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Episodes

  • Attorney Fees and Deferred Taxation

    Sep 7, 2014 | 20 min
    How does an independent assignment company work in your favor when it comes to attorney fees?  And can attorneys structure their fees after a settlement agreement has been concluded?  Join Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and co-host, Mike Zea with guest, Lynne P. Martel, Managing Director of Havelet Services Guernsey Limited and marketing and service agent for Havelet Assignment Company, as they discuss options to maximize deferred taxation in attorney fees.
  • 2014 NSSTA Study on Structures

    Aug 25, 2014 | 33 min
    In 2014, the National Structured Settlements Trade Association (NSSTA) commissioned CLM Advisors to conduct a study, where the focus was on how senior claims executives perceive the value of structured settlements and the value that structured settlement consultants bring to the table.  On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host, Robert Caples welcomes Taylor Smith, President of CLM Advisors, to spotlight this study, discuss the findings and explore how we can educate others on the value of structured settlements.
  • Spotlight on The City Bar

    Aug 10, 2014 | 17 min
    Founded in 1870 in response to a growing public concern over corruption in the justice system in New York City, the New York City Bar Association, also known as the City Bar, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students.   On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes colleague and co‑host, Brian J. Fillion and guest, Attorney Bret Parker, Executive Director of the New York City Bar Association, to discuss the  City Bar’s initiatives for 2014, The Lawyer Assistance Program, Legal Referral Service and the great programs geared toward lawyers and future lawyers. 
  • Spotlight on the Alabama State Bar

    Jul 27, 2014 | 27 min
    The Alabama State Bar was created in 1923 and has jurisdiction over the conduct of all attorneys and is charged with stimulating interest in improving the administration of justice. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and  co-host, Keith Christie join guest, Attorney Anthony A. Joseph, President of the Alabama State Bar, to discuss the initiatives for 2014, membership,  the Alabama State Bar Code of Professional Courtesy and the important services the Alabama State Bar offers the profession.
  • CMS Medicare Set-Aside Review and Approval Process

    Jul 14, 2014 | 37 min
    The Medicare Set-Aside Review Process dates all the way back way back to 1980, when The Medicare Second Payer Act was enacted. Fast forward to 2014, where the Insurance industry is still waiting for promised improvements.  Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen along with colleague, Tom Blackwell, Vice President and Program Director of Ringler Medicare Solutions, Inc. (RMS), take a look at CMS Medicare Set-Aside Review, the approval process and whether it is still relevant.  
  • General Motors Litigation Update

    Jun 30, 2014 | 28 min
    Recalls. Congressional Investigations. Litigation. General Motors (GM) has taken center stage over its ignition switch problem, which has been linked to drivers’ catastrophic injuries and in some cases, death. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Attorney Jere Beasley, the senior member of the Beasley Allen Law Firm, to give an update on litigation involving the GM ignition switch problem and talk about the current investigation into General Motors.
  • Lawyers and Depression

    Jun 16, 2014 | 38 min
    Depression within the legal community is a very real issue. According to the American Psychiatric Association, lawyers as a group are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than the average person. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes colleague Cindy Chanley, and  special guest, Professor Brian Clarke, Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law. Brian shares his own personal struggle with depression, talks about recognizing the signs of depression, getting help, and how the legal community is coming together to help their own.
  • Spotlight on the Houston Bar Association

    Jun 2, 2014 | 29 min
    Established in 1870, the Houston Bar Association’s purpose was to maintain high standards in the legal profession and provide legal education for Harris County attorneys.  Today, the HBA is the fifth largest metropolitan bar association in the nation and has expanded its goals to include public service and better access to legal services for all citizens in the Greater Houston area.  Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen talks with colleague, Robert P. Caples and guest, Attorney David Chaumette, President of the Houston Bar Association, to discuss the HBA’s initiatives for 2014, public service and giving back and  a fantastic community project program called The Veterans Legal Initiative.
  • Litigation Involving Actos, Transvaginal Mesh and Zohydro

