Alan Girard, Senior Defense Base Act Claims Analyst, Allied World Assurance Company
Alan Girard is currently a Senior Defense Base Act Claims Analyst with Allied World Assurance Company. In his present role, he is responsible for the TPA oversight of Broadspire, strategic claims management, and loss exposure mitigation for a variety of Allied World’s clients. For the six years prior to that, Mr. Girard was a Major Case Unit Claims Professional, specializing in Defense Base, Longshore, and Jones Acts, at Zurich North America. He is well-versed in claims litigation management, as well as disposition techniques that facilitate the best outcomes for clients. In addition to this, he brings a wide breadth of knowledge from prior roles in TPA workers’ compensation claims management for national accounts, in a variety of statutory jurisdictions. Mr. Girard received his B.S. Degree in International Business from Pepperdine University, and his M.B.A. Degree from Southern Methodist University.
Angela Kirby, Vice President, DBA Claims, Willis Towers Watson
Angela Kirby earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Insurance from the University of North Texas and is an expert in the realm of legal matters pertaining to the Defense Base Act. She has prior experience working closely with the Department of Labor National Office and District Directors to develop action plans to assure DOL requirements were exceeded. Beyond that, Ms. Kirby works with the government contract team at Willis Towers Watson providing claim services such as Claims Management and Oversight, War Hazard reviews, Claim analytics and Development of Strategy to improve the program with the goal of reducing overall claim costs associated with the DBA program.
Camille George, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, Texas Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center
Dr. Camille J. George specializes in sports medicine and general orthopedics, and utilizes state-of-the-art arthroscopic, microscopic, and minimally invasive open procedures. Dr. George provides operative and non-operative treatments for both general orthopedic and sports medicine conditions to all age groups as well as in office physical therapy. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons with over 20 years of experience treating athletes of all ages from little league to professional sports. Dr. George has also garnered a wealth of experience in the field of sports medicine working with the medical team of physicians for the Houston Energy, Houston Cyclones, Houston Rockets and the former Houston Oilers.
Dana Chestnut, President, Contract Claims Services, Inc.
Dana Chesnut is the President of Contract Claims Services, Inc. (CCSI), a privately owned company specializing in federal workers’ compensation risk management program administration. Mrs. Chestnut is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington (B.A., Business Management, 1994) and has over 20 years of longshore claims experience, primarily with claims that fall under the Non Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act, an extension of the Longshore Act. Mrs. Chesnut began her career in the field of Insurance in Underwriting before joining a division of the Thomas Howell Group, that later became CCSI, in 1995 as a Workers’ Compensation Claims Adjuster. Over the next several years, her roles included Claims Supervisor, Claims Manager, and Vice President prior to assuming her current role as President in January 2014.
Dana Ladner, Partner, Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea, & BenMaier
Dana Ladner serves as an expert in the defense of claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Jones Act, and the Defense Base Act. Her experience includes plaintiff and expert depositions, assisting in numerous mediations, and representing employers and carriers before the Department of Labor. Ms. Ladner is currently a member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association with previous involvement serving as an Adjunct Advocacy Professor at South Texas College of Law, and as a member of the South Texas Law Review, the Construction Law Review and was named to the prestigious Order of the Barristers. Ms. Ladner received her Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and her Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law.
Dylan Bury, Medical Legal Programs Analyst, Labor Management Services, Inc.
Dylan Bury is a Medical Legal Programs Analyst with Labor Management Services, Inc. He is responsible for managing Independent Medical Evaluation and Vocational Rehabilitation cases from referral to completion as well as vetting and onboarding the company’s panel of forensic experts. He has gained a wide array of experience assisting carriers and their legal representatives with high exposure claims and complicated medical-legal scenarios.
