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2022 Annual Workers' Compensation Institute

Total Credits: 7.3 MCLE, 2.2 Ethics, 1.2 Elimination of Bias, 7.0 Kansas Credit, 2.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  Workers' Comp
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8:30 – 9:20 AM | Update from the Division 
Panelists: Hon. Karla O. Boresi
, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, St. Louis; Hon. Edwin J. Kohner, Missouri Division of Worker's Compensation, St. Louis; and Hon. Kevin R. Thomas, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Springfield
Moderators: Caroline M. Bean, Missouri Attorney General's Office, St. Louis; and Kevin M. Johnson, Wallace Saunders, Overland Park, KS 

9:20 – 10:06 AM | Occupational Disease and COVID-19 Claims 
Kenneth C. Capps and David J. Reynolds, Jr., Evans & Dixon LLC, St. Louis

10:06 – 10:21 AM | Break 

10:21 – 11:23 AM | Addressing Bias in the Legal System: Cognitive Bias 
Michael P. Downey, Downey Law Group LLC, St. Louis 

11:23 AM – 12:01 PM | Lunch 

12:01 – 1:44 PM | Case Law Update 
Speakers: Deidre F. Wood,
Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Jefferson City; Patrick J. Platter, The Law Firm of Neale & Newman LLP, Springfield; and L. Tim Wilson, Allen, Nelson & Wilson, St. Louis 

1:44 – 1:59 PM | Break

1:59 – 2:49 PM | A Conversation with Chief Disciplinary Counsel: An Overview of the Attorney Discipline System in Missouri
Speaker: Alan D. Pratzel
, Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Jefferson City

2:49 – 3:45 PM | Orthopedic Management of Knee, Foot, and Ankle Claims  
Speaker: Dr. James P. Halloran
, Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance, Kansas City; and Brian Stewart, Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance, Kansas City



Caroline Bean Related seminars and products

Missouri Attorney General's Office

Caroline M.C. Bean is an assistant attorney general with the Missouri Attorney General's office where she practices in the area of workers’ compensation defense, representing the Second Injury Fund and CARO. Ms. Bean earned her B.A. degree cum laude, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and her J.D. and EMIB degrees from St. Louis University. Ms. Bean is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Illinois Bar, and the Colorado Bar.

Hon. Karla Boresi Related seminars and products

Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation

James Halloran's Profile

James Halloran Related seminars and products

Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance

Dr. J.P. Halloran is a board-certified surgeon with the Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance (KCOA), who focuses on the diagnosis/treatment of conditions involving the knee, foot and ankle. He completed fellowship training in both sports medicine and foot/ankle surgery, which gives him unique insight into the causes of lower extremity injuries.

Kevin Johnson's Profile

Kevin Johnson Related seminars and products

Wallace Saunders

Kevin M. Johnson is a Practicing Partner with the firm, and he has practiced with Wallace Saunders since 2002. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in 1998 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and his law degree in 2001 from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois, and his practice focus is on workers’ compensation and employment litigation.

Hon. Edwin Kohner Related seminars and products

Missouri Division of Worker's Compensation

Patrick Platter's Profile

Patrick Platter Related seminars and products

The Law Firm of Neale & Newman LLP

Patrick J. Platter is a partner with the law firm of Neale & Newman, L.L.P. of Springfield, Missouri. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with undergraduate and law degrees. He specializes in workers’ compensation law, local government law, administrative law, and employment law. He has tried hundreds of workers’ compensation claims before the Division of Workers’ Compensation and appeals before the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and appellate courts. His appeals in workers’ compensation claims have spanned a wide range of subject in The Workers’ Compensation Law. Mr. Platter is a certified mediator under Rule 17. He is a member of the Mo Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee. He is published in the Journal of the Missouri Bar and speaks to many professional and trade organizations in workers’ compensation and employment law. He is recognized in Super Lawyers® in workers’ compensation law and The Best Lawyers of America© in local government law.  

Alan Pratzel's Profile

Alan Pratzel Related seminars and products

Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Alan Pratzel was appointed as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel by the Supreme Court of Missouri in April 2007.  In that position, Mr. Pratzel oversees the system that receives, investigates and litigates ethics complaints against lawyers in Missouri.  He began working for the attorney discipline system in 1985, serving as a Special Representative in the City of St. Louis.  Prior to becoming Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Mr. Pratzel was in private practice for 30 years in St. Louis, engaging in various types of litigation.  He is also an adjunct professor of Professional Responsibility at the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia and at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

David Reynolds's Profile

David Reynolds Related seminars and products

Evans & Dixon LLC

Mr. Reynolds is a member of Evans & Dixon, having practiced Illinois and Missouri Workers’ Compensation defense exclusively at the firm since 1992.
His practice includes the defense of employers against claims for workers’ compensation for workplace injuries resulting in physical or mental disability under the Illinois and Missouri Workers' Compensation Acts.
Mr. Reynolds regularly appears at dockets in Missouri, as well as Southern and Central Illinois on behalf of insurance companies and self-insured employers.
He has extensive experience in handling all aspects of workers' compensation litigation in Missouri and Illinois.
He has spoken at seminars, conferences, training sessions and business meetings regarding legal issues related to the Illinois and Missouri Workers' Compensation Acts as well as the Acts' practical application to employers.
Mr. Reynolds is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Brian Stewart's Profile

Brian Stewart Related seminars and products

Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance

Brian serves as the Chief Development Officer for the Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance.  In his role, he is able to provide opportunities for the team of physicians and support staff, to do what they do best---provide the best orthopedic care available in the KC area.  Brian graduated from the University of Kansas Physical Therapy program in May 2001 and went on to finish his Doctorate in PT from KU in 2010.  

Hon. Kevin Thomas Related seminars and products

Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation

Deidre Wood's Profile

Deidre Wood Related seminars and products

TGH Litigation, LLC

A mid-Missouri native, Deidre graduated from William Woods University and worked in the marketing and public relations field before attending law school.
After graduating UMKC School of Law in 2011, she began her legal career at the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office in Kansas City. While in Kansas City, she obtained extensive litigation experience on high-level felony cases including first-chairing over 16 jury trials. She was also active in the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and served on several different boards.
In 2020, Deidre continued her career as a public servant for the State of Missouri in the Attorney General's Office Labor Division. She recently has been promoted to the Unit Leader Supervisor in the Jefferson City Office. She enjoys the legal challenges that the Workers Compensation field provides. 
Besides spending time with her husband, Deidre enjoys to travel, walk her adorable dogs (seriously they are the cutest), and compete with her horses.


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