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Harlan J Crossman

Since 1969, Harlan Crossman has practiced Workers Compensation law and since 1972, he has devoted his legal practice to representing Arizona workers injured on the job. He has taught law school courses on Workers’ Compensation at Arizona State University School of Law.

Mr. Crossman is a member of the State Bar and State Bar Committees on Workers’ Compensation and served a number of years on the Compensation Rules Ad Hoc Advisory Committee of the Industrial Commission of Arizona. He was appointed as a Judge Pro Tempore to the Arizona Court of Appeals and served four years as the Chairman of the Arizona Workers’ Compensation Wage Advisory Commission. In addition, he is currently a Disciplinary Hearing Officer appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to preside over attorney disciplinary actions.

Mr. Crossman practices exclusively in this field and has spoken at seminars on this subject sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona, Arizona Trial Lawyers’ Association, Arizona Workers’ Compensation Association and the Arizona Self-Insurers Association. He is published in this area. He has published articles relating to injured workers in Arizona in the Arizona State Law Journal, The Arizona Bar Journal, and The Arizona Attorney.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers Compensation Law

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1968
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1968
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1968

Education

University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • J.D. – 1965

University of New Mexico

  • B.A. – 1962
  • Major: Economics
  • Major: History

Published Works

  • Establishment of the Average Monthly Wage: “Injury” means “Disability” in Arizona Workmen’s Compensation Statute, Ariz. St. L.J., 853, 1980
  • Inroads Into the Exclusively Provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act, Arizona Bar Journal, December/January, 1988
  • Has the Compensability of Mental Injuries in Workers’ Compensation Cases Changed?, Arizona Attorney, March, 1990

Classes/Seminars

  • Psychoneurosis vs. Malingering, Industrial Commission of Arizona, 1978
  • Medical Cost Containment, Workers’ Compensation Seminar, 1985
  • Recent Case Development, Workers’ Compensation Seminar, 1986
  • Psychiatric and Psychological Implication in Workers’ Compensation, Arizona State Bar Continuing Legal Education, 1987
  • Bad Faith, Maricopa County Bar Association – Banff, Alberta, Canada, 1988
  • Recent Cases in Workers’ Compensation, Industrial Commission’s Annual Seminar, 1989
  • Has the Compensability of Mental Injuries Changed?, State Bar of Arizona Conference on Workers’ Compensation – Prescott, Arizona, 1989
  • A Survey of Workers’ Compensation, Maricopa County Bar Association, 1990
  • Ethics in Workers’ Compensation, Arizona Trial Lawyers, 1991
  • Ethical Consideration in Workers’ Compensation Cases, Arizona State Bar, 1991
  • Candor Toward the Tribunal and the Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal Under the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct, Arizona State Bar, 1992
  • Recent Case Law Decisions, Arizona Industrial Commission, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar and State Bar Committees on Workers’ Compensation, Member
  • Workers’ Compensation Rules Ad Hoc Advisory Committee of the Industrial Commission of Arizona
  • Arizona Workers’ Compensation Wage Advisory Commission
  • Arizona State Bar Committee on Workers’ Compensation, Member, 1972
  • Appointed by the Commissioners at the Industrial Commission of Arizona to evaluate the efficiency of the Industrial Commission of Arizona, Member of Committee, 1977
  • Governor’s Ad Hoc Committee on Workers’ Compensation, Member, 1980 – 1981
  • Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Arizona, Member, 1997 – Present
  • Workers’ Compensation Rules Ad Hoc Advisory Committee of Industrial Commission of Arizona, Member, 1994
  • Arizona State Bar Committee on Workers’ Compensation, Secretary, 1980 – 1983
  • Arizona State University, Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Workers’ Compensation, 1985
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Judge Pro Tempore, 1985
  • Arizona Wage Advisory Commission, Chairman, 1991 – 1995
  • State Bar of Arizona Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, 1991 – 1994
  • Arizona Supreme Court, Hearing Officer mediating & presiding over lawyer disciplinary issues

Past Employment Positions

  • Chief Judge of the New Mexico Court of Appeals, Joe W. Wood, Clerk, 1965 – 1967
  • D.N.A. Legal Services Program on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Staff Attorney, 1967 – 1969
  • State Compensation Fund. Duties consisted of acting as a legal advisor to the auditing, accounting, marketing and branch offices, and handling over fifteen appeals a year with a full caseload., Staff Attorney, 1969 – 1972
  • Private practice law specializing in Workers’ Compensation, 1972 – Present