Workers’ Comp Summit: Aug 25-27, 2019 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2018 Comp Summit!

The following information is from the completed event. Check back in the spring for updates on the 2019 program.

Tuesday, August 28

6:45 am - 12:00 pm
Conference Registration Re-Opens

The registration desk remains open throughout the day. Be sure to take advantage of our complimentary Bard Coffee barista station, courtesy of RECON Surveillance Group!

NEW in 2018: Download the Comp Summit Mobile App for up-to-the minute conference news, session materials, venue maps, attendee networking and more!

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7:00 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast is Served

Comp Summit EXPO Re-Opens

Join us for breakfast and morning conversations.


8:15 am - 9:15 am
2018 Legal Year-in-Review

There will be a fresh approach to our annual analysis of the law of workers’ compensation in Maine, and it will provide you with the best of both worlds. First, conference attendees will receive a digital format compendium of appellate decisions, legislation, and rule-making from the past year. Second, our panel will select three or four key cases for argument. In each case, you will hear both sides of the issue presented, a description of the case holding, and an analysis of the impact of the decision – including guidance for legal counsel, and the implications for the larger workers’ compensation community in Maine. We will survey the audience over the summer to help determine the cases reviewed during this program. 

Faculty:  Mike Richards (Troubh Heisler in Portland), Karen Bilodeau (McTeague Higbee in Brunswick), and John Rohde (Workers’ Compensation Board).

Approved for CLE, SHRM, and HRCI general (HR) credit.

Program Faculty: Karen Bilodeau, Mike Richards

9:30 am - 10:30 am
LIVE Appellate Division Argument

Fifth annual edition, as the law unfolds before your eyes.

Comp Summit attendees will gain instruction by witnessing a live Appellate Division case. The appeal will be heard en banc (meaning with the full array of workers’ compensation administrative law judges, except for the original presiding judge who heard the case). This is designed to provide the audience with a good look at the appellate process and a discrete legal issue at the same time. You will witness arguments from the parties to the appeal, the interactive questions between the ALJ’s and the attorneys to the case, and learn about a discrete area of workers’ compensation law.

Case: Evelyn Dumont v. Mercy Hospital v. AT&T Mobility Services. WCB Appellate Division No. 17-55

Issues: The case raises several issues of interest: 1) the sufficiency of notice of injury to the employer; 2) the findings of an independent medical examiner, and 3) the aggravation of a pre-existing condition.

Administrative Law Judges: Tim Collier, Elizabeth Elwin, Glen Goodnough, David Hirtle, Sue Jerome, Evelyn Knopf, and Tom Pelletier

Attorneys: Chelsea Suvlu for the appellant AT&T Mobility Services and Douglas R. Lotane for the appellee Evelyn Dumont

Approved for CLE, CCMC, SHRM, and HRCI general (HR) credit.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Comp Summit Think Tank 2018

Our experts look to the future of workers’ compensation in Maine

The Think Tank remains the perfect Comp Summit closing session. It is a great vehicle for gazing into the future, looking to innovations occurring around the country, and getting beyond some of the ministerial issues that often leave the workers’ compensation system bound. So join us again for a look at the big picture and the direction of comp in Maine. Issues on the table may include: the status of rule-making in Maine, issues flowing from the Gig Economy – particularly those related to misclassification, and the latest on the medical marijuana front. All of this will be in the context of national trends and the original intent of workers’ compensation systems – the grand bargain. Executive Director Paul Sighinolfi is shaping the issues for this closing session.

Featuring: Jon Oxman (Linnell, Choate & Webber in Auburn), Alison Denham (Douglas, Denham, Buccina & Ernst in Portland), Phil Bartlett (Scaccia, Bartlett & Chabot in Sanford), Ben Grant (McTeague Higbee in Brunswick), Elizabeth Brogan (Norman, Hanson & DeTroy), and special guest Raji Chadarevian (NCCI).

Approved for 1.25 CLE, CCMC, SHRM, HRCI general (HR) credits, and 1.0 NH Adjuster credit.

Program Faculty: Alison Denham, Ben Grant, Elizabeth Brogan, Jon Oxman, Phil Bartlett, Raji Chadarevian
Sunday, August 26 Monday, August 27 Tuesday, August 28