Barry Ponticello and Sarah Reddiconto have been requested to present to the SD County Bar issues surrounding the California Supreme Court case of Privette, and the line of cases that followed. Knowledge of this doctrine and the subsequent line of cases involving hirers and contractors (one of which was argued by Barry Ponticello before the California Supreme Court) is essential to both liability defense and wc subrogation case handling. 3rd party issues affecting both employers and employees, as well as the current state of this doctrine, will be addressed.
ENGLAND PONTICELLO & ST.CLAIR (EPS) is brimming with pride to announce that Susan L. England, Esq. (WCJ (Ret.)), regarded by many as one of the deans of California workers’ compensation, has entered her 60th year as an attorney licensed by the State Bar of California. Ms. England obtained both her undergraduate and law degrees from USC and upon immediately passing the bar exam, was admitted to practice on January 9, 1962….and the world of workers’ compensation law would never be the same.
Twice during her career, Susan undertook stints as a Workers’ Compensation Judge, at the Santa Ana, Pomona and San Diego WCAB venues. However, the bulk of her career has been dedicated to workers’ compensation defense practice and the teaching of attorneys, claims examiners and employers of the ins and outs of this specialized area of law. This includes decades of instruction with the Insurance Education Association (IEA), Council on Education in management, State and local bar associations, and various other organizations, too many to mention. Those who have been to her classes, speeches and presentations were always presented with a lively and colorful affair-in addition to learning.
Susan has inspired and paved the way for many professionals to follow, including within EPS. Barry Ponticello, who has practiced with Susan nearly half her career, remarks: “Susan’s dedication to the practice and to continued professional growth is an amazing thing to behold. It sets the standard that we are all still learning, no matter the amount of time in practice. When we periodically have had attorneys who tell us they are too many years into their practice to learn anything new, we direct them to Susan, which usually makes for an enlightening discussion. It’s been and continues to be a joy and honor to practice with Susan, who has been a great friend and mentor”. Renee St. Clair, who has also spent near 25 years with Susan notes: “ I remain grateful to Susan for taking a chance on me as a young associate with no experience right out of law school. Susan saw potential in me and helped me harness that potential to build an amazing career with steadfast relationships. I admire Susan for her legal acumen, resiliency, and longevity, and cherish her as a friend and mentor.”
60 years of practice has combined with dedication to her daughters, granddaughter, partners, co-workers and friends-all of which is still ongoing on an every-day basis. Susan has never closed the book on learning and refining her professional skills and is a model for all in this practice. At EPS, we look forward to many more years of this standard bearer continuing to lead the workers’ compensation field.
The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) brings its educational conference to San Diego. The NSRP’s mission is to manage and focus national shipbuilding and ship repair research and development funding on technologies and processes that will reduce the total ownership cost of ships for the U.S. Navy, other national security customers and the commercial sector and develop and leverage best commercial and naval practices to improve the efficiency of the U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair Industry.
Barry Ponticello and Renee St. Clair were requested as featured speakers on the interplay of the Longshore and Harborworkers Compensation Act (LHWCA) and the Jones Act. Mr. Ponticello and Ms. St.Clair have litigated scores of LHWCA and Jones Act matters from the Trial level through the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.
EPS held another of its Morning Speaker Series editions on August 23, 2017. The Morning Speaker Series brings together leading experts and EPS attorneys to address hot button and/or emerging litigation issues.
In this “Telemedicine edition”, EPS attorneys Barry Ponticello, Terry Wheaton and Alex Oberjuerge discussed legal authority for Telemedicine, current applications and future litigation expectations for this ever expanding part of the workers’ compensation litigation process. EPS was pleased to be joined by a number of clients and friends of the firm.
U.S .Health Works National Director of Telemedicine, David Kobrinetz, provided information from the front lines of Telemedicine. Mr. Kobrinetz addressed the USHW plan, implementation and regulatory dealings, as well as the current USHW applications. It was also enlightening for the attendees to hear about the expected future of Telemedicine in California workers’ compensation from the provider end.
In service to the workers’ compensation legal community, Susan England led a San Diego County Bar event aimed at young attorneys. This panel addressed the deposition skills necessary in workers’ compensation discovery proceedings. Attendees were able to hear Ms. England’s advice as an advocate, and also her perspective from her years as a Judge. www.eps-law.com
EPS (www.eps-law.com) hosted another edition of its ongoing morning speaker series, this time focusing on the use, application and litigation of the AMA Guides in state and LHWCA litigation. Having litigated LHWCA matters for decades, EPS attorneys were well familiar with the Guides even before they were adopted for use in California.
EPS was pleased to have Dr. Craig Uejo, an expert in the AMA Guides, as part of this speaker series edition. Dr. Uejo enlightened the attendees with specific examples of problem areas and suggestions for medical legal report review.
Renee St. Clair, well known as one of the foremost attorneys litigating AMA Guides issues, addressed the defense attorney activities necessary in reviewing and litigating AMA Guides disputes. Alex Oberjuerge brought all of the attendees up to speed on relevant case law involving AMA Guides issues.
In keeping with the firm’s long standing public speaking and presenting tradition, EPS (www.eps-law.com) hosts an ongoing speaker series, bringing together leading experts and EPS attorneys to address hot topic litigation issues.
Frequent AME Dr. Lane appeared at one of the events, detailing a medical legal evaluator’s role in the litigation process, as well as addressing his process for assessing permanent disability and apportionment. Barry Ponticello spoke on the role of the defense counsel in litigating permanent disability and apportionment issues. Susan England, with her years of experience as a workers’ compensation judge, gave the attendees the view from the bench.