R. Ferrell Newman Reappointed as Commissioner of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission

Press Release Date: 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

R. Ferrell Newman

[Richmond, VA]- Commissioner R. Ferrell Newman has been reappointed to a six-year term as Commissioner of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC), effective February 1, 2022. The VWC’s three Commissioners – Robert A. Rapaport, Wesley G. Marshall, and R. Ferrell Newman -- serve as appellate-level judges at the agency and direct its operations and staff of 299.

“I am humbled by the General Assembly’s action approving my reappointment. Serving as Commissioner of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has been a privilege and I look forward to our Team continuing to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.” said Commissioner Newman.

Commissioner Newman was appointed by the General Assembly in 2013 and began his position with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission on March 11, 2013.

A native of Richmond, Mr. Newman is a 1983 graduate of The College of William and Mary’s Marshall Wythe School of Law and a 1979 graduate from the University of Richmond. His appointment as Commissioner follows a 30‑year practice of law with a heavy concentration in workers’ compensation. In 2016 he was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.