Richard W. Younkin has been appointed Assistant Chief of the California Division of Workers' Compensation, DWC Administrative Director Casey L. Young has announced.
"We're very pleased that Rich Younkin has agreed to accept this critical position, which completes the management team for DWC's Claims Adjudication Unit," said Young. "His extensive experience in the administration of the state's workers' compensation system and the high degree of respect he has earned over that time in the community will prove invaluable in the recently reorganized unit."
Younkin, a veteran state workers' compensation official, will help oversee the activities of the Division's twenty-seven district offices, which provide administrative and judicial services to help parties resolve disputed workers' compensation claims. Earlier this year, the claims adjudication function was reorganized into three regions -- northern, central and southern -- each headed by a Regional Manager.
According to Young, Younkin, who has served as Secretary and Deputy Commissioner of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board for the past seventeen years, will transition into his new position over the remainder of this year and assume his duties on a full time basis by January 1, 1996.
Prior to joining the WCAB in December 1978, Younkin served as Presiding Workers' Compensation Judge in the San Francisco District Office. He also served as Workers' Compensation Judge in that office in 1976, and as Acting Deputy Commissioner for the WCAB from 1976 to 1978. From 1973 to 1974, he was a Referee in the Pomona District Office.
Younkin's earlier legal career includes stints as a trial attorney in private practice and for the State Compensation Insurance Fund, senior counsel in SCIF's Arcadia district office, and estate tax examiner for the US Internal Revenue Service.
He is a 1961 graduate of Loyola University of Los Angeles, where he majored in political science and achieved the Dean's Honor Roll. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California, in 1964, and earned a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC in 1975. He is a member of both the State Bar of California and the United States Supreme Court Bar. He also has extensive experience as an instructor and lecturer on workers' compensation law.