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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

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    Message From The Chair

    Karen Cullen

    Karen Cullen

    Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of The Florida Bar

    Karen J. Cullen was born in Miami, Florida. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Stetson University in 1993, where she majored in mathematics. She then graduated from the University of Miami, School of Law, with a Juris Doctorate Degree, cum laude in 1996. Ms. Cullen has been practicing workers' compensation law since her admittance to the Florida Bar in 1997. She is a partner in the firm of Broussard, Cullen & Eldridge, where she focuses her practice on representing employers in the defense of workers' compensation claims. Ms. Cullen became Board Certified as a Specialist in the area of Workers’ Compensation law in August 2003. She has extensive experience in the defense of cases involving first responders and claims brought pursuant to Sections 112.18,112.181, 112.1815, and 112.1816, Florida Statutes. Ms. Cullen resides in Orlando, Florida with her husband and three children.

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    What Would You Do?

    It was the day of the final hearing in a heavily litigated case and one of the lawyers was drunk. As the judge in the case, I didn’t know it, but the lawyer representing the other party had been talking to opposing counsel before I entered the hearing room and could tell. The sober lawyer said, “Your honor, I’d like to request a continuance.” The tipsy lawyer, mildly slurring his words, objected. “My client and I are ready to proceed,” he said. By this time, I realized there was a problem and granted the motion. Later, I found out that the unimpaired lawyer drove the impaired lawyer home and personally took responsibility for helping his colleague get help with his drinking problem.

    The point is simple. Those of us working in the field of workers’ compensation litigation should not lose sight of the fact that our fellow lawyers and judges are real people who deserve our respect and even our compassion. The sober lawyer that day could have done any number of other things. He could have publicly accused his fellow lawyer of being intoxicated. He could have said nothing and sought to proceed with the hearing so he could win the case by exploiting the situation. Instead, he asked for a continuance without blaming his colleague for the problem. I will never forget it.

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