At LOIS we encourage and foster an atmosphere of career-long learning and training. Our workplace encourages collaboration between attorneys in an informal sense – discussing cases and clients and trading “best practices” among colleagues. The Firm also facilitates formal training programs such as our Mock Trial Program. This Program, chaired by Partner Christian Sison, took place over six month, beginning in February 2018 and culminating in a awards ceremony on September 21, 2018.
Each team and attorney prepared six trial-related events and presented to their peers and the partners. This included cross-examination of hostile witnesses and preparation of trial briefs. The events were graded on several factors, such as issue spotting, knowledge of the issue(s), persuasiveness, tone, grammar, and professionalism. While teams rotated during the competition, individual scores were tallied from month to month.
Our 2018 Winners are:
TOP LEFT: The 2018 Mock Trial overall attorney winner, Associate Attorney Joseph Melchionne (left) pictured with Program Chair Christian Sison.
TOP RIGHT: The 2018 Mock Trial first runner up (attorney) Christopher Major, pictured with Program Chair Christian Sison.
BOTTOM LEFT: The 2018 Mock Trial overall paralegal winner, Ashlee Allgayer (left) pictured with Program Chair Christian Sison.
BOTTOM RIGHT: The 2018 Mock Trial first runner up (paralegal) Amy Figueroa.
Congratulations to the winners and all who participated in this year’s program!
An interesting New York Board Panel Decision is discovered by defense attorney Timothy Kane who joins host Christian Sison for his 2nd guest appearance on the podcast. Apportionment and date of contracture become ripe issues when an established occupational disease claim reaches permanency. Does the Board Panel Decision create guidance that could result in more accurate exposure analysis? Can this be used by carriers and self-insureds to close cases faster? Listen in to this discussion.
Employers lose control of medical in New Jersey when they are unsuccessful in defending a Motion for Medical and Temporary Disability Benefits. Attorney Greg Lois discusses these common motions and provide an overview of the strategies used to defend them. This presentation includes a discussion of the recent decisions, stemming from Motions for Med & Temp, that led to medicinal marijuana being ordered in two recent cases.
Attorneys Tashia Rasul and Greg Lois discuss the recent case law developments in New York and New Jersey workers’ compensation cases involving medical marijuana. They cover the practical aspects of defending claims where medical marijuana is available, what standards the courts use when authorizing the use of marijuana, and practical aspects of paying for a substance that is on the Federal controlled substances list.