When disputes occur between injured workers and their employers over medical treatment or how much a worker should be paid for an injury, they can turn to the Workers' Compensation Court. At the court, one of the 10 judges will decide what is fair. Hearings are generally held at the court's offices in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, but can be held at any location in the state.
Here are the 10 judges who currently serve on the court:
Margaret A. Bomhoff
Bomhoff, of Edmond, was appointed to the court by Gov. Mary Fallin, effective July 1, 2012. She previously worked 20 years as a workers' compensation attorney who represented employers and insurance companies. She had worked with the Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey and Tippens law firm, the McClure Law Office and the State Insurance Fund.
Michael William McGivern
McGivern, of Tulsa, was appointed to the court by Fallin, effective July 1, 2012. He had 20 years' experience with workers' compensation law and previously worked with the Tulsa law firm of Perrine, McGivern, Redemann, Berry & Taylor PLLC. He also was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association's workers' compensation section.
Lloyd Bradley Taylor
Taylor, of Tulsa, was appointed by Fallin, effective July 1, 2012, and previously worked with the Perrine, McGivern, Redemann, Berry & Taylor PLLC law firm. He has worked in the field of workers' compensation law since 1994, representing workers and employers. He has given more than 100 presentations on workers' compensation law and is a published author on the subject.
Carla Jo Snipes
Snipes, of Oklahoma City, was appointed by Fallin, effective July 1, 2012. She previously worked with the Vassar Law Firm in Oklahoma City. She is the previous owner of Legacy Estate Liquidation LLC and previously worked at the State Insurance Fund. She has represented clients at more than 2,000 trials, primarily in workers' compensation court.
Owen T. Evans
Evans, of Tulsa, was appointed to the court by then-Gov. Brad Henry in September 2010. He had practiced workers' compensation defense law for 20 years before joining the court. Evans served as chairman of the court's rules committee, which revised and rewrote many court rules following the Oklahoma Legislature's 2011 revision of the Workers' Compensation Code.
David P. Reid
Reid, of Tulsa, was appointed to the court by Henry in September 2010. He was a legal intern for the Oklahoma Supreme Court while in law school and subsequently served as a law clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court in Oklahoma's eastern district. He has served as a certified mediator for the Workers' Compensation Court and spent 30 years in private practice in Tulsa and Okmulgee. During the first 13 years, he represented workers and employers, while during the last 17 years he represented primarily employers before the court.
Bob Lake Grove
Grove, who was born and raised in Le Flore County, was appointed to the court by Henry in 2008. He previously had worked as an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma County, as a private attorney and as a trial attorney for CompSource Oklahoma. While he was a prosecutor, he served as an instructor at the Oklahoma City Police Academy and served as a spokesman for the district attorney.
Eric W. Quandt
Quandt was appointed to the Workers' Compensation Court by Henry in July 2008. Before becoming a judge, he worked 20 years in private practice, including 17 years as a sole practitioner.
Michael J. Harkey
Harkey was appointed to the court in 2006 by Henry. He was reappointed by Henry in 2008. He was in private practice before becoming a workers' compensation judge.
William R. Foster Jr.
Foster was appointed to the court in 2008 by Henry. Foster previously worked as a judicial clerk for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals from 1999 to 2008 and as an attorney for the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System from 1993 to 1999. He earlier worked in private practice in Nashville, Tenn.