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Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Governor Baker Nominates Stephen H. Murray and Jamie Spiller Kaplan as Administrative Judges of the Industrial Accident Board

  Governor Baker Nominates Stephen H. Murray and Jamie Spiller Kaplan as Administrative Judges of the Industrial Accident Board

 

BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Stephen H. Murray and Jamie Spiller Kaplan as Administrative Judges of the Industrial Accident Board at the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA). 

 

“Throughout their careers, Attorneys Murray and Spiller Kaplan have demonstrated a deep knowledge and familiarity with the issues the Industrial Accident Board is tasked with reviewing,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am confident that if confirmed, these two nominees will serve the Commonwealth well.”  

 

“Attorneys Murray and Spiller Kaplan are both experienced, capable attorneys,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Their knowledge and expertise make them suitable candidates for the Industrial Accident Board, and I am pleased to submit their nominations to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”

 

The DIA oversees the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system, serving injured workers, employers, attorneys, and insurers. The Industrial Accident Board consists of twenty-one administrative judges who preside over disputed workers’ compensation cases. For more information about the Department 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 Stephen H. Murray

Stephen H. Murray began his legal career in 1996 as a law clerk for Murray & Murray, where he assisted lawyers at the firm with litigation strategy and legal theory development. After receiving his law degree, Attorney Murray became an associate attorney at Murray & Murray in 2000, a position he still holds today. Focused primarily on labor and work-related issues, and he has argued numerous times before the Industrial Accidents Board. A resident of Hingham, Attorney Murray also coaches both youth hockey and youth baseball. He received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 2000.

 

About Jamie Spiller Kaplan

Jamie Spiller Kaplan began her legal career in 2013 as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Plymouth County District Attorney before joining Keches Law Group in 2015 as an Associate Attorney. While there, Attorney Spiller Kaplan focused on workers compensation cases and routinely argued cases in front of administrative law judges. Since 2016, Attorney Spiller Kaplan has served as a partner at Chartwell Law, where she manages the New England Workers Compensation practice group. A Charlestown resident, she volunteers with her local Boys and Girls Club of Boston and is an Alumnae Fundraising Committee member with Camp Pembroke. Attorney Spiller Kaplan received her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in 2008, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami Law School in 2011.

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