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Job Opportunity – Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals

Good morning,

          My name is John Ledford and I’m an Assistant Chief Judge with the WA State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA). We are currently recruiting for Industrial Appeals Judges and I thought the positions may be of interest to the members in your county bar organization. The BIIA would appreciate you sharing our current job announcements, and any future job announcements, with the members of your organization, if you are willing. I have included a brief explanation of the positions that are currently open and have also included a link to the job announcements located on the BIIA’s website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you.

          About the BIIA: The BIIA is a medium-sized state agency under the administration of three, full-time Board Members. The BIIA is independent from the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) and hears appeals from decisions made by L&I in several areas. The three principal types of appeals are:

  • Industrial insurance (workers’ compensation).
  • Safety citations under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA).
  • Employer Premiums (Tax Assessment or Classification).

          We currently have openings for Hearing Judges, Review Judges, and for an Assistant Chief Judge position. To Apply:  View the job announcement and apply at Employment opportunities (

          The Hearings Judge presides over conferences and hearings where evidence is presented pursuant to the Rules of Evidence and Superior Court Rules, and issues written decisions resolving appeals filed under the Industrial Insurance Act, Crime Victims Compensation Act, Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act, and other acts as determined by the Legislature.

          The Review Judge typically reviews written proposed decisions and orders of Industrial Appeals Judges, applications for claim resolution settlement agreements, and other various motions. The Review Judge then recommends action to the Board members in written memoranda and drafts final orders for signature of the Board. Review Judges may also conduct mediation and settlement conferences and prepare orders on agreement of parties.

          The Assistant Chief Judge directly contributes to and supports the agency’s mission, vision and goals as a member of the Extended Management Team by actively participating in the development and implementation of the agency’s strategic plan.  Additional duties include supervising Industrial Appeals Judges, mentoring staff for high-level performance, evaluating judicial performance, and providing coverage for hearings, mediation, and review assignments.

          Thank you for your consideration and assistance.


John R. Ledford

Assistant Chief Industrial Appeals Judge

Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals

2430 Chandler Court SW

Olympia, WA 98504-2401

Ph: (360) 753-6823