PROVIDENCE — The Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five lawyers with decades of experience as the top picks to fill a vacancy on Workers’ Compensation Court.
After interviews and public hearing Monday, the panel that helps vet state judges forwarded the names of Joelle M. Hays; Hagop S. Jawharjian; Jeffrey Liptrot; Moira E. Reynolds; and Michael A. St. Pierre to Gov. Daniel McKee for consideration for the seat left vacant by the retirement of Judge George T. Salem, Jr.
The lifetime position earns an annual base salary of $165,158.
Joelle M. Hays
Hays is a partner in the Providence office of Morrison Mahoney, who concentrates on workers’ compensation law and represents employers, self-insureds, third-party administrators and insurance carriers, according to her professional profile.
Hagop S. Jawharjian
Jawharjian, who is based in Johnston, has focused since 1994 on general litigation and workers' compensation law as a sole practitioner.
Liptrot has served as a probate judge in Scituate since 2017, according to his profile on Linked In. He is a partner in the Providence firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.
Moira E. Reynolds
Reynolds works in the Law Office of Michael D. Lynch, which provides in-house counsel to Beacon Mutual Insurance Co.
Michael A. St. Pierre
St. Pierre works for the Warwick firm Revens Revens & St. Pierre, focusing on workers' compensation, personal injury, and civil litigation.
All the candidates received six votes from the commission, except St. Pierre who garnered seven.
This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Five candidates selected for RI Workers' Compensation Court