Frank Sioli, Founding Member & Chief Strategic Officer, Sioli Alexander Pino
Frank Sioli has over 20 years of experience specializing in the field of Admiralty/Maritime, Multi-Line Insurance Litigation and Coverage, and Commercial Transactions-Litigation and has even earned Board Certification in Admiralty & Maritime Law. He has been one of the few lawyers that have tried cases to verdict in the Criminal, State Workers’ Compensation, Longshore Workers’ Compensation, and Civil Litigation venues. In addition to his extensive experience, he is also admitted to practice in the State of Florida, United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the District of Columbia, and the State of Texas. Mr. Sioli received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991, and his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 1994.
Janan Nichols, Executive Vice President/Co-Founder, Abercrombie International, Inc.
Janan Nichols is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Abercrombie International, a global service provider of managed medical care and investigations, serving DBA carriers since 2009. She received her Bachelors Degree in International Relations from the University Of California, Davis with an emphasis on “Peace and Security in the Middle East and Africa.” She has a strong foundation having begun her career in the industry in 2003 at Defense Firm, and is well versed in the laws that govern DBA. Her expansive knowledge of the DBA combined with a network of international contacts enabled her to build a vast global network of service providers assisting carriers with an array of medical and investigative services. She also works hand and hand with carriers to tailor services to their specific needs for handling global claims.
Jeff Knipper, Medicare Services Director, Contract Claims Services, Inc.
Jeff Knipper is the VP of Medicare Service at Contract Claims Services Inc. (CCSI) with over 25 years of longshore claims experience. Speaking and writing on Medicare compliance issues frequently, Mr. Knipper has completed Medicare Set-Aside Analyses (MSAs) on over 500 longshore claims and has assisted parties in navigating the CMS review process on over 250 longshore settlements. He has managed the MMSEA Section 111 reporting process for clients since it began in 2011 and has held the Medicare Set-Aside Certified Consultant (MSCC) credential since 2009. Mr. Knipper has also held the Certified Medicare Secondary Payer (CMSP) professional designation since 2011. He completed the MSA pre-certification program at the University of Florida and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of South Alabama.
John Schouest, Managing Partner, Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea, & BenMaier
With over 25 years of experience practicing law, Mr. Schouest has represented clients in the defense of personal injury claims arising under GL, EL, MEL, Foreign Voluntary and other coverage or self-insured situations. His practice regularly includes matters involving the Jones Act, LHWCA (Longshore), OCSLA, Offshore Service Industries and Transportation and due to his experience with Longshore matters, his firm has transformed into an active and international Defense Base Act (DBA) practice. Mr. Schouest received his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University and additionally has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, selected as a Texas Super Lawyer, and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell which indicates a demonstration of the highest professional and ethical standards.
Keith Flicker, Founder, Flicker, Garelick & Associates, LLP
Keith Flicker founded the firm of Flicker, Garelick & Associates, LLP, focusing on the insurance, marine and intermodal transportation industries with a concentration on the defense of carriers and employers with exposures under the Defense Base Act ("DBA") and related statutes. He received his Bachelor of Arts from New York University and his Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars, and is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of those jurisdictions. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth and Federal Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. As senior trial counsel and advisor to many of the federal compensation industry's leading corporations, Mr. Flicker has tried hundreds of cases before the administrative bodies and courts that are charged with the judicial resolution of DBA and longshore claims.
Michael Hilton, M.D., D.F.A.P.A. General and Board Certified Forensic Psychiatry
Dr. Michael Hilton obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1984. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1989, and then completed a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Maryland in 1990. Since 1990, Dr. Hilton has been in the private practice of General and Forensic Psychiatry in Atlanta, Georgia. He treats a wide range of adult psychiatric conditions, including affective disorders, psychotic illnesses, anxiety conditions, stress reactions, alcohol and substance abuse disorders, chronic pain conditions and work injury related psychiatric problems. He is on the staff of Piedmont Hospital and the Shepherd Center. Dr. Hilton's forensic practice involves a variety of medical-legal consultations. He performs criminal assessments to address issues of insanity, competency to stand trial, sentencing mitigation and pre-sentencing recommendations. Dr. Hilton performs worker's compensation IME's, personal injury examinations in civil settings, guardianship examinations, return-to-work and disability assessments, child custody evaluations, neuropsychiatric assessments and general competency examinations. He has given expert testimony in a number of State and Federal jurisdictions.