    May 19, 2014 | 35 min
    A jury determined that drug makers hid cancer risks associated with the diabetes medicine, Actos, from the public. Complications stemming from transvaginal mesh and lawsuits by women against the manufacturers is another case of how a defective product can have a huge impact on a life.  Zohydro, a controversial painkiller is making waves when it comes to prescription drug abuse. On this Ringler Radio podcast, host Larry Cohen joins Andy Birchfield and Leigh O’Dell from the Beasley Allen Law Firm, as they spotlight litigation in these cases, causing a stir across the States. 
  • Litigation Surrounding General Motors Ignition Switch Problem

    May 4, 2014 | 34 min
    General Motors (GM) faces litigation stemming from an ignition switch problem in some recalled vehicles and now, families of the deceased or injured are seeking justice. On this Ringler Radio podcast, host Larry Cohen and co-host Mike Casey from Ringler Associates talk with  Attorney Adam J. Levitt, director at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. about the GM litigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s role and ultimately what this ignition problem means for the car giant.
  • Medical Marijuana and Defending Workers’ Compensation Claims

    Apr 21, 2014 | 24 min
    In recent years, medical marijuana has become a controversial topic. So what happens as medical marijuana use becomes legal? How will it impact your workforce? On this Ringler Radio podcast, host Larry Cohen welcomes Attorney Richard W. Lenkov from the firm, Bryce Downey & Lenkov, to talk about medical marijuana within the workforce, defending workers’ compensation claims and his legal perspective from within the workers’ compensation arena.
  • Special Needs Trusts or Pooled Special Needs Trusts

    Apr 6, 2014 | 28 min
    A special needs trust is designed to financially support a disabled individual, providing many benefits to the individual with long-term financial stability. Join Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and co-host, Mike Zea, as they join Will Lindahl, MBA, CLPF, National Enrollment Director for CPT Special Needs Trusts,  to discuss the process of setting up a special needs trust, when an individual should consider setting one up the cost and the difference between an individual special needs trust and a pooled special needs trust.
  • Legaltronix: A Rating System in the Legal Services Profession

    Mar 27, 2014 | 27 min
    In the structured settlement industry, relationships are very important. We interact with mediators, judges, experts, arbitrators and more, on a daily basis. So, it is extremely helpful to have some background on those experts before we walk into negotiations.  On this Ringler Radio podcast, host Larry Cohen welcomes John B. Willcox, Co-founder of Legaltronix, a comprehensive rating system with detailed information on parties involved in litigation. Listen and learn about the benefits of this collaborative tool.
  • The Power of a Structured Settlement: A Personal Story

    Mar 9, 2014 | 26 min
    Today on Ringler Radio, host, Larry Cohen and his co-host, Jim Early, talk with Congressman Jim Langevin, a Democrat, representing constituents from the 2nd District in Rhode Island since 2001.  Congressman Langevin talks about his own personal experience with a structured settlement years ago that helped him and public policy for structured settlements today. Hear one of the best cases for the long-term security of a structured settlement instead of a lump sum settlement.
  • Trial Lawyers and Structured Settlements

    Feb 23, 2014 | 28 min
    There are many benefits of going with a structured settlement. Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen and co-host, Carmella Limongelli  join special guest, Attorney  Jesse M. Suit III, a trial lawyer and  supporter of structured settlements from Kalfus & Nachman, to talk about his experience with structures and the importance of taking care of the client post-settlement.
  • A Look Inside the Massachusetts Bar Association

    Feb 10, 2014 | 22 min
    Many people don't know how advocacy plays an important part of any lawyer's job. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen talks with incoming President of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Attorney Marsha Kazarosian, from Kazarosian Costello and O'Donnell LLP, to discuss the Massachusetts Bar Association's initiatives for 2014, some trends in the legal community and changing the sometimes not-so-good perception of lawyers one person at a time.
  • Target Security Breach: Litigation and Impact

