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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION As an employer, workers’ compensation claims are one of the most frightening and commonly faced legal situations you’re likely to encounter. The Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton team of workers’ compensation attorneys is here for you every step of the way. Whether you’re just building a facility and you’d like a bit of advice on workers’ compensation, or you’re facing a workers’ compensation litigation, we can help. Our workers’ compensation attorneys provide the following services: • Team with clients in all phases of workers’ compensation, litigated and non-litigated • Represent clients in the defense of workers’ compensation claims brought in the State of Michigan • Conduct personal meetings with clients to assess future workers’ compensation risks


Board of Directors, Chair, Education Law, Government Law, and Insurance Defense Sections Mr. Mullins has been successfully representing Michigan public school districts for more than 30 years. Mr. Mullin’s representation of public school districts includes: employment discrimination, constitutional litigation, general education, special education, personal injury, serious school bus accidents, workers’ compensation and more. While Mr. Mullins has substantial expertise in school law, he also represents a wide variety cities, counties, universities, hospitals, manufacturers, professional corporations and other entities, in conjunction with both insured and self-insured programs.

ADAM LEVITSKY Board of Directors, Chair of Workers' Compensation Section,Workers’ Compensation Mr. Levitsky concentrates his practice in the areas

• Provide pre-lawsuit consultations

of workers’ compensation defense, subrogation, municipal law, general civil liability and criminal defense. He has successfully defended employers, their insurance companies, self-insureds and thirdparty administrators at all levels of the workers’ compensation process. He has extensive trial and appellate court experience in Michigan state and federal courts. Mr. Levitsky has also been a frequent lecturer and moderator at workers’ compensation and liability seminars for both clients and other attorneys.

• Recommend experts and investigators


• Create client newsletters outlining significant developments in workers’ compensation law • Conduct seminars on recent developments in workers’ compensation • Offer telephone conferences regarding case strategies • Encourage plant/business walk-throughs

• Review confidential business records • Acquire medical records, employment records and other relevant records • Interview witnesses • Handle post-lawsuit issues and ongoing claims • Conduct discovery and investigation • Communicate with clients on a regular basis • Offer trial practice • Handle workers’ compensation issues and the “employee handbook” • Conduct workers’ compensation policy discussions with employers


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JOHN L. MILLER Employment and Labor Law, Education Law

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Employment and Labor Law, Education Law Mr. Chapie represents public school districts, municipalities and employers against claims of wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, harassment breach of contract, retaliation, wage and hour laws, and family medical leave laws. Mr. Chapie also assists public school districts and intermediate school districts with student issues involving: special education, civil rights and constitutional claims, Title IX, student discipline and due process, peer-on-peer harassment and personal injury.

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Mr. Miller represents public school districts and municipalities in a wide array of litigation—including: employment, FOIA and Open Meetings Act, general education, special education, civil rights, constitutional law, personal injury claims, and workers’ compensation. Mr. Miller has represented governmental entities and private employers throughout Michigan’s state and federal courts—both at the trial and appellate levels, including the Michigan Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court.


Workers’ Compensation Timothy D. Finegan focuses his practice on Workers’ Compensation Defense, No Fault and First Party Motor Vehicle Liability defense, Third Party Motor Vehicle Liability defense, General Liability and Premises Liability defense. He is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and a Section member of the Workers’ Compensation, and Negligence and Litigation sections of the State Bar. Mr. Finegan is active in The Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers, where he previously served as director. He received his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1986 and his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law in 1990.

TRAVIS COMSTOCK Education, Workers' Compensation Travis Comstock is an experienced trial attorney specializing in education law, Workers' Compensation and bankruptcy. As an Assistant Attorney General for nearly 10 years, Travis began as a staff attorney and ended his tenure as the head of the Education, Finance & Recoupment Section within the Health, Education & Family Services Division at the Attorney General. In this role, he supervised several other Assistant Attorneys General supporting the education and bankruptcy Section.

THE REPRESENTATION YOU NEED, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY As one of Michigan’s largest law firms, we have the resources necessary should you require a litigation team, but we’re also still small enough to handle your workers’ compensation issues personally, and with your best interest at heart. Because we wholeheartedly believe in sticking by our clients through every stage of any workers’ compensation issue, we also offer the following services: •

Motion practice

Mediation hearings

Redemption hearings

Workers’ Compensation Appellate Commission appeals

Appeals to Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court

ALBERT TAYLOR NELSON, JR Of Counsel, Litigation, Workers’ Compensation Mr. Nelson is Of Counsel to the firm and specializes in litigation and workers’ compensation. He is a former Board Member of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, a national organization established to honor distinguished workers’ compensation attorneys. Further, he is a former board member of the American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Blood Services, serving as Secretary and on the Executive Committee. Mr. Nelson also was appointed and reappointed to the State Board of Ethics by Governor Rick Snyder.

ANNABEL SHEA Education, Litigation, Workers' Compensation Ms. Shea focuses her practice on complex, evolving legal issues impacting school district such as: Title IX, governmental immunity, FERPA, employment law, Child Protection Law, civil rights and constitutional law. She assists in all aspects of the litigation process - including discovery, research, motion practice, and appeals.

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