Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Workers' Compensation Defense and Employment Law

Bin Chen

After arriving in the United States initially as a foreign exchange student from Shanghai, China at age 16, Bin has been preoccupied with conquering many self-made challenges in both professional and academic spheres. After graduating from Corban University in Salem, Oregon in 2003, Bin was employed as a workers’ compensation and fast track casualty claims adjuster, and later as a regional business analyst for a large insurer in Portland. While working full time, Bin attended graduate school and law school in the evening. He worked for the firm in 2010 as a summer law clerk. Upon admission to the Oregon State Bar in 2011, Bin joined the firm as an Oregon workers’ compensation litigator, becoming a partner in 2015. Bin is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Client Service

As a former claims adjuster and a veteran of the insurance industry, I have a great appreciation and understanding of the needs of the employers, insurers, and third party claims administrators.  Claims professionals prefer to set claims reserve based on the probable ultimate cost of the case, and employers likewise have a need to project the financial exposures of litigation at an early stage.  While it is hard to control the potential developments of a case, and the outcome of litigation is always uncertain, I try to outline the future risks of litigation from the outset so that a client can make well-informed decisions, resolve disputes efficiently, and contain costs.

Open communication is the key to effective representation. I valued good defense services when I was employed as a claims professional.  Unforeseen problems occurred frequently during the claims handling process, which required legal advice, often on an urgent basis.  Many defense attorneys came to my aid when such situations arose.  I am now committed to provide the same level of service to my clients, by making myself available and accessible whenever called upon. I also consider it priority to keep clients abreast of the progress of cases and changes in litigation strategy.

The most valuable lesson I learned over the years is that each client has a unique set of needs, and applying a blanket approach to servicing every client simply does not amount to effective advocacy.  I therefore tailor my advocacy style by being attentive to the needs of each client, and develop my litigation strategy accordingly.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 2010
  • Masters of Business Administration (specialization in global management), University of Phoenix, 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science, Corban University, 2003

Activities

Memberships and Community

  • Oregon State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section
    • Executive Committee
    • Access to Justice Committee
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance Portland Lodge
  • Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce Oregon and SW Washington
  • Lewis and Clark First Year Law Student Program
  • Oregon Workers’ Compensation Institute, mentor attorney for Oregon claims examiners’ course

Recent publications


Recent speaking topics

  • "New Rules and Pain Points: Division 60 and other 2017 changes you need to know," Oregon Claims School Seminar presented by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, March 22, 2017; client continuing education seminar, February 22, 2017
  • "The Rehabilitation of Brown v. SAIF," client continuing education seminar, May 9, 2017
  • "Potential Impact of Cultural Differences on Workers' Compensation Through the Lens of a Chinese American," Washington Self-Insurers Association Webinar, June 19, 2017; Oregon Workers Compensation Board, October 14, 2016
  • "Kicking up Your Heels," Oregon Claims School Seminar presented by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, March 30, 2016
  • "Willful Misrepresentation/Recovery of Overpayments," client continuing education seminar, December 9, 2015
  • "Going and Coming Rule Clarification," client continuing education seminar, November 5, 2015 and April 5, 2016
  • "Interim Medical Payments," client continuing education seminar, June 3, 2015
  • "New Oregon Claim Closure Rules," client continuing education seminar, April 24, 2015
  • "Do's and Don'ts for testifying, discovery, impeachement and timely submission rules," client continuing education seminar, April 21, 2015 and July 14, 2015
  • "The Art of Acceptance or Denial," Oregon Claims School Seminar presented by Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, March 13, 2015
  • "How can adjacent segment disease impact a workers' compensation claim?" 2014 Oregon Workers' Compensation Division Educational Conference, November 14, 2014
  • “Part I: Changes in Rules and Processing Obligations; Part II: Suggested Processing Strategy in Response to Brown v SAIF,” client continuing education seminar, August 12, August 20 and December 3, 2014
  • “Rule Change and Case Law Update,” client continuing education seminar, June 16, 2014
  • “Navigating the Maze of Oregon Workers’ Compensation Law: What you need to know as a physician,” client education seminar, May 27, 2014
  • “Issues and Trends in Medical Services Litigation,” Oregon Workers Compensation Spring 2014 Seminar, March 20, 2014
  • “Penalties, Attorney Fees, Sanctions and Costs,” client continuing education seminar, January 12, 2014
  • “Vocational Rules,” client continuing education seminar, October 22, 2013
  • “Combined Condition Denials,” client continuing education seminar, March 20, 2013
  • “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” client continuing education seminar, March 6, 2013

Personal

  • Fitness training
  • Basketball
  • Martial arts
  • Technical gadgets and computer animation
  • Car and bike enthusiast
  • Traveling
  • Culinary exploration (i.e. eating)
  • Language studies.

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