Gov. Mary Fallin made her first nominations Friday to the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court.
Fallin, elected in 2010, has long advocated for changes to the workers' compensation court.
Under a measure passed and signed into law last year, the appointments must be confirmed by the Senate. Previously, the governor's appointments to that court didn't need
Fallin said her four nominees have more than 80 years of combined experience serving in law and, specifically, the field of workers' compensation law.
“As a group, they have worked on the behalf of both employers and employees, and are committed to being a part of a process that is fair, efficient and just,” Fallin said.
“I am confident that each one will dedicate themselves to a strict reading of the letter of the law, and will interpret — not legislate — from the bench. I'm proud of these nominees and I encourage the Senate to quickly confirm them.”
• Margaret Anne Bomhoff, of Edmond, works for the Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey and Tippens law firm in downtown Oklahoma City. She previously worked at both the McClure Law Office and the State Insurance Fund. Bomhoff defends employers and insurance carriers in claims filed at the workers' compensation court. She would replace Cherri Farrar.
• Michael William McGivern, of Tulsa, works for the Tulsa law firm Perrine, McGivern, Redemann, Berry & Taylor PLLC. He has 20 years of experience in the field of workers' compensation law and was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section. He would replace John McCormick.
• Lloyd Bradley Taylor, of Tulsa, works at the Tulsa law firm Perrine, McGivern, Redemann, Berry & Taylor PLLC. Since 1994, Taylor has worked in the field of workers' compensation law representing both workers and employers. He has given more than 100 presentations on workers' compensation law and is also a published author on the subject. He would replace Kent
• Carla Jo Snipes, of Oklahoma City, works at The Vassar Law Firm in Oklahoma City. She is the previous owner of Legacy Estate Liquidation LLC and has also previously worked at the State Insurance Fund. Snipes has represented clients at more than 2,000 trials, primarily in workers' compensation court. She would replace Gene Prigmore.