Honorable R. Ferrell Newman named Chairman of the Commission

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Chairman Ferrell R. Newman

[Richmond, VA]- Commissioner R. Ferrell Newman has been elected to a three-year term as Chairman of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC), effective July 1, 2018. He succeeds Commissioner Wesley G. Marshall, whose term ended June 30, 2018. Commissioner Newman, Commissioner Marshall, and Commissioner Robert A. Rapaport., serve as appellate-level judges at the VWC and direct its operations and staff of 292.

Commissioner Newman was appointed by the General Assembly in 2013 and began his position with the VWC 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.