Michael F. Eubanks, Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks and Baechtold
Michael F. Eubanks - Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1976 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He attended the University of Kentucky Law School, where he graduated in 1979.  While in law school, was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a legal fraternity, and served as their treasurer in 1978 and president in 1979.  He has been practicing workers’ compensation law with the law firm of Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold in Richmond, Kentucky since August 1979, and is currently that firm’s senior partner.  He was the Madison County Bar Association president in 1998 and is a current member of the Madison County Bar Association, Estill County Bar Association, the Kentucky and American Bar Associations, American Justice Association, Kentucky Justice Association, and the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Kentucky in 1979, the United States of America, Eastern District of Kentucky in January of 1981, and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America in December 1985. 

Jeffrey E. Hazlewood, M.D.
Dr. Jeff Hazlewood practices Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Pain Management in Lebanon, TN, and he is an Associate Staff Member at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in Lebanon.  After receiving his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, he completed his residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where he was chief resident.  A Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Hazlewood is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty Board Certification in Pain Medicine.  He also is a Certified Lifecare Planner.  He is a member of the Medical Impairment Rating Registry and has received training on the 5th and 6th Editions of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.  He also teaches 6th Edition Impairment  Rating course to doctors and attorneys. His society memberships include the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Academy of Physician Lifecare Planners, the Tennessee Medical Association, The Tennessee Pain Society, the American Medical Association, and the Rotary club.  He is an experienced speaker on various aspects of pain management and topics in Worker’s compensation and Lifecare Planning. Dr. Hazlewood also previously served as an assistant medical director for the Tennessee Division of Worker’s Compensation.

Mark W. Howard, Esq., Jones Howard Law, PLLC
Howard has over 35 years’ litigation experience defending workers’ compensation, personal injury and insurance coverage claims.  His current practice area of concentration is representing employers in Kentucky workers’ compensation claims. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with distinction and honors from the University of Kentucky in 1975 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1978. He has been a speaker at numerous CLE seminars on insurance and workers’ compensation law. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association and as Chairman of the Client Security Fund Trustees for the Kentucky Bar Association.

Robert D. Hudson, Esq., Labor & Employment Attorney, 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., Founder and Member-in-Charge, Jones Howard Law, PLLC
Jones is the founder and Member-in-Charge of Jones Howard Law, PLLC, which provides state-wide professional services through regional Kentucky offices.  He has over 30 years’ experience defending employers in Kentucky workers’ compensation claims. Jones was recently selected as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation” nationally. 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. Jones has an AV (the highest) Martindale Hubbell rating and was inducted into the American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in 2007. He has authored and co-authored numerous texts related to workers’ compensation law. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from University of Kentucky, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Mike Mahoney, Senior Safety Environmental Specialist, Central Motor Wheel of America
Mike Mahoney serves as the Senior Safety, Environmental Specialist with Central Motor Wheel of America (CMWA) with 30 years of company service. Part of his duties include handling Workers Compensation Claims and Loss Control Management. Prior to his work for CMWA, Mike worked for the Kentucky Labor Cabinet as an OSHA Safety Compliance Officer. He holds a B.S. from University of Kentucky in Business Administration with emphasis in Personnel and Industrial Relations.

Gregory T. Snider, M.D., Occupational Medicine, Redpoint Medical
Dr. Snider graduated from UK with a medical degree in 1989. He is board certified in Family Medicine. Snider has been a member of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine since 1993 and has been a certified Medical Review Officer since 1995.

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.



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