WCLP Designation


Workers' Compensation for Legal Professionals

A Unique Designation Program from IEA
Empowering Attorneys to Excel!

The Workers’ Compensation for Legal Professionals (WCLP) program offers a deep dive into the laws, language, and concepts unique to California workers’ compensation. Uniquely designed to ease the training burden for managing attorneys, and optimize performance of new associates.

The WCLP Designation provides lawyers with the mission critical workers' comp knowledge that isn't taught in law school.

The WCLP offers a deep and comprehensive dive into the language, laws, and concepts unique to California workers’ compensation.

For Managing Attorneys

  • Cut your mentoring time in half!
  • Empower your new associates to handle complex cases with competence.
  • Stay focused on your clients while IEA monitors your students’ progress.
  • Distinguish your new associates as the most highly trained in the industry.

For New Attorneys

  • Deepen your knowledge of workers’ compensation law.
  • Confidently handle complex cases.
  • Wield arguments instead of reacting to them.
  • Earn a prestigious industry designation.
  • Optimize your career potential.
26 Lessons Total
All Lessons Entirely Online

Presented by Leading Attorneys and Judges

Earn the WCLP Designation
Earn a Certificate
$198 to Purchase Individual Lessons a-la-carte.

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Your Roadmap to Workers Comp Expertise

Earn WCLP Designation
3 Certificates
9 Lessons Each

WCLP Required Materials

WCLP reading assignments are hosted on Sullivan on Comp and are an integral and required component of your program.

Use coupon code SOC4IEA to receive $50 off an annual subscription, or the first month of a monthly subscription at no cost.

Already a Sullivan on Comp subscriber?
Once you’ve purchased the WCLP from IEA, Sullivan on Comp will be notified and your access to the required materials will be enabled within one business day, OR, you can submit a request to info@ieatraining.org

WCLP Full Designation

Purchase the entire series all at once. Build momentum, progress through your program faster, and save on your overall training costs. Expand your professional knowledge and skills with the optimal expediency.

All 3 certificates (26 lessons) are included.
$4,750

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WCLP Level 1 Certificate

Enroll in the entire Fundamentals certificate for $1,750 or purchase individuals lessons for $225.

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Lesson 01: Injuries and Presumptions

What constitutes an injury in worker’s compensation and when are these injuries deemed compensable?

7 modules, 1 video

1.0 hours of participatory MCLE/Legal Specialization credit for the video portion of the lesson.
3.5 hours of self-study MCLE/Legal Specialization credit.

$225

Instructors


Frank Cannizzaro
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP


Tricia M. Pride
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP

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Lesson 02: Affirmative Defenses to Injury Including Psyche

Not every injury is covered under workers’ compensation, even when the injury occurs at work. This lesson reviews the situations that render an injury non-compensable.

8 Modules, 1 video

1.0 hours of participatory MCLE/Legal Specialization credit for the video portion of the lesson.
4.5 hours of self-study MCLE/Legal Specialization credit.

$225

Instructors


Ana Gomez-Garcia
Reed & Garcia Law, P.C.


Anthony Culpepper Jr.
Michael Sullivan & Associates, LLP

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Lesson 03: AOE/COE Legal Doctrines

Through case law, the courts have determined key issues that determine compensability. The legal standard for making this determination is known as AOE/COE. Lesson 3 explores this legal doctrine.

11 Modules, 1 video

1.0 hours of participatory MCLE/Legal Specialization credit for the video portion of the lesson.
5.5 hours of self-study MCLE/Legal Specialization credit.

$225

Instructors


Julius Young
Boxer & Gerson Attorneys at Law, LLP


Richard M. Jacobsmeyer
Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain, & Claffey PC

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Lesson 04: Medical Care: Scope of Care

Learn what type of medical treatment must be provided under workers’ comp and when the treatment must be provided.

9 Modules, 1 video

1.0 hours of participatory MCLE/Legal Specialization credit for the video portion of the lesson.
4.5 hours of self-study MCLE/Legal Specialization credit.

$225

Instructors

Erika L. Vargas
Erika L. Vargas
Partner Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton, & Goldstein


Joel Allen
Partner Collinson, Daehnke, Inlow & Greco

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Lesson 05: Temporary Disability

What constitutes a temporary disability? When and how must it be paid?

11 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Clint Feddersen
Judge at WCAB, DIR, State of California


Hon. Robert G. Rassp
Presiding Judge, WCAB Los Angeles District Office

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Lesson 06: Permanent Disability - Basics and Schedule

What constitutes a “permanent” disability and when must payments be made?

7 Modules, 1 video

1.0 hours of participatory MCLE/Legal Specialization credit for the video portion of the lesson.
3.5 hours of self-study MCLE/Legal Specialization credit.

$225

Instructors


Keith Figgins
Senior Partner, Michael Sullivan & Associates


Leslie Dilbeck, CEDIR
Vice President Client Relations, iRatings, LLC

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Lesson 07: Apportionment

Learn the conditions under which permanent disability payment might be reduced when factors external to the injured workers’ employment contribute to the injury.

