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The Texas hiring freeze for state workers lapsed on September 1, 2017, and since then the Division of Workers’ Compensation has hired three new Administrative Law Judges. 

Ana Kirk Thornton will soon begin presiding over disputes in the new San Antonio Field Office.  Ms. Thornton is a graduate of Trinity University and The University of Texas School of Law. She has been licensed since 1991 and most recently worked with another state agency, the Texas Workforce Commission. 

Christopher Maisel is another graduate of The University of Texas School of Law but has recently returned to Texas after practicing in California. He brings with him decades of experience in bankruptcy, mergers & acquisitions, and insurance law. Mr. Maisel will become one of two new ALJ’s in the Houston West Field Office.

The other new Houston judge is Eric Robertson, a Baton Rouge native but longtime Texas resident. A degree in Business Administration brought him to Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, and he has been licensed in Texas since 2014. Mr. Robertson first practiced criminal law before moving into the realm of workers’ compensation in January 2017 at the firm of Bailey & Galyen.