Presentations Taught by Attorneys

Jim Fitzsimmons and Mindi Vervaecke are regularly invited to prepare presentations and teach at legal seminars on a variety of topics. What follows is a list of presentations taught by each attorney.

James T. Fitzsimmons' Presentations Taught:

85.39 Exams: Tactical Considerations to Getting a Fair Medical Evaluation; ITLA 6th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar; Des Moines, Iowa; February 1997.

Investigation and the Initial Client Interview; ITLA Motor Vehicle Litigation Seminar; Des Moines, Iowa; September 1998.

Ethics: When Does Networking Become Solicitation; IAWC 21st Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar; West Des Moines, Iowa, October 1999.

Ethics: Is Technology Our Friend or Foe?; IAWC 23rd Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar; West Des Moines, Iowa October 2001.

Tips to Settling Workers' Compensation Claims Fairly; ISBA Workers Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, April 2002.

Medical vs. Legal Causation: A Perspective from the Claimant and Defense; Iowa Workers' Compensation Symposium, Des Moines, Iowa, June 2002.

Ethics: Is Technology Our Friend or Foe? (Updated); 31st Annual Governor's Safety Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, November 2002.

Managing the Mentally Unstable Client: A Discussion in Ethics and Humanity; ITLA 13th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, February 2004.

9 Pieces of Medical Evidence You Need to Attempt a Fair Settlement With the Insurance Co.; ITLA 99 Ways to Tune Up Your Auto Personal Injury Practice, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 2004.

Dealing With Attorneys & Experts; ITLA 6th Annual Paralegal Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2005.

Rate: The First Step to Reaching the Fair Value of Your Case; ITLA 16th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, IA, Feb 2007.

Driver's Ed: Preparing the Treating Doctor For Trial; ITLA Annual Auto/Personal Injury Seminar, Des Moines, IA, May 2007.

State Vocational Rehabilitation: Cost-Effective Expert Testimony; ITLA 17th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, IA, January 2008.

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Helping the Injured Worker Back to Productive Work, Iowa Workforce Development, Mason City, IA, April 9, 2008.

What's Bold and Fresh in Workers' Compensation Law and Things That Wake Me Up at Night in a Cold Sweat! Cerro Gordo County Bar Meeting, Mason City, IA, April 23, 2010.

Rate: Getting the Insurance Co and the Injured Worker to What's Fair Under the Law: Iowa Workers' Compensation Symposium Des Moines, Iowa, June 2011.

Rate: Getting the Insurance Co and the Injured Worker to What is Fair Under the Law (Updated); Iowa Assoc. of Justice 20th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, February 2012.

Rate: Getting the Insurance Co and the Injured Worker to What is Fair Under the Law (Updated2); Iowa Assoc. of Justice Annual Fall Workers' Compensation Seminar, Iowa City, Iowa, September 2012.

Intoxication at Work: The Rules of the Road; Iowa Assoc. of Justice 23rd Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, February 2014.



Mindi M. Vervaecke's Presentations Taught

Legal Assistants: The Secret Weapon in Moving Cases; ITLA 10th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar; West Des Moines, Iowa; March 2001.

Workers' Compensation Case Law Update; ITLA Annual Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, November 2001.

Case Law Update: A Top 10 List; 11th Annual ITLA Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, March 2002.

Perspectives from the Employee; Business and Industry Group; Mason City, IA. April 2002. Effective Settlement Brochures; ITLA's Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Plaintiff Attorney's Paralegal, Des Moines, Iowa June 2002.

Bilateral Ethics in Workers' Compensation Claims; Iowa Association Workers Compensation Seminar, October 2003.

Workers' Compensation Case Law Update: Supreme Court and Court of Appeals; ITLA Annual Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, November 2003.

Workers' Compensation 101: Boning up on the Basics; ITLA 13th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, February, 2004.

8 Reminders of What you need to know about UM/UIM Coverage; ITLA 99 Ways to Tune Up Your Auto Personal Injury Practice, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 2004.

Unreasonable or Unexplained? Proving (or Avoiding) Penalties from Start to Finish; SBA Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, April 2004.

Unreasonable or Unexplained? Proving (or Avoiding) Penalties from Start to Finish; IAWC 26th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar; West Des Moines, Iowa, October 2004.

The Alternate Medical Care Procedure is Under-Utilized Yet Often Successful; ITLA 14th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, February, 2005.

Paralegal Ethics; ITLA 6th Annual Paralegal Seminar, Johnston, Iowa, May, 2005.

Industrial Disability Panel; ITLA 15th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, IA February 2006.

Thoughts and Strategies on Bad Faith in Workers' Compensation Cases; ITLA Fall Traveling Workers' Compensation Seminar, Cedar Rapids, IA, September 2006.

Third Party Claims from Claimant and Defendant Perspectives; IAWC 28th Annual Seminar, Des Moines, IA, October 2006.

Settlement: Understanding and Protecting Your Client from Unintended Social Security Implications; ITLA 16th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, IA, Feb 2007.

Penalties/Bad Faith Panel Presentation; Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee 45th Annual Workers' Compensation Symposium, Des Moines, IA, June 2008.

Procedural Highlights from the Rules of Appellate Procedure; IALA Annual Seminar, Mason City, September 2008.

Motions In Limine: Once The Bell Is Rung It Cannot Be Unrung; IAJ Mastering Personal Injury Advocacy Seminar. Des Moines, August 2009.

Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Ethical Approach to Handling Workers' Compensation Cases; IAWC, Des Moines, October 2009.

Workers' Compensation Basics; Iowa State Bar Association 2009 Fall Traveling Seminar, Mason City, September 2009.

Third Party Claims, Liens, and Subrogation; IAJ 19th Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, February 2010.

Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage Refresher; IAJ Webinar, July 2010.

Workers' Compensation: Perspectives From the Injured Employee; Lake Mills Chamber of Commerce, Lake Mills, Iowa, June 2011.

A Brief Refresher In UM/UIM Laws And Procedures; IAJ Annual Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, November 2011.

Dealing With Evidence of Workers' Compensation in Your Third Party Trial. IAJ 39th Annual Convention, November 2012.

Alternate Medical Care Compliance. IAWC 35th Annual Seminar Des Moines, October 2013.

Settlement Pitfalls. IAJ 40th Annual Convention, Des Moines, November 2013.

Pitfalls to Watch Out For When Settling A Workers' Compensation Claim.Iowa Assoc. of Justice 22nd Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, February 2014.

Pitfalls to Watch Out For When Settling A Workers' Compensation Claim.Iowa Assoc. of Justice Annual Fall Workers' Compensation Seminar, Waterloo, Iowa, September 2014.