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Written by: Bruce Hamilton
Wanda Taylor has been appointed by Gov. Cooper to the Full Commission. If confirmed by the General Assembly, Attorney Taylor will replace Commissioner Charlton Allen, who has stayed on following the expiration of his term on June 30, 2020. Attorney Taylor is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. She received her JD degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree from Duke University. She is currently the Director of Litigation/Counsel at Key Risk Insurance. Previously, attorney Taylor served as a Deputy Commissioner and Chief Deputy Commissioner at the Industrial Commission for 20 years. Ms. Taylor’s appointment is subject to approval/confirmation by the North Carolina Gen. Assembly.
Adrian Phillips has been appointed by Gov. Cooper to the Full Commission to fill the slot currently held by Commissioner Loutit, whose term is set to expire April 30, 2021. Attorney Phillips has served as a Deputy Commissioner at the Industrial Commission since 2002. Before joining the IC, attorney Phillips worked as an assistant attorney general in the tort claim section of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Prior to that, Ms. Phillips prosecuted Medicaid fraud cases for the North Carolina Department of Justice and served as an assistant district attorney and Caswell and Person Counties. Attorney Phillips received her JD from North Carolina Central University school of Law and her undergraduate degree at Bennett College. Ms. Phillips’ appointment is also subject to confirmation by the North Carolina Gen. Assembly.
Celeste Harris has been appointed as a Deputy Commissioner. Attorney Harris has been in private practice for 30 years representing injured workers and workers compensation matters and individuals in personal injury and Social Security disability matters. She is a North Carolina state board certified Specialist in Worker’s Compensation Law and a North Carolina certified mediator. She earned her law degree from St. Louis University of school of Law, attending Wake Forest University school of Law during her third year. Ms. Harris will be assigned to the Winston-Salem regional office of the IC.
Effective March 1, 2021, all carriers, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers are required to provide the Commission with an email address for receipt of claim-related documents. The designated email address shall be provided to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org . The email address provided will be used in cases where the Commission does not have an individual email address for the claims representative assigned to the claim. Providing an email address is mandatory and will ensure timely receipt of claim-related documents. See Rule 11 NCAC 23A .0109 (d).