State News : North Carolina

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NWCDN Members regularly post articles and summary judgements in workers’ compensations law in your state.  

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North Carolina



Wanda Blanche Taylor confirmed by NC General Assembly to Serve as a Commissioner

Wanda Blanche Taylor was confirmed by the North Carolina General Assembly to serve as a Commissioner replacing former Commissioner and Chair of the Commission, Charlton Allen. Commissioner Taylor’s term begins immediately and runs through June 30, 2026.


Adrian A. Phillips Confirmed by NC General Assembly to Serve as a Commissioner

The General Assembly has confirmed Governor Roy Cooper’s appointment of Adrian A. Phillips to serve as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Phillips will begin serving her term upon taking her oath of office.


Mike Mackay Joins Commission as Director of Claims Administration

Mike MacKay was recently hired as the Director of Claims Administration at the IC. Attorney MacKay has extensive experience in Worker’s Compensation. Most recently, he was the managing attorney of the Worker’s Compensation Department at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin and had previously represented defendants in Worker’s Compensation and personal injury cases at the law firm of Cranfill Summer.


Wes Saunders Appointed to Serve as Deputy Commissioner

Wes Saunders, most recently an Assistant Atty. Gen. at the Department of Justice handling Worker’s Compensation cases, was appointed as a Deputy Commissioner and is assigned to the Commission’s Raleigh office.


Celeste Harris Appointed to Serve as Deputy Commissioner

Celeste Harris was recently appointed as a Deputy Commissioner and assigned to the Winston-Salem regional office. Attorney Harris has represented injured individuals for over 30 years in the areas of Worker’s Compensation, personal injury and Social Security disability. She is also a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Worker’s Compensation law and a North Carolina Certified Mediator.


Bruce Hamilton is a Partner in Teague Campbell’s Raleigh office. For the past 30 years, his practice has focused exclusively on workers’ compensation defense.