National Workers' Compensation Review
The National Workers’ Compensation Review started through the joint efforts of George Kagan of West Palm Beach, Florida, Bill Pipkin of Mobile, Alabama, and Jim Anderson of Ridgeland, Mississippi. Their combined efforts on the DRI Workers’ Compensation Committee laid the groundwork for the development of the NWCR, and they are proud that their efforts have evolved into the premier collection of cutting-edge programming surrounding the ever-changing world of workers’ compensation.
The leadership of the NWCR now includes the amazing talents of an excellent Advisory Board comprised of Dr. Chris Brigham, Jennifer Morris Jones, Steve Tipton, and Bill Zachry. Collectively, this group provides resources that have exponentially expanded the depth of the NWCR.
The National Workers' Compensation Review is a premier two-day event offered within the WCI Conference. The NWCR’s mission is to combine the nation’s brightest legal, medical, claims, and industry professionals to produce cutting-edge programming designed to inform, challenge, lead and direct the forces that drive the ever-evolving world of workers’ compensation.
Jim Anderson has been practicing workers’ compensation law since 1978 and is the Senior Founding Member of Anderson Crawley & Burke, PLLC, (www.acblaw.com), a law firm headquartered in the Jackson, Mississippi area. Jim is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (CWCL) and serves on the Board of Governors of the CWCL. He serves on the Board of Directors of and is the Past President of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, Inc., and has been Chairman of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Association’s Annual Conference since 2008. He is Vice Chair of the DRI Workers’ Compensation Community and assumes the role of Chairman in October 2021. He has maintained Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating (AV) since 1990 and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995.
Bill is a partner in the Mobile, Alabama office of Austill, Lewis, Pipkin & Maddox, P.C. He has a general civil practice, focusing on the defense of workers’ compensation, personal injury and general liability matters. Admitted to practice in Alabama and Florida, he is an experienced trial attorney in both state and federal courts throughout Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar and served as Chairman of the Workers’
Compensation Section from 2006-2007. He is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been regularly selected for inclusion in “Best Lawyers” and “Super Lawyers”.
H. George Kagan
George Kagan is a legend of Florida workers' compensation. His writing and wit are known by lawyers across the state and he has been a leader in the Bar, education, and appellate practice. George received his J.D. degree from the University of Miami in 1975 and his B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1972. He recalls the pivotal moment in his (future) career, when he had to decide between an offer of an Assistant State’s Attorney position extended him by Janet Reno following his internship under her, or going to work for H. Jack Miller and Dick Hodges in their boutique WC practice: he has never regretted his choice.
Our Advisory Board
The National WC Review is blessed to have the tremendous assistance of some very talented people who make up our Advisory Board.
Jennifer Morris Jones
Dr. Chris Brigham is a nationally recognized thought leader on human potential and dis/ability, with an emphasis on ability. He is the Editor of the AMA Guides Newsletter and Casebook and Senior Contributing Editor for the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides. He has written over 250 peer-reviewed articles and is an accomplished professional speaker.
Jennifer Morris Jones is a partner in the Raleigh, North Carolina office of the civil defense firm Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP. An NC Board Certified WC Specialist, she currently also serves as the Chair of the DRI WC Committee. She is a regular speaker at national events and represents NC in the Multi-State programming of the WCI.
Steve Tipton is a shareholder with Flahive, Ogden and Latson in Austin, Texas, and his practice extends throughout the entire State. He is triple Board Certified in workers’ compensation, personal injury trial law, and civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a certified litigation management professional by the CLM and is a Fellow in the College of WC Lawyers.
Bill Zachry serves as a Board Member for the California State Compensation Insurance Fund where he is active on the Investment and Safety Committees and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. His career has placed him in a variety of different roles, such as serving as Senior Fellow of the Sedgwick Institute, all of which has made him a regular speaker on workers’ compensation and risk management issues throughout the United States.