Photos & Awards:
Mark Touby kicked off his multiple roles at the convention by speaking on the topic of mediating workplace issues other than workers’ compensation related matters in a panel discussion for the Professional Mediation Institute. His skills as a litigator and negotiator were highlighted during this presentation, and the discussion was very insightful for those in attendance. Mark is serving the second year of his term as President of the Florida Workers’ Advocates (FWA). In that capacity, he presided over the FWA Board of Directors meeting which was attended by over 40 Board members from around the state. FWA remains vital to the ongoing legislative process, as workers’ compensation reform remains a hot topic in the Florida Legislature. Mark further established himself to be the type of steadfast leader required for this upcoming challenge. Any legislative changes will have an impact on the entire workers’ compensation system, and FWA, through its leadership, is fully committed to protecting the rights and remedies of injured workers. Mark sits on the Workers’ Compensation Board Certification Committee for the Florida Bar, and his input during this meeting was vital. Mark continued his leadership role and commitment by attending the Executive Council meeting for the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar. He also attended the meeting of the Friends of 440 Scholarship Committee.Mark would like to congratulate Kim De Arcangelis for receiving this year’s Richard A. Sadow Achievement Award. Mark was last year’s recipient of this award. He received a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Richard Chait attended his 30th annual Workers’ Compensation Convention (in a row). He remains one of the more prominent leaders in the Workers’ Compensation Industry and demonstrates his influence and leadership skills as a member of numerous committees. During the meeting of the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Rules Advisory Board, he spearheaded healthy dialogue amongst the members and made every effort to ensure that favorable changes to the Rules of Procedure were considered. Richard holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Florida Workers’ Advocates (FWA) and is a Past President of the organization. During the FWA Board Meeting, Richard maintained his longstanding leadership role by contributing on numerous levels which included initiating preparation for the upcoming Legislative Committee Weeks and the 2018 Legislative Session. Richard also attended the Annual Judicial Luncheon where he hosted a table for several Judges of Compensation Claims and engaged in proactive dialogue focused on improving the workers’ compensation system and protecting the rights of injured workers. He concluded an active convention by attending the meeting of the Executive Council of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar. Richard is a Past Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section and continues to serve a vital role on the council where he holds a District Seat. During this meeting, Richard was presented an award for his outstanding legislative efforts over the past year. He was honored and humbled to be recognized by his fellow leaders of the Workers’ Compensation Bar in such a manner.
Richard Sicking spearheaded the three-day E. Earl H. Zehmer Moot Court Competition consisting of teams from numerous law schools. This competition has become a tradition at the convention and provides practical experience to students who have demonstrated themselves to be premier representatives of their institutions. Consistent with years past, Richard wrote the problem and the bench brief for the competition. Richard then presented the problem and solution to the esteemed panel of 75 judges which included Florida Judges of Compensation Claims as well as workers’ compensation judges from several other states and from Florida’s First District Court of Appeal. The competition was a huge success, and Richard remains entrenched as one of the leading appellate experts and scholars in the field of workers’ compensation.
Richard Chait is elected to the Board of Directors for the Florida Justice Association (FJA). Although 19 worthy candidates ran, there were only 12 slots available. Richard now becomes only the second Workers' Compensation attorney to ever be elected to the FJA Board.
Touby, Chait & Sicking, P.L. wins the 2016 Jon E. Krupnick Award presented by the Florida Justice Association. This award is presented annually and recognizes the firm or individual who has demonstrated incredible perseverance and professionalism in the representation of their clients while ensuring that their rights and remedies are maintained in the Civil Justice System.
Richard Chait is presented with the 2015 Frierson-Colling Professionalism Award. This is an annual award on behalf of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar. It is voted on by the Section’s Executive Council and recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the workers’ compensation practice of law.
Richard Chait serves as a guest commentator on the Florida Justice Association Podcast regarding the Florida Legislature’s intent to reform the Workers’ Compensation Law.
Mark Touby, Richard Chait and Richard Sicking are recognized by the Florida Workers’ Advocates for being lead counsel in the Supreme Court opinion of Marvin Castellanos v. Next Door Co. This landmark decision protects the due process rights of injured workers and preserves their access to courts. The Castellanos case established that the caps on attorney’s fees are unconstitutional when injured workers are forced to hire attorneys in order to secure benefits which are wrongfully denied.
Richard Chait provides testimony in the House of Representatives before the the Insurance and Banking Committee. The Florida Legislature is considering reform to the Workers’ Compensation Law, and Richard is spending extensive time in Tallahassee protecting the legal rights and remedies of injured worers. He currently serves as Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Justice Association.
Mark Touby serves as a panelist at the ABA Mid-Winter Conference in Phoenix, AZ. As lead trial and appellate counsel in the Supreme Court opinion of Marvin Castellanos v. Next Door Co., Mark was asked to present his unique and insightful perspective on attorney’s fee caps which impact injured workers throughout the country, as well as brief the attendees on building a successful constitutional challenge.
Richard Sicking proudly stands next to a fire truck in celebration of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Bradley Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg. Touby, Chait & Sicking, P.L. was lead counsel in this monumental decision which held that Firefighter Westphal’s constitutional rights were violated by a law which capped his entitlement to ongoing benefits. This was the second Supreme Court victory for the firm within a two month period of time during 2016. Richard has dedicated his career to protecting the legal rights and remedies of firefighters and other first responders and government employees, and the Westphal case will always be a part of his legacy.
Mark Touby participates in the Workers’ Compensation Section’s Executive Council Long Range Planning Retreat in Nashville, TN. Mark and Richard Chait both sit on the council representing leadership of the Claimant’s Bar.
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