The Commissioners

Chairperson Georgia Maxwell brings nearly three decades of public and private sector experience in senior management, legislative and public policy to her leadership role at the Labor and Industry Review Commission, which provides fair and impartial reviews of employment law decisions made by administrative law judges in cases involving Unemployment Insurance, Worker’s Compensation and Equal Rights. She most recently served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) from July 2015 through October 2017. She previously served as Assistant Deputy Secretary at the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) from April 2013 until July 2015, and was DWD’s Assistant Deputy Secretary from January 2011 until April 2013. Throughout her career in state government, Chairperson Maxwell has been instrumental in developing and advising on law change proposals related to unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation and fair employment law, and has worked tirelessly at ensuring that law changes are interpreted and implemented consistent with legislative intent. She helped navigate groundbreaking legislation through the Wisconsin State Legislature to modernize and bring common-sense reforms to Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance Program.

Additionally, Chairperson Maxwell has served on the Wisconsin Technical College Board and has played a leading role in implementing policies that have encouraged greater collaboration between education, industry, workforce and economic development agencies and institutions. Prior to her work at DWD and DFI, Chairperson Maxwell held a variety of positions in public affairs at the Maxwell Group Inc., and the Wisconsin Credit Union League and, prior to that, she spent over ten years working in the state capitol as a legislative assistant, committee clerk and chief of staff to Senate and Assembly Republican leaders. Chairperson Maxwell grew up in the Oshkosh area and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is married and has 3 children.

Laurie McCallum received her law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1977. Laurie began working in Wisconsin state government as a staff attorney for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, and then served as assistant legal counsel to Governor Dreyfus. From 1982-2002, Laurie was a commissioner of the Wisconsin Personnel Commission, serving as its chairperson for 13 of those 20 years. As part of her duties as a Personnel Commissioner, she regularly conducted administrative hearings. In 2002, she was appointed to the Labor and Industry Review Commission.In 2003, she began working as a commission review attorney in unemployment insurance and equal rights, before again being appointed a LIRC commissioner in 2011. Laurie was again appointed to a six-year term as commissioner in 2017. She served as Chairperson of the commission from 2013 to 2017. Laurie has also served as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Criminal Justice, a member of the Governor’s Judicial Advisory committee, Chair of the Governor’s Pardon Advisory Council, and the managing partner of Petri and McCallum Law Offices.

Dave Falstad was appointed to complete the six-year term of former commission Chairperson, Bob Glaser, who retired in 2013, and was appointed to another six-year term in 2015. Dave was previously a commissioner at LIRC from 1995 to 2007, and was the Chairperson of the commission from 1998 to 2004. Dave received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1964. Dave spent 25 years in the private sector, concentrating his career at Case-IH, a Fortune 500 multinational manufacturing corporation, where he was Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel. Prior to his recent appointment to the commission, Dave served as a Waukesha County Supervisor and chaired the County Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee. He also served on the Wisconsin Counties Association’s Judicial and Public Safety Steering Commission and was a member of the Waukesha County Airport Operations Commission. Dave also had 11 years of leadership experience at the regional level as a former commissioner and chairperson of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.


General Counsel

Karl Dahlen was appointed General Counsel to the commission in November 2017. Most recently, he served two years as the Chief Legal Counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Prior to that, Karl spent 27 years in the private sector in Wisconsin, working for Lands’ End (most recently as Senior Vice President and General Counsel) and A.O. Smith (Assistant General Counsel), and as a labor and employment lawyer for the Milwaukee law firms of Foley & Lardner and Krukowski & Costello. Karl received his law degree from the University of Virginia, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics (Mathematics emphasis) from UW-Madison.