NORTH CAROLINA INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION

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About the N.C. Industrial Commission Commissioners

Chair Philip A. Baddour, III

Serving the Commission since 2017

Governor Roy Cooper designated Philip A. Baddour, III to serve as Chair of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, effective February 7, 2019. Governor Cooper initially appointed Baddour to serve as a Commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission in March 2017, and he was confirmed by the General Assembly in June 2017. Baddour previously served as a Deputy Commissioner from 2000 through June 2017.

Before joining the Commission, Baddour practiced law in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina from 1996 to 1999, primarily representing plaintiffs in the areas of workers' compensation and tort litigation. In 1999, he joined the North Carolina Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General, defending state agencies in workers' compensation and tort claim actions. Baddour also previously served as a JAG Officer in the North Carolina National Guard.

Baddour received his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 and earned his law degree from Campbell University in 1996.

To e-mail Chair Baddour, click here: Philip.Baddour@ic.nc.gov.

 

Vice-Chair Myra L. Griffin

Serving the Commission since 2018

Governor Roy Cooper designated Myra L. Griffin to serve as Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, effective February 7, 2019. Governor Cooper initially appointed Griffin to serve as a Commissioner on May 3, 2018, effective immediately. Her appointment was confirmed by the North Carolina General Assembly on June 29, 2018.

Before her appointment as Commissioner, Griffin served the Commission as an Agency Legal Specialist for former Commissioner Reneé C. Riggsbee and as a Special Deputy Commissioner. She has subsequently served as a Deputy Commissioner since February 18, 2005.

Prior to joining the Commission, Griffin worked as an Assistant Attorney General with the Tort Claims Section of the N.C. Department of Justice. In this capacity, she served as Agency Counsel to the Industrial Commission and Prosecutor with the Workers' Compensation Fraud Investigations Unit.

Myra Griffin received her B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994 and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1997.

To e-mail Vice-Chair Griffin, click here: Myra.Griffin@ic.nc.gov.

 

Commissioner James C. Gillen

Serving the Commission since 2019

Governor Roy Cooper nominated James C. Gillen to serve as a Commissioner in January 2019, and he was confirmed by the General Assembly in April 2019.

Gillen began his career with the Industrial Commission in 1994, working as an Agency Legal Specialist under several Commissioners and as a Special Deputy Commissioner in the Executive Secretary's Office. Gillen then served as a Deputy Commissioner from 2005 until confirmed as a Commissioner.

Jim Gillen received his B.A. degree in English from North Carolina State University in 1991 and his J.D. degree from Campbell University in 1994.

To e-mail Commissioner Gillen, click here: Jim.Gillen@ic.nc.gov.

 

Commissioner Kenneth L. Goodman

Serving the Commission since 2019

On April 18, 2019, the General Assembly confirmed Governor Cooper's appointment of Kenneth L. Goodman to the Industrial Commission, effective May 1, 2019. A member of the North Carolina House of Representatives for five terms prior to his appointment to the Commission, he is a former business owner from Rockingham, North Carolina. He is actively involved in a number of civic organizations and served as Board Member of the Richmond Community College Foundation. From 1969 until 1975, Commissioner Goodman served in the Army National Guard. His term will expire April 30, 2025.

To e-mail Commissioner Goodman, click here: Kenneth.Goodman@ic.nc.gov.

 

Commissioner Adrian A. Phillips

Serving the Commission since 2021

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Adrian A. Phillips to serve as a Commissioner, and she was confirmed by the General Assembly on June 2, 2021.

Prior to her appointment to the Full Commission, Phillips served as a Deputy Commissioner beginning in 2002. Before joining the Commission, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General at the North Carolina Department of Justice where she was assigned to the Industrial Commission as Agency Counsel and Fraud Prosecutor for the Commission’s Fraud Investigation Section. Previously, Phillips prosecuted Medicaid fraud cases for the North Carolina Department of Justice and served as an Assistant District Attorney in former prosecutorial District 9A (Caswell and Person Counties).

Phillips, who is a native of Burlington, North Carolina, received her Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Bennett College.

To e-mail Commissioner Phillips, click here: Adrian.Phillips@ic.nc.gov.

 

Commissioner Wanda Blanche Taylor

Serving the Commission since 2021

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Wanda Blanche Taylor to serve as a Commissioner, and she was confirmed by the General Assembly on May 20, 2021.

Before serving on the Full Commission, Taylor was the Director of Litigation/Counsel at Key Risk Insurance (a Berkley Company). Prior to that, she served as a Deputy Commissioner at the Industrial Commission for twenty years, including as Chief Deputy Commissioner. She has also represented both employees and employers/insurers in private practice.

Taylor, who is a native of Plymouth, North Carolina, received her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and her undergraduate degree at Duke University. She is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.

To e-mail Commissioner Taylor, click here: Wanda.Taylor@ic.nc.gov.

 

This page was last updated on 24 September 2021.