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2023 Annual Workers' Compensation Institute - Including lunch well-being session

Total Credits: 7.4 MCLE, 2.2 Ethics, 1.2 Elimination of Bias, 7.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  Workers' Comp
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8:30-9:19 a.m. | State of the division/department        
Speakers: Rodney J. Campbell, Jr.
, Missouri Labor & Industrial Relations Commission, Jefferson City; Pamela B. Lewis, Director, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Jefferson City; Ben Qualls, Deputy Director, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Jefferson City; Ryan Marsh, Senior Project Manager - ITSD, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Jefferson City; Elizabeth Walters, Project Manager - ITSD, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Jefferson City
9:19-10:11 a.m. | The brave new world of trying a PTD case in 2023
Speakers: Martin A. Klug
, Huck Howe & Tobin, St. Louis; and Jonathan D. McQuilkin, Eng & Woods, Columbia
10:11-10:26 a.m. | Break
10:26-11:46 a.m. | Second injury fund liability
Speaker: Keyla S. Rhoades
, Missouri Attorney General's Office, Cape Girardeau

11:46-12:16 p.m. | Lunch
12:16-1:17 p.m. |  Well-being: A holistic approach
Speaker: Dr. Daniel B. Kissinger
, Director of Counseling, Stephens College, Columbia

1:17-1:22 p.m. | Break

1:22-2:11 p.m. | Case law update panel         
Speakers: Kevin M. Johnson
, Wallace Saunders, Overland Park, KS; Patrick J. Platter, The Law Firm of Neale & Newman LLP, Springfield

2:11-2:21 p.m. | Break 

2:21-2:46 p.m. | Lumbar spine, chronic vs. acute conditions and how to tell the difference 
Speaker: Dr. John D. Miles, MD, MBA,
Columbia Orthopedic Group, Columbia

2:46-2:56 p.m. | Break  

2:56-3:59 p.m. | Elimination of bias
Speaker: Nimrod T. Chapel, Jr.
, The Chapel Law Group, LLC, Jefferson City 

Moderator: Kevin M. Johnson



Rodney Campbell's Profile

Rodney Campbell Related Seminars and Products

MO Labor & Industrial Relations Commission

Rodney Campbell currently serves as the chair of the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. Rodney was appointed to the Commission in April 2022, and he was appointed as chair in July 2022. Rodney previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Labor Division of the Missouri Attorney General's Office. He then practiced workers' compensation law at Archer & Lassa and The Petraborg Law Firm before joining the Commission. Rodney is a graduate of Missouri State University and Saint Louis University School of Law.

Nimrod Chapel's Profile

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The Chapel Law Group, LLC

Nimrod “Rod” Chapel, Jr., is a Missouri trial lawyer and former Commissioner of the Administrative Hearing Commission who has dedicated his professional and private life to helping people stand up for their rights.

Rod founded The Chapel Law Group, LLC, to create a vehicle for the protection of workers and their families through not only the court system, but also administrative and legislative avenues and venues.  Chapel’s advocacy has protected the rights of workers in Missouri, impacted multi-million dollar settlements, and helped to make Missouri a safer place to live and work for everyone.

Most recently though, Rod served as a Commissioner on the Administrative Hearing Commission.  The Administrative Hearing Commission is a neutral, independent, administrative tribunal.  Rod also served as General Counsel/Director of Legal Services for the Missouri Department of Revenue. 

The Chapel Law Group, LLC, has a practice restricted to the representation of people and families injured in any way, deprived of wages due for their labor, and consumer issues that affect working families. 

He is married to Denise Chapel and has 2 young sons. Rod is active in his community and believes strongly in community service.  Currently, he serves as President of the Jefferson City, MO, NAACP as a member of The Board of Governors for The Missouri Bar and he is on a number of other boards including the Missouri Kid’s First, YMCA, Crimestoppers, Boy Scouts of America, St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, United Way and Rotary.

Kevin Johnson's Profile

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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.

Martin Klug's Profile

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Huck Howe & Tobin

Martin Klug has represented Missouri employers in workers’ compensation litigation for more than 30 years.  He obtained his law degree at St. Louis University and is a  member of the Missouri, Illinois, and Florida bar.  He has written several books, and he is a regular speaker for the Mo Bar and other groups on emerging legal issues related to work injuries.   He lives in St. Louis with his family and two freeloading cats.  He is working on a new book about film noir. 

Pamela Lewis's Profile

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Missouri Division of Workers Compensation

Pam Lewis was appointed Director of the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation in April 2022 after joining the State in July 2021.  She has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, focusing primarily on workers’ compensation claims, leadership, auditing, and training.  Past roles have included eight years of service at CorVel Corporation, advancing to Vice President, Claims Unit, and 13 years of service with Hartford Financial Services.  Movement within the industry has provided her with a broad experience with insurance carriers, third-party administrators, assigned risk programs, and brokers in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  In her current role as Director, she is responsible for the Division’s $10 million administrative budget, program payments, and monitoring expenditures while the Division moves forward with modernizing its missions and legacy software system.  Pam was born and raised in Kansas City, MO where she graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas with a Bachelors in Business Administration.       

Ryan Marsh's Profile

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Senior Project Manager

Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation

Ryan Marsh is the Senior Project Director for OA-ITSD supporting DOLIR and the primary Project Director on the DWC Modernization Project. He has been with the State of Missouri for 10 years, where he's led PM and Operational Excellence efforts throughout DOLIR and DHSS. Prior to his time with the State, Ryan worked for a private consulting company serving contracts for the US Military, large private companies and higher education institutions. 

Jonathan McQuilkin's Profile

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Eng & Woods

Jonathan McQuilkin is an attorney with Eng & Woods Law Firm in Columbia, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri, Columbia - School of Law graduating in 1997. Jonathan has been representing employees in workers' compensation claims for over 25 years, including at the trial, Commission, and appellate level. 

Patrick Platter's Profile

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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.  

Ben Qualls's Profile

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Deputy Director

Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation

Ben joined the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) in 2004, holding various roles in the Self-Insurance Unit and then moving on to a Senior Research/Data Analyst role which included supporting both the statewide COVID Fusioncell response effort and DWC Modernization Project.  He became Deputy Director of DWC in June of 2022.  Ben holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Banking and a Minor in Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as industry certifications Professional Scrum Master I – PSM I and Professional Scrum Product Owner I – PSPO I (issued by, Certified Change Practitioner (issued by Prosci, Inc.) and EDI Claims Professional (issued by IAIABC).

Keyla Rhoades's Profile

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Missouri Attorney General's Office

Keyla Rhoades is the office manager for the Missouri Attorney General's Office's Cape Girardeau location. She also serves as the local Labor Division Unit Leader. She's been with the over for nine years.

Elizabeth Walters's Profile

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Project Manager

Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation

Elizabeth Walters has worked for the State of Missouri Information Technology Service Division (ITSD) for over 7 years. She has an M.S in Information Technology Management, as well as industry certifications Certified Associate Project Manager - CAPM (issued by the Project Management Institute – PMI) and Professional Scrum Master I – PSM I (issued by She joined the Division of Workers’ Compensation Modernization project in the fall of 2021. In her current role as Project Manager Elizabeth participates in design session, manages tasks across the project, and assists in facilitating adjudication sessions.

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