    Jan 27, 2014 | 24 min
    We now know that 70 million shoppers were impacted by a major security breach involving Target during the height of the holiday shopping season. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen joins colleague Heather Anderson and special guest Attorney Larry Golston, from the Beasley Allen Law Firm, as they discuss the current litigation following the security breach, the impact, and what lies ahead to protect their customers’ private information.
  • Workers’ Compensation Top Legal Trends

    Jan 17, 2014 | 28 min
    Get educated and up-to date when it comes to workers’ compensation issues and trends. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen joins colleague, Peter Early and special guest, Rebecca Shafer, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc.  talk about reducing workers’ compensation costs, current trends and how the use of structured settlements is consistently growing for workers’ compensation cases.
  • Patient Safety Priority in Hospital Environments

    Dec 29, 2013 | 34 min
    Patient safety is essential when it comes to a hospital environment and there has been great progress with methods to increase safety and reduce risk. On this Ringler Radio podcast, host Larry Cohen along with colleague, John Machir and guest, Mary Anne Hilliard, Esq., Chief Risk Counsel and Vice President of Safety and Patient Experience at Children's National Medical Center, talk about the next big frontier in patient safety and the overall impact on patients.
  • How to be a Good Legal Negotiator

    Dec 9, 2013 | 32 min
    Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen along with colleague, Bill Wright, and special guest Professor Seth Freeman, J.D., a highly-rated professor of negotiation and conflict management at NYU’s Stern School of Business and at Columbia University, discuss negotiation tactics, in particular the art of skilled legal negotiating, along with observations and advice to attorneys when it comes to preparation.
  • How to be a Good Legal Negotiator

    Dec 8, 2013 | 32 min
    Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen along with colleague, Bill Wright, and special guest Professor Seth Freeman, J.D., a highly-rated professor of negotiation and conflict management at NYU’s Stern School of Business and at Columbia University, discuss negotiation tactics, in particular the art of skilled legal negotiating, along with observations and advice to attorneys when it comes to preparation.
  • Handling Liability Cases Where Medicare is Involved

    Nov 24, 2013 | 34 min
    When is a Medicare Set Aside a good choice in a liability case? Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen along with colleagues, Tom Blackwell, Vice President and Program Director of Ringler Medicare Solutions, Inc. (RMS), and Peter Early, talk about the complexities of liability cases where Medicare is involved and recent developments involving Medicare Set Asides as a settlement tool.
  • CE and CLE Programs from Ringler Associates and CEU Institute

    Nov 11, 2013 | 32 min
    Have you heard about the new continuing education initiative from Ringler Associates? Ringler Associates and CEU Institute have teamed up to provide courses for CE (continuing education) and CLE (continuing legal education). In this podcast, Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen and co-hosts, Duke Wolpert and Gayle Christen talk with special guest, Jill Benner, Executive Director of the CEU Institute, about these programs available to you on a wide range of topics including Negotiations, Ethics, Navigating Medicare Interests, Workers’ Compensation and Structured Settlements, Liability Cases and Structured Settlements, with others in development.
  • Dog Bite Injury Cases and Litigation

    Oct 28, 2013 | 31 min
    Dog bite injury cases are becoming more common when it comes to litigation. People can suffer serious injuries from dog bites, leaving children and adults with physical and even emotional trauma. Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen, along with colleague Brenda MacGregor, and special guest, Attorney Robin Gouveia from the firm d’Oliveira & Associates discuss the seriousness of dog bite injury cases, the use of a structured settlement in these specific cases and how these incidents can be prevented.
  • Future Medical Costs in Liability Cases

    Oct 14, 2013 | 36 min
    How will the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking impact future medical costs in liability cases? Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen joins colleague, Tom Blackwell, Vice President and Program Director of Ringler Medicare Solutions, Inc. (RMS), and special guest, Peter Foley, from the American Insurance Association, to discuss future medicals in liability/no-fault settlements, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Medicare Second Payer Act and protecting Medicare’s interest.
  • NSSTA, Congress and the Value of a Structured Settlement

