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Richmond lawyer elected to Workers’ Compensation Commission

The General Assembly elected R. Ferrell Newman to the state Workers’ Compensation Commission Wednesday.

Newman, who has practiced workers’ compensation law in Richmond for 30 years, fills the seat designated for a “neutral” on the three-member commission. Newman said his practice has been primarily in representation of employers and their insurers, but he has occasionally handled claimants’ cases.

Newman is a 1983 graduate of the William & Mary law school. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a workers’ compensation attorney. “This is sort of a legacy,” he said.

Newman begins a six-year term on March 1.

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