F&P Spotlight on Workers’ Comp Counsel Jennifer Hare

What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Workers’ compensation and liability defense; workers’ comp chose me!  Following my judicial clerkship, my first private practice associate position included workers’ compensation work and I grew to love it.

What is your favorite aspect of working at F&P?

The people at F&P are wonderful.

What was the best news you ever received?

That I was going to have my son; a couple of years later, that I was going to have my daughter.

What is your all-time favorite city or town and why?

Is Disney World a city?  It has streets and citizens…

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world who would it be?

Assuming that this question allows for time travel, Jane Austen.  I believe I would enjoy her company immensely.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Chocolate-covered crickets.  Plus, my daughter “cooks” me lots of interesting things in her play kitchen.

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What is your favorite aspect of working at F&P?

Strong mentorship structure and having a great group of peer associates.

What’s your favorite restaurant/show/event in Baltimore?

Downtown Partnership Events (many people don’t even know they exist!), the Farmers Market, and Hippodrome shows.

What do you like to do outside the office?

I enjoy the outdoors doing activities such as camping, backpacking, and hiking.

Have you read any good books or seen any good movies this year that you would recommend?

I am currently reading “The Luminaries” and would recommend it. I would also recommend “The Goldfinch” – read it ASAP though because the movie just came out.

What is your favorite food?

Chicken biryani with an extra side of raita.

Imoh Akpan Appointed One of FDCC’s Committee Vice-Chair

Franklin & Prokopik principal, Imoh Akpan, was recently appointed to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel’s (FDCC) as Vice-Chair of the Premises and Security Liability Section for 2019-2020. His appointment will be effective on October 1. The Premises and Security Liability section supports attorneys who defend property owners against accident claims which take place on their property.

The FDCC is an international organization for defense counsel and has a more than 80-year history of dedicating its mission to “the principles of knowledge, justice, and fellowship.” To learn more about the FDCC visit its webpage at https://thefederation.site-ym.com/.

Bert Randall to Present On Workplace Violence at Florida RIMS Conference

Franklin & Prokopik principal, Bert Randall, is slated to speak at the 44th Annual Florida RIMS Educational Conference on August 1. The event will be held at the Ritz Carlton in Naples and aims to provide the latest industry trends and insights from respected insurance professionals and risk managers, FL. Bert will be presenting, along with Lance Ewing from Cotton Holdings Inc., on “The Rules of Engagement. Dealing With Workplace Violence.” In addition to the topic Bert will be speaking on, attendees can also join educational sessions related to opioid abuse, emergency management, legislative updates, social media, sexual harassment in the workplace, workers’ compensation and more.

RIMS (the risk management society) hosts this conference yearly to keep insurance professionals and risk managers up to date on what’s trending in the industry. Each session is lead by respected leaders in the fields of risk management and insurance. To learn more about this organization or the conference, please visit the website at www.rims.org.

Jury Reverses Commission in F&P Case Victory

On July 9, 2019, F&P attorney Tony Troese received a favorable verdict in Harvey Fansler v. JDN Associates.  In July of 2016, the claimant suffered a neck and shoulder injury when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident. At a hearing, the Workers’ Compensation Commission found 6% whole person permanent partial disability with 4% permanent partial disability causally related to the accident (2% neck, 2% left shoulder).  The matter was appealed by the claimant and went to a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Jonathan Newell at the Circuit Court for Caroline County in Denton, Maryland.  After a one day trial, the jury deliberated for 20 minutes and came back with a verdict reversing the Commission finding in favor of the employer.  Specifically, the jury found the claimant was 0% permanently and partially disabled for the neck, 0% for the left shoulder, and 0% pre-existing. The excellent result affirmed the defense’s position that there was no permanent injury resulting from the accident, saving the small business employer from increased premiums and saving the insurer from costs associated with attorney’s fees and exposure for future worsening of condition.

F&P Bids Farewell to a Firm Founder, Welcomes Home a Friend

It is with mixed emotion that we announce that Kara Miller, one of F&P’s founding attorneys, will be leaving the firm.  She has headed our Easton office since its opening.  For 20 years, Kara has served as not only a fantastic lawyer, but a wonderful colleague, leader, and friend.  She will be dearly missed and we wish her the best as she pursues other interests and opportunities.

The Easton office will now be led by former F&P attorney, Jennifer Hare.  An Eastern Shore resident, she was associated with the firm from 2011 to 2013 before taking a senior in house position at a major insurer.  We are thrilled to welcome her back and know her experience and savvy will help make the transition as smooth as can be!

“I am excited to be re-joining the F&P team and look forward to leading the Easton office that Kara has formed over the last two decades,” says Ms. Hare.

Jenn returns to F&P after, as noted, working as a senior staff attorney for The Hartford Affiliated Insurance Companies for the past six years.  She will be concentrating her practice in workers’ compensation and employers’ liability, representing employers and insurers before the Workers’ Compensation Commission and courts throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Imoh Akpan to Speak at Diversity for Success Seminar

Franklin & Prokopik principal, Imoh Akpan, is slated to speak at the Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo on June 19. Imoh is participating in a Law Student Forum where a future generation of lawyers will discuss overcoming challenges and improving their chances for success after graduation. The seminar is sponsored by the DRI and will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans from June 19-21. The DRI is comprised of defense attorneys and in-house counsel and provides resources for attorneys to assist them in giving their clients top-notch service.

For more information about the DRI, please visit the website at www.dri.org.

F&P Welcomes Three Attorneys to Baltimore Office and One to Richmond Office

F&P is pleased to welcome four attorneys to the firm, three in the Baltimore office and one in the Richmond office.  Michael Essig joined our Richmond office as counsel concentrating his practice in construction, liability defense, and trucking and transportation. Prior to joining F&P, Michael worked for another local defense firm defending individuals, small businesses and corporations from personal injury and property damage claims. He also has experience defending insurance carriers and employers in workers’ compensation claims.

Associates Michael Baruch and Ryan Posey joined the Baltimore office’s liability team. Michael has prior experience as a prosecutor involving all components of the litigation process, including investigation, research, and trial. Michael also clerked for the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s office, where he gained experience with workers’ comp claims.

Ryan Posey worked for a civil litigation firm prior to joining F&P. He served as the lead trial counsel for personal injury cases and workers’ compensation appeals. After graduating from law school, Ryan served as a public defender for the state of Maryland, handling thousands of cases ranging from simple driving offenses to serious life felonies.

Theresa Teixeira joined the the Baltimore office as a workers’ compensation and employers’ liability associate. She brings more than 24 years of experience to the F&P team. She has successfully tried cases involving work-related injuries before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, including matters appealed from workers’ compensation to the circuit court.



James Temple Presents at the MSBA Negligence Insurance and Workers’ Compensation Section

On May 9, F&P associate James Temple III attended the MSBA Negligence Insurance and Workers’ Compensation Section presentation of 2019 Hot Tips in Workers’ Compensation at the Loyola Graduate Center in Columbia, MD. James was included on a panel of speakers addressing the topic of “Defense Attorneys are People too (and so are claimants’ attorneys) – Pet Peeves Divided and Uncensored.”

The MSBA (Maryland State Bar Association) represents lawyers in Maryland, providing services to members and promoting professionalism and diversity. To learn more about the MSBA and their programs, please visit their website at https://www.msba.org/.