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Jeff Knipper is the Director of Medicare Services for Contract Claims Services Inc. He has completed Medicare Set-Aside Analyses (MSAs) on hundreds of longshore claims and successfully navigated the CMS review process on over 100 longshore settlements. He has been an instructor for the CMSP (Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional) training program. He has been a speaker at the NAMSAP (National Association of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals) national conference as well as longshore and DBA conferences. He has held the Medicare Set-Aside Certified Consultant credential since 2009. He has over 23 years of longshore claims experience.

Contract Claims Services, Inc

Jeff Knipper


David J. Korch is the Vice President Workers’ Compensation & Medicare Practices for Arcadia Settlements Group as a national resource for the brokerage staff in the negotiation and settlement of workers compensation claims and third-party claims with a workers’ compensation component through the utilization of structured settlements. He was associated for over 17 years as a large loss settlement consultant with structured settlement programs at The Travelers and The Hartford specializing in the settlement of workers compensation claims. Mr. Korch has been involved in countless successful mediation and settlement conferences resolving catastrophic claims. His expertise spans Workers’ Compensation, Medicare Secondary Compliance, Special Needs Planning, Custodial Medical Accounts, and Supplemental Needs Trusts as well as all types of property casualty claims. He has been in the insurance industry for over 30 years as a multi-line claim handler, supervisor, claim manager, home office claim consultant and structured settlement broker.

Workers’ Compensation & Medicare practices

David Korch


Dr. Laurie Hebert is the Co-Director of Creel Hearing Center where she worked with Lynn Creel from 2004 until 2009, earned her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Florida, she served as an Assistant Professor of Audiology in the LSU Health Science Center Doctor of Audiology program for 8 years until returning to Creel Hearing Center in May 2016. She served on the board of the Louisiana Academy of Audiology. She is CAOHC certified as a professional supervisor of the audiometric monitoring program.

Au. D – Creel Hearing Center 

Laurie S. Hebert


Patrick Babin has defended a variety of cases including workers’ compensation, maritime liability matters, and employment discrimination cases. Specifically, Patrick is proficient in defending Longshore and Defense Base Act Claims, Section 905(b) cases, LA State Workers’ Compensation claims, Jones Act claims, War Hazards Compensation Act claims, and hearing loss matters. Patrick takes pride in the fact that he has successfully defended cases throughout the country. He thoroughly enjoys working with his clients to achieve the necessary goal in any particular matter. He has written materials and supplied seminars for his clients.

Esq. – Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett

Patrick Babin


Robert L. Bamdas is the managing Partner in the firm’s Boca Raton, Florida office. He focuses his practice on the defense of claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Act, Defense Base Act (DBA), NFIA, and OSCLA, Marine injury claims including defending passenger claims and Jones Act matters, 905(b) claims, marine and general subrogation matters as well as claims in general admiralty law, transportation law and general liability matters. He has successfully litigated numerous cases before corresponding tribunals and handled various appellate matters. Robert is an “AV” rated attorney, a prestigious honor that identifies a lawyer with very high preeminent legal ability and is a reflection upon the lawyer’s experience, expertise, integrity and overall professional excellence.

Esq. – Schouest, Bamdas, Shoshea & BenMaier P.L.L.C.

Rob L. Bamdas


Brad Soshea is a Partner in the firm’s Houston Office, focusing his practice on the defense of liability claims, Particularly Admiralty and Maritime claims brought under General Maritime law, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensations Act, the Defense Base Act (DBA) and the Jones Act. In addition to his ongoing success litigating cases in administrative tribunals and on appeal, Brad actively serves as a consultant to maritime employers and insurance carriers, and is a mediator for Maritime, DBA and liability claims, Brad is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer ranking. 

Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier P.L.L.C.

Brad Soshea


Dr. Tracey Marks is a general and forensic psychiatrist of 20 years, whose mission is to increase mental health awareness and understanding by educating people on psychiatric disorders, mental well-being and self-improvement. She believes that insight creates change, both on a micro-level (personal growth) and a macro-level (reduction in fear and social judgement). As a forensic psychiatrist she has formulated over 1000 opinions by way of Independent Medical Evaluations, criminal assessments or civil litigation consultations. She has been qualified as an expert in multiple federal and state courts as well as military court martial. She also maintains a general psychiatry clinical practice in the Atlanta, Georgia area, where her focus is on mood disorders, anxiety disorders and burnout.

