Chartwell Law Partners Present at National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference


Chartwell Law partners Brittany Atkinson and Thomas A. Marchese presented “Cross-Jurisdictional Workers’ Compensation Issues” at the 28th Annual National Workers'  Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo (NWCDC).  Their presentation discussed diverging jurisdictions and conflicting laws that challenge employers, as more and more workers’ compensation claims are filed across state lines.  Some of the challenges discussed included medical providers seeking additional revenue from injuries occurring in states lacking fee schedules, different doctrines impacting subrogation, workers pursuing benefits in more than one state or pursuing indemnity benefits in one state and treatment in another. Atkinson and Marchese reviewed recent decisions and case law on cross-jurisdictional claims and recommended legal strategies for multi-state jurisdictional claims.

For over 25 years, NWCDC has provided workers’ compensation and disability management professionals real-world lessons and practical solutions from the country’s largest and most respected employers. NWCDC also features the industry’s biggest Expo in the nation, showcasing hundreds of innovative products and services designed for workers’ comp challenges.  

Brittany Atkinson is a partner in the firm’s Moorestown, New Jersey office.  She focuses her practice on workers’ compensation matters in New Jersey. She defends insurance carriers against work-related injuries and issues arising therefrom. Ms. Atkinson has defended clients in cases involving chemical exposure, jurisdictional questions and employment issues and has argued such issues up to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Thomas A. Marchese is a partner in the firm’s Tallahassee, Florida office.  He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, subrogation and lien litigation, and retaliatory discharge litigation under section 440 Florida Statutes. Mr. Marchese has experience working with large self-insured and deductible employers. He also has a high level of experience in the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and employee leasing market. He has worked with several clients on matters such as SIU and fraud litigation, as well as subrogation lien and equitable distribution litigation.