Experience

Bert Randall, President of Franklin & Prokopik, is a trial attorney concentrating in complex matters involving employment, tort liability and business litigation. He regularly represents companies in state and federal courts, and before state and federal administrative agencies.  Outside of his active trial practice, Bert provides general counsel services to Maryland businesses including General Counsel to the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) and Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM).  Additionally, Bert actively counsels employers in effective policy formation and training in order to avoid costly litigation. Bert is currently serving on the COVID-19 task force, created by F&P, to help people navigate this pandemic in the best interests of their businesses and employees.

Bert is sensitive to his clients’ needs by ensuring premiere, yet cost-effective, legal representation.  When needed, he often works with other F&P attorneys in other practice areas to ensure clients’ issues are solved with a cohesive and well-rounded approach.  As part of his practice, he has cultivated relationships with law firms and attorneys across the nation to provide his national clients with quality representation in any jurisdiction in which they have legal needs.

Awards and Distinctions

  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • President, Franklin & Prokopik, P.C., 2015- Present
  • Member, Larson’s Workers’ Compensation National Advisory Board, 2013- Present
  • President, National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network, 2013-15
  • Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group, USLAW Network, Inc., 2008
  • NCO-of-the-Year, 1-115th Battalion, Maryland Army National Guard, 2002
  • Soldier-of-the-Year, 1-115th Battalion, Maryland Army National Guard, 2001
  • Law Review, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1993-1995
  • Best Lawyers, 2018-2022, Workers’ Compensation
  • Best Lawyers, 2019-2021, Employment Law
  • Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, 2020

Activities

Bert is active in, and has served in leadership roles for, the USLAW Network, Inc., and National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (currently serving as Past President), both networks of independent law firms providing educational content and resources to regional and national clients.  He has actively participated in the American Bar Association’s Occupational Safety and Health and Workers’ Compensation subcommittees of the Labor and Employment Section and has testified on behalf of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce before the Maryland General Assembly on a variety of legislation affecting Maryland businesses. He has both been featured as an author and been quoted in a host of legal and industry publications. Bert also served with distinction in the Maryland Army National Guard from 1989–1997.

He has served as a speaker, both regionally and nationally, for numerous organizations, including:

  • American Bar Association Occupational Safety and Health and Workers’ Compensation Subcommittees of the Labor and Employment Section
  • American Trucking Associations Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council
  • American Conference Institute
  • Captive Resources
  • Council on Education in Management
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • First Rehabilitation Resources, Inc.
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Hunt Valley Business Forum
  • Job Service Employer Committee
  • Maryland Area Association of Occupational Health Nurses
  • Maryland Association of Community Services
  • Maryland Motor Truck Association
  • Maryland Movers Council
  • Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association
  • Maryland Workers Compensation Educational Association
  • National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network
  • Ocean City MD Hotel Motel Restaurant Association
  • Restaurant Association of Maryland
  • Society for Human Resource Management — CHRA and Annapolis Chapters
  • Tri-State Safety Council
  • USLAW Network, Inc.
  • Washington Claims Association

Recent Speaking Engagements

The State of the Controlled Substances Act: New Cases and Uncharted Territory – CLM, Chicago, IL – May 2022

What Really Happens When You Presume – New Jersey Self-Insurer’s Association, Atlantic City, NJ – May 2022

National Labor & Employment Update, General Counsel Forum, USLAW Network, Inc., Phoenix, AZ – May 2022

From Outhouse to Inhouse: Managing Professional Relationships, NWCDN, Philadelphia, PA – April 2022

The Challenges of Cannabis in Workers’ Comp Claims, 18th Annual Workers’ Compensation Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT – April 2022

What Happens When You Presume, New Jersey Self-Insurers’ Association Fall Conference 2021, Atlantic City, NJ – November 2021

Legal Considerations with Corporate Health and Wellness Programs; From HIPPA to ADA to Voluntary Participation and Incentive-Based Programs (co-facilitator), USLAW Network Client Conference, Colorado – September 2021

Fun with Funds – Don’t be “Confunded”… Tips and Practical Advice for Navigating Claims Involving Funds, MWCEA Conference, Ocean City, MD – September 2021

COVID-19s Mark on Insurance Coverage Litigation, a podcast on Law.com – September 2021

After the Siege: A Post-Pandemic Overview of Insurance Claims and Coverage, Lexis COVID Insurance Litigation Webinar – June 2021

Presumptions: What’s Working and What’s Not, IAIABC Webinar – June 2021

Returning to Work: Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines and the Legal Implications of Mandating Vaccines, USI Webinar for the Chester County HR Association – March 2021

I’ve Got You Under My Skin, So Hit Me With Your Best Shot in the Dark – and Ode to COVID Vaccination Liabilities, Workers’Compensation.com Webinar – February 2021

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Employer’s Guide to COVID Vaccines and Other Pat Benatar Songs, USLAW EduNet Webinar – February 2021

Using Owner-Operators/Independent Contractors, MMTA Webinar – January 2021

USI COVID Vaccine Virtual Webinar – January 2021

Workplace Civility, McLean Contracting Training – November 2020

Brief Overview on New Employment Laws, Susquehanna Workforce Network – November 2020

Home Work is Not Just for Kids Anymore, F&P Labor & Employment Seminar – November 2020

WC CompVid-10: Annoying Things You Thought You’d Never Need to Know, MACS SIG Fall Webinar – October 2020

The Insurance Market Post-Pandemic, USLAW Webinar – October 2020

Competing Perspectives on COVID-19 Presumptions, IAIABC Panel Webinar – September 2020

New Employer Hiring Mandates, MMTA Webinar – August 2020

Authentification of Social Media, CorVel’s Webinar – August 2020

Medical Marijuana – June 2020

Preparation for Workers’ Compensation Claims Arising COVID-19, USLAW Roundtable – June 2020

T.P. and Zoom Psych Claim, Oh My! – Webinar – June 2020

COVID-19 Where Do We Go From Here?, ADCC Webinar – May 2020

Investigating & Defending the COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Claim, USLAW Webinar – May 2020

Claim Investigation and Litigation, RCM&D Webinar – May 2020

COVID-19 Part VI: What to Expect When You’re Expecting, F&P Webinar – May 2020

COVID-19 Investigating and Defending the Coronavirus Claim, CorVel Webinar – April 2020

Maryland WC101: An Overview of Maryland Workers’ Compensation, Work Partners Webinar – April 2020

Part V – COVID-19: Latest DOL Guidance and FAQs, F&P Webinar – April 2020

Part VI – COVID-19: Investigating and Defending the Coronavirus Claim, F&P Webinar – March 2020

Part III – COVID-19: Complying with the Families First Coronavirus Response, F&F Webinar – March 2020

 Part II – COVID-19: Managing your Business Operations, F&P Webinar – March 2020

Part I – COVID-19: Managing Your Workforce, F&P Webinar – March 2020

Delaware Marijuana – General Liability and Workers’ Compensation Concerns, DCA March Meeting – March 2020

Weed at Work, MACCBO (MD Assoc of Comm Colleges), Howard Community College – February 2020