The Workplace Track

Current Issues in the Workers’ Compensation System
Workers’ Compensation Section

This program will provide an informative annual review of workers’ compensation case law, a legislative update, and an address by the agency chairman on current issues facing the workers’ compensation system.

You Will Learn:

  • The latest workers’ compensation case law from decisions rendered by the Compensation Review Board and Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts
  • About recent legislative developments
  • About issues of interest from the perspective, Chairman



montstream_attorney_josephJoseph J. Passaretti, Montstream & May LLP, Glastonbury

Attorney Passaretti is a 1990 graduate of Rutgers University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science. He attended the Quinnipiac University School of Law and received his J.D. degree in 1993. He wrote for the school’s Law Review and the Connecticut Probate Law Journal, and served as President of the Law School’s Mock Trial Society. Attorney Passaretti is admitted to the bars of the states of Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as the bars for the United States Federal Districts of Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Attorney Passaretti worked for the Law Office of Christine L. Harrigan, a staff counsel litigation firm for The Travelers focusing on the defense of workers’ compensation matters, where he practiced for three years before joining Montstream & May, L.L.P. in 1998 where he continues to focus primarily on workers’ compensation defense litigation. Attorney Passaretti is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and is the Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the Workers’ Compensation Section, as well as the CBA’s committee on Continuing Legal Education. He is a member of the CBA’s Standing Committee on Specialization and The Committee on Professionalism and Legal Education. Attorney Passaretti has written and published articles on Workers’ Compensation in Compensation Quarterly and Connecticut Lawyer magazine. In 1998, Attorney Passaretti became a Coordinating Editor of Compensation Quarterly, and served as Editor-In-Chief from 2002-2008. Attorney Passaretti was an Adjunct Professor for the University of Connecticut from 1999-2002, teaching in their Paralegal Studies Program. He has lectured for Lorman Education Services and the State of Connecticut in the area of Workers’ Compensation practice and procedure and has been a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist since 2001. Attorney Passaretti is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and since 2005 has been a member of DRI’s Lawyer’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee.

Attorney Passaretti is the Editor of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation After Reforms, Fourth Edition (2010). He is also the Editor of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation After Reforms, Centennial Edition (2012), and Sixth Edition, due out in early 2015.



Hon. John A. Mastropietro
, Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Hartford

John A. Mastropietro is Chairman of the State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Commission. Appointed as a Commissioner in 1995 and Chairman in 1999, he has 30 years of experience in administration and the practice of law. Prior to joining the Commission, Chairman Matropietro served as a litigation attorney for CIGNA, Regional Administrator/ Regional Housing Commissioner for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as an attorney for the Waterbury law firm of Mascolo, Rinaldi, Zipoli and Buckley, P.C. Active in politics, he was Chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party and served for six years as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Representative John Rowland. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Western New England College School of Law.


ClarksonJohn P. Clarkson, Law Offices of Charles G. Walker, Hartford

Attorney Clarkson is the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group Leader at the Law Offices of Dean E. Weddal, the Travelers Staff Counsel office in Hartford. He received the BA in Religion and Greek from Connecticut College in 1976 and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1979. Attorney Clarkson stayed on at the law school for a one-year appointment as a Legal Writing and Moot court instructor from 1979 to 1980 after which he served as counsel to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commissioner from 1980 to 1981. He joined his present firm, then known as the Law Offices of Geoffrey Naab, in 1981, where he handled a mixed caseload including auto, property, civil rights, product liability, uninsured motorist, subrogation and workers’ compensation claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies at all levels. Attorney Clarkson left the firm in 1991 to join the Middletown firm of Poliner, Poliner & Antin, where he represented personal injury plaintiffs and workers’ compensation claimants for eight years. In 1999 he returned to Travelers to take his present position as Workers’ Compensation Practice Group leader. Attorney Clarkson has published articles in the Connecticut Law Review, Connecticut Bar Journal and the Compensation Quarterly and is a speaker on workers’ compensation issues at continuing legal education and insurance and human resources trade group seminars.

StrunkLucas D. Strunk,
Strunk Dodge Aiken Zovas LLC, Rocky Hill

Attorney Lucas D. Strunk, a 1979 graduate of the College of Holy Cross, is a partner in the firm Strunk Dodge Aiken Zovas, LLC of Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Attorney Strunk focuses on the defense of workers’ compensation matters. A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, he was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1982.

Attorney Strunk is a member of the American Bar Association and the Mashantucket Pequot Bar Association. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and serves on the executive committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section. He is currently the Committee’s Legislative Liaison. Attorney Strunk has argued successfully on numerous occasions before the State’s Supreme and Appellate Courts.

Attorney Strunk also practices under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and is admitted to practice in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He is further authorized to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Strunk has contributed articles to the Workers’ Compensation Quarterly and has spoken on issues associated with workers’ compensation at various seminars, including those sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association. He regularly presents to clients on issues and changes regarding procedures within the compensation system.

Attorney Strunk is certified by the Connecticut Bar Association as a specialist in Workers’ Compensation. He has an AV preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been named to the peer nominated Best Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers. Attorney Strunk is a fellow in the National College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and is a contributing author to the continuing Connecticut Practice Series, “Workers’ Compensation Law.” (Thomason-West 2008)

In addition to his legal training Michael has received formal training as an actor, from the American Shakespeare Academy. Michael is also admitted to the United States District Courts for Connecticut and the Southern District of New York, as well as the courts of Connecticut and the United States Supreme Court.


Seminar Info.
Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
CLE Credit:  1.5 Hours

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