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    Welcome to the Workers' Compensation Section Home Page.

    Your Executive Council has created this site in an effort to encourage and facilitate communication and exchange of ideas among the members of our Section. Enjoy! The purpose of the Workers' Compensation Section is to provide an organization within The Florida Bar open to all members in good standing who have a common interest in workers' compensation law. The Section provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas leading to the improvement of individual trial abilities in workers' compensation cases.


    Send mail with questions or comments about this web site to:

    Richard J Manno, Esq.
    1099 W. Morse Blvd.
    Winter Park, FL., 32789
    (321) 214-1249
    Rmanno@winterparklaw.com

    Please use the social media links below to stay well informed about the section's events and information regarding the practice of workers’ compensation within the state.

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    2023 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum

    2023 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum

    April 20-21, 2023

    Omni Orlando Resort @ ChampionsGate

    Featuring: Oral Arguments with the First DCA

     

    The Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar and the WCCP Association would like to invite you to the 2023 Florida Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Forum on April 20 - 21, 2023 at the Omni Orlando Resort ChampionsGate. 

     

    Join the lawyers, adjusters, case managers, vocational experts, supervisors, managers, and executives as they gather at one of Florida’s most advanced educational conferences.

     

    *REMINDER to Board Certified Litigation (CWCL) Adjusters! To maintain the “CWCL” designation, board certified adjusters are required to attend the Forum at least once every 3 years.

     

    2023 WCCP Attendee Registration Form

     

    2023 Attorney Registration Form

     

    Exhibitor Opportunities

    

    A limited number of exhibitors are invited to join the Workers' Compensation Section of the Florida Bar and the Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP) in sponsoring the 2023 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, April 20-21, 2023.

     

    The Forum features the latest in legal, claims, medical and vocational topics, which center around the Florida Bar’s traditional Certification Review Course.

     

    Exhibitor setup is on Wednesday evening, April 19th, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. After set up, join us in the Exhibit Hall for a Welcome Cocktail from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

     

    Registration includes:

     

    · A 6’ tabletop display in the Forum Exhibit Hall throughout the event where Breakfast, Breaks, and Lunches are served (*Note: Exhibitor setup is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.) Floor Displays will not be Permitted and no Early Breakdowns

     

    · Your Company’s Logo featured in the Exhibitor’s slide presentation, WCCP's website and marketing emails, and onsite brochure

     

    · Opportunity to present door prizes at Friday’s luncheon

    

    · Complimentary registration for one (1) company representative *One additional company representative permitted at a rate of $175.00*

     

    Exhibitor Registration Form

    2023 FL Bar Exclusive Law Firm Sponsors

     

    Angones, McClure & Garcia, P.A.

     

    Bolton, Helm and Augustine LLP

     

    Boyd & Jenerette, P.A.

     

    Broussard, Cullen & Eldridge, P.A.

     

    Cattie & Gonzalez, PLLC

     

    Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.

     

    Conroy Simberg

     

    Eraclides Gelman

     

    Fernandes Hicks Law Group

     

    Francisco|Blanco, P.L.

     

    Hamilton Miller & Birthisel

     

    HR LAW

     

    Kelley Kronenberg, P.A.

     

    Kurkin Forehand

    Brandes LLP

     

    Marshall Dennehey

     

    MKRS Law

     

    Morgan & Morgan

     

    Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

     

    Rudolph, Israel, Tucker & Ellis, P.A.

     

    Schefer, Petric & Simpson

     

    VCFJ Law

     

    Vernis & Bowling

     

    Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP

     

    Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe P.A.

     

    2023 FL Bar WCCP Exhibitors

    

    Brooks Rehabilitation

     

    Case Management Solutions

     

    Clarity-dx

     

    CORA Health Services

     

    Florida Orthocare

     

    HealthCare Comp

     

    ION PT Network

     

    Lori Woody, Inc.

