Workers' Compensation

Legal Specialization Boot Camp 2019

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Saturday & Sunday, July 27-28, 2019

Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802

Earn up to 8 hour MCLE credit!

Pre-registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available.

Brochure | Registration Form

Workers’ Compensation Boot Camp is a comprehensive review of workers’ compensation law designed to prepare you for the 2019 workers’ compensation specialist examination. The program is tailored to help future specialists spot and analyze workers’ compensation issues that you need to know. Boot Camp is also a must have program for those who are just starting out in workers’ compensation. In two days you will receive a comprehensive review of workers’ compensation law.
(*NOTE* there will be breaks within the two-hour sessions)

Program Schedule

Saturday, July 27, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Claims Evaluations

Forget the push-ups. Boot Camp starts your workout with a basic overview of the workers compensation system including an overview of injuries and benefits. The panel will then go in-depth covering defenses to the compensability of a claim, including Labor Code § 3600 defenses, injury AOE/COE, and statute of limitations issues. Next, the panel will cover the quirks of psychological claims and end with a review of special remedies including serious and willful misconduct and Labor Code § 132a retaliation claims.


  • Hon. Jeffrey Marrone—WCJ Van Nuys
  • Yvonne Lang—Pearlman, Brown & Wax
  • Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson—The Jacobson Law Firm, LLP
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Practice & Procedure

Now that you’re warmed up, this session will take you through the procedure of a workers’ compensation claim starting with the legal duties of the employer upon receipt of a claim. The panel will discuss jurisdiction and venue of workers’ compensation cases. They will cover the structure of a case from filing, to discovery, hearing, trial, and post-trial appeal. Then, they will review some ancillary issues with the workers’ compensation case, including liens, interpreter services, and insurance coverage issues. Finally, they will examine issues to consider when settling a workers’ compensation case, such as Medicare, Social Security, and third-party injury claims.


  • Hon. Myrle Petty—WCJ San Bernardino
  • Sean Hermanson—Patrico, Hermnason, & Guzman
  • Christel A. Schoenfelder—Rose, Klein & Marias
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Practice & Procedure (continued)
2:10 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Medical Knowledge and Issues

Now that you have a solid foundation in the substance and procedure for the claim, we will build upon that foundation an understanding of medical treatment issues in workers’ compensation. We will start by covering the anatomy of a workers’ compensation claim… literally. The panel will review some of the frequently encountered body systems and diseases in workers’ compensation. Next, the panelists will tackle medical treatment issues in workers’ compensation. They will explain how medical treatment is authorized; how it is denied; and how to appeal the denial. Finally, they will cover the medical legal evaluation process along with the proper procedure for obtaining an independent evaluation through a qualified medical evaluator.


  • Dr. Steven Feinberg—Feinberg Medical Group
  • Justin Drake—Coleman Chavez & Associates
  • Ray Frost—Raymond E. Frost & Associates

Sunday, July 28, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. | Disability Evaluation

Boot Camp continues the second day by scrutinizing the disability evaluation process. We start with an overview of the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides 5th Edition and how they are used to rate injuries in the workers’ compensation system. The panel will explain how to (and how not to) rate an injury. They will cover the requirements for a medical report to constitute substantial medical evidence. They will cover temporary disability, permanent disability, life pensions, and apportionment of disability. Lastly they will go over the technical and legal issues involved in rating permanent disability.


  • Hon. Eric Ledger—WCJ Oakland
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Professional Responsbility

At this point you will have a solid foundation for the substance of a claim and the procedure to follow as well as an in depth understanding of medical and disability issues. However, every good exam question (including the legal specialization exam) has to have an element of professional responsibility. This panel will cover a multitude of professional responsibility issues unique to workers’ compensation including sanctions, penalties, attorney fees, contempt proceedings, fee agreements, and prohibited conduct.


  • Hon. Kearse McGill—State Bar Court of California

Essential Information

Registration Fees

  • $375 for Current Workers’ Compensation Section Members
  • $470 for Non-Section Members
    (includes enrollment in the Workers’ Compensation Section for 2019)
  • $275 for Claims Specialist

**Onsite registration fees are $475 for Section Members and $570 for Non-Section Members

Pre-Registration Deadline

In order to pre-register, your form and payment to the California Lawyers Association must be received by July 22, 2019.

How to Register

  1. Register Online – Onsite registration will be available.
  2. Mail Registration Form to Program Registrations at:
    Program Registrations, California Lawyers Association
    400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  3. Email to In order to email your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)
  4. On-site registration will be on a space available basis. Call to confirm space availability.

Cancellations/Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than Wednesday, July 19, 2019 and are subject to a $50 service charge. Refunds will not be available after July 19, 2019.


For registration information call 916-516-1757. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call 916-516-1722.

Special Assistance

For special assistance, please call 916-516-1722.

This event may be recorded. By attending this event, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded, and to any use, by the CLA, of your likeness, voice, and name in any and all media including social media. If you do not want your name or photo to be used, please let us know in advance. We cannot, however, honor requests to opt out of the use of your image or voice if you choose to ask a question during one of the event sessions.

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