Since 2003, Keith Semple has represented hundreds of injured workers and victims of negligence throughout Oregon, and has helped them receive the maximum recovery possible. Most people know that when a person is injured on the job, he or she should file a Workers’ Compensation claim. However, to maximize the benefits and protections available to an injured worker, an attorney must look beyond the workers’ compensation laws. The best attorneys understand the complex interplay between the laws that govern workers’ compensation and the laws that govern health insurance, social security, employment discrimination, unemployment compensation, and injuries caused by the negligence of others.
Keith’s experience representing injured workers and the families of workers who died on the job site gives him a unique ability to identify additional benefits that could be available to his clients and help them understand the bigger picture. Where the injury was caused by the negligence of someone other than the person’s employer, there may be a “third-party personal injury claim” (i.e. a claim against the auto, business or homeowner’s insurance of the person who caused the injury). While many workers’ compensation attorneys refer this aspect of the case to another firm, Keith and his colleagues at Johnson, Johnson, and Schaller are specially equipped to handle the complexity involved in these types of cases, from the largest to the smallest.
A 2003 cum laude graduate of Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Keith is licensed to practice in the Oregon State and Federal Courts.
Keith is the 2015 chair of the Oregon State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee since 2010. Since 2014, Keith has also served as Co-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section Legislative and Rules Committee.
Since 2003, Keith has been an active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Workers’ Compensation Section. Since 2012, Keith has served on the policy group for this section, and he travels frequently to Salem to lobby for new laws and rules that would make things better for injured workers.
Keith is also a member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ) and the Lane County Bar Association.
Author, “Swimming Against the Tide: Lobbying for Re-Reform of the Workers’ Compensation System,” Trial Lawyer Fall 2013
Co-Author, “Workers’ Compensation,” 2012 Oregon Legislation Highlights, Oregon CLE 2012
Co-Author, “Workers’ Compensation,” 2009 Oregon Legislation Highlights, Oregon CLE 2009
“Time Loss – How Does One Keep Time?,” 2014 Oregon State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Annual Meeting and CLE
“Interplay between FMLA, Disability Laws, and Workers’ Compensation Claims,” 2013 Lorman Education Services Workers Compensation Update
“Things a Worker’s Compensation Attorney Should Know About Personal Injury Cases,” 2012 Oregon Law Institute Workers’ Compensation Update