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2024 Annual Workers' Compensation Institute - Jefferson City

Total Credits: 6.5 MCLE, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias, 6.5 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  Workers' Comp
The Missouri Bar - Jefferson City, Missouri



8:30-9 a.m. | Registration             

9-9:50 a.m. | State of the division/department        
Speakers: Commissioner Rodney J. Campbell
and R. Lucas Boling, Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, Jefferson City

9:50-10 a.m. | Break             

10-10:50 a.m. | Addressing bias: Age discrimination and generational issues            
Speaker: Paige Tungate
, Downey Law Group LLC, St. Louis (virtual)

10:50-11 a.m. | Break             

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | PTSD for First Responders
Speaker: Jared P. Vessell
, Vessell Bridges Murphy Law Offices, Columbia
This session will discuss the requirements for mental injury under Missouri law, prior firefighter provisions, the implications of the Mantia case, and details about Senate Bill 24. Participants also will review common exposure for first responders and real-life scenarios.
Topics of Discussion include:

  • Mental Health Requirements under 287.120.
  • Prior Firefighter Provisions under 287.120.10.
  • How to Approach This Issue from the ER/IR Perspective.
  • Senate Bill 24 details.

12:15-1 p.m. | Lunch (provided)             

1-1:50 p.m. | Case law update panel         
Speakers: Christopher T. Archer
, Archer & Lassa LLC, St. Louis; David G. Plufka, Keefe & Griffiths PC, St. Louis; Morgan Westhues, Office of the Attorney General, Jefferson City
In this session, panelists will review important decisions from Appellate courts in Missouri from the past year.
Focus points include:

  • Second Injury Fund liability.
  • Definition of Compensable Injury.
  • PTSD case for first responders.

1:50-2 p.m. | Break             

2-2:50 p.m. | PTSD: The medical perspective
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Brockman, MD
, Forensic Psychiatry Specialist, Kirkwood

2:50-3 p.m. | Break             

3-3:50 p.m. | Future medical treatment
Moderator: Patrick J. Platter
, The Law Firm of Neale & Newman LLP, Springfield
Panelists: Hon. John K. Ottenad, Division of Workers' Compensation, St. Louis; Hon. Angela Heffner, Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation, Kansas CityWilliam C. Love, Hyde, Love & Overby, LLP, Springfield
What you will learn:

  • Authorization of treatment.
  • Types of treatment.
  • Evidence and burden of proof necessary to award past or future medical treatment.
  • Considerations of enforcing post award medical treatment and/or payment.
  • Settlement considerations.
  • The effect subsequent accidents, injuries or age-related deterioration.

3:50 p.m. | Adjourn

Opinions and positions stated by presenters of MoBarCLE programs are those of the presenters and not necessarily those of The Missouri Bar. This program is intended as information for lawyers in Missouri, in conjunction with other research they deem necessary, in the exercise of their independent judgment.



Christopher Archer's Profile

Christopher Archer Related Seminars and Products

Archer & Lassa, LLC

Chris Archer is a principle of Archer & Lassa LLC which provides legal representation as well as education for employers, third party administrators, as well as insurers in the area of Missouri workers’ compensation. He has defended Employers for 33 years in the state of Missouri.

Ronald Lucas Boling's Profile

Ronald Lucas Boling Related Seminars and Products

Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission

Lucas Boling is LIRC's Chief Legal Counsel. He previously served as OCDC staff counsel and The Missouri Bar's CLE/Practice Management director. His workers’ compensation experience includes Missouri AGO Labor Division Unit Leader, LIRC counsel, and DWC Deputy Director. He is a graduate of Truman State and MU School of Law. 

Dr. Jennifer Brockman's Profile

Dr. Jennifer Brockman Related Seminars and Products

Forensic Psychiatry Specialist

Dr. Brockman received her undergraduate degree from Emory University.  She completed both medical school and her psychiatric residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she served as chief resident from 2004 -2005.  She then completed a forensic psychiatric fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Brockman subsequently completed an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona and earned her Master in Health Care Management degree from Harvard University in 2020.  She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry.  
Dr. Brockman, over the last two decades, has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings including academic institutions, correctional facilities, and community mental health centers.  This has included her, since 2007, providing outpatient adult psychotherapy and psychopharmacology services at The Center for Health and Wellness.  Dr. Brockman, throughout time, has maintained an interest in forensic psychiatry/medical-legal consultation activities resulting in her serving as an expert in both criminal and civil matters.  
Dr. Brockman resides with her family in St. Louis, Missouri.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, swimming, and traveling.  She may be contacted by calling 314-843-7500.  


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.

Angela Heffner Related Seminars and Products

Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation

William Love's Profile

William Love Related Seminars and Products

Hyde, Love & Overby, LLP

William C. Love is a partner with the law firm of Hyde, Love & Overby practicing in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Appellate Law, Workers’ Compensation and General Litigation. He is admitted to practice in Missouri and the U.S. Western District of Missouri, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and US Supreme Court.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law. He was recognized for appellate advocacy as a recipient of the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award from the Missouri Bar.  He is also a long time High School Football referee.

Hon. John Ottenad's Profile

Hon. John Ottenad Related Seminars and Products

John Ottenad is an experienced Administrative Law Judge with a demonstrated history of adjudicating workers’ compensation cases and working in the government administration industry. He is skilled in public speaking, nonprofit organizations, event planning, nonprofit management, conflict resolution, and volunteer management. Mr. Ottenad is a strong legal professional with a Doctor of Law (J.D.) from Washington University in St. Louis.

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.  

Paige Tungate's Profile

Paige Tungate Related Seminars and Products

Downey Law Group LLC

Paige earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Webster University, where she and her twin sister were stars on the Women’s Tennis Team, helping it qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2010 (and again in 2012).
Paige then attended the University of Missouri School of Law, where she was an associate managing editor of the Journal of Dispute Resolution.
Since joining Downey Law Group in May 2017, Paige has worked on a wide range of legal and professional ethics matters. These matters include virtually all practice areas of Downey Law Group.

Jared Vessell's Profile

Jared Vessell Related Seminars and Products

Vessell Bridges Murphy Law Offices

Jared Vessell represents employers and insurers in workers’ compensation cases throughout the state of Missouri. His entire legal career has been dedicated to Missouri workers’ compensation law. His focus has been the representation of Missouri employers and insurers.  Jared has appeared before every Missouri workers’ compensation Administrative Law Judge and has tried cases in every division office or venue of the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation. Jared has also argued multiple Missouri workers’ compensation cases in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals on behalf of employers and insurers.  Jared offers extensive knowledge of the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Law and knowledge of each individual division office and venue. This benefits Jared’s clients by narrowly tailoring a defense strategy that best fits the individual set of facts and venue. In addition, Jared has given presentations to Missouri employers and insurers from a wide variety of industries. He has also been a speaker for the annual Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation Conference on multiple occasions.

Morgan Westhues's Profile

Morgan Westhues Related Seminars and Products

Missouri Attorney General's Office

Morgan is an Assistant Attorney General and currently serves as the Unit Leader of the Labor Division in the Jefferson City office. Morgan's legal practice focuses on workers' compensation defense of both the State as an employer and the Second Injury Fund. 

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