Monica Fekete Markovich, Director and Shareholder, Brown Sims
Monica Fekete Markovich practices law as a Shareholder and Director of Brown Sims, P.C. in its Houston, Texas location. Brown Sims, P.C. was established in 1968 as an admiralty firm with the purpose of serving its clients in the Gulf Coast area and abroad. Since that time, the firm's practice has expanded to include a broad range of legal services throughout the general scope of civil litigation. Ms. Markovich's current practice focuses on the defense of claims brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (and its extensions including the Defense Base Act) and the Texas Workers' Compensation Act, “non-subscriber” litigation, and other death and personal injury defense. Ms. Markovich is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and has been Board Certified in Workers' Compensation Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2004. Ms. Markovich serves on the Board of Directors and previously as President (2014) of the DOL-Joint Bar Association, Inc. She has been serving on the Benefits Review Board Service Advisory Board since 2008. Ms. Markovich has lectured on legal subjects including at seminars presented by The University of Texas, Louisiana State University, Loyola Law School, URIMA, The State Bar of Texas and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Markovich received her Bachelor of Arts (1990) and Doctor of Jurisprudence (1993) from the University of Texas in Austin.
Patrick Babin, Member, Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett
Patrick Babin is a highly skilled and reputable attorney in the field of workers compensation law. His vast and extensive experience includes handling claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Section 905(b), Defense Base Act, War Hazards Compensation Act, Jones Act, and Louisiana Workers Compensation Act. He has also been the recipient of Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars – Workers Compensation award for the past four years and was additionally ranked as one of New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers in Workers Compensation Law three years in a row. Mr. Babin received his B.A. from Tulane University and acquired his J.D. from Loyola University College of Law—both of which he graduated cum laude.
Richard Garelick, Founder, Flicker, Garelick & Associates, LLP
Richard Garelick began his career in the field of workers' compensation and personal injury law through the defense of claims and actions that emanated from the New York and New Jersey waterfront. Currently, his national practice specializes in the defense of claims arising under the Defense Base Act (“DBA”), the Nonappropiated Fund Instrumentalities Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. His work in DBA and Nonappropriated Fund cases includes the prosecution of the claims of employers and carriers for reimbursement under the War Hazards Compensation Act. Mr. Garelick also frequently lectures on these specialized areas of workers' compensation and personal injury law and is recognized as an expert in these fields of defense practice. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1983 and his Juris Doctor in 1986 from Brooklyn Law School.
Sasha Grover, Shareholder, Brown Sims
Sasha Grover specializes in the defense of labor and employment cases, including those under the Defense Base Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Her prior experience includes two internships at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division where she had the opportunity to engage in numerous discussions regarding evidentiary rulings and trial tactics with the honorable Judge David Hittner. Additionally, Ms. Grover has previous experience interning for Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley where she drafted final orders on Social Security cases. She believes that her ability to find creative solutions to complex issues is one of the greatest services she offers to her clients. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas (Texas) and her Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law.
Wilton Bland IV, Associate, Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett
Will Bland’s practice includes the defense of employers and insurance carriers for claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, and War Hazards Compensation Act. He also specializes in maritime personal injury defense, insurance coverage and asbestos litigation. Mr. Bland is known to be analytical and strategic in his approach to aggressively defending a claim through to resolution, paying attention to even the smallest detail and turning things around in a timely manner. He is highly personable and prides himself on his responsiveness to his clients’ needs. “I am more than willing to answer any question my client has, even if it is not related to the matter at hand. I am always available to address any concerns.” Mr. Bland has experience working in federal government, which gives him a unique understanding of the legislative process and is an added benefit for his clients. After college, he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, first on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, then as a Legislative Assistant for a Congressman from Alabama. He then received an appointment from President George W. Bush to a position in the U.S. Department of Transportation.