    Sep 30, 2013 | 26 min
    The National Structured Settlements Trade Association (NSSTA) is a driving force educating Americans about the value of a structured settlement. Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and colleague, John Machir, a founding member and current President of NSSTA and head of National Marketing for Ringler Associates, discuss the many issues that NSSTA champions behind the scenes on Capitol Hill. Larry and John take a look at tax reform and Congress, protecting the tax free status of annuity payments to people with serious injuries and how a structured settlement expert is vital for a successful settlement outcome.
  • Workers' Compensation Catastrophic Claims Management

    Sep 15, 2013 | 27 min
    In this podcast, Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen and co-host, Duke Wolpert talk with special guest, John Fostik, Principal of Battery Hill Consulting, to discuss a variety of important topics within the workers’ compensation arena. John spotlights structured settlement planning, the National Council on Compensation Insurance Report (NCCI Report), workers’ compensation catastrophic claims management and the use of structured settlements.
  • AAPD 2013 and Tax Reform

    Sep 2, 2013 | 31 min
    The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is the driving force behind assisting people with disabilities. In this podcast, Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen joins co-host, Randy Dyer, and special guest, Mark Perriello, the President and CEO of the AAPD , to talk about some of the important work that the AAPD is doing this year and the proposed Federal tax reform that could impact people with disabilities, as well as those who have structured settlements.
  • Controlling Costs Related to a Settlement

    Aug 19, 2013 | 19 min
    Ametros Financial has partnered with Ringler Medicare Solutions to offer professional administration services to expand the Medicare Set Aside, Medical Cost Projection, and Life Care Planning services, with the main purpose being to control costs related to a settlement. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes colleague Cindy Chanley, and guest, Ken Paradis, co-founder of Ametros Financial, to talk about MSA CareGuard, alleviating some of the anxiety for claimants and plaintiffs, dealing with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the importance of compliance for all the players involved in a structured settlement.
  • The Impact of the SMART Act

    Aug 5, 2013 | 15 min
    The SMART Act, also known as the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act, was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Listen to Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen and colleague Teddy Snyder, Esq. discuss the impact of the SMART Act with special guest, Attorney Aaron F. Frederickson from MSP Compliance Solutions. They take a look at how this law will impact the existing Medicare Secondary Payer rules, claims and structured settlements.
  • Inside Ringler Medicare Solutions

    Jul 22, 2013 | 33 min
    Medicare and Medicaid compliance when it comes to legal settlement claims can be complicated. This is an area especially critical to claimants, attorneys and insurers and expertise is needed. In this podcast, Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen joins Tom Blackwell, Vice President and Program Director of Ringler Medicare Solutions, Inc. (RMS), as they take a look at RMS’ long-term development plan, how RMS can help with the administration of workers’ compensation claims, liability claims and in claim settlement strategies and the impact of the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act (SMART) on the structured settlement industry.
  • The Boston Bombings: Lawyers Assisting During Tragedy

    Jul 22, 2013 | 31 min
    The story of the bombings on Marathon Day in Boston is known worldwide. Three people were tragically killed at the event and more than 260 people were injured. On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen joins Attorney Paul E. White, a partner at the law firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen in Boston and Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Marathon Bombing Victims Legal Assistance Program, to talk about how lawyers are helping during a tragedy by providing assistance for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Warren Buffett and the Benefits of Structures

    Jul 9, 2013 | 29 min
    Warren Buffett is many things-an American businessman, investor, and even a philanthropist. So why has Berkshire Hathaway moved aggressively into the business of structured settlement annuities? On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen joins colleague, Bobby Steele and special guest Brendan Lynch, former President of Institutional Products at Travelers Life & Annuity and investment advisor to life companies, as they spotlight Brendan’s incredible opinion piece, What Does Warren Buffett Know That You Should? Brendan discusses his connection with life companies, the industry, Buffett’s business sense, profitability in business and the benefits of structured settlements.
  • An Inside Look at Rated Age

    Jun 23, 2013 | 15 min
    What is a rated age? On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen joins colleague Teddy Snyder, Esq. and special guest, Misa Benson, Senior Structured Settlement Medical Underwriting Analyst with Pacific Life Insurance Company, to discuss the overall purpose of the rated age, changes in underwriting over the years, sharing rated age information with a claimant and ultimately how a rated age is created.
  • An Update on Long-Term Disability

