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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

    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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    Certification Exams

    The Florida Bar Certification Exams originally scheduled for May 7-8, 2020, have been rescheduled to September 10-11, 2020, at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, Florida.

    Message from the Chair


    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

    Announcement of Study

    The Florida Board of Bar Examiners announces that it has begun a comprehensive analysis of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are critical for newly-licensed Florida lawyers. The results of the study will assist the Board in its ongoing assessment of the Florida Bar Examination and inform any recommendations the Board may make to the Supreme Court of Florida about future format and content of the examination.

    The board is seeking participants for a special panel that will consist of practicing attorneys, the judiciary, and law school faculty who have experience working with newly-licensed Florida attorneys. The panel will meet with the board and its experts in May or June of this year to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are critical for newly-licensed Florida attorneys. A full copy of the press release regarding this study is attached.

    If you are interested in participating in the study, please complete the declaration of interest form and e-mail it with attachments to Brian Rains at RainsB@flcourts.org by April 9, 2020.

    Announcement of Study

    The Notary language changes

    The correct Notary language to be used on forms signed after January 1, 2020 and submitted to the JCC is below. Some forms may be rejected as not being in compliance with the law if this language is not used.

    The new language is:



    The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me by means of ☐ physical presence or ☐ online notarization, this (date) by (name of person acknowledging), who is personally known to me or who has produced (type of identification) as identification.

    (Signature of person taking acknowledgment)

    (Name typed, printed or stamped)

    (Title or rank)

    (Serial number, if any)



    Sworn to (or affirmed) and subscribed before me, by means of ☐ physical presence or ☐ online notarization, this ____ day of _______, __(year), by __________ ......

    (Signature of person taking acknowledgment)

    (Name typed, printed or stamped)

    (Title or rank)

    (Serial number, if any)

    2020 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum - has been cancelled

    2020 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum

    April 16-17, 2020
    Omni Orlando Resort @ChampionsGate

    Lecture Program
    Including the First DCA Arguments click here

    Registration Form
    click here, OR online registration

    Exhibitor Form
    click here, OR online registration

    Hotel accommodations
    *Reservations are dependent on availability within our room block.*
    Deadline March 4th,click here


    Join The Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar and the Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP)

    Our two day program is delivered across two educational tracks centered around the Florida Bar’s traditional Certification Review Course and attended by members of the Florida Bar, board certified workers’ compensation adjusters seeking to earn or maintain their advanced board certification, and other members of Florida’s workers’ compensation claims community.

    Arrive early for a welcome cocktail in David’s Club on Wednesday evening at 7:00p.m. On Thursday, following Oral Arguments with the First DCA, our Law Firm Sponsors invite you to join them for a cocktail reception, allowing the opportunity to network with an elite group of Workers’ Compensation legal and claims professionals from technicians to decision-makers.

    Returning for 2020: Oral Arguments with the First DCA!

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