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Hon. Robert L. Swisher

Introductory Video for Hon. Robert L. Swisher

Commissioner, Department of Workers Claims

Presenting: "2021 Department of Workers Claims: DWC Happenings, Regulation Updates"


Robert L.  Swisher was raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (Class of 1976, A.B. in English with High Honors) and the University of Kentucky College of Law (Class of 1979, Juris Doctor). 

From 1979 through 1990, he was engaged in the general civil practice of law in Versailles, Kentucky and from 1991 through 2009, he practiced in Lexington concentrating in civil litigation and workers’ compensation, representing both claimants and employers.  

He was appointed an Administrative Law Judge in January 2010. 

In January 2013, Swisher was one of two Administrative Law Judges assigned exclusively to the Medical Dispute Docket, a pilot project initiated by the Department of Workers’ Claims to improve the process by which post-award medical disputes are resolved.

On December 1, 2014, he was appointed Chief Administrative Law Judge.  

On April 1, 2017, he was appointed Acting Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims and was appointed Commissioner on July 1, 2017. 

 Commissioner Swisher is a member of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators and is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Education Association.

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