Message from the Chair
Dear Fellow Workers’ Compensation Practitioners:
I am honored to Chair the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar for the next year. I have received some incredible advice from some of our past Chairs of the Section and I am impressed by how we all work together to move things forward. I want to thank Leo Garcia who did an excellent job as Chair for his guidance and leadership not only as Chair but also for his work with The Forum and Board Certification Review Seminar. This year we were excited to have the Judges of the First District Court of Appeals hold live oral arguments during the conference.
We have a strong Section and I have always been impressed how past leaders of our Section continue to work for the Section and provide leadership advice to keep our Section strong. Our Lunch and Learn Seminars are some of the best in the industry thanks to the efforts of Dawn Traverso. If she calls you to speak at one of these events, the answer is YES, as this will allow us to continue to have interesting and educational 1-hour seminars during our lunch hour.
In this coming year, the new and improved News and 440 Report will bring you more information more frequently. I am so pleased that Paolo Longo and Courtney Bahe have agreed to head up this project with some new fresh ideas to benefit our members. We are going to try to make sure that our members will have advance notice of all the events of the Section and other valuable information to help us all in our everyday practices. We will continue our efforts to keeping on open relationship between the Bench and Bar and our lobbying the Legislature to preserve and improve our system.
It is amazing to see Claimant and Defense attorneys working together to strengthen and improve our system and how it best benefit employees, employers, carriers, self-insureds and third-party administrators. I want our members to know that I will be accessible to the members and should anyone have any suggestions or comments, please send them to me and the officers and the Executive Council will try to address them. I can be reached by email at Glen@wdjustice.com and by phone at 407-841-7699. You can also reach out to any of the members of the Executive Council with suggestions or comments for improvements. Visit our Website which can provide helpful information and resources. www.flworkerscomp.org and our webmaster Richard Manno at Rmanno@winterparklaw.com
Glen D. Wieland