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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.


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Message from the Chair

It is fall, which means the familiar sights, sounds, and smells of the season are here. I’m still waiting for the cooler weather, but the kids are back in school, people are drinking pumpkin lattes, and football stadiums are filled. One thing that is missing this fall is the WCI conference in Orlando. This fall tradition allows us to get together and interact as a community. It is also a good opportunity for other organizations and committees to hold meetings since so many of us are already congregated in one place. This year, we will have to wait until December.

The WCS Executive Council met via Zoom on August 31. Lorna Brown-Burton and F. Scott Westheimer, who are running for Florida Bar president-elect, each gave a presentation providing insight into the goals and ideas that would guide them during their time of service. It is hard to put into words what it is like to be part of a meeting (even on Zoom) during which so many people give of their time and talent for the benefit of us all. I am not only speaking of the two candidates, but also the dedicated members of your Executive Council and WCS committees.

Each committee’s chair(s) gave a report on the activities of the committee and the goals for the upcoming year and beyond. If you have never been to a meeting (or it has been a while), I invite you to come to the live meeting on April 6, 2022, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Our committees are very active and as part of the goal of including you in the section, I invite you to contact any committee member and ask to attend a committee meeting (most are by phone or Zoom) and learn what the committees are doing to improve our system. In this edition of the News & 440 Report, you will learn about some of the committees and, I hope, feel the urge to get involved.

The section’s long-range planning retreat is in Austin, Texas, this year, and I am pleased to report we have several general members who have registered to participate. There are significant matters on the agenda for the executive council meeting and for general discussion. As I expressed in my first message to you as chair of the section, I encourage and invite you to include yourself in these discussions.

Amendments to the “60Q Rules” have been a prominent topic of discussion during recent workshops, and I expect the conversation to continue during the retreat. The question I hear most is “when will the ‘new rules’ be announced?” The answer, of course, is “I don’t know.” If you look at the history of the implementation dates (also known as the fine print in italics at the end of each rule), the rules were amended 11/1/2006, 10/31/2010, 10/31/2012, and 11/10/2014. If that trend continues, then perhaps late October or early November may be the answer.

Another significant development that not only affects the practice of workers’ compensation, but the entire practice of law in Florida, is the final report of the Special Committee to Improve the Delivery of Legal Services. This special committee was asked to study a variety of topics including (1) lawyer advertising; (2) referral fees; (3) fee splitting and nonlawyer ownership of law firms; (4) entity regulation; (5) regulation of online service providers; (6) regulation of nonlawyer providers of limited legal services; and (7) additional topics consistent with the subject of the study. I know that I personally enjoyed reading the report.

I hope this summary lets you know what is being talked about; I welcome you to join the discussions.

Mark Touby

Section Chair

Call for Applications

Florida Bar Board Certification in Workers’ Compensation.

The application filing period for Board Certification in Workers’ Compensation is now open. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by October 31, 2021, to determine eligibility to sit for the examination in May 2022. For more information, please visit The Florida Bar website certification page for the certification area https://www.floridabar.org/about/cert/cert-applications-and-requirements/cert-wc/

Message from the Chair

The last year has taught us that words like “unprecedented” and phrases like “once in a lifetime” can start off sounding quite powerful, then become cliché and fade into the background. Although our Workers’ Compensation Section is a small bar with approximately 1200 members, our small numbers have once again helped us to function as we served the community effectively during “unprecedented”, “once in a lifetime” circumstances. I’m proud of how we were all able to work together to successfully, switch to Zoom and other resources while we “stayed home & stayed safe”, but never stopped. I feel confident that we will be able to readjust to returning to the office and in-person events while continuing to utilize technology to provide the best system to serve our community and our clients.

Our Section has a long history of perseverance in the face of adversity. The strong leadership of the past has stewarded our Section to this point and set our course for the future. It is my intent to continue the work in progress and implement the lessons learned thus far.

As we “return to normal,” we will continue the goals of improving services for our Section members including more membership events with an increased focus on general member involvement and representing our members’ interests, participating in the rules workshops, advancing our legislative positions and increasing involvement with the Big Bar which will broaden our presence in the State as well as help us learn how to better serve our members.

We need to include you. There is no “I” in team. This is another phrase that has been spoken so many times that it fades into the background. While there may be no “I” in team, there is an “I” in Section as well as inclusion, innovation, inviting, involvement, improvement and infrastructure. Individuals make up this Section. History has its eyes on us.

I am proud to serve as the 2021-2022 Chair of the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. I recall early in my career attending a local bar function dinner. I was sitting in the back of the large hall and having pleasant conversation with the people at my table. When the evening turned to the induction of the new officers, everyone stopped talking and the presentation went forward as so many do. They introduced the new president of the organization and she took the microphone and began speaking. I have never forgotten what happened next. She said “Wow, I can’t believe I’m standing here as your president. I feel like it was not that long ago that I was sitting at a banquet like this watching the new officers being inducted and I thought to myself I could never do that. How would I begin?” Her speech inspired me to get involved and I hope this message inspires you.

Every journey begins with a single step. When will there be a better time to take that step than now? I want to invite you to join me to answer the questions, “What can I do?” and “How do I begin”? You can be a member of a committee, you can attend a meeting, you can call me, you can email me, you can be involved. Please include the Section in your practice and allow the Section to include you. I plan to continue my predecessor’s “open-door policy” and I want to hear from you. As chair, I am here to serve you and include you in serving the Section. I look forward to the upcoming year.

Mark Touby

Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Chair

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