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Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates

The Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates has been established as an autonomous entity within the Workers' Disability Compensation Agency per Executive Order No. 2019-13. Only workers' compensation magistrates can hear cases for which an application for hearing has been filed with the Workers' Disability Compensation Agency.
 
The Board of Magistrates currently consists of 14 members appointed by the Governor, with the advice and the consent of the Senate. All members of the board shall be members in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan (MCL 418.213) and have been an attorney licensed to practice in the courts of this state for 5 years or more (MCL 418.210). The appointments to this board are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
 

Statute

 

Contact Information

Lisa Klaeren
Chairperson, Primary Liaison
Workers' Compensation Agency
Phone: (269) 544-4440
Fax: (269) 544-4444
Email: klaerenl@michigan.gov 
 

Members

 

David DeGraw, Grand Rapids
Term expires 1/26/23

Michael Heck, Troy
Term expires 1/26/23

Louis Ognisanti, Saginaw
Term expires 1/26/23


David Grunewald, Grosse Pointe
Term expires 1/26/23


Chris D. Slater, Grand Rapids
Term expires 1/26/23


Philip D. Santina, Howell
Term expires 1/26/23


Luke McMurray, Grand Blanc - Chair
Term expires 1/26/23
 
Keith Castora, Canton
Term expires 1/26/25


Richard J. Ehrlich, Commerce Township
Term expires 1/26/25


John Housefield, DeWitt
Term expires 1/26/25


Kevin P. Kales, Allen Park
Term expires 1/26/25


David H. Williams, Grosse Pointe Woods
Term expires 1/26/25


Lisa Woons Dykstra, Grand Rapids
Term expires 1/26/25


Lenny Segel, Farmington Hills
Term expires 1/26/25