Regulatory Law Judges: Who We Are

Morris Woodruff
Secretary/Chief Regulatory Law Judge

Morris Woodruff obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1981. Subsequently, in 1984, he received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Morris was admitted to the Nebraska Bar in 1984 and to the Missouri Bar in 1986. Morris served as an attorney for the Missouri Department of Social Services for nine years before joining the Public Service Commission in 1998. He was named chief Regulatory Law Judge on Aug. 1, 2009.
 

Ron Pridgin
Deputy Chief Regulatory Law Judge

Ron graduated with honors from Oklahoma State University in 1987, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1991. Ron served as a hearing officer and litigator for the Missouri Department of Social Services from 1993-1995. He then joined the Missouri Department of Revenue and represented the director in Circuit Court, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Missouri. Ron began his career with the Public Service Commission in May 2002.
 

Nancy Wahrenbrock Dippell
Deputy Chief Regulatory Law Judge

Nancy Wahrenbrock Dippell received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors in 1989 and a Juris Doctor in 1992 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She began her legal career as a hearing officer for the Department of Social Services and then was counsel for the Division of Motor Carrier and Railroad Safety. Nancy came to the Public Service Commission originally in March 1998. Beginning in August 2011, Nancy became an attorney/adviser for the Social Security Administration until returning to the Public Service Commission in August 2016. 
 

John Clark
Senior Regulatory Law Judge

John Clark received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2005. John worked as a trial attorney for the Missouri Public Defender System before going into private practice. He also served as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Columbia for more than five years. Immediately prior to joining the Public Service Commission in September 2017, John was employed by the Department of Social Services as a hearing officer and managing attorney.  

 

Charles Hatcher
Regulatory Law Judge

Charles Hatcher received his Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law in 1997. His legal career began in the non-partisan office of Senate Research, and he then practiced throughout the legislative branch for most of two decades until moving to a hearing officer position with the Department of Social Services, and then to counsel for the Family Support Division. Charles joined the Public Service Commission in August 2018.

 
Paul Graham
Regulatory Law Judge

Before joining the Public Service Commission as a Regulatory Law Judge in July 2018, Paul Graham practiced law in the private sector for many years in mid-Missouri. He also taught literature and law at Columbia College, Central Methodist University and the University of Missouri—Columbia. Paul has both a Juris Doctor and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.


Ross Keeling
Regulatory Law Judge

Ross Keeling was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marines in 1982 and received a B.A. from the University of Kansas in 1991. He worked in construction until 2007 and he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota in 2009. Ross has been admitted to the State Bars of Kansas, Missouri and Colorado. He was a Missouri Assistant Attorney General from 2015-2020, and legal counsel for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources from 2020-2021. Ross joined the Public Service Commission in September 2021.

 

Kenneth J. Seyer
Regulatory Law Judge

Prior to joining the Public Service Commission in October 2021, Ken Seyer served 12 years as hearings administrator for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. He is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in governmental accounting, computer software and criminal prosecution. Ken has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Southeast Missouri State University and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri.  
 

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