Anne L. Rife

Anne L. Rife

Bristol, Virginia

Ms. Rife's practice, over the past twelve years, has focused on workers' compensation insurance defense with an emphasis on Medicare liens and Medicare Set-Asides. Her practice has evolved with amendments to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and the significant growth of the Medicare compliance industry, since Ms. Rife began publishing and presenting on this topic in 2003. Ms. Rife's career in Bristol, VA, has uniquely placed her within an hour from many hearing locations for Federal Black Lung Claims, Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission claims, and Tennessee Department of Labor claims, allowing for a wide array of experience with occupational diseases and accidents claims tied to factories, coal mines, natural resources companies, and the service industry.

Balancing her career are Ms. Rife's husband and small children and their many activities, Discovery Church family, a love of reading, running, and counseling friends and former students as they develop their careers.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • Subrogation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Medicare Secondary Payor Act Compliance
  • Appellate Practice
  • Federal Black Lung Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • Tennessee, 2009


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2002
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • B.A. cum laude - 1999

Published Works

  • The Department of Health and Human Services vs. Attorneys: Will the Federal Courts Tame an Agency Run Amuck?, 42 Southwestern Law Review No. 2 (2013)
  • Workers' Compensation Update, (Lorman Education Services 2007, 2011 and 2012)
  • Access to Protected Social Media Content by Virginia Civil Practitioners, 22 Journal of Civil Litigation 547 (2010)
  • Contributing Author to: The Nature and Functions of Law (Harold J. Berman and Samir N. Saliba 7th ed. 2009)
  • Workers' Compensation In Virginia, (Lorman Education Services 2006)
  • The Medicare Secondary Payer Act: How Does It Affect Your Workers' Compensation Settlement? Part II, 17 Journal of Civil Litigation 103 (2005)


  • Compensability and Resolution of Workers' Compensation August 13, 2013
  • Medicare and the 800-Pound Gorilla May 16, 2013
  • The Medicare Secondary Payer Act and The Smart Act, April 13, 2013
  • Supreme Court Roundup, Your Weekly Constitutional Radio Program on NPR/WETS November 11, 2011
  • Medicare Set-Asides and Conditional Payments Update Southwest Virginia Workers' Compensation Bar Association Semptember 30, 2011
  • Legislation Update: Medicare Set-Asides and Conditional Payments Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Charlottesville, Virginia May 9, 2008
  • Medicare Set-Asides and Medicare Conditional Payment Issues, April 10, 2008
  • Anticipating Workers’ Compensation Claims, Lorman Education Services Seminar, November 30, 2007
  • Workers’ Compensation Issues and The Practicing Pharmacist University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy, Grundy, Virginia, May 11, 2007
  • Applying The Alvis Presumption To Virginia Death Cases Travelers Indemnity Company, Richmond, Virginia, April 16, 2007
  • Navigatin The Parts of Medicare, September 26, 2006
  • Light Duty Work, Lorman Education Services Seminar, July 11, 2006
  • Development of a Claim For Litigation: Defense Perspective, Lorman Education Services Seminar, July 11, 2006
  • Drug and Alcohol Use and The Willful Misconduct Defense, Selective Insurance Company, Baltimore, Maryland, June 10, 2005
  • The Impact of Medicare Entitlement on Workers’ COompensation Settlements Southwest Virginia Workers' Compensation Bar, Bristol, Virginia, September 27, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bristol Tennessee Bar Association
  • Holston View Elementary School Board, Member