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The Workers’ Compensation Commission welcomes our new Commissioners

Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Patricia G. Adams, Kimberly Smith Ward and Jeffrey T. Weinberg to the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission on February 16, 2007.  They were confirmed unanimously by the State Senate on March 9, 2007.
COMMISSIONER PATRICIA G. ADAMS returns for another term to the Commission.  Ms. Adams previously served as a Commissioner from 1999 to 2004.  Before her work at the Commission, Ms. Adams was the managing partner of Serio, Tansey, and Adams from 1982 to 1999.  During her tenure, she managed a large workers’ compensation practice, representing primarily injured police officers and firefighters.  In April 2003, the Daniel O’Connell Law Society selected her as the Lawyer of the Year for Distinguished Service in the Public Sector.  She is also former Commissioner with the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland.  Before attending law school, Ms. Adams worked as a public school teacher in Prince George’s County.  She is a 1980 graduate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree.


COMMISSIONER KIMBERLY SMITH WARD is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law.  She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dale R. Cathell, then on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland and the Honorable Chief Judge Robert M. Bell on the Court of Appeals of Maryland.  Ms. Ward was employed with the Office of the Attorney General in 1993, where she worked in the Opinions and Advice, Criminal Appeals, and Civil Litigation Divisions.  She also served as Counsel to the Sheriffs, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and the Open Meetings Compliance Board.  Ms. Ward served as Principal Counsel to the Workers’ Compensation Commission from 2001 to 2007.  She has authored opinions on workers’ compensation issues and has lectured on workers’ compensation for MICPEL.


COMMISSIONER JEFFREY T. WEINBERG attended University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Baltimore School of Law.  He was a law clerk, associate and Partner at Goodman, Meagher & Enoch and practiced primarily in workers' compensation.   Mr. Weinberg has been a board member and past president of the Maryland Workers' Compensation Educational Association; past chairman of the Bar Association of Baltimore City Workers' Compensation Section; past member of the Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Advisory Committee; past member of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association Workers' Compensation Committee as well as its Vice Chairman 2005-2006 and a past member of its Legislative Committee; and a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.