    Jun 10, 2013 | 26 min
    Long-term disability insurance can be a complex area of insurance law for lawyers and consumers. On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen joins colleague Tony Robinson and guest, Deborah M. Nelson, Partner at Nelson Boyd PLLC, to give us a refresher course on long-term disability insurance. Deborah discusses the difference between other types of insurance policies, the application process for disability benefits and some of the common questions individuals have when it comes to long-term disability policies, especially when it comes to the areas of traumatic brain injury and insurance litigation. Visit Ringler Associates to contact a consultant in your area about structured settlem...
  • Workers’ Compensation Claims and Mediation

    May 27, 2013 | 29 min
    How does mediation help parties in a workers’ compensation claim? On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen joins colleague Teddy Snyder, Esq. and special guest, Judge George W. Mason, to talk about workers’ compensation mediation: the process of setting up mediation in a workers’ compensation claim, the parties involved and ultimately the role of the structured settlement broker and mediator.
  • Trial Consulting and Jury Selection

    May 13, 2013 | 24 min
    There are many elements that come into play during a court trial. For instance, the process of choosing jurors for trial and more importantly how to engage jurors after they have been selected. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen joins colleague, Tony Robinson and guest, Attorney Jeffrey D. Boyd from Boyd Trial Consulting, PLLC, to explore trial consulting and what lawyers need to know when it comes to jury selection.
  • From the Courtroom to the Gridiron

    Apr 29, 2013 | 43 min
    The sport of football is a dramatic game that unfolds in front of a captivated audience-kind of like being in a courtroom. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen joins colleague, John Kearns and special guest, Attorney Edward Hochuli from the firm Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C., to talk about Ed’s law practice, his job as an NFL referee, his involvement with the USLAW NETWORK and the similarities between the NFL and the law.
  • Workplace Injuries: Possible Worker’s Compensation Tax?

    Apr 15, 2013 | 32 min
    How can we prevent accidents and deaths in the workplace? In this podcast, Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen joins Attorney Douglas K. Sheff, senior partner at Sheff Law and President-Elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association, to spotlight third party cases, the Workplace Safety Task Force and talk about a workers’ compensation tax proposal that is causing great concern in the state of Massachusetts.
  • Ringler's Top Ten on Structured Settlements

    Mar 31, 2013 | 32 min
    Even though structured settlements have been around a long time, false impressions about products and services still remain. There are a lot of moving parts involved in a claim’s settlement, and lots of financial and legal information swirling around the process. In this podcast, Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen joins colleagues, Jim Early and Bill Wakelee, to debunk the misconceptions sometimes seen in the structured settlement industry, and clarify through their top ten on structured settlements.
  • Kids’ Chance: Helping Children of Injured Workers

    Mar 17, 2013 | 28 min
    When someone is seriously injured or dies on the job, their family is left to pick up the pieces and sometimes the family’s education funds are at risk. Kids’ Chance is a national organization that funds educational scholarships for the children of injured workers, so that they can pursue their educational goals. In this podcast, Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen along with co-host, Bill Wright, talk with the Founder of Kids' Chance, Attorney Bob Clyatt, about the Kids’ Chance mission and how it has been instrumental in helping the children of injured families through the power of education.
  • Child Sexual Abuse Litigation in the Los Angeles United School District

    Feb 18, 2013 | 25 min
    School should be a safe environment for our children, but in a shocking case in Los Angeles, California, Forrest Stobbe, a teacher at Queen Anne Elementary School, pleaded no contest to continuous sexual abuse of a child. As multiple other claims involving Latino children are revealed in LAUSD, calls for further investigation are underway In this podcast, Ringler Radio host Larry Cohen along with co-host, Manny J. Valdez, Jr. and guest, Stephen J. Estey, founding partner of Estey & Bomberger LLC, and a legal champion for sexually abused children, take a look at these disturbing cases, the school district's liability and the quest to protect our children.