Let's Work This Out: Collaborative Strategies in Mediation

7:30 a.m. (Registration & Breakfast) to 3:30 p.m.
Puget Sound ESD in Renton

Mediation and settlement at the Department of Labor and Industries and the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA) should be considered as a risk management option on many workers' compensation issues, WISHA/DOSH citations, and other Labor and Industries cases. 

This unique one-day workshop on issues related to mediation and settlement at the Department and the Board is meant for all who participate, might participate, or would like to learn how to participate effectively in dispute resolution. Attorneys, paralegals, claims managers and safety professionals will benefit from this workshop. 

Our goal is to supply you with the information, strategies and perspectives necessary to successfully mediate claims and other issues, and to determine whether the case being discussed is worthy of further litigation. There will be presenters from the Department, the Board, the Attorney General’s Office and skilled attorneys who successfully resolve cases through mediation and settlement.

Thursday, June 6 2019

7:30 a.m. — 8 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast
8 a.m. — 8:15 a.m.
Welcome & Overview
  • Karen Galipeau Forner, Attorney (K-Solutions Law)
8:15 a.m. — 9:15 a.m.
Structured Settlements - The New Collaboration
  • Debra Hatzialexiou, Legal Services Program Manager (Department of Labor & Industries)
9:15 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.
WISHA Reassumption Hearings
  • Yvonne Baptiste, DOSH Appeals Manager (Department of Labor & Industries)
10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Working out the Details of Compromise
  • Todd Hamilton, Paralegal 3 Supervisor (Attorney General's Office)
11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Mediation at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
  • Frederick Feller, Industrial Insurance Appeals Judge (Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals)
12:30 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch
1:15 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.
WISHA Settlements at the Department or Board
  • Chris Addy, Attorney (K-Solutions Law)
  • Brian Padgett, Attorney (K-Solutions Law)
2:15 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.
Resolving Workers' Comp Claims at the Department or Board
  • Ann Silvernale, Attorney (Holmes Weddle & Barcott)
3:15 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Wrap-Up and Closure

Workshop Leaders

Karen Galipeau Forner
K-Solutions Law

Karen278Karen Galipeau Forner is the founder and managing member of K-Solutions Law in Bellevue, Washington. Karen advises and represents employers in the areas of workplace safety (WISHA/DOSH/OSHA), discrimination, workers’ compensation, appeals and employment law. She is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars, industry conferences and employer groups. Karen has over 25 years of experience. Prior to starting K-Solutions Law in 2009, Karen worked as senior attorney at a law firm in Seattle and for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office where she litigated complex WISHA, Industrial Insurance, and discrimination cases.

Brian Padgett
K-Solutions Law

Brian278Brian Padgett is a partner at K-Solutions Law with his practice primarily focused on workplace safety, workers’ compensation and employment law.  Before joining K-Solutions Law, Brian worked for a national disability advocacy firm and a Washington State plaintiff’s injury firm where he handled workers’ compensation and disability cases.  Brian is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, the Washington State Self-Insured Association Safety Committee, and the Construction and Employment Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. Prior to attending law school, Brian was an accomplished stage actor, performing in productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York City, and New England regional theaters.

With collaborating attorneys

Ann Silvernale
Holmes, Weddle & Barcott

Anne278Ann Silvernale is a partner in the firm of Holmes Weddle & Barcott, where her practice is limited to the defense of employers, both self insured and state fund under the Washington State Industrial Insurance Act, as well as defense of firms cited under the Washington State Industrial Safety and Health Act. Her practice includes advice to firms at the Department level and litigation before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, Superior Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She also serves as a mediator for Industrial Insurance matters on appeal from Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals Decision and Orders to the Superior Court. Ann is a former member of the Office of Attorney General, and Industrial Appeals Judge, trial judge, and mediation and review judge at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.

Chris Addy
K-Solutions Law

ChrisAddy278Chris Addy joined K-Solutions Law in November of 2015; His practice focus on workplace safety, worker’s compensation and employment law. Before joining K-Solutions Law, Chris worked in Los Angeles, California, with a focus on litigation involving personal injury, bankruptcy, collections, and estate planning.  Before entering the legal profession Chris spent time working in the transportation, labor, and customer service industries. In 2007 he received his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern School of Law, Los Angeles.  He lives in Renton with his wife and three boys and enjoys spending time with family, running, hiking, and cycling.  

Venue Information

Puget Sound Educational Service District
800 Oakesdale Ave SW
Renton, WA 98057


Continuing Education Credits

WSIA will award 6 continuing education credits for the Washington Workers' compensation Professional (WWCP) recertification. The following additional professional development credentials will be available to attendees:

  • L&I CEU - On application for 6 CEU
  • WSBA CLE - On application for 6 CLE credits