If the parties involved in the workers' compensation dispute do not reach an agreement at Conciliation, the case can be referred on to a Conference before an Administrative Judge (AJ). Twenty-one AJ's preside over disputed workers' compensation cases from the Conference proceeding to the Hearing stage.

Conferences involve informal, non-evidentiary proceedings where each party (usually represented by an attorney) presents brief oral arguments and submits documents to support their side of the case. The AJ will issue a Temporary Order addressing the matter in dispute. Either party may appeal the order and request a Hearing.

Unlike the Conference, the Hearing is a formal proceeding where contested issues are heard de novo (without regard to what happened at the Conference) under the Massachusetts Rules of Evidence, and the prescribed DIA Regulations. A court stenographer is assigned to record the Hearing. After the Hearing concludes, and all motions are ruled on and necessary depositions are filed, the AJ issues a formal Hearing Decision containing findings of facts and rulings of law.

Judges and Assistants

TEL: (617) 727-4900
FAX: (617) 727-6477 (Administrative Judges)
FAX: (617) 727-7122 (Administrative Law Judges)


Omar Hernandez
Melissa Crosby Greenleaf, x 7307


       Deborah Pierre  x 7326


Judge John Barrett
Kelly Ivers, x 7337

Judge David Braithwaite
Elaine Frattaroli, x 7398

Judge Karen Fitzgerald
MyLien Vuong, x 7331

Judge Richard Heffernan

      For Walk-In Lump Sum Cases

        Melissa Crosby Greenleaf, x 7311

    For All Other Cases

       Elaine Frattaroli, x 7398   

Judge Sabina Herlihy
Joanne Simon, x 7329

Judge Roger Lewenberg
MyLien Vuong, x 7331

Judge Dianne Solomon
Elaine Frattaroli, x 7398

Judge Fred Taub
Kelly Ivers, x 7337

Judge Michael Williams
Joanne Simon, x 7329


Judge Carol Calliotte
Melissa Crosby Greenleaf x 7311

Judge Bernard Fabricant
Lynette Jones, x 7309

Judge William Harpin
Cheryl McCrevan, x 7394

Judge Mark Horan
Lynette Jones, x 7309

Judge Catherine Koziol
Cheryl McCrevan, x 7394