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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2010

Chairman Beloten Names Members to Attorneys' Compensation Advisory Committee

Today, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board Chair Robert Beloten announced the creation of an advisory committee that will review attorneys' fees in the state's workers' compensation system.

The members of the committee are experts in issues impacting workers' compensation, labor, business and legal ethics. The committee will be headed by the Board's General Counsel Ken Munnelly.

"For too long, attorney fees have been a blind spot in the workers' compensation system," Beloten said. "My hope is that this committee will shine some light on this area and make recommendations that will promote quality representation for all parties."

Members of the committee include:

Neil Abramson; Rubin, Abramson LLP
Paul Cardinal; First Cardinal LLC
Kevin Graham; Hinman, Howard & Kattell
Robert Grey; Grey & Grey, LLP
James Hall; Liberty Mutual
Mark Hamberger; Hamberger & Weiss
Susan John; Member of Assembly
E. Tammy Kim; The Urban Justice Center
Christopher Lemire; Lemire Johnson, LLC
Martin Minkowitz; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Margaret Moree; NYS Business Council
Michael Ross; Law Offices of Michael S. Ross
Art Wilcox; AFL-CIO

"I am grateful that such a distinguished group of experts are lending their talents to this committee," Beloten added.

The Advisory Committee will begin meeting next month.

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