On June 7, 2021, the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced Allen Craddock as deputy commissioner for Hearings. Dr. Craddock succeeds Kerry Sullivan, who had served in that capacity since 2013.

Dr. Craddock graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1997 and was admitted to practice by the State Bar of Texas in 1998. After law school, he completed a Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2009. He is board certified in workers’ compensation law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He practiced full-time in workers’ compensation for 15 years prior to joining DWC in 2013. From 2016 to 2021, he served as director of Hearings under Deputy Commissioner Sullivan.



  • Honorable Robert A. Rapaport Named Chairman Of The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission

Richmond, VA ( – Commissioner Robert A. Rapaport has been elected to a three-year term as Chairman of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC), effective July 1, 2021. He succeeds Commissioner R. Ferrell Newman, whose term ended June 30, 2021. Commissioner Rapaport, Commissioner Newman, and Commissioner Wesley G. Marshall, serve as appellate-level  judges at the VWC and direct its operations and staff of  292.

Commissioner Rapaport, of Virginia Beach, was appointed to the Commission in 2017. He is a 1976 graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1979 from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. His appointment as Commissioner follows a 35 year practice of law with a heavy concentration in workers’ compensation. He has served as President of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court and was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in  2018.


  • Tennessee Judicial Reappointments Announced

Abbie Hudgens, Administrator of the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, announced that she has reappointed four judges to the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims.  They are: Robert Durham, Cookeville; Audrey Headrick, Chattanooga; Amber Luttrell, Jackson; and Dale Tipps, Murfreesboro.