President's Message

May tends to be one of the quieter months for WILG.  There are not many meetings that occur in May as our members are given the opportunity to celebrate graduations with their children.  As we mentioned last month, we wish any of you who have children graduating from academic institutions the heartiest of congratulations. 

We had the first Midwest Regional Conference in Kansas City on April 28-29.  Congratulations to J. R. Boyd and Art Menke for their outstanding job as co-chairs.  Approximately 50 WILG members from around the Midwest gathered for education and fellowship. 

As for me, I was glad to meet many members whose names I had seen on the list serve over the years but I have not had a chance to meet plus I am always happy to be able to go to a new baseball stadium.  We look forward to next year's Midwest Regional Conference which will once again be held in Kansas City. 

One of the great assets of WILG is the research that we can provide to our members.  Elliott Schreur, our Research Director, does an outstanding job of keeping WILG members on the cutting edge of workers’ compensation developments throughout the country.  In the last few months, Elliott has provided research to members in Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Virginia.  Elliott's work is one of the primary ways that WILG members around the country can stay ahead of their insurance defense brethren on issues that arise within the workers’ compensation world. 

It is also of note that workers’ compensation industry profits continue to rise as can be seen in this recent article from reviewing the annual report from NCCI (here).    As the article points out, workers’ compensation profits are as high as ever.  This is important to remember the next time insurers in your states look to reduce benefits to injured workers.  There is no reason for insurer profits to continue to grow at the expense of injured workers in any state in the country. 

As I mentioned in last month's President's Message, we are reinstating our “Just One” campaign to increase membership.  If you have any potential WILG members in your states, please let them know that we are running a special rate of $175.00 for the rest of the year. 

The WILG convention is from October 28-30 at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California.  Please be aware that rooms are now available for the convention and I would encourage everybody to make their room reservations as quickly as possible as our room block is sure to sell out.  You can register for rooms here.  We hope to see you in Bacara when Bill Smith of South Carolina becomes the next president of WILG.  If you have any other questions about membership, please contact Caitlin Shields at

WILG goes back out on the road in June as Executive Director Jennifer Comer and I will be attending the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association meeting from June 6-8 at Rehoboth Beach.  We have many fine members in Delaware and I look forward to seeing them and meeting current and future members of WILG.  If you have any events that you would like someone from the Executive Committee to attend, please let either Jennifer,, or me,, know.  We are happy to accommodate any requests that can fit into our schedule.  We look forward to seeing all of you.


Thank you.

Tom Holder

Gerber & holder
16 Lenox Pointe
atlanta, Georgia 30324

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