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News Release: March 14, 2011

Chairman appoints Steven L. Sterner as new Administrative Law Judge

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff has announced the appointment of Judge Steven L. Sterner as a FERC Administrative Law Judge.

Since 2005, Judge Sterner has been an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals at the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, Judge Sterner was a Hearing Officer at the Industrial Commission of Ohio, where he conducted administrative hearings concerning worker's compensation matters.

Judge Sterner also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, where he was a trial attorney in the Worker's Compensation and the Consumer Protection Divisions and argued before the Ohio Supreme Court. Before that he was an Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland and was in private law practice.

"The Commission is fortunate to gain the diverse experience of Judge Sterner. I know his experience will benefit the Commission and consumers," FERC Chairman Wellinghoff said.

Chief FERC Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner stated, "I am delighted that Judge Sterner is joining the FERC ALJ team. His strong litigation and ADR experience will be an invaluable asset to the office."

Judge Sterner is a 1984 graduate of Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was named to the Dean's List. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College. Judge Sterner is a member of the Ohio State Bar.

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Updated: March 14, 2011