Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations

Who We Are

Members of the Commission of Industrial Relations

The Commission is made up of five part-time commissioners, appointed by the Governor,  with legislative approval, for a term of six years.  The commissioners select one of their members to serve as presiding commissioner for a two-year term. The current Commission members are listed below.  For more information about each commissioner, click on their name and a biography page will appear.

Contact Information: Biography:

Presiding Commissioner

William G. Blake
Cornhusker Plaza
301 S. 13th Street, Suite 101
Lincoln, Nebraska  68508
(402) 480-7003
e-mail:          wblake@blakeaustinlaw.com

William G. Blake was appointed to the Commission of Industrial Relations by Governor Mike Johanns in January, 2000 for a six-year term, and then re-appointed in January, 2006 to a second six-year term by Governor Dave Heineman.  After a short absence, he was once again appointed on June 9, 2015 by Governor Pete Ricketts.

A native of Lamoni, Iowa, Commissioner Blake received his B.A. degree in 1972 from Graceland College in Lamoni and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1975.

Commissioner Blake's previous legal experience includes three years as Assistant Lincoln City Attorney, and six years as Deputy Lincoln City Attorney. He currently is in private practice in the Lincoln law firm of Blake Austin Law Firm, L.L.P., primarily in the area of real estate and commercial litigation, with emphasis in eminent domain.

He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and American Trial Lawyers Association, and serves on the Civil Practice and Procedure of the Nebraska State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all Nebraska courts and the United States District Court for Nebraska.

William G. Blake

Joel E. Carlson
200 West Benjamin Ave.
Norfolk, NE  68702-0888
(402) 371-3100
Fax:  (402) 379-4338
e-mail: jcarlson@norfolknelaw.com

Joel E. Carlson was appointed to the Commission of Industrial Relations by Governor Dave Heineman on July 22, 2013 and was confirmed by the Legislature on April 10, 2014.   He was reappointed on February 6, 2018 by Governor Pete Ricketts for a second six-year term.  Commission Carlson is a partner in the Stratton DeLay Doele Carlson and Buettner Law Firm in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Joel E. Carlson

Dallas D. Jones
1248 "O" Street
Suite 600
Lincoln, NE  68508
(402) 475-1075
Fax:  (402) 475-9515
e-mail:  djones@baylorevnen.com
 

Dallas D. Jones was appointed to the Commission by Governor Pete Ricketts on May 11, 2017 and was confirmed by the Legislature on May 19, 2017.  Commissioner Jones is a partner in the Baylor Evnen Law Firm in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Dallas D. Jones   

Patricia L. Vannoy
134 S. 13th Street
Suite 1200
Lincoln, NE  68508
(402) 730-7364
e-mail:
plv@mattsonricketts.com

Patricia L. Vannoy was appointed to the Commission by Governor Pete Ricketts on February 6, 2018 and was confirmed by the Legislature on February 23, 2018.  Commissioner Vannoy is a partner in the Mattson Ricketts Law Firm in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Gregory M. Neuhaus
205 S. Cedar Street
Suite 150
Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 385-0654
e-mail:
gregg@neuhauslaw.com

Gregory M. Neuhaus was appointed to the Commission by Governor Pete Ricketts on May 15, 2019 and was confirmed by the Legislature on May 30,2019.

 


Commission of Industrial Relations Staff

The staff of the CIR consists of a Clerk/Administrator/Legal Counsel and a Deputy Clerk/Staff Assistant.

Contact Information: Biography:

Clerk/Administrator/Legal Counsel

Ashlea R. Whitney
Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations
301 Centennial Mall South
P. O. Box 94864
Lincoln, NE  68509-4864
ashlea.whitney@nebraska.gov

Ashlea Whitney joined the Commission as Legal Counsel and Deputy Clerk in May 2015. Ashlea earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Saint Mary and her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law. She became Clerk/Administrator/Legal Counsel in October 2018. 

Questions or comments can be directed to the Staff.