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Dave DePaolo – Workers Comp Community Loses Guru


picture of dave depaolo emblem from websiteDave DePaolo Was Such A Great Person

I met Dave DePaolo in 2003 through an associated Workers Comp company.   We met in the WorkCompCentral offices in Camarillo.

For more on what happened to Dave and the memorial services , please see this WorkComp Central article.   I was going to stay for the memorial service as I was already in California when I received the unfortunate news that Dave DePaolo was involved in a motorcycle accident.   However, I had to come back to the east coast yesterday.   Bummer.

I had been told by his marketing manager at the time to expect a surfer dude look as that was his usual dress.   By the way, his marketing manager took me for a tour of Hollywood and some of the other areas of Los Angeles including eating lunch at Duke’s on the Beach.

Circle Of Paper Dolls Dave DePaolo Community Concept

Lo and behold, the first time I met Dave he was wearing a flowery shirt, shorts, and sandals.   We went to a great Italian restaurant near Camarillo.  We immediately saw that we could help each other and always kept in touch for the next 13 years.


Dave grew his company at a great pace.  It was one of the more successful Workers Comp press companies in existence.

A few years ago at the NWCDC conference in Las Vegas, Dave made a trip over by way of the monorail, to see me at one of the many after-hours functions.  That was so nice of him and made me feel kind of special.

I had always made sure that I found him at any conference as he always had good advice for me especially in California Workers Compensation.    He was always glad to see me.   His last piece of advice to me was in the my expert witness practice.   He said, “Charge what your are worth and you are worth a lot if you have knowledge of Workers Comp in so many states.”

Some of his last blogs can be found at the bottom of the main page of the WorkCompCentral website.    I would provide a direct link, but they are behind a paywall.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and families.   Goodbye old friend, Workers Comp – especially the conferences will not be the same without you.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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