Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Thomas B. Daniels to the position of Administrative Judge on the Industrial Board at the Department of Industrial Accidents and Shelley M. Richmond Joseph to the position of Associate Justice of the Framingham District Court. Daniels has over thirty years of litigation experience working in insurance defense. Richmond Joseph has 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.\n\n\t\t\t\u201cThomas Daniels has a deep understanding of the Massachusetts Workers Comp System; he has a strong\u00a0record in litigation and is experienced in Dispute Resolution which will serve the Department of Industrial Accidents well. Shelley Richmond Joseph\u2019s past service to the Commonwealth and people of Massachusetts in both public and private capacities coupled with her extensive courtroom experience will serve as an asset to the District Courts,\u201d\u00a0said Governor Baker. \u201cI am pleased to submit their names for the Governor\u2019s Council\u2019s advice and consent.\u201d\n\n\t\t\t\u201cAttorney Daniels\u2019 distinguished experience, which includes meticulous preparation and excellent trial skills make him an exceptional candidate for the Industrial Accident Board. Richmond Joseph\u2019s commitment to our youth, which is evidenced by her community service focused on creating safer and healthier communities, is admirable and important,\u201d said Lt. Governor Polito. \u201cI am confident that if confirmed, these nominees\u2019 knowledge of the Massachusetts statutes, regulations, and case law along with their wisdom and real life experience will well serve all who appear before them.\u201d\n\n\t\t\tThe Industrial Accident Board is the central component of the Division of Dispute Resolution. If the parties involved in the workers\u0027 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\u0027s preside over disputed workers\u0027 compensation cases from the Conference proceeding to the Hearing stage.\n\n\t\t\tFor more information about the Industrial Accident Board, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/lwd/workers-compensation/ddr/industrial-accident-board.html\n\n\t\t\tThe District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in 62 courts across the Commonwealth.\n\n\t\t\tFor more information about the District Courts, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/trial-court/dc/\n\n\t\t\tJudicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor\u2019s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth\u0027s diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.\n\n\t\t\tAbout Thomas B. Daniels\n\n\t\t\tThomas B. Daniels currently serves as a Senior Trial Attorney defending Worker\u2019s Compensation claims for Travelers Insurance at the Law Offices of Steven B. Stein in Springfield, Massachusetts. Since 2005 he has solely handled Worker\u2019s Compensation cases. From 1991 to 2005 Daniels handled the defense of cases involving Worker\u2019s Compensation, auto and general liability, construction, products liability, property, personal injury protection, subrogation and coverage opinions for insurers. From 1979 to 1986 Daniels was an Outside Claims Representative for Zurich and Sentry Insurance and then a Claims Supervisor for USF\u0026G Insurance from 1987 to 1991. His record includes a number of Superior Court Jury and District Court Trials, as well as Arbitrations and Mediations statewide and in Connecticut. After graduating from Dickinson College in 1979, Daniels pursued his Juris Doctorate from Western New England School of Law, graduating in 1988. He is also licensed to practice law in Connecticut. Daniels lives in Leverett, Massachusetts with his wife of 33 years, Susan, and their two children, Rose and John.\n\n\t\t\tAbout Shelley M. Richmond Joseph\n\n\t\t\tShelley M. Richmond Joseph currently serves as a partner at the Law Office of Joseph and Joseph in Newton, Massachusetts.\u00a0 She co-founded the firm with her husband in 2003.\u00a0 She specializes in criminal defense, hearings before the registry of motor vehicles, and restraining orders.\u00a0 The firm\u2019s work also includes real estate, personal injury, business, and trust and estate law.\u00a0 Previously, Joseph spent time with a firm in Boston, where she worked on all aspects of civil litigation.\u00a0 From 1993 to 2000, she worked as Assistant Attorney General in the Family and Community Crimes Bureau, the Business and Fair Labor Protection Bureau, and the Criminal Bureau.\u00a0 She has served as an adjunct faculty member at New England School of Law and Massachusetts School of Law, and has been featured as a lecturer on the topics of innovative jury techniques sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association, starting a law practice sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, warrant and warrantless searches sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, women in litigation sponsored by the Women\u0027s Bar Association and Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, as well as social host liability and legal issues confronting parents of teens.\u00a0 Joseph graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Political Science and Romance Languages, with a concentration in Spanish, and received a juris doctorate from New England School of Law.\u00a0 She is an executive board member of Natick Together for Youth, an organization which aims to reduce and prevent youth substance abuse.\u00a0 She lives in Natick, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.