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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Governor Baker Nominates Carol Calliotte, Sabina Herlihy, John Preston and Michael Williams for Reappointment as Administrative Judges on the Industrial Accident Board

Governor Baker Nominates Carol Calliotte, Sabina Herlihy, John Preston and Michael Williams for Reappointment as Administrative Judges on the Industrial Accident Board

BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Sabina Herlihy, John Preston and Michael Williams for reappointment to the position of Administrative Judge, and Carol Calliotte for reappointment to the position of Administrative Law Judge, on the Industrial Accident Board at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). Judge Preston has served as an Administrative Judge since his appointment in 2002, while Judges Calliotte, Herlihy and Williams have all served since 2013.
“With decades of experience representing both public and private businesses and employees across the Commonwealth, Judges Calliotte, Herlihy, Preston and Williams have each shown a commitment to protecting individuals and families affected by work-related injuries,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Pending approval by the Governor’s Council, they will continue to be effective in their respective roles for the Department of Industrial Accidents.”
“Today’s nominees for reappointment all have proven track records of serving injured workers and employers in Massachusetts,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, I am confident that they will continue to serve the workers of the Commonwealth.”
The Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) oversees the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system, serving injured workers, employers, attorneys, and insurers. The Industrial Accident Board consists of 21 administrative judges who preside over disputed workers’ compensation cases, and 5 administrative law judges on the Reviewing Board who decide cases on appeal. For more information about the Division of Industrial Accidents, please visit their homepage.
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for administrative judgeships are reviewed by the Industrial Accident Board Nominating Panel and recommended to the governor. Governor Mitt Romney established the Industrial Accident Board Nominating Panel in December, 2003 pursuant to Executive Order 456, to screen administrative judicial applications. The Panel is composed of thirteen members, including the governor’s Chief Legal Counsel, the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, the Commissioner of the DIA, the Senior Judge of the DIA and eight appointees of the governor representing labor, business and health care providers.
About Judge Calliotte
Since 2013, Carol Calliotte has served as an Administrative Law Judge on the Reviewing Board at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). Prior to her appointment as an Administrative Judge, Judge Calliotte spent more than 20 years at DIA, first as Assistant General Counsel before serving as General Counsel. Before joining DIA, she worked on a variety of labor and employment issues for two firms in Boston, Sandulli and Grace and Betty A. Gittes and Associates. Prior to that, Judge Calliotte began her legal career litigating cases on behalf of state, federal and municipal employees and labor unions as Staff Counsel for the National Association of Government Employees. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law, a Master’s of Arts in English from Boston University and her Bachelor’s Degree from Hendrix College. Judge Calliotte currently resides in Arlington.
About Judge Herlihy
Since 2013, Sabina Herlihy has served as an Administrative Judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), where she began her career as a Law Clerk from 1986 to 1988. Prior to her appointment as an Administrative Judge, Judge Herlihy spent 10 years as the principal of Sabina T. Herlihy & Associates in Walpole, where she argued cases pertaining to labor and employment before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the DIA. Before opening her own private practice, Judge Herlihy worked on labor and employment issues as an attorney for 4 local firms, including 10 years with Williamson & Melendez in Boston. Judge Herlihy has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University, and spent 2 years teaching Spanish at Westwood High School. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and her Bachelor’s Degree from Regis College. Judge Herlihy currently resides in Walpole.  
About Judge Preston
Since 2002, John Preston has served as an Administrative Judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). Prior to his appointment as an Administrative Judge, Judge Preston spent more than 30 years in private practice, primarily as a trial attorney focused on workers’ compensation. This included more than 14 years litigating cases before the DIA on behalf of insurers and employers, first with the Law Offices of F.J. McDonald in Malden, and then with Milton, Laurence & Dixon in Worcester. Before that, Judge Preston spent 5 years as a partner at Ellis, Minor, Arakelian & Preston in Worcester, 3 years operating the Law Offices of John G. Preston in Concord and more than 10 years as Senior Trial Attorney for Sentry Insurance in Concord. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Mexico. From 1976 to 1985, Judge Preston also served as a member and Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for Westford, where he still resides.
About Judge Williams
Since 2013, Michael Williams has served as an Administrative Judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). Prior to his appointment as an Administrative Judge, Judge Williams spent more than 4 years as the Director of Labor Relations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, where his responsibilities included the interpretation and implementation of collective bargaining agreements, along with agency policies and procedures. Before that, he spent more than 10 years as National Office Police Liaison and a Staff Attorney for the National Association of Government Employees, where he was responsible for all labor issues concerning police and correctional officers. Judge Williams earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School and his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College. He currently resides in Brockton.

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