Officer Biographies


President & CEO: Judge Dennis L. Phillips joined the United States Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission as a judge in Washington, D.C. on September 1, 2007. He previously served as a Supervisory Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals in Miami, Florida. Judge Phillips was a trial attorney at the Fraud Section, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice at Washington, D.C. where he practiced before federal district, bankruptcy and appellate courts, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, throughout the nation for more than 15 years. He also served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Army’s Office of Chief Trial Attorney where he practiced before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals for 5 years. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps after completing 21 years of active service. He was awarded the Legion of Merit upon retirement. Judge Phillips received his Master of Laws in Government Procurement Law from the George Washington University National Law Center, his J.D. (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif) from Syracuse University’s College of Law, and his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He also completed the Program Manager’s Course, a Joint Service graduate-level program in major system acquisition management, at the Defense Systems Management College and the LL.M.-Equivalent Graduate Law Course (ABA approved), at the Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia (Commandant’s List). Judge Phillips is admitted to practice in the courts of New York and Pennsylvania, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and other federal courts.


Vice President: Judge Thomas B. Pender was appointed an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the U.S. International Trade Commission in October 2011. Prior to his USITC appointment, Judge Pender served as an ALJ in the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Richmond, VA. Previously he was an Administrative Judge with the Office of Hearings and Appeals, U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C; Chief Trial Attorney and the Director of the Contract Disputes Resolution Center for the Defense Contract Management Agency; Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of the Chief Trial Attorney of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base OH; Deputy District Counsel for the U.S. Army Engineer in Baltimore, MD; General Attorney/Trial Attorney for the U.S. Army Engineer District in Fort Worth, TX; and, while on active duty in the U.S. Army, an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in Bayonne, NJ, and a Trial Defense Counsel in Tongduchon (2d Infantry Division) in the Republic of Korea. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute and earned his juris doctor degree from Emory University Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. Judge Pender is a frequent panelist on ITC/Intellectual Property Law Issues, e.g., at George Washington University Law School, USC Gould School of Law, ITCTLA, etc., and in addition to being a member of the ABA, is also a member of the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court.


Secretary: Judge J. E. Sullivan was appointed as a U.S. Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Hearings in July 2011. Prior to this appointment, Judge Sullivan served for three (3) years as a U.S. Administrative Law Judge with the U.S. Social Security Administration. Before joining the federal administrative judiciary, Judge Sullivan served nine (9) years as an Industrial Insurance Appeals Judge with the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (1999-2008); and ten (10) years as a pro tem Superior Court Judge and Commissioner on both civil and criminal cases for Snohomish County Superior Court in Washington State (the court of general jurisdiction)(1989-1999). While in private practice, Judge Sullivan served both as a court-appointed arbitrator on over fifty (50) Superior Court civil cases, and as a privately hired arbitrator, mediator, and settlement conference facilitator. Judge Sullivan’s trial work also includes serving as a deputy prosecuting attorney and as a criminal defense trial attorney in Washington State, litigating both criminal (felony and misdemeanor) and civil cases. Judge Sullivan is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Washington State Bar Association. In addition to FORUM, Judge Sullivan is an active member of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), the ABA Judicial Division, the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference (FALJC) and the Federal Bar Association (FBA).


Treasurer: Judge William (Bill) Coleman was appointed a U. S. Administrative Law Judge in July 2011 and joined the United States Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in in May 2012. He had previously served eleven years as a state administrative law judge for the Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals. Prior to that, he held a variety of public and private sector positions where he concentrated on trial, appellate, and administrative litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina and his undergraduate degree from Davidson College. He is a member of the South Carolina and Wisconsin bars. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after completing 30 years of commissioned service.


Legislative Chairman: Judge Gerald Marvin Bober earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Maryland College (Major: Political Science; Minor: Economics) in 1961. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law (LL.B.) in 1964. He worked as an attorney at the Internal Revenue Service and Interstate Commerce Commission. From 1979 through 1994, he served as an Administrative Law Judge and Associate Chief Judge at the United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. Thereafter, he served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Social Security Administration from 1994 through 1996 at Tampa, Florida and at the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1996 through 1998 in Washington, D.C. From 1998 through 2011, he served as an Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, D.C. He also served there as a Senior Administrative Law Judge through 2012. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, U. S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the Highest Court of the State of Maryland. He is a noted teacher, lecturer, and author.