Jim Missler, a co-founder of the firm, has served as managing partner of CBWM twice since the firm’s founding. Jim is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has focused on workers’ compensation defense since 1978 and has been a California State Bar Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist since 1992. He is also a past president of the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association.
Jim has worked with numerous public agencies, large self-insured employers, school districts and insurance companies, helping them successfully and efficiently handle multifaceted workers’ compensation cases. With almost 40 years of experience, Jim brings matchless skills in managing these types of cases to successful – and often early – resolution. He works closely with clients to provide the most straightforward and cost-effective legal counsel.
With decades of experience with workers’ compensation cases, Jim is an ideal instructor. He routinely provides on-site training for clients, helping in-house legal teams and company leadership understand the complexities of workers’ compensation cases. He also provides guidance on how to develop and implement processes that help lessen the chances a workers’ compensation matter will occur.
Jim participates in case reviews for clients seeking expert opinion on matters handled by other attorneys. These case reviews provide clients with valuable information on how they should approach these cases moving forward. Clients receive Jim’s expertise on what they can do before a workers’ compensation.
The next step is to obtain settlement approval, generally on a walk-through basis. Chris has experience doing “walk-throughs” at nearly all the Northern California WCAB offices. Chris understands that preparation is crucial so that he can anticipate and address any questions the judge may have regarding adequacy.
What is the most interesting case you handled?
An applicant sustained a brain aneurysm while working as a concrete laborer. He had to be “life flighted” for emergency treatment including surgery. This was a potential total permanent disability case. We obtained a consult report from a physician to assist in our AOE/COE defense. At applicant’s deposition we reached an early resolution for $25,000 which was an excellent result given the potential exposure while only incurring minimal litigation expenses.
What do you see on the horizon?
Inevitably, the worker’s compensation system will get another overhaul, but that won’t happen for at least a few more years. In the meantime I anticipate that applicant’s attorneys will continue to chip away at the positive reforms instituted by SB 863. For example, the number of psyche compensable consequence claims will continue to increase since the violent act exception has been liberally interpreted by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
If not a lawyer…a scuba diving instructor in Bora Bora.