Original program date 4/1/2022
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
Occupational Disease and COVID-19 Claims
Speakers: Kenneth C. Capps and David J. Reynolds, Jr., Evans & Dixon LLC, St. Louis
Addressing Bias in the Legal System: Cognitive Bias
Speaker: Michael P. Downey, Downey Law Group LLC, St. Louis
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 Timothy J. Wilson, retired Circuit Court Judge, St. Louis
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
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
Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.
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|Occupational Disease and Covid-19 Claims (0.35 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Addressing Bias in the Legal System - Cognitive Bias (3.40 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Case Law Update - 2022 Workers' Comp (0.65 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|A Conversation with Chief Disciplinary Counsel (0.18 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Orthopedic Management of Knee, Foot, and Ankle Claims (0.16 MB)||Available after Purchase|
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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.
Michael P. Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a St. Louis law firm devoted to legal ethics, lawyer discipline defense, and the law of lawyering. Michael regularly advises lawyers at law firms and legal departments regarding legal ethics and risk management issues. Michael also assists lawyers responding to disciplinary complaints, and has defended lawyers in civil litigation and disciplinary cases in both Missouri and Illinois. In 2014, Missouri Lawyers Weekly named Michael a “Most Influential Lawyer” as the “go-to legal ethics lawyer in Missouri.”
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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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