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The Workers’ Compensation Commission is pleased to announce its newest Commissioner, David O. Godwin, Jr.
Appointed to a 12-year term by Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. on May 1, 2006.


David O. Godwin, Jr. comes to the Commission with almost 30 years of experience in claims and workers’ compensation litigation.  Commissioner Godwin began his career as a claims investigator.  He was employed as a claim representative for the CNA Insurance Company (1978 – 1982) and a staff attorney for the Royal Insurance Company (1982 – 1986).  A 1977 graduate of the American University with a BA in political science, Commissioner Godwin is a member of the National Honor Societies for Political Science and Public Administration.  While working as a claim representative, he attended the Antioch and Potomac Schools of Law receiving his JD in 1982.  He began the private practice of law in 1987 with the Rockville firm Donohue, Ehrmantraut and Montedonico and stayed with the group until recently establishing Godwin & Hickey in February 2002, concentrating on workers’ compensation defense and civil litigation.  A member of the District of Columbia Bar (1982) and the Maryland Bar (1983), Commissioner Godwin is a member of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Claims, the United States District Court of Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Maryland Court of Appeals.  A frequent speaker and writer on risk management, workers’ compensation and employment issues, Commissioner. Godwin has been selected to be in Who’s Who in American Law and The International Who’s Who of Professionals.  Active in his community, he has served on several Boards for nonprofit organizations including the American Red Cross, Frederick Chapter and Lions Club of Frederick.  He also serves the citizens of Maryland as a member of the JAG Corp. in the Maryland Defense Force.  Major (MD) Godwin is currently assigned to HQJA, Field Detachment 2.