MD – Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist 

Tracey Marks


Dr. Camille George is an orthopedic surgeon in Houston, Texas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Houston Methodist Hospital and Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. He earned a B.S. from Tulane University before graduating from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. George completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at the Baylor College of Medicine where he was also awarded a sports medicine fellowship. He specializes in sports medicine and general orthopedics, and performs state-of-the-art arthroscopic, microscopic, and minimally invasive open procedures.  Dr. George provides operative and non-operative treatment for both general orthopedic and sports medicine conditions to all age groups as well as in office physical therapy. Dr. George has garnered a wealth of experience in orthopedic medicine and has provided expert medical opinions in multiple federal and state jurisdictional claims. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has been in practice for over 25 years.

MD – Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Camille George


Krystal Layher practices law as a Shareholder at Brown Sims, P.C. in its Houston, Texas location.  Brown Sims, P.C. was established in Houston 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 in locations along the U.S. coastlines.  Ms. Layher’s current practice focuses on the defense of claims brought under the Defense Base Act and the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, as well as handling claims under the War Hazards Compensation Act. Ms. Layher is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court – Southern District of Texas and United States District Court – Western District of Texas.  Ms. Layher is also a member of the DOL-Joint Bar Association.  Ms.  Layher received her Bachelor of Arts (2005) from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota and Doctor of Jurisprudence (2012) from the South Texas College of Law in Houston. 

Esq. – Brown Sims

Krystal Layher



Sherman Jones practices law at Brown Sims, P.C. as a Participating Associate.  Mr. Jones works in the Miami, Florida location as part of Brown Sims’ expansion from Houston to states along the Gulf Coast.  Mr. Jones was admitted to the Florida Bar in September 2014. Mr. Jones’ 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), premises liability, as well as State and Federal Civil Litigation. Mr. Jones is a member of the State Bar of Florida, and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court - Southern District of Florida. Mr. Jones is a member of the DOL-Joint Bar Association, Inc. Mr. Jones received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Marketing in 2010 from the University of Florida. In 2014, Mr. Jones graduated from Florida State University College of Law with Honors .  Mr. Jones received the Academic Excellence Book Award in Florida Workers’ Compensation and Statistical Inference in Law.

Esq. – Brown Sims 

Sherman Willard Jones, III


Raymond Warns is an Experienced Partner at the Seattle office of the firm with over three decades of litigation on behalf of defendants in injury matters under the Longshore Act, Defense Base Act, Non-Appropriated Fund Act, and Maritime law. He has handled extensive litigation before federal, administrative, and appellate courts. Mr. Warns represents numerous insurers and employers in maritime matters. His legal expertise is widely recognized and Mr. Warns has spoken at numerous national seminars. He has published several articles relevant to advancing the objectives of employers and their insurers. Mr. Warns has the highest Martindale-Hubbell (AV) Peer Review rating. He has also authored numerous articles and has also made dozens of presentations at a variety of seminars and conventions.

Esq. – Holmes, Weddle & Barcott, PC

Raymond Warns


Eric Richardson is Senior Account Manager based at Gallagher Bassett where he manages a book of accounts with clients that have exposure to workers' compensation claims under the Defense Base Act. He has Developed service plans that align claim operations with client's needs and management's vision. Work as part of a Risk Management team to proactively determine and implement industry best practices. Mr. Richardson provides litigation support to clients in defense of claims filed under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) and extensions (Defense Base Act, Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act, and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act), and the State of California workers’ compensation statutes. He is responsible for all aspects of district office workers' compensation claim operations, program compliance, and performance. Administration of workers'​ compensation claims filed under federal jurisdiction. He also Co-founded DLHWC's first mediation program

Gallagher Bassett

Eric Richardson

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Keith L. 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 is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars, and 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 administration bodies and courts that are charged with the judicial resolution of DBA and longshore claims.

Flicker, Garelick & Associates, LLP

Keith Flicker

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Richard L. Garelick has been affiliated with Flicker, Garelick & Associates, LLP since it was founded in 1985. He became a principal of and name partner in the firm in 1994. His national practice focuses on the defense of claims arising under the Defense Base Act ("DBA"), the Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Mr. Garelick's 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.  In addition to his defense of federal workers' compensation claims, Mr. Garelick defends against personal injury lawsuits brought by seamen and commercial divers under the Jones Act and general maritime law, as well as actions brought by rail workers under the Federal Employers' Liability Act. Mr. Garelick 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. Mr. Garelick is also the author of the "Average Weekly Wage" chapter in the Defense Base Act and War Hazards Compensation Act Handbook (LexisNexis, 2008 and 2010). He is admitted to practice before the state and federal bars in both New York and New Jersey, and he is authorized to practice throughout the nation before the United States Department of Labor's judicial and administrative tribunals.

Flicker, Garelick & Associates, LLP

Richard Garelick