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James W. Daniel

James W. Daniel is the Chief Executive Officer of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission. He received his B.S. degree in accounting from Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Before joining the AWCC in 1987, he was a Commissioner for the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Daniel had previously been in the private practice of law and had served as President and CEO of the Citizens Bank of Marshall, Arkansas. He served as AWCC Chairman until December, 1996, and from then until September, 2013, he served as the AWCC Assistant CEO.

During his tenure as Chairman, the AWCC started its Legal Advisor Division and launched the Medical Cost Containment Department and the Health and Safety Department.

He has also served on the Arkansas State Police Commission and the Community Volunteer Fire Department in Marshall, Arkansas, and is Vice President of the Arkansas Mycological Society.


James D. Kennedy

James D. Kennedy of Russellville Arkansas is the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission. He graduated high school from Danville Arkansas and received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Arkansas Tech University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law and he also attended the University of Arkansas School of Medical Sciences.

Before joining the AWCC, he was a practicing attorney in Russellville Arkansas representing both claimants and respondents, and also taught as an adjunct professor at Arkansas Tech University. He also helped develop and operate a free standing ambulatory surgery center and served on a national committee that developed standards for the certification of surgery center administrators.

He also spent over twenty-five years hearing cases as a City Court Judge and two years as Circuit Judge of the 5th Judicial District. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Courts and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is currently a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and is past president of the Pope County Bar Association.

He has also served on the Board of the Pope County Cancer Society and also worked with the Pope County Chapter of the American Heart Association as well as serving on committees of the First United Methodist Church of Russellville. He was a founding member of the Arkansas Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and also a member of the Russellville Noon Rotary Club.

His wife of over thirty-one years is Melanie A. Kennedy and he is the proud father of two sons, John D. Kennedy and James A. Kennedy.


State of Arkansas
Workers' Compensation Commission
324 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 950
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0950
Telephone 1-501-682-3930 / 1-800-622-4472
Legal Advisor Direct 1-800-250-2511
Arkansas Relay System TDD 1-800-285-1131

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