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Greg J. Buzzard


Administrative Appeals Judge, U.S. Department of Labor Benefits Review Board, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., West Virginia University; J.D., West Virginia University College of Law; LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center

Professor Buzzard is an Administrative Appeals Judge for the U.S. Department of Labor Benefits Review Board. In this role, he is one of five judges...

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Professor Buzzard is an Administrative Appeals Judge for the U.S. Department of Labor Benefits Review Board. In this role, he is one of five judges who decide nationwide appeals in federal workers' compensation cases involving coal miners, longshoremen, oil and gas workers, and military contractors. He issues more than 200 published and unpublished decisions per year on issues ranging from constitutional challenges and statutory interpretation to factual disputes and evidentiary rulings. Professor Buzzard also worked to revise and strengthen the ethics standards that apply to members of three adjudicatory boards at the Department of Labor, consistent with the American Bar Association Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Prior to his appointment to the Benefits Review Board, Professor Buzzard was General Counsel to U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. Among his primary responsibilities was advising the Senator and all staff members on compliance with Senate ethics rules and related federal laws governing conflicts of interest, financial disclosure, acceptance of gifts, lobbying, and post-employment restrictions. Professor Buzzard was also Senator Rockefeller's chief advisor on legislative policy relating to federal and state justice systems, judicial nominations, immigration reform, labor and employment law, civil rights, medical malpractice, and campaign finance reform. He represented the Senator during discussions on the preparation of an amicus brief submitted by Congressional leaders in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius, successfully arguing in support of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

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