Who are Oklahoma's workers' compensation judges?

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 and let one of the 10 judges decide what is fair.
by Randy Ellis Published: February 18, 2013
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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.


by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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