Thursday, December 6, 2018


1401 Route 10 East, Whippany, NJ 07981




10 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

”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

Case Law Update and Minor/Major Deviation Review

Can a drive to work be considered compensable? Learn how a custodian lost an occupational bilateral knee replacement case. Over-the-road trucker is denied compensation for injury dressing after shower. Are voluntary offers of permanency now obsolete? Review of minor/major deviation cases in New Jersey.

Creative Ideas to Improve Your Workers’ Comp Program

Panel: Marilyn Heard-Thompson, ADP Total Source Maria Iorlano, Bed Bath & Beyond Ray Blanchfield, Farm Family Insurance Alys Onorato, Verizon Topics: What can employers do to control workers’ compensation costs? How do you create a culture of injury prevention? What steps can you take to move cases to settlement? Do light duty programs help your company? How do you create a team approach among all comp program participants?

Morning Break

Networking with Vendors and Partners

Knowing the Key Defenses Which Will Help You Win in Comp Court

Understanding the premises rule and its exceptions. Parking lot issues in the wake of Hersh v. Morris County. What are the elements of a fraud defense in New Jersey? When are recreational and social activities considered compensable? Statute of limitations for traumatic and occupational disease claims.

Causation Issues for Spine Surgeons and Utilizing Internet Access to Medical Resources

What past medical history is crucial for spine surgeons in arriving at causation. Distinguishing mere correlation from causation and understanding the difference. Find out why utilization of internet enabled access to radiographic imaging is so important. Discussion of case scenarios where preexisting spine conditions were or were not aggravated by work. Learn why mechanism of injury really matters to spine surgeons.

Buffet Lunch

Network with Speakers and Visit the Sponsor Booths

Medical Marijuana, Substance Abuse and Workplace Issues

How do employers cope with conflicting state and federal laws? What kinds of policies should employers consider for substance abuse? What special rules apply to safety sensitive positions? Legislative changes on the horizon?  What can employers expect? When can an employer safely discharge employees for work or non-work substance use?

Afternoon Break

Networking with Vendors

The Shoulder Surgeon’s Approach to Causation Analysis in Workers’ Comp

Can we distinguish chronic/age related findings for an acute injury? Importance of mechanism of injury and history taking with rotator cuff causality analysis. Treatment options for rotator cuff tears: Question, do we always need to operate? Reverse total shoulder replacement vs. superior capsular reconstruction. Learn about applied causality analysis and listen to actual workers’ compensation case studies.

Complex Subrogation Issues and Lien Compromises: Petitioner and Respondent Views

Listen to counsel discuss their views on “lien compromises.” Consider whether there are times when a lien compromise makes sense. What does the adjuster need to evaluate a request for a lien compromise? Learn when you have lien rights and when you do not. Questions and answers from the audience on your toughest lien issues.

Featured Speakers

Stephen T. Fannon, Esq.

Shareholder, Capehart Scatchard

Stephen T. Fannon, Esq. is an Executive Committee Member and Shareholder in Capehart Scatchard’s Workers’ Compensation Department. He concentrates his practice in the representation of employers, self-insured companies, third-party administrators and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation. Mr. Fannon is a member of the American, Burlington County and New Jersey State Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (Workers’ Compensation Committee) and a Master, Justice James Coleman, Jr., New Jersey Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court. He received his J.D. degree, with Honors and Order of the Coif from Drake University School of Law and his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Rowan University.

Carmen Saginario Jr., Esq.

Shareholder, Capehart Scatchard

Carmen Saginario Jr., Esq. is Co-Chair of Capehart Scatchard’s Labor & Employment Group. Mr. Saginario focuses his practice on employment counseling and litigation. He regularly counsels clients on litigation avoidance, personnel policies and procedures including those associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, employment discipline, layoffs and other terminations. Mr. Saginario directs and participates in internal investigations involving claims of harassment, policy violations, ethics and other employment issues. He also appears on behalf of private and public sector clients before the judiciary as well as State and Federal administrative agencies (EEOC, N.J. Division on Civil Rights, etc.). Mr. Saginario is also experienced in representing clients before arbitrators and mediators.

