank Morelli, Hon. Shelley Punancy, Kenneth Schwartz, Linette Waterman and Donna Wolfe. If you are interested in joining the committee, contact Patience Burns.
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.Nicole Hessen and Kurt Wyland
On February 28, 2014, the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Committee presented the 2014 Kennie Edwards award to Former Committee Chair Nicole Hessen. 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, Stan Narkier and Michael McManus.
February 28, 2014 Workers’ Compensation Seminar
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. Pictures from this event: