A “Frolic and Detour” in Workers’ Compensation Case Law – B10

The Workplace Track
Workers’ Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Section

Session B: 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

About the Program
With our busy practices it can be difficult to find time to dig into some of the murkier issues which present themselves time and time again in workers’ compensation law. We will examine some of the seminal cases that have created the current legal landscape when it comes to these issues, and review some of the more recent Compensation Review Board (CRB) applications that impact claimants and respondents alike. We will focus on the critical importance of a comprehensive intake and case analysis process that will help to identify legal issues at the outset, as well as set reasonable expectations for the client. We will also discuss the benefits of being well-versed on these issues when it comes to answering client questions and meeting with potential clients. 

You Will Learn

  • How to critically analyze often litigated issues in workers’ compensation law, which will enable attendees to better advocate for their clients
  • How to apply appellate case law and more recent CRB decisions to common workers’ compensation law issues
  • The importance of having baseline knowledge of seminal workers’ compensation cases and their progeny when performing initial case analysis, client intakes, and answering general questions for existing or prospective clients


Francis “Bud” X. Drapeau, Leighton Katz & Drapeau, Vernon

Attorney Drapeau is a partner in the firm of Leighton, Katz & Drapeau with a principal office in Vernon. His practice consists primarily of representing claimants in the workers’ compensation forum and on appeal. Attorney Drapeau is a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. He has lectured on various workers’ compensation topics for both the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Drapeau received his B.A. degree from Fairfield University and his Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law. He was admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut in 1991. He has been a contributor in both the Practice Tips and Point-Counterpoint sections of the Compensation Quarterly.

He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Tolland County Bar Association of which he is past President. He currently sits on the both the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Examining Committee for Board Certification as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist. 


Michael R. Kerin, Kerin Law Offices PC, Milford

Attorney Kerin is a solo practitioner in Milford, CT. He has been a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist since the program since 2001.  He has successfully litigated cases from trial through the Connecticut Supreme Court.  A graduate of Vassar College, Middlebury College (M.A.), American University (MFA), and Quinnipiac Law School, summa cum laude, he is the former Chairman of the Standing Committee for the CBA’s Workers’ Compensation Certification Program, an author and former editor of the Compensation Quarterly, and a Past President of the Milford Bar Association. He has published articles and lectured on the subject of workers’ compensation in Connecticut.  He is a co-author, along with his teenage daughter Michaela, of a column appearing regularly in the Milford Mirror entitled “Really Dad?” focusing on the thorny issues of adolescence.  

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

Attorney 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.


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