7 Modules, 1 video

1.0 hours of participatory MCLE/Legal Specialization credit for the video portion of the lesson.
3.5 hours of self-study MCLE/Legal Specialization credit.

$225

Instructors

Ken Kingdon
Law Offices of Ken Kingdom, Kingdon Rating Services


Randy Pollak
Managing Attorney at Wintersteen | Casarez

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Lesson 08: Permanent Disability Payment & Voucher

Learn how permanent disability is rated and how it’s paid. Also covered is the supplemental job displacement benefit, a voucher that becomes available only when an injured worker is unable to return to long-term employment following a work related injury.

6 Modules, 1 video

1.0 hours of participatory MCLE/Legal Specialization credit for the video portion of the lesson.
3.0 hours of self-study MCLE/Legal Specialization credit.

$225

Instructors


Clint Feddersen
Judge at WCAB, DIR, State of California


Hon. Robert G. Rassp
Presiding Judge, WCAB Los Angeles District Office

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Lesson 09: Death Benefits

Learn what benefits are payable when a worker dies from a work-related injury, and how they must be paid.

10 Modules, 1 video

1.0 hours of participatory MCLE/Legal Specialization credit for the video portion of the lesson.
5.0 hours of self-study MCLE/Legal Specialization credit.

$225

Instructors


Julius Young
Boxer & Gerson Attorneys at Law, LLP


Richard M. Jacobsmeyer
Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain, & Claffey PC

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WCLP Level 2 Certificate

Enroll in the entire Core Concepts certificate for $1,750 or purchase individuals lessons for $225.

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Lesson 10: Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review

Learn the process an employer must utilize when a request for treatment is made.

9 modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Adrian Rodriguez
Partner at Tobin Lucks


Ryan Vego
Partner at Glauber Berenson Vego

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Lesson 11: Medical Control and Medical Provider Networks

Who controls the administration of medical treatment in workers’ compensation? When does the employee get to decide which services or doctor to engage?

9 Modules, 1 video,

$225

Instructors


David Deitz, MD, PhD
Principal, Deitz & Associates


Alex Swedlow
President, California Workers’ Compensation Institute

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Lesson 12: Payment of Medical Bills and Medical-Legal Bills

What steps must an employer take when they receive a medical treatment or medical legal bill, and what is the process by which they are paid?

10 Modules, 1 video

$225


Karen Heffernan
Former VP Training, Sedgwick


John Murray
Technical Standards and Compliance Consultant, Sedgwick

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Lesson 13: Workers' Compensation Discovery

Learn the process by which evidence is uncovered within the workers’ compensation system.

11 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Jerry Chang
Managing Partner Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin & Harrison


Jon Dodart
Partner, Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin & Harrison

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Lesson 14: The Medical-Legal Process

Learn the process by which medical evidence is gathered to prove or disprove a contested claim.

13 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Barry Rodich
Associate, Law offices of Gary Rodich


Thu Do
Partner, Employer Defense Group

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Lesson 15: Application and Filing

What is the process required to bring a case file to the workers’ compensation claims court and what are the documents that must be filed?

9 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Elliot S. Berkowitz
Berkowitz & Cohen


Jeremiah A. Heisler
Partner, Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP

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Lesson 16: Conferences

There are many types of conferences used in the workers’ compensation court. Learn what they are and when they are used.

11 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Jamie M. Jacoby

Certified Legal Specialist in Workers’ Compensation
The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


Jamie L. Berenson
Glauber Berenson Vego

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Lesson 17: Trials

Learn how trials are conducted and evidence presented before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

12 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Joanne Thomas
Managing Shareholder Inland Empire and San Diego, SRTK


Tim Kinsey
Managing Shareholder Orange County, SRTK

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Lesson 18: Settlement and Awards

Learn how cases before the courts are resolved either by settlements or award after trial.

12 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Steven J. Rosendin
Associate Partner, Mullen & Fiippi, LLP


H. Nila Dhugga
Associate Partner, Mullen & Fiippi, LLP

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WCLP Level 3 Certificate

Enroll in the entire Mastery certificate for $1,750 or purchase individuals lessons for $225.

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Lesson 19: The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Jurisdiction, and Subrogation

What are the boundaries of the WCAB’s jurisdiction? When does it intersect with other jurisdictions such as civil, state, federal?

12 modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Vanessa Cooksey
Founding Partner at Cooksey & Marenstein, LLP


Robert J. Sherwin
Senior Managing Partner, Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee, LLP

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Lesson 20: Insurance and Employment

What are the requirements for insurance or self-insurance in the workers’ compensation system? What are the potential penalties for an employer who is not insured and when is a person considered an “employee” for the purposes of workers’ compensation.

16 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Kevin Miller
Sr. Trial Attorney at Farmers Insurance Claims Litigation


Dana Sandoval
Supervising Attorney, Law Offices of Stratman & Williams-Abrego

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Lesson 21: Statutes of Limitations

What are the time limitations involved with filing a workers’ compensation claim? When is an employee barred from bringing the claim.

