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New workers’ compensation judge appointed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Leonard J. Padilla has been named a workers’ compensation judge for the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration, WCA Director Ned S. Fuller said in a news release.

Padilla has served for the past nine years as chief administrative law judge at the New Mexico State Personnel Office and brings more than 25 years of legal experience in both private practice and public service, including 16 years experience in workers’ compensation law, the news release said.

He was recognized as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization from 1992 through 1997.

HIs appointment brings to five the number of judges in the Dispute Resolution Bureau based in Albuquerque, where judge hear and decide disputes over benefits due to injured workers, according to the release.

Workers’ compensation judges are appointed to an initial one-year term, which may be followed by subsequent five-year appointments.

He will officially assume his new duties on Aug. 31.