Category Archives: WILG

Fighting to protect workers rights

Today’s post comes from guest author Rod Rehm, from Rehm, Bennett & Moore.

Workers compensation law is slightly more than 100 years old. It has become a fundamental protection for workers and their families. Sadly, insurance and business interests have been attacking this basic law for more than 25 years. The effort has been nearly continuous with legislative and administrative proposals aimed at lower benefits to workers and their families  while raising profits for business and insurance.

            This law firm believes we have an obligation to fight these attacks on behalf of our clients and their families.  The past week is an example.  Rod Rehm spoke to a group of lawyers  on how to defeat these attacks at the Northwest Regional Conference of the Workplace Injury Law Advocacy Group held in Whitefish, Montana. The event was attended by Michael Gruber, Brooklyn, NY, current President of WILG, Amie Peter, Edmonds WA, President-elect of WILG, Chuck Davoli, New Orleans, LA past President of WILG and chaired by Tom Murphy of Great Falls, MT along with a hearty group of workers compensation lawyer from the Northwest part of the U.S.A.

            It was great to share information with and learn new and better ways to win our cases and court and continue to defend the law in the legislature. WILG is a great organization fighting for workers 24/7/365 all across the USA.

            Jon Rehm testified at the Business and Labor Committee of the Nebraska Legislature on behalf of the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, NATA, concerning efforts to limit drug prescriptions for our clients. Our office and NATA is concerned that efforts to attack opioid addiction will harm our clients unless written carefully. Protecting good medical care for injured workers is more important than saving prescription costs for business and insurance under the guise of attacking addiction.

            Testifying in the legislature is a regular part of being a lawyer at Rehm, Bennett and Moore. We actively work to protect workers’ rights in every forum we can.

Congratulations to Partner Michael Gruber, New President-Elect of WILG

Partner Mike Gruber being sworn in with the WILG Executive Committee.

Today’s post comes from guest author Catherine Stanton, from Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano.

Partner Michael Gruber is the new President-Elect of WILG, the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group. He joins a long list of partners at our firm who have served on WILG’s leadership team, including past presidents Edgar Romano and Catherine Stanton, who currently serve on the WILG board alongside Victor Pasternack.

Michael Gruber has been a workers’ compensation lawyer since 1996. In addition to litigating workers compensation claims, he oversees the Workers Compensation Appellate Division practice at the firm and has been successful in numerous appeals to the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department. In 2012, Mr. Gruber was named as the chairman of the Workers Compensation Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association. He is also a member of the Injured Workers Bar Association and the Workers Compensation Alliance, organizations focusing on workers compensation issues in New York. He regularly lectures on workers compensation law to various labor organizations.

WILG is the national non-profit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions of workers and their families who, each year, suffer the consequences of work-related  injuries or occupational illnesses and who need expert legal assistance to obtain medical care and other relief under workers’ compensation programs. To learn more, visit