Thursday, June 13, 2019


East Windsor, NJ




17 Featured Presenters

Millennium Seminars | Moving Professionals Forward

Designed for Practitioners, Physicians and Insurance Professionals, Millennium Seminars are created to help workers’ compensation practitioners develop and improve skills needed in the handling of workers’ compensation cases. 

The one-day seminar approach is comprehensive with a keen focus on critical information for those who are learning workers’ compensation as well as more seasoned practitioners. The goal of the company is to provide timely case law updates, an understanding of the key statutes and essential defenses, valuable medical insight, and viewpoints from panelists who are experts in their field.

Our audience is always participatory and interactive, and attendees come from all areas of the workers’ compensation world including adjusters, supervisors, attorneys, physicians, nurses, investigators, HR managers, managed care professionals, and all sizes of employers in both the public and private sector. The rapport that develops among attendees, speakers, and vendors has made Millennium Seminars successful in its primary mission of educating practitioners about current workers’ compensation law and trends.

Testimonials | See What People Are Saying

”We greatly enjoy attending Millennium Seminars. The information presented is engaging, useful and always presents an
opportunity to expand knowledge of workers’ compensation.”

Elizabeth Matheson, Amazon - December 6, 2018

”Capehart always puts on the best WC seminars. They have the perfect blend of legal updates, medical cases, past precedents and in depth panels”

Josh Wolf, Amazon - July 19, 2018

”Always an informative educational experience. After 34 years I still learn something every time I come. The structure and
presentation makes it interesting and at times entertaining.”

Michele Wojciechowski, Broadspire

”I love coming to this seminar whenever it is given. The topics presented and speakers are so knowledgeable and informative! Great networking opportunity - - Fabulous!!”

Karen Caulfield, Township of Union

”This is the most comprehensive and informative one day seminar on workers’ compensation in New Jersey. Great Value!”

Christina Grabowski, PMA

”Even after 25+ years in workers' compensations claims management, I always learn something new that I can bring back and integrate into my job.”

Honora McGinn, Princeton University

”The seminar today was very informative. I now have the confidence to properly adjust
claims for the New Jersey jurisdiction!”

Porscha Clemons ­, Southern Company Gas

”This seminar presents cutting edge information on medical and legal issues within the New Jersey Workers’ Comp law.”

Michele Bucek, Strategic Comp.

”The seminar was very informative and interactive. The presenters and speakers really kept my attention while delivering excellent topics”

David Olcott, Conti Corp.

”Thank you for the opportunity to listen to expert advice on numerous legal and medical topics and continuing development of our field.”

Michele Bucek, Strategic Comp

”Anyone working in the field of workers’ compensation must attend these seminars to remain current and competent. They are the single greatest source of comprehensive information.”

Doris Dicristina, William H. Connolly & Co., LLC.

”I always enjoy attending the seminars presented by John. Content and speakers are very relevant. Networking is great!”

Gwen Hatcher, Princeton University

”Millennium Seminars always provide pertinent and current information relevant to workers' comp case management and improving outcomes - an invaluable resource to all professionals in the field.”

Doris Dicristina, William H. Connolly & Co., LLC

Moderator | John H. Geaney, Esq.

John H. Geaney, Esq.

John H. Geaney, Esq. is Chairman of Capehart Scatchard’s Executive Committee. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers’ Compensation Law attorney, Mr. Geaney is active in the New Jersey Self Insurers Association (Membership and Program Committees) as well as Kids’ Chance of New Jersey. Mr. Geaney is a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network and is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. He is the author of Geaney’s New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Manual for Practitioners, Physicians, Adjusters, and Employers.

John H. Geaney, Esq. concentrates his practice in the representation of employers, self-insured companies, third-party administrators, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation, and the representation of employers with respect to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Seminar Schedule

Key Cases You Need to Know in Workers’ Compensation

Learn about the leading cases on entitlement to permanent disability benefits Know the key Supreme Court case on parking lot injuries Know the case that employers use to defeat occupational stress claims Understanding the scope and limits of the Cunningham case Hear the latest Supreme Court decision affecting emergency volunteers and temp benefits

Issues Surrounding Light Duty Offers in New Jersey

Panel: Maria Iorlano, WC Claims Manager Distribution Centers, Bed Bath & Beyond Doris Dicristina,  Senior Vice President, William H. Connolly, LLC Dr. Steven Crawford, IMX Medical Management Services Nate Reber, Prime Source Investigations Topics: The pros and cons of light duty Using surveillance to see if the claimant’s restrictions are valid Determining whether there is a medical basis for light duty Making sure an employee is not exceeding light-duty restrictions Changing shifts on light duty and assigning light-duty work to a charity

Morning Break

Network with Vendors

Starting a Claim On the Right Foot

Panel Caryl Russo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Care, RWJBarnabas Health Corporate Care Rachel Struble, Claim Professional, Travelers Insurance Edythe Wittmer-Storer, Regional Claims Supervisor, PMA Insurance Company Topics: What are the most important steps for the employer/adjuster to take on a new file? When should recorded interviews be done and what information is important? In a contested case, who interviews the witnesses and supervisors? How do you avoid delays in getting claimants prompt medical care? When do you assign nurse case managers and surveillance?

