Ilene Feldmeier

Top 20 Workers Compensation and Employment Law
Pollart Miller LLC
5700 S Quebec St Ste 200
Greenwood Village, CO 80111-2000
(720) 488-9586
www.pollartmiller.com


EXPERIENCE

Ilene Feldmeier's practice primarily focuses on representing employers and insurance clients in workers' compensation claims in Arizona, Colorado, and Idaho. She has litigated hundreds of workers' compensation cases and prevailed on many appellate cases. Ilene represents employers and insurance carriers in all aspects of workers' compensation claims including defending full contests, medical benefit claims, safety rule violations, termination for cause, death benefits involving determination of common law spouse, penalty claims, recouping overpayments, withdrawing admissions, fraud, mental impairment, permanent total disability, apportionment, and many other issues. Ilene also assists clients with employment law issues including resignations, termination, release of claims, and ADA considerations.

Ilene joined Pollart Miller LLC as a Law Clerk in 2007 while finishing law school. In May 2008, after passing the Colorado Bar, Ilene became an Associate with the Firm. In 2016, Ilene became a Partner with the Firm. Prior to graduating from law school, Ilene completed a judicial internship for the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts, gaining valuable experience in workers' compensation and general services administrative law. Since joining Pollart Miller LLC, Ilene has worked continuously in litigation involving Colorado workers' compensation claims. In 2017, at the specific request of a client that valued Ilene's work in Colorado, Ilene began practicing workers' compensation law in Idaho and has handled claims involving compensability, medical benefits, and subsequent injuries. In 2018, Ilene began practicing workers' compensation law in Arizona and has already assisted clients with cases involving compensability and physician designation.

Ilene is a St. Louis native and she graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's degree in Entertainment Management in 2002. Following, this Ilene worked in restaurant management for 3 years and gained valuable experience with customer service, personnel management and other various employment issues that helps her comprehend and relate to the concerns of her clients. Ilene graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in December 2007 and passed the Colorado Bar in February 2008. In her spare time, Ilene enjoys spending time with her children, running, and volunteering. Ilene has completed several half marathons and full marathons, including the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon and Disney's 48.6 mile Dopey Challenge, and regularly volunteers for various organizations throughout the community.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

AA PTO Committee Chair (2017-present)
AA PTO Committee Member (2015-2017)
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (2011-present)
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association Workers' Compensation Committee (2015-present)
Colorado Public Risk Management Association (2014-present)
Colorado Self Insurers' Association (2014-present)
Colorado Bar Association (2008-present)
Colorado Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section (2008-present)
Douglas/Elbert County Bar Association (2009-present)
Idaho Bar Association (2017-present)
Professionals in Workers' Compensation (2017-present)
Arizona Bar Association - 2018 - ongoing

PUBLICATIONS

Failed Claim Closure: The Effect of Crigger on Workers' Compensation, The Colorado Lawyer (January 2015)
Potential Workers' Compensation Liability with Recreational Activities, Law Week Colorado (March 2015)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Workers' Compensation

Representation of employer and insurance carrier in withdrawal of general admission due to fraud
Representation of employer and insurance carrier in a death claim involving a safety rule violation and determination of dependents, including a potential common law spouse
Representation of multiple employers and insurance carriers in overcoming Division IMEs and determination of permanent impairment benefits and apportionment
Representation of multiple employers and insurance carriers regarding compensability in denied claims for acute injuries and also for cumulative traumas involving Rule 17 guidelines
Representation of several employers and insurance carriers in defense of penalty claims
Representation of several employers and insurance carriers in safety rule violation disputes
Representation of multiple employers and insurance carriers regarding determination of permanent total disability benefits
Representation of employer and insurance carrier in claim closure and validity of final admission
Representation of several employers and insurance carriers in claims for essential services, attendant care, and assisted living
Representation of employer and insurance carrier in defense of alleged violations of physician process and request for penalties, including criminal sanctions
Representation of multiple employers and insurance carriers in determination of reasonable, necessary, and related medical benefits including surgery requests and independent life skills training
Representation of employer and insurance carrier in enforcement of overpayment and recouping same
Representation of multiple employers and insurance carriers regarding compensability involving another employer and co-respondents
Representation of employer and insurance carrier in defending compensability of mental injury claim
Representation of multiple employers and insurance carriers in change of physician requests
Representation of several employers and insurance carriers in regards to injurious practice claims
Representation of multiple employers and insurance carriers in average weekly wage and computation of benefits disputes
Representation of multiple employers and insurance carriers regarding medical benefits for and compensability of various injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, brain injuries, chiari malformations, thoracic outlet syndrome, chronic regional pain syndrome, pudendal nerve entrapments, artificial disc replacement, adjacent disc syndrome, dental injuries, psychological conditions, amputations, total arthroplasties of knee, hip, and shoulder, spinal cord stimulators, and many other conditions and procedures.
Representation of multiple employers and insurance carriers in reductions of benefits due to safety rule violations, late reporting, substance abuse, and termination for cause

Employment Law

Provide legal advice regarding termination concerns and ADA considerations
Preparation of resignation agreements
Preparation of employment releases
Provide legal advice regarding workers' compensation benefits and using sick pay, vacation pay, and FMLA leave
Provide legal advice regarding offsets for STD and LTD benefits with workers' compensation benefits
Review and analysis of employer handbooks and other policies

AWARDS

2018 America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators
2018 Lawyers of Distinction
2018 American Institute of Legal Counsel 10 Best in Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service in Workers' Compensation Division
2018 Rising Star by Super Lawyers
2018 Lead Counsel Rated by Thomson Reuters
2017 American Institute of Legal Counsel 10 Best in Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service in Workers' Compensation Division
2017 Rising Star by Super Lawyers
2017 Lead Counsel Rated by Thomson Reuters
2016 American Institute of Legal Counsel 10 Best in Client Satisfaction in Workers' Compensation Division
2016 Rising Star by Super Lawyers
2016 Lead Counsel Rated by Thomson Reuters
2015 Lead Counsel Rated by Thomson Reuters

2017 Client Presentation - Cumulative Trauma, Occupational Disease and Rule 17 in Colorado (October 17, 2017)
2016 Client Presentation - Designation of Providers and Modified Duty within Workers' Compensation
2016 Client Presentation - Unexplained Falls, Red Flag on Cases and Rule 17 Analysis
2015 Client Training - Emerging Trends: Cumulative Trauma and Medical Marijuana Considerations in Workers' Compensation
2013 Client Presentation - Rule 16 and 17 Applications and Nuances
2007 CLE-Event Planner and Organizer - Employment Law for In-House Counsel