     

    Medical Management & ReEmployment

     

    National Spine & Pain Centers

     

    Paul Meli Orthopedic Surgeon

     

    ProCare Transportation and Language Services

     

    Specialty Allocations

     

    Tampa General Hospital

     

    The IMA Group

     

    Verity Investigations

     

    Wright Rehabilitation

    Hotel Accommodations

    A room block at ChampionsGate has been arranged at a discounted rate of $219.00 (resort fee waived). After registering for the conference you must make your reservation early by calling ChampionsGate’s central reservation number at 1-800-843-6664 or online at https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/orlando-championsgate/meetings/fl-bar-workers-forum-2023-04192023.

     

     

    The cut-off date for this special rate is Wednesday, March22, 2023. (There is a 72 hour cancellation policy)  Reservations are dependent on availability within our room block.

     

    The WCCP Association | P.O. Box 2930, Land O' Lakes, FL 34639 | wccp.org

    Message from the Chair

    Fall is in the air and the holiday season is upon us. I’d venture to guess that other than a significant increase in the consumption of everything pumpkin spice, most of us associate the holiday season with family, friendship, and togetherness.

    Hurricane Ian recently carved its way through our great state, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. As we have seen so many times in the past, after a great tragedy, people pull together in the aftermath and come out with a greater sense of community. To those impacted by Hurricane Ian, your Workers’ Compensation Section family is with you. If you are in need, please reach out.

    On the topic of community, as of October 1, 2022, there are 92,499 members of The Florida Bar eligible to practice, 1,234 of whom are members of the Workers’ Compensation Section.

    The strength of our section is in its size. We are a congenial bunch. For the most part, everyone knows everyone, and we are all family, even if dysfunctional at times. Most of us take great pride in the level of professionalism that is displayed amongst our colleagues and friends.

    Gone are the days of live pretrials and in-person motion hearings. The new way of the world is Microsoft Teams meetings and Zoom hearings. I am a huge proponent of phone and video appearances. However, while technology certainly makes us more efficient, it prevents us from the personal contact and camaraderie that makes our section great.

    On the topic of technology, while I would argue we are the most congenial and professional section out there, sometimes everyone can use a reboot. As we shift away from in-person contact, now is the time for us as practitioners and colleagues to unite and promote professionalism.

    Due to the lack of personal contact, it is incumbent upon the more senior practitioners in our field to mentor newer practitioners. It is time for us to come together and foster community. To this extent, your Executive Council will start working on a mentorship program available to all section members, the mission of which will be to bring participants in the workers’ compensation system together and continue to promote a level of professionalism and camaraderie that is the cornerstone of our practice.

    I am honored to be your section chair. Through my 25 years of practice, I have gained valuable friendships and earned lasting relationships. I hope that all of you reading this message have had similar experiences. The holiday season is about family, friends, and togetherness. As we constantly strive to promote professionalism amongst our colleagues, the Workers’ Compensation Section will have an enduring holiday season.

    Philip R. Augustine
    Section Chair

    Lourdes Sancerni appointed

    Lourdes Sancerni

    Governor Ron DeSantis recently appointed Lourdes Sancerni to be a judge of compensation claims in Orlando, Florida. Along with other judges, she will preside over workers’ compensation claims brought in Orange, Lake, Osceola and Seminole counties. Judge Sancerni was admitted to the Florida Bar in April 2003, following her graduation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in December 2002. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University. Immediately prior to her appointment, Judge Sancerni was an attorney, focusing her practice on workers’ compensation law in North and Central Florida.

    Jill Jacobs appointed

    Jill Jacobs

    Governor Ron DeSantis recently appointed Jill Jacobs to be a judge of compensation claims in Orlando, Florida. Along with other judges, she will preside over workers’ compensation claims brought in Orange, Lake, Osceola and Seminole counties. Judge Jacobs was admitted to the Florida Bar in October 1987, following her graduation from the University of Miami School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 1983. Besides working as a private attorney, she also served as the deputy city attorney for Palm Bay, Florida, immediately prior to her appointment. Judge Jacobs is board-certified in workers’ compensation law, and is a member of the Judge William Wieland American Inns of Court.

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