Ted Richards Appointed DWC Chief Counsel

Friday, May 20, 2022


California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Ted Richards to serve as chief counsel of the Division of Workers’ Compensation.

The chief counsel works under the general direction of the DWQC administrative director to plan,k organize and manage the division’s Legal Unit. 

Richards has been a sole practitioner since 2020. Before that, he was managing attorney in the Sacramento and Chico offices of Stander Ruebens Thomas Kinsey, where he worked since 1999.

Richards was an attorney at Naekel and Phoenix in 1998 and 1999, a legal researcher at Beal, Schmidt & Dyer from 1995 to 1996, and O’Conner, Cavanaugh from 1993 to 1995. He was an attorney at Pacific Gas & Electric from 1989 to 1990, at at Caldwell &Johnson from 1986 to 1987, and at Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft from 1985 to 1986.

Richards is a member of the Association of Workers’ Compensation Professionals and earned his law degree from the University of Carolina, Hastings College of the Law. 

The position does not require Senate confirmation, and compensation is $171,852.

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