The filing and enforcement of liens (different states refer to these with different terms) to secure payment for services or goods against a workers' compensation award is complex and filled with special rules - this category is for questions and discussion of this special area of work comp law.


Postby m1chelleo on Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:29 pm

Michelle Oelhafen
Orange County, CA
(949) 200-0137

Most recently working under the supervision of a licensed Workers' Compensation defense attorney negotiating and resolving Workers' Compensation liens on behalf of client(s) in accordance with statutory and case law as well as pertinent regulations. Well versed in all aspects of lien management and negotiations, Official Medical Fee Schedule, Medical Provider Networks and Workers’ Comp litigation process.

Skills and Qualifications
• Paralegal coursework to include contracts, torts, family, property, criminal, litigation, and bankruptcy law and legal research and writing
• Experience with Windows ’2010 and XP
• Advanced in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office Outlook
• Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment without the loss of accuracy or efficiency
• Typing speed of 107 WPM

Professional Experience
Watten, Discoe, Bassett & McMains September 2013 to July 2015
Workers Compensation Defense Paralegal
• Negotiated and resolved liens on behalf of client(s) in accordance with statutory and case law as well as pertinent regulations
• Well versed in all aspects of Workers Compensation defense including Workers’ Compensation litigation process, WCAB filings, Official Medical Fee Schedule, Medical Provider Networks, lien negotiations and resolution
• Reviewed and negotiated liens from medical providers, interpreters, copy service companies and others.
• Determined validity of each lien and appropriate defense’s, if any
• Organized and recorded on-going lien settlement negotiations and resolutions
• Obtained necessary documents (evidence) to defend lien claim should litigation be required
• Communicated in writing and telephonically, with lien claimants
• Conferred with legal counsel and provided recommendations on liens that require litigation
• Identified potential fraud, overpayments, underpayments and reports to appropriate party
• Resolved liens fairly and equitable, acting in the best interest of the insured
• Analyzed data and reports in regards to lien exposure on specific charges billed by providers and lien claimants
• Utilized case law, labor codes, and Fee Schedule to apply to each lien in order to resolve fairly
• Determined validity of lien and use case law and the labor code to defend those in which we intend to litigate
• Expert knowledge of the workers’ comp industry, bill review and/or lien litigation. -Excellent research and investigation skills
• Ability to clearly express and synthesize facts, decisions and rationale
• Maintained confidentiality as well as high degree of professional integrity
• Demonstrated attention to detail

Zebra-net, Inc. June 2010 to Aug 2012
Administrative Assistant
• Managed President’s hectic calendar, scheduled travel arrangements
• Launched hiring campaigns, screened applicants and processed new-hire paperwork
• Arranged all meetings, including the reservation of sites, participant scheduling, setup etc.
• Utilized Microsoft Office suite to complete special projects, create reports, manage email campaigns etc.

Lincoln Drexel, LLC June 2009 to Mar 2010
Compliance Officer
• Developed and initiated policies and procedures for the operation of the compliance program
• Ensured that compliance issues and concerns within the organization were appropriately evaluated, investigated, and resolved
• Identified potential areas of vulnerability and worked to resolve problematic issues

International Lead Services Sept 2008 to June 2009
Operations Manager
• Scheduled client meetings and created presentation materials
• Assisted clients in setting up accounts and processed payments utilizing Quickbooks
• Managed 40+ employees, tracked call volume and lead flow
• Trained all incoming employees on procedures and policies

Career College of California, Santa Ana, CA Aug 2013
Paralegal Certificate
• Dean’s List
• GPA 4.0
• Perfect Attendance Award
• Career College of California Circle of Achievement Award

Mission Viejo High School, Mission Viejo, CA June 2003
High School Diploma
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