12 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Steven McNamara

Law Offices of McNamara & Drass, LLP


Aurora Timbol

Staff Counsel, CA Workers’ Compensation at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc

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Lesson 22: 132a Discrimination and Serious & Willful Claims

13 Modules, 1 video

$395

Instructors


Adam Domchik
Co-Managing Partner, Gordon Edelstein Krepack Grant Felton & Goldstein


Demetra Geges Johal
Partner, Laughlin Falbo Levy & Moresi, LLP

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Lesson 23: Penalties and Sanctions

Under what circumstances are additional penalties imposed for non-payment or late payment of benefits?

8 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Alexander Comis
Equity Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP


Alvaro S. Lizarraga
Partner at Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton, & Goldstein

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Lesson 24: Legal Representation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Who can represent the parties to a workers’ compensation claim before the appeals board and learn when arbitration and alternative dispute resolutions are used in a workers’ compensation setting?

12 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Adam Domchik
Co-Managing Partner, Gordon Edelstein Krepack Grant Felton & Goldstein


Demetra Geges Johal
Partner, Laughlin Falbo Levy & Moresi, LLP

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Lesson 25: Liens, Attorney’s Fees and Costs

Learn about the various sources that receive payment during the workers’ compensation claims process.

10 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Elke D. Knapper-Herath
4600 Boehm, Hearing Representative/Expert Witness


Larisa Mortazavi
Senior Associate Rossi Law Group

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Lesson 26: Appeals

Learn the process by which parties may appeal decisions made by the Workers’ Compensation judge.

14 Modules, 1 video

$225

Instructors


Michael Burgis
Managing Partner, Michael Burgis & Associates


James Rossi
President and Managing Attorney Rossi Law Group

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Purchase Full Designation to Benefit from Concierge Service

IEA’s concierge service is available to firms with candidates progressing through all 26 lessons. Dedicated student success specialists provide:

  • Regular updates on the progress of your team
  • On-going direct communication with students to facilitate success
  • Customer support for technical issues

IEA partners with you to to give your team the best possible chance for success

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What Will WCLP Do For Your Firm?

Cut Mentoring Time in Half

Your mentoring is indispensable of course, but with WCLP you’ll be confident that your new attorneys have read the law, been tested on it, and have heard from leading attorneys and judges on how it’s applied.

Set Your Attorneys Apart

WCLP graduates know the law! With the highest level of training outside of lawschool, your new attorneys will be distinguished from peers in other firms. You’ll have a strong argument when asking your clients to give them a try.

Optimize Attorney Retention

Your attorneys will stay with you! New attorneys want to feel valued, and they want to be trained. Show them you’re willing to invest in their success and you’ll optimize their motivation to succeed, and to stay.

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Still have questions?

The WCLP is ideal for new attorneys who want a deep understanding of workers’ compensation law. It can be administered by a managing partner for new associates, or it can be taken by individual attorneys new to workers’ compensation wishing to gain deep understanding of this complex area of the law. Been in practice a while? You can still benefit from this training. Many working attorneys never quite find the time to actually read and learn the law. This is your opportunity!

Taking individual lessons over a two week period the course takes 52 weeks to complete. Most participants find is useful to block out about half of the day every other Friday to make sure they take the time to progress through the program.

Each lesson comprises several modules including:

  • Reading assignments excerpted from Sullivan on Comp.
  • A video presentation by two of the 52 top industry names shown above including Judges, named partners and other industry leaders who provide practice pointers and concrete real-world examples.
  • Take a test, pass, and complete the Lesson. 

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WCLP reading assignments are hosted on Sullivan on Comp and are an integral and required component of the program. use coupon code SOC4IEA to receive $50 off an annual subscription or the first month of a monthly subscription at no cost.

Already a Sullivan on Comp subscriber? Once you’ve purchased the WCLP from IEA, Sullivan on Comp will be notified and your access to the required materials will be enabled within one business day. Or you can submit a request to info@ieatraining.org.

Re-takes on quizzes can be taken as often as needed. For the final test one re-take is available. For more than one re-take there is a $50 charge.

Yes, MCLE participatory credit as well as self-study credit is available.

About IEA

IEA traces its history to our predecessor organization, “The Fire Underwriters Association of the Pacific” (FUAP) created in 1876 in San Francisco, CA after the post Gold Rush building boom.  Its stated purpose was the promotion of harmony and good practice among the claims adjusting profession. Over time, we became an all industry, all-lines organization with national outreach across the United States.

Today, we are committed to providing professional development to a changing workforce with changing needs. IEA offers myriad courses, seminars, and on-demand training to meet our students where they are and help them reach their goals. We are proud of our contribution to better risk analysis and high operating standards in the industry.

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156

Years since IEA Training originally founded as Firefighters Association of Insurance People

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42,000

Students have taken an IEA Training course or class.

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7,450

Designations awarded to students of IEA Training.