|November 4, 2008|
ECAB - Board Member Background
Alec J. Koromilas, Chairman and Chief Judge, Employees' Compensation Appeals Board
Judge Koromilas was appointed as one of three permanent Members of the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board in January 2002. In January 2003 he was elevated to Chairman and Chief Judge. As Chief Judge he is responsible for the Agency’s operation which renders approximately 2500 opinions yearly.
Colleen Duffy Kiko, Judge
Judge Kiko was appointed as one of the three permanent Members of the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board in March of 2008. She previously served as Member from 2002 through 2005.
David S. Gerson, Judge
Judge Gerson serves as one of the three permanent Members of the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board. He was first appointed to the Board in 1981. Prior to his service on the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board, Judge Gerson was the Senior Board Attorney for the Benefits Review Board from 1973 to 1981 working with workers' compensation statutes including the Black Lung Act and the Longshoremen's & Harborworkers' Compensation Act.
Michael E. Groom, Alternate Judge
Mr. Groom was appointed to the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board in June 1990. Prior to his appointment, he served as the supervisory attorney to the Board and a senior attorney with the Department of Labor. Mr. Groom began his legal career as law clerk to the Honorable Donald Brodkey and to the Honorable D. Nick Caporale, Associate Justices of the Nebraska Supreme Court. He holds a BA and JD from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, where he was elected to Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit University Honor Society, and an editor of the Creighton Law Review. He holds an LL.M from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. In March 1998, Mr. Groom was recipient of the Department of Labor's Award for Distinguished Career Service. He is a member of the District of Columbia, Idaho and Nebraska Bar Associations.
James A. Haynes, Alternate Judge
Mr. Haynes was appointed to the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board by Secretary Elaine Chao in September 2006. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Haynes practiced Workers’ Compensation Law for over 19 years in Maryland. As an Assistant Attorney General and later a Senior Attorney with the Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund, Mr. Haynes represented private and public sector employers in administrative, trial and appellate proceedings.