Timothy J. Allen, M.D., Psychiatrist, Lexington Forensic Psychiatry
Timothy Allen M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Forensics at the University of Kentucky, Department of Psychiatry. He also has a private forensic practice in Lexington Kentucky, with particular specialization in traumatic brain injury evaluations. He has been an evaluator of Competency and Criminal Responsibility at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center since 2003. He frequently reviews applications for testing accommodations for various testing entities including LSAC, CFA, and multiple state bar examiners. He is originally from Louisville, KY and went to the UK College of Medicine. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at UK in 2002. In 2003, he completed a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Scott Borders, Esq., Attorney, Morgan, Collins & Yest, PLLC
Scott Borders spent 14 years as a Kentucky Workers’ Comp administrative law judge. He then joined Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer in the firm’s Lexington office. Borders earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis on personnel and industrial relations, from the University of Kentucky College of Business in Lexington in 1984. He earned his law degree from the Northern Kentucky University Salmon Chase College of Law in Highland Heights in 1987. In 30 years in Workers’ Comp law, he’s worked as a Workers’ Comp administrative law judge, an insurance defense lawyer and a plaintiff’s attorney.
Matt Carter, Director of Health & Safety, Novolex™
Carter oversees safety, health, security, and workers’ compensation programs for 64 manufacturing locations. He has 20+ years in law enforcement and industrial safety. Carter has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in industrial safety.
Mark W. Howard, Esq., Jones Howard Law, PLLC
Mr. Howard has nearly 40 years litigation experience successfully defending workers’ compensation, personal injury and insurance coverage claims. Since 2010 his practice area of concentration has been defending employers and insurers in Kentucky workers’ compensation claims. He received his Bachelor degree in Business Administration with distinction and honors from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky in 1978. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal Courts – Eastern and Western Districts of KY and the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served the Ky Bar Association in the House of Delegates and as Chairman of the Client Security Fund and was the 2012 recipient of the Bruce Davis “Service to the Bar” award. Through the years, he has spoken at numerous seminars for Chase College of Law, University of Ky College of Law, Ky Bar Association, and Ky Chamber of Commerce. He is also a co-author in the upcoming new edition of the UK Workers Compensation Handbook.
Robert D. Hudson, Esq., Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
A member of Frost Brown Todd LLC, Hudson has over twenty- five years of experience representing management clients in all phases of labor relations. His practice includes various aspects of labor and employment consulting for management, equal employment opportunity, legal compliance training, union avoidance, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, and employment litigation. He practices nationally before various administrative agencies and courts. Hudson’s distinguished service to the business community includes chairing Northern Kentucky’s two largest business organizations. He has authored several award-winning business books, including A Better Tomorrow – Fighting for Capitalism and Jobs in the Heartland (Saratoga Press LLC, 2012), Our Best Tomorrow – Students Teaching Capitalism to America (Headline Books 2013), and The HR Lawyer Within You (Saratoga Books 2015). Hudson's 2013 business columns were submitted for a Pulitzer Prize and he became an award-winning screenwriter in 2017.
H. Douglas Jones, Esq., Jones Howard Law, PLLC
Mr. Jones is the founder and Member-in-Charge of Jones Howard Law, PLLC. He has over 30 years’ workers’ compensation litigation experience. Mr. Jones was selected as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation” nationally (2014). He has also been awarded Corporate International – Workers’ Compensation Attorney of the Year in Kentucky (2015); America Registry – Top Attorneys in Kentucky (2015, 2017); Kentucky Super Lawyers (2008) to present; Lawyer International - Global Awards – Workers’ Compensation Attorney of the Year in Kentucky (2017); and U.S. News - Best Lawyers (2016); Best Law Firms (2017). He has served as President of the Kentucky Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section, as well as an adjunct professor at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where he taught Kentucky workers’ compensation law. He has authored and co-authored numerous texts including three editions of “Workers’ Compensation in Kentucky.” He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from University of Kentucky (1978), and a Juris Doctor Degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law (1981).
John J. Larkin, M.D., OrthoCincy Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Dr. John J. Larkin graduated Magma Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He did his general and orthopaedic surgery training at Yale University, where he was also a clinical instructor. He did a year of fellowship training in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He then taught at the University of Chicago for four years, where he also practiced orthopaedic surgery. He returned to Cincinnati in 1991. Dr. Larkin is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who has treated occupational and sports-related injuries for over fifteen years. He lectures regularly on the management of work-related injury, employee fitness, health trends in occupational injuries, arthritis and reconstructive surgery. He is currently involved in cartilage repair and transplantation for the treatment of arthritis, and is also an investigator for patient-specific knee replacements and customized implants. Dr. Larkin is a past chairman of the Ohio Governor’s Advisory Board for Workers’ Compensation. He sits on the legislative committees of both the Ohio State Medical Society and the Northern Kentucky Medical Society. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is past president of the Academy of Medicine of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Larkin was named a "Top Doctor" by Cincinnati Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and again in 2019.
Thomas G. Polites, Esq., Attorney, Wilson, Polites, McQueen, PLLC
Tom has spent his entire legal career practicing in the field of workers' compensation law. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in 1981 and his Juris Doctorate in 1987 from Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Upon graduation he joined the firm of Wilson and McQueen and engaged in private practice representing plaintiffs in workers' compensation claims throughout the state from 1987 through 2012. In 2012 he was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims by Gov. Steve Beshear and served in that capacity through the end of his term in 2016. Thereafter he joined the firm of Boehl, Stoepher and Graves where he defended employer's and insurance carriers in workers' compensation matters. He rejoined Wilson and McQueen in 2018 and continues to practice plaintiff workers' compensation law. In addition to his current work representing plaintiffs, Tom performs mediations for plaintiffs and defendants in regard to workers compensation claims.
Kate Shanks, Vice President of Policy Development, Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Kate Shanks is Vice President of Policy Development for the Kentucky Chamber. She has been with the Chamber for more than three years and focuses her work on energy, environment, small business and competitiveness issues. She is a lifelong resident of Kentucky and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation and Management and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the Chamber, Kate spent nearly 12 years working for state agencies focused on energy and environmental policy and regulation and has held multiple positions relating to communications, outreach and policy analysis and design.
Troy W. Skeens, Jr., Esq., Jones Howard Law, PLLC
Mr. Skeens has over 30 years litigation experience litigation experience, having successfully prosecuted and defended workers’ compensation, personal injury, insurance coverage and bad faith claims. His area of concentration is representing and defending employers in Kentucky workers’ compensation claims throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and in Economics from the University of Cincinnati in 1977 and his Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in 1981. He is admitted to practice in Kentucky and Ohio, as well as the Federal Courts in the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, and in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Robert L. Swisher, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims
Robert L. Swisher was raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (Class of 1976, A.B. in English with High Honors) and the University of Kentucky College of Law (Class of 1979, Juris Doctor). From 1979 through 1990 he was engaged in a general civil practice law in Versailles, Kentucky and from 1991 through 2009 he practiced in Lexington concentrating in civil litigation and workers’ compensation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He was appointed an Administrative Law Judge in January 2010. In January 2013 Swisher was one of two Administrative Law Judges assigned exclusively to the Medical Dispute Docket, a pilot project initiated by the Department of Workers’ Claims to improve the process by which post-award medical disputes are resolved. On December 1, 2014 he was appointed Chief Administrative Law Judge. On April 1, 2017 he was appointed Acting Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims and was appointed Commissioner on July 1. 2017. Commissioner Swisher is a member of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators and is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.