Mock Trial of a Workers’ Compensation Case

Panel: Hon. Richard E. Hickey (ret.), Capehart Scatchard Lora V. Northen, Esq., Capehart Scatchard Stephen Matarazzo, Esq., Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo Topics: Learn successful trial techniques in eliciting testimony Watch skillful direct and cross examination of a witness Listen to an expert judge explain how he arrives at his decision Learn how to offer evidence into the record

Buffet Lunch Included

Network with the speakers and visit the sponsor booths

Ear, Nose and Throat Exams in Workers’ Compensation

How is hearing loss calculated under the New Jersey statute? Can dust and mold exposure lead to vocal and nasal problems? How sustained noise exposure must be to cause lasting damage? What is the effect of cigarette smoke on nose and throat issues? What kind of hearing loss is age related and not occupational?

Afternoon Break and Networking

Pre-hire, Post-accident Drug Testing and Workplace Drug Policies

Panel: Ralph R. Smith, 3rd, Esq., Capehart Scatchard Stacey Quagliana Gassman, VP Administration, MONOC Dr. Ralph Finger, SVP Business Development, CityMD Topics: When can an employer do pre-hire drug testing and post-accident testing? What kinds of policies can an employer adopt against the use of illegal drugs? What is the current state of the law on marijuana use? How can you use last-chance agreements effectively? How do you deal with prescription narcotics in the workplace?

Medical Issues in Workers’ Compensation

Use of second opinions on treatment issues in workers’ compensation Strategies for defending motions for med and temp Controlling referrals in workers’ compensation Preparing medical experts for testimony Responding to requests for treatment in reopener cases

Featured Speakers

Alys Onorato

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Consultant, Verizon

Ashley T. Fiore, Esq.

Shareholder, Capehart Scatchard

Caryl Russo

Senior Vice President, RWJ Barnabas Health

Doris L. Dicristina, RN, BSN, MSHCM, COHN-S/CM, LNC

Sr. VP Workers’ Compensation and Risk Management, William H. Connolly and Co., LLC

Edythe Wittmer-Storer

Regional Claims Supervisor, PMA

John W. Pszwaro, Esq.

Shareholder, Capehart Scatchard

Judge Richard Hickey, III, Retired

Of Counsel, Capehart Scatchard

Lora V. Northen, Esq.

Shareholder, Capehart Scatchard

Maria Iorlano

Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager for Distribution, Bed, Bath & Beyond

Nate Reber

Managing Partner, Prime Source Investigations

Rachel Struble

Workers’ Compensation Claims Professional, Travelers Insurance Company

Ralph Finger, MD

Senior Vice President for Business Development at CityMD

Ralph R. Smith, 3rd, Esq.

Vice-Chair Labor & Employment Group, Capehart Scatchard

Stacy Quagliana Gassman

VP of Administration for MONOC Mobile Health Service

Stephen F. Freifeld, MD

Board Certified Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgeon

Stephen Matarazzo, Esq.

Partner, Petro Cohen Petro & Matarazzo

Steven Crawford, M.D.

Certified Independent Medical Examiner

Pricing | Save with 2 or More Registrants!

Registration includes One-Day Seminar + Networking and Sponsor Showcases + Continental Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

Single Registrant


SIGN-UP OFFER!!! The first 15 registrants will receive a courtesy copy of Geaney’s 2019 NJ Workers’ Comp Manual sold by NJICLE – a $230 value!

Holiday Inn & National Conference Center

399 Monmouth Street
East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

Get Directions

Registration | Register for this Seminar Now!

Submit the registration form below and a Millennium Seminars representative will contact you to complete your registration.


Or, you can download and mail in a completed registration form with payment.  We accept check or major credit card.

Registration Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this seminar eligible for CLE or CCM credits?

Yes, this seminar is eligible for CLE and CCM credits.  Upon completion of the seminar, you will receive a certificate detailing your course credits.

  • 7.0 CLE Credits
  • 6.0 CCM Credits

What is the cancellation policy?

Replacement registrants are welcome. If you cancel one week in advance, you will receive a full refund less a $25.00 service charge. Otherwise, no refund will be provided for cancellation within six days of the seminar. In the event of a loss of seminar fee because of late registration, you can apply the fee to another Millennium Seminar within one year of the date of this seminar. If a seminar is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

Is there an incentive for signing up early?

Yes! The first fifteen (15) registrants will receive a courtesy copy of Geaney’s New 2019 Workers’ Compensation Manual sold by NJICLE for $220.

Do you accept walk-ins registrations?

Yes! Walk-ins are welcome. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. The seating for the seminar is classroom style in a spacious room.

Who can I contact if I require special accommodations?

If you should need any special requirements, such as wheelchair access, please provide that information to us at least seven days prior to the seminar by calling 609-234-1776.