The Essentials of Navigating a Workers’ Compensation Claim – B10

The Workplace Track
Workers’ Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Section

Session B: 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

About the Program
Taking on your first workers’ compensation claim can be problematic if you don’t know where to start. This seminar will provide instruction from both claimant’s counsel and defense counsel on how to effectively investigate, perfect, and/or defend a workers’ compensation claim. This seminar will cover key aspects of the early stages of a workers’ compensation claim to teach attorneys how to avoid common pitfalls and provide effective advocacy for their client. 

You Will Learn

  • How to investigate and properly file your claim in the appropriate district
  • How and when to file forms 
  • How to prepare for your first hearing
  • How to identify issues that require further examination and research 


Alessandra P. Carullo, Morrison Mahoney LLP, Hartford 

Alessandra is an associate in the Hartford office of Morrison Mahoney. She concentrates her practice in the areas of workers’ compensation and general liability defense.  Prior to joining Morrison Mahoney, Alessandra clerked for the Hartford Superior Court before joining a mid-sized law firm that specialized in insurance defense, including workers’ compensation.  While in law school, Alessandra wrote for the school’s Law Review and served as a Comment and Note editor. Alessandra is currently serving as a member of Suffield Academy’s Council of Advisors.



Christine M. ConleyThe Law Office of Lori M. Comforti, Norwich 

Attorney Conley graduated from Bay Path University with a B. A. In Legal Studies. She immediately went on to law school at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 2007.  During law school she was a law clerk representing injured members of the American Postal Workers Union. Thereafter she worked as an assistant clerk at Hartford Superior Court and subsequently relocated to New London County gaining employment with Murphy and Beane, a firm specializing in Workers’ Compensation defense of large self-insured corporations.  Attorney Conley has experience in Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury representing both plaintiffs and defendants. In 2009, she joined the Law Office of Lori M. Comforti, LLC. Since 2009, she has continued to concentrate her practice in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury litigation.

​Attorney Conley represents injured workers throughout Connecticut and at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. Attorney Conley is well versed in workers compensation law and has practiced in State and Tribal courts. Additionally, Attorney Conley represents injured victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and dog bites. Attorney Conley also represents disabled individuals in Social Security Disability appeals.  She handles all phases of these cases from initial client interview to trial.  Attorney Conley serves as an arbitrator of personal injury matters in the New London Superior Court.  Attorney Conley is licensed to practice law in the State of Connecticut State and Appellate Courts, State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Workers’ Compensation Commission, Mohegan Sun Workers’ Compensation Commission, and Mohegan Gaming Disputes Court. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the New London County Bar Association, and Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

Attorney Conley is a Connecticut Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist and member of the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section.

In November of 2016, Attorney Conley was elected as the State Representative for the 40th Assembly District, which covers parts of Groton and Ledyard.  She enjoys golfing with her husband and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

George F. O’Donnell, McGann Bartlett & Brown LLC, East Hartford 

George F. O’Donnell graduated in 2007 from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Management and a minor in economics. In 2010 he earned his J.D. from Western New England College, School of Law. Following law school, he practiced primarily in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and criminal defense. Prior to joining McGann, Bartlett & Brown in 2015, he was employed by another defense firm where his practice focused on representing employers, insurance carriers, third party administrators and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation claims. Attorney O’Donnell is admitted to the state bar of Connecticut and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee, and the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee/Workers’ Compensation Committee Chair. Attorney O’Donnell concentrates his practice on workers’ compensation defense. Attorney O’Donnell was selected by Super Lawyers to their Rising Stars list for workers’ compensation in 2017.


CLE Credit: 1.0 Hours (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)