Consulting Services

Our Consulting and Analytics Division was developed in order to broaden our ability to facilitate lower costs, improve outcomes, and reduce the degree of uncertainty of ultimate claims costs for our clients.

While consulting and analytics are not new concepts in workers' compensation cost containment, linking them directly to a law firm is. Litigated claims drive severity and a disproportionate amount of cost. Litigation management goals of clients and law firms should synchronize. Our technology, analytics, program oversight and consulting reduce claim costs and shorten life cycles of claims.

For more information about these services, please contact Karen Stankevitz, Director of Consulting Services.


Karen Stankevitz

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Karen Stankevitz
Director of Consulting Services

Karen Stankevitz is Director of Consulting Services for the Law Offices of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez (ATB), the world’s leading workers’ compensation defense law firm. 

A client-oriented, strategic, and proficient professional with more than 25 years of multiline claims, litigation, and project management experience, Ms. Stankevitz joined ATB in 2011 with the responsibility for creating and leading a state of the art consulting practice to drive innovation in claims management.  Drawing on her extensive experience in workers’ compensation, she immediately began the work of changing the paradigm of how litigation management is conducted and delivered.

Under Ms. Stankevitz’s leadership, ATB’s consulting practice introduced robust analytics to the litigation management process.  Together with other consulting services, this has led to significant improvements in case management and attorney performance, generating measurable results for clients.  Notably, with respect to difficult legacy and complex workers’ compensation claims, ATB’s consulting services help clients identify and evaluate closure opportunities in terms of specific financial impacts.  Similarly, breakthrough approaches established by Ms. Stankevitz also apply to the assessment of smaller claims for which closures can avoid potential escalation.

During the course of her career, Ms. Stankevitz has maintained a focus on innovation and delivering bottom-line results.  She has structured and managed all aspects of workers’ compensation claims management programs, including: audits and reviews; benchmarking and process improvement; litigation management; oversight of complex and legacy claim closure initiatives; and selection, retention and performance evaluations of TPAs, managed care organizations, and attorneys.

Before joining ATB, Karen was a claim project manager from 2008 to 2011 with Target where she helped the company save more than $1 million in workers’ compensation program costs. Program adjustments made during her tenure, which included revamping the litigation management program, also yielded multimillion dollars of savings in loss reserves based on an improved actuarial forecast.

Earlier, she was with Marsh for nearly seven years, serving in a variety of claims consulting leadership roles.  After developing the firm’s claim closure project platform, she was named a founding member of Marsh’s Claim Consulting Practice and later served as senior vice president and Midwest Zone Leader.

Ms. Stankevitz also has served as a senior-level consultant responsible for businesses in multiple industries and has worked with numerous Fortune 100 companies.  She has several years’ experience as an insurance company claims adjuster in workers’ compensation and other casualty lines.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in Organizational Communication with a Business minor
  • Graduated Cum Laude, 1987
 

Erin Ward-Dugan

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Erin Ward-Dugan
Managing Partner of Consulting

Erin Ward-Dugan is the Managing Partner of Consulting Services for the Law Offices of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez (ATB), the world’s leading workers’ compensation defense law firm.

Erin came to ATB with experience in worker’s compensation claims and all areas of workers’ compensation litigation.Upon earning a law degree, Erin began her career as an adjuster with California’s largest insurance company, State Fund. Subsequently, she moved into private practice, representing both applicants and defendants in all areas of workers’ compensation litigation. She was rapidly promoted to supervising attorney, responsible for training and overseeing all new attorneys.

Erin joined ATB in 2008 and was selected to serve on several of the firm’s most prominent client panels. She quickly became a favorite among clients, who valued her attentive and innovative file handling, communication skills and ability to identify opportunities to best manage and mitigate client exposure. Erin was recognized as a rising leader at ATB and promoted to Partner in 2011. As a result of her skill set and unrivaled results, Erin was selected to become the Managing Partner of Consulting Services in 2013.

In this role, Erin oversees services to a number of ATB’s largest clients. She is responsible for understanding the nuances and expectations of each program and strategically managing ATB resources to ensure that, as a firm, we deliver optimal program results. Erin also serves on the firm’s audit team, focusing on claim and litigation management, including best practices, closures, and issue-specific reviews. She is frequently engaged for operational assessments, litigation management strategy sessions and litigation/closure projects.

In addition to her varied consulting responsibilities, Erin continues to actively litigate cases and has excelled at identifying opportunities to reduce Medicare exposure, helping clients save hundreds of thousands of dollars. She also leads a team of ATB attorneys focusing on mitigating MSA exposure through use of litigation management techniques.

Education

• Southwestern University of Law, Los Angeles, CA
• Juris Doctor 2003
• University of California at Irvine, CA
• Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Minor in Women's Studies, 2000

 

Shannon C. Gilbert

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Shannon C. Gilbert
Senior Consultant

Shannon Gilbert is a senior consultant with Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez (ATB). In this position, she works with the firm's attorneys and consultants on workers' compensation claim closure initiatives as well as special projects involving complex and legacy claim reviews and claims management process improvement.

She joined ATB in 2014, after serving as a claims specialist with APi Group, Inc. in New Brighton, Minnesota where she provided oversight on general and auto liability claims across multiple operating companies. She also worked with adjusters and attorneys on complex claims and provided trend data and analytics for the development of safety and other risk management programs.

Ms. Gilbert, who has more than 20 years of claims management experience, has held a variety of positions in claims with major national insurance companies as well as the U.S. government. She was with The Travelers in St. Paul, Minnesota for five years, initially as RTW Workers' Compensation claims manager and subsequently as a technical specialist responsible for managing high severity commercial liability claims.

She began her claims career with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in St. Cloud where she became senior claims representative. Subsequently, for nearly 10 years, she was with the U.S. Department of Employee and Economic Development's Disability Determination Services in St. Paul, eventually attaining the position of disability supervisor, responsible for managing a team of examiners and specialists and assisting with complex cases.

Ms. Gilbert earned B.B.A. degrees in Marketing and Human Resource Management from University of Wisconsin, Madison. During the course of her career she has been involved in several company-sponsored and professional association mentoring initiatives, and has served in leadership roles with a number of community organizations. She was co-founder and co-chair of the Ham Lake Fire Auxiliary and for several years has served on the board of directors of the Blaine Youth Hockey Association.

 

Jacque Van Buskirk
Training and Quality Assurance Coordinator

Jacque is a Training and Quality Assurance Coordinator in ATB’s Consulting Services Division. She has more than 21 years of experience in workers’ compensation and has been with ATB since 2003.

As part of ATB’s Consulting team, she oversees the strategic management of key client accounts. In addition to conducting internal client reviews, she helps deploy ATB resources to facilitate more effective service delivery. She also handles client reporting, monitors account trends, and develops and implements approaches to improve all aspects of account management.

Jacque began her insurance career in 1990, serving with a large insurer in the Premium Audit function. In 1993, she moved to the insurer’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Department and earned the WCCP, SIP, APA and CPCU designations while working as a senior claims adjuster.

In 1998, Jacque was promoted to claims supervisor, leading four medical only desks and six senior claims adjusters. As supervisor, she monitored claims activity and led claims reviews with brokers and insureds. She also participated in the insurer’s mentoring project for new adjusters and served a two-year term in its “think tank” promoting claims handling, client relations and employee growth.

In 2000, Jacque transferred to the Litigation Office as a hearing representative. In this position, she handled litigated workers' compensation files, attended hearings, depositions and trials. Three years later, she joined ATB, initially as a hearing representative in the San Bernardino office. In 2006, she became manager and assumed her current responsibilities in Consulting in 2013.