California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointments of Frank Brass, James Cuneo and Deidra Lowe to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). All appointments are subject to confirmation.
Brass, 76, of San Francisco, has served as a WCAB commissioner since 2001. Brass has more than 40 years of experience as an attorney specializing in workers’ comp law. He served as an attorney for the law firm Parente & Christopher in 2001 and as partner in the law firm Brass & Zuckerman/Fremont Indemnity from 1997 to 2000. From 1995 to 1997, Brass was an attorney in self-practice. From 1973 until starting his own firm, Brass was affiliated with several law firms. He earned a bachelor’s degree in science and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Brass is a Democrat.
Cuneo, 68, of Carmichael, has served as a commissioner for WCAB since 2001. From 1984 to 2001, Cuneo was president of the law firm Cuneo Black Ward & Missler, specializing in worker’s comp law. Prior to that, he was an attorney then partner at Hanna & Brophy from 1971 to 1984, and staff tax counsel for the California State Department of Employment from 1967 to 1970. Cuneo earned a law degree from Golden Gate University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Cuneo is a Democrat.
Lowe, 57, of Hillsborough, has served since 1985 as an associate attorney and partner with Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen, a law firm specializing in workers’ comp defense. Previously, Lowe was an associate attorney for the law firms Metz, Johnson & Larson from 1981 to 1985 and Green & Azevedo from 1979 to 1981. She is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of California and the Northern California Defense Attorneys Association. Lowe earned a law degree from McGeorge School of Law and bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $128,109. Lowe is a Republican.
Source: State of California, Office of the Governor
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