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Greg Cook & Doug Kauffman Presented at Alabama Self-Insurers Association Winter Workshop

Greg Cook, partner in the Birmingham office and member of the Banking & Financial Services Litigation Practice, and Doug Kauffman, partner in the Birmingham office and member of the Labor & Employment Practice were speakers at the Alabama Self-Insurers Association’s (ASIA) Winter Workshop February 28- March 1. 

Greg’s presentation, “Recent Developments in Worker’s Compensation” highlighted the importance of documenting all injuries and facts promptly, as well as carefully wording contracts with vendors. Doug spoke to attendees about unique challenges and new developments employers face when complying with the obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

ASIA was formed with the goal of helping employers understand the law and any proposed changes, as they seek to ensure equitable coverage for injured employees. 

Greg’s practice centers on financial services and commercial litigation, including class action and complex litigation. Since joining Balch in 1991, Greg has defended over 60 class actions, handled over 250 real estate and mortgage matters, and is a part of over 40 reported opinions. Under Greg’s leadership, Balch’s Class Action Practice recently received a Tier 1 ranking nationally by The Best Lawyers in America®. Greg currently serves on the Alabama Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, and for the past three years, served as co-chair of the ABA Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee of the Alabama State Bar.

Doug helps employers manage their most valuable assets —their employees. For more than 25 years, he has counseled large and small employers, helping them stay up to date on the law, regulations, and best practices with respect to employment compliance. When issues arise in the workplace, Doug provides real-time solutions. He also handles complaints or audits by various government agencies, such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he litigates all employment issues in court. Well respected on both sides of the table, Doug is frequently invited to speak at seminars sponsored by government agencies.