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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.
Workers Compensation Section Technology Chair
4767 New Broad Street,
Orlando, FL., 32814
(407) 484-0666
rmanno@orlandoworkerscomplaw.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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    Message From The Chair

    Paolo Longo, Jr.

    Paolo Longo, Jr.

    Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of The Florida Bar

    I am humbled and truly honored to chair the Workers’ Compensation Section this year. I have had the privilege of serving on the Executive Council since 2008 and have learned a great deal under the guidance of my predecessors. First, I would like to thank the past chair, Philip Augustine, who kept our Section running smoothly, and whose efforts resulted in an incredibly successful year. I am excited to continue his great work and for yet another successful year.

    As chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section, I recently attended a meeting called the Council of Sections, which is a meeting that takes place every year at the annual Florida Bar Convention and is attended by all section chairs. Each section chair presents a report on their particular section, and I can state without a doubt that the Workers’ Compensation Section is one of the most active sections of The Florida Bar, with more than 1,200 members. We have regular CLE Lunch & Learn webinars, our News & 440 Report is second to none, and we regularly have DCA judges attend our forums to hear oral arguments. Further, we have four Executive Council meetings every year that are open to the entire Section, a winter retreat ski seminar, and the convention in August that brings a nationwide audience.

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    Message from the Chair

    LET US BE THE LEADERS OF PROFESSIONALISM, CIVILITY AND HUMAN KINDNESS

    We are in the most difficult time any of us have ever seen in our lifetime. We must raise our professionalism standards to the highest level. We must all work together to weather the COVID-19 storm. Please be cooperative and civil to each other. Work hard to resolve issues quickly and efficiently. Injured workers need benefits and employers and carriers need resolution to the cases. We as attorneys can and should set an example of professionalism, civility and human kindness for the community.

    We should not engage in “gamesmanship” or any other tactic thinking you might gain some advantage. We should not be engaging in unnecessary litigation or delay tactics. Do not put anyone’s health at risk. If possible, cancel or reset depositions or just let everyone appear by phone or videoconference, including the court reporters. We can and should resolve cases and issues by doing as much by phone as possible. Be cooperative in rescheduling and granting extensions.

    We all have families and lives outside of the workers’ compensation world, and our families, our health, and our lives are more important than any case. Be kind and compassionate as many are suffering. Be safe and protect your health for the sake of your family, your staff and most importantly, yourself. There are many people counting on all of us as we are all in this together. We will get through this and it will change how we live our lives forever.

    Glen Wieland, Chair

    Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section

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