The GWCA Board welcomes you to our 2019 Fall Conference!

The Fall GWCA one day conference is filled with dynamic and innovative speakers, insightful panel discussions and plenty of opportunities for learning and networking. This is a unique opportunity to connect with peers and visionaries from across the state of Georgia who are working to deliver better services, engage employers and improve Workers’ Compensation outcomes.

The event agenda is below. [Download PDF]

The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Association is pleased to offer 6 hours of continuing education credits for Case Managers and 6 continuing education credits for Georgia Workers’ Compensation Adjusters.
Attendees (Members and Non-members) and Sponsorships are located on the main registration page. If you plan to purchase a sponsorship that includes attendees (Gold, Silver, Lunch, Breakfast) you won't need to register as an Attendee. You will be able to pay by credit card and by check. To pay by check, select that option under Payment Details at checkout and directions on where to mail it will be in your confirmation email.

No refunds. All conference sales are final.

Exhibitor Space

Register for the GWCA Conference here. Sponsors/Exhibitors upload your hi-res logo here.
Directions To Shepherd Center
2020 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

(updated September 6)


7:00 am – 7:30 am

Exhibitor Setup (Limited to 24 Tables)


7:30 am – 8:15 am

Breakfast and Visit with Exhibitors


8:15 am – 8:30 am

Opening Remarks


Connie Chandler, Chairman

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Association


8:30 am – 9:30 am

Ethical Considerations in Claims Handling and Communication


Todd Ross

Ross, Burriss & Handelman, LLC


9:30 am – 9:45 am

Break and Visit with Exhibitors


9:45 am - 10:45 am

Prosthetics: Trauma to Triumph


Steve Ehretsman

Founder and CEO of Shamrock


10:45 am – 11:30 am

Update from the State Board


11:30 am – 12:15 am

Lunch and Visit with Exhibitors


12:15 am – 1:15 pm

Pain in the Rehab Setting


Dr. Erik Shaw, D.O.

Shepherd Center


1:15 pm - 2:15 am

Comparing Federal Law vs State Law as Pertaining to Medical Marijuana

Discussing Use of Marijuana as Willful Misconduct


Robert D. Goldsmith

Partner: Drew Eckl Farnham


2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Break and Visit with Exhibitors


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Medical Issues Update


C. Wade McGuffey, Jr.

Goodman McGuffey LLP


William W. Brooks, M.D.

Ortho Georgia


Brenda Eckman

Claims Manager, Georgia Municipal Association


Liz Smith

Risk Management - Workers' Compensation, Georgia Power


3:30 pm

Closing Remarks & Gift Card Drawing