Announces Two Judicial Nominations to Workers’ Compensation Court
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In honor of the 25th anniversary of the successful legislative reform of Rhode Island’s Workers’ Compensation Law, Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced two judicial nominations to fill vacancies on the Workers’ Compensation Court. She will submit Steven A. Minicucci and Alfredo T. Conte’s names to the Senate this week for confirmation.

“The tough choices made by the legislature 25 years ago made Rhode Island’s Workers’ Compensation Court a national model,” Raimondo said. “As a result, today’s Court can serve Rhode Island workers who are injured on the job more effectively and efficiently. I am confident that Steve and Al will continue that tradition.”

Steven A. Minicucci has worked at John Calvino Law Associates as an attorney since 1989, where he represents employees in workers’ compensation matters. In addition, he serves as the Probate Court Judge for the Town of Warren and as a Professor at Roger Williams Law School. He is also active in several community groups, including the Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies and Research and Fuerza Laboral. Minicucci is a graduate of Providence College and Suffolk University Law School and lives in Cranston.

Alfredo T. Conte has practiced as an attorney with the firm of Coia and Lepore since 1989, where his entire practice is devoted to workers’ compensation law. He is the author of Chapter 7 of “A Practical Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Rhode Island,” a resource published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education in 2011. Conte received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island and his law degree from the New England School of Law. He lives in Cranston.

Workers’ Compensation Court has jurisdiction over employers and employees in matters concerning work-related injuries, whether traumatic or occupational in nature, and resolves disputes regarding workers’ compensation. It is comprised of one Chief Judge and nine Associate Judges.