Mace Appointed Deputy Commissioner of Legal Services at Texas DWC

January 22, 2020

Kara Mace has been tapped as deputy commissioner for the newly created Legal Services program at the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation. Legal Services will handle rule development, open records, litigation, contracts, subpoenas, and other legal issues for DWC.

Mace rejoins TDI after serving as the deputy counsel for the Office of Public Insurance Counsel. She spent several years with TDI’s Policy Development Counsel.

She also served as both senior counsel for External Litigation and senior counsel for Enforcement for the New York City Department of Homeless Services.

Kara Mace
Jessica Bergeman

DWC also has named Jessica “Jess” Bergeman as a new prosecutor with the Fraud Unit. She is a seasoned litigator, having spent nearly a decade in Chicago prosecuting criminal cases throughout Cook County. After relocating to Texas in 2012, Jess spent six years as director of the Client Attorney Assistance Program in the Attorney Compliance Division at the State Bar of Texas.

Additionally, the division named Nick Canaday as special counsel for DWC. In this role, Canaday will focus on litigation impacting the Texas workers’ compensation system, serve as the DWC liaison to the Office of the Attorney General, and provide counsel to executive management and staff on legal issues within the system.

Nick Canaday

He has served as DWC’s general counsel since March of 2016. He has been licensed to practice law since 1983, and became board certified in administrative law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2012.

Source: Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation

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