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Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams, PC
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C. is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a ten-attorney firm that represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.
Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of MD, DC and PA, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.
Matthew E. Heller, Esq.
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Matt Heller joined Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s Houston office in 2016. As a member of the labor and employment group, his practice focuses on assisting employers with their day-to-day legal issues spanning a variety of federal and state statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). He is admitted to practice in federal court in the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern districts of Texas.
Danielle Alexis Matthews, Esq.
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Danielle Alexis Matthews, senior counsel with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, focuses her practice on labor and employment matters as well as general litigation. She has actively represented clients in multiple class action matters involving wage and hour and related issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state statutes and laws. Danielle regularly represents clients in a variety of employment matters involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA), the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act (TWCA), and similar statutes and regulations, as well as in employment related breach of contract cases, and cases involving the defense of Company commission and benefit policies. She has also dealt regularly with clients on affirmative action issues, desk audits, and in comprehensive/on-site audits with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
On a daily basis, Ms. Matthews regularly communicates and interfaces with key management personnel and human resources representatives to provide insight and legal advice to those individuals on a range of personnel issues. Understanding the interplay between employment issues and peer review policies and procedures affecting the firm’s health care clients, she also devotes a portion of her practice to advising, counseling, and representing healthcare management in nursing and physician peer review proceedings.
Ms. Matthews prides herself on developing long-term and personal relationships with her clients, which she believes enhances her ability to anticipate, understand, and meet their needs and expectations.
Eric Schillinger, Esq.
Eric Schillinger of Trucker Huss concentrates his practice in the areas of health and welfare plans, including major medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, employee assistance, fringe and other employer-provided benefits. He has extensive experience helping employers comply with the various federal and state laws applicable to health and welfare plans, such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, the Public Health Service Act, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA and Medicare. As part of his practice, he assists clients with drafting plan and trust documents, amendments, SPDs and other required disclosures for such plans; handling employer and plan audits by the IRS, DOL, EEOC and other governmental agencies; analyzing employee-benefit issues relating to all aspects of plan design and funding, such as the use of Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Associations (VEBAs) and plan restructuring that results from mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions; preparing government agency filings, such as private letter ruling requests, ACA reporting, and state disability benefit plan applications; analyzing plan administrative, fiduciary and tax issues, including benefit claims and appeals, coverage mandates, nondiscrimination requirements, and income and payroll tax reporting; and reviewing and negotiating service provider agreements.
Mr. Schillinger has been at the forefront of the ongoing efforts by the new administration and Congress to repeal and replace the ACA and the potential impact on employers. He has given presentations on numerous aspects of ACA compliance and has written articles on the ACA repeal and replacement process for legal publications including the “expert analysis” section of Law360.com, health care section of Federal Employment Law Insider and the Daily Journal. He has been quoted in articles covering ACA repeal legislation for Business and Legal Resources (BLR®), Law360.com and HRDive.com. He also participates in a law commentary podcast as a guest to discuss the legal, economic and political implications of various ACA repeal and replacement proposals.
Phil Walls, R.Ph.
Chief Clinical Officer
Phil Walls is the Chief Clinical Officer for myMatrixx. He joined the company in 2006 and oversees all aspects of myMatrixx’s clinical program including drug utilization review, formulary management, drug regimen reviews and targeted intervention with prescribing physicians.
Mr. Walls has been instrumental in developing myMatrixx’s clinical program, Get Ahead of the ClaimSM, designed to mitigate risk earlier in the claim process and provide better outcomes for injured workers. This includes the proprietary myRisk Predictor tool and medication therapy management program designed to reduce the use of opioids in the industry.
Mr. Walls is a clinical pharmacist with over 25 years of experience in pharmacy, healthcare informatics and workers’ compensation. Previously he served in leadership positions within the industry with Health Information Designs, Inc., PMSI and Cigna Healthcare of Florida, Inc. He is a published author and frequent national speaker on clinical issues in workers’ compensation.
Mr. Walls is a highly regarded clinical pharmacist who is frequently asked to speak on topics related to proper medication therapy management. This is his passion and his priority—educating people and patients on the dangers of opioid abuse and the epidemic that is devastating the lives of so many people across our country.
In recognition of his contributions to the industry, Mr,. Walls was honored to be named CompPharma’s 2015 Person of the Year and to receive the Dorland Health People Pharmacist Award. He is a member of the AMCP, APhA, APS, ASAP, ASHP, FPA and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. He received his Bachelor in Science in Pharmacy from Mercer University School of Pharmacy and was awarded Doctoral Candidate status in Pharmacology at Ohio State University.