Raymond Blanchfield

Workers' Compensation Claims Manager, Farm Family Insurance Company

Raymond Blanchfield of Farm Family Insurance Company received his B.S. from Northeastern University and his M.B.A. from Temple University. Mr. Blanchfield has worked in primary and re-insurance, multi-lines claims and has held positions which have varied from supervisor, claims manager to VP of the claims departments. He is currently the Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager at Farm Family Insurance Company.

Ronald Siegel, Esq.

Attorney, Goldstein, Ballen, O’Rourke & Wildstein

Ronald Siegel, Esq. is an attorney with Goldstein, Ballen, O’Rourke & Wildstein. He concentrates his practice in the representation of claimants in workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. He is a volunteer for St. Barnabas Hospital and the Children Together Foster Care Program. Mr. Siegel obtained his LL.B from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Baltimore.

Nomaan Ashraf, MD/MBA

Spine Surgeon, Comprehensive Spine Care

Nomaan Ashraf, MD/MBA is a spine surgeon at Comprehensive Spine Care, PA in New Jersey. He completed his college education cum laude at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Following college he completed his medical education while simultaneously getting a business degree as part of the Tufts University School of Medicine’s MD/MBA program in Boston, MA. After medical school he completed his internship in Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell) in Manhattan. He then completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training at the Carolinas Medical Center in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Adam Bernstein, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Garden State Orthopaedics

Dr. Adam Bernstein is associated with Garden State Orthopaedics and has been with them since 2003. He is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has a Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Bernstein received his Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine cum laude and completed his General Surgery Internship at New York University Medical Center and his residency at New York University - The Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute. He received his orthopaedics sports medicine fellow from Lenox Hill Hospital. He is a licensed physician in New Jersey and New York. Dr. Bernstein has active privileges at The Valley Hospital, New York University/Hospital for Joint Diseases and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

Marilyn Heard-Thompson

Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager, ADP TS

Marilyn Heard-Thompson is the Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager for ADP TS. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Her primary responsibilities involve workers’ compensation claim management and oversight in the Eastern United States. Prior to ADP TS, she was employed as a Claims Manager with a national self-insured home health provider. She has also held various workers’ compensation claim management positions with major insurance carriers and third party administrators.

Maria Iorlano

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

Maria Iorlano is the Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager for Distribution for Bed, Bath & Beyond. She is a Certified Risk Manager with the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. Ms. Iorlano oversees workers’ compensation claims for Bed Bath regionally and in the State of California. Previously she was a Claims Consultant with Willis Towers Watson, Inc.

Rafael Levin, MD, MSc.

Spine Surgeon, Comprehensive Spine Care

Rafael Levin, MD, MSc. is a member of Comprehensive Spine Care located in Emerson, NJ. He is a board certified Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgeon. After completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at M.I.T., he graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Levin completed his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Boston Medical Center, and continued his training with a fellowship in spine surgery at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Levin specializes in the use of minimally invasive surgical treatments for spinal conditions, including Kyphoplasty and X-stop. He has contributed to and participated in numerous publications and studies, including basic research studies, clinical data analysis, and review articles.

Alys Onorato

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Consultant, Verizon

Alys Onorato is the Workers’ Compensation Benefits Consultant with the Treasury Department of Verizon in Basking Ridge, N.J. She received her BA in Accounting and Business Administration from the Universidad Rafael Belloso Chacin in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She oversees all workers’ compensation claims nationwide for Verizon except for the State of New York.

Pricing | Save with 2 or More Registrants!

SIGN-UP OFFER!!! The first 15 registrants will receive a courtesy copy of
Geaney’s New 2019 Workers’ Compensation Manual sold by NJICLE for $220.

Single Registrant


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

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First 15 registrants will receive a courtesy copy of Geaney’s New 2019 Workers’ Compensation Manual sold by NJICLE ($220 Retail Value)


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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.