NEWS / FIRM NEWS & EVENTS - December 2022

Aafedt Attorney Joins the Courts & Two New Attorneys Join the Firm!

Congratulations, Judge Colling!

The firm is pleased to announce the appointment of our own Jacob Colling as a Workers' Compensation Judge at the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. While honored at this selection for Jacob, we are sorry to see him go as he was respected, well-liked, and an all-around great member of Aafedt Forde.

With Jacob on the bench, Aafedt Forde has had SEVEN attorneys from the firm selected for judicial appointments in the last 25 years. No other workers' compensation firm in Minnesota has provided this much talent to our courts as Aafedt Forde. The successful transitions from the bench to the bar speaks volumes about the firm's reputation in the legal community.

With one of our own moving up, we are proud to announce that we have added two new attorneys to the firm. Join us in celebrating the newest additions to our roster of accomplished attorneys, Jennifer Roark and Aaron Brown!

Jennifer Roark | 612.312.3250

Jennifer Roark comes to the firm with over ten years of legal experience. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Hamline University School of Law in 2005. in 1998, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia College with majors in both Communications and English Literature.

Ms. Roark was admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota in 2005. Prior to graduating from law school, Ms. Roark worked as a legal intern for two years for the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in the areas of contract law, employment law, nonprofit law, and other various legal challenges faced by a non-profit organization. After graduation, she went on to serve as Associate General Counsel for AAN.

Jennifer also had the opportunity to work as a law clerk for two district court judges in Douglas County. This provided knowledge in all matters of civil and criminal litigation. She also has experience working as a workers’ compensation plaintiff’s attorney. Before joining Aafedt, Ms. Roark practiced at Menk & Menk.

In her off time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She is a devoted parent and keeps herself busy with attending her children’s sports games as well as supporting her children’s school by volunteering for the PTA.

Aaron Brown | 612.312.3318 | LinkedIn

Aaron Brown focuses his practice exclusively on workers’ compensation defense litigation. He represents employers and insurers in all aspects of litigation including file management, strategy recommendations, settlements with intervenors, witness depositions, hearings, and motion practice.

While in law school, Aaron was a summer associate in the staff counsel offices of a Fortune 500 company and workers’ compensation insurer. It was here that Aaron was introduced to workers’ compensation defense and began developing his practice. Later, Aaron was a law clerk for a workers’ compensation legacy firm in which he gained valuable experience in a firm setting.

Aaron also has experience working in general civil litigation, as well as contract drafting, and business law related matters. Aaron brings his wide range of experience and breadth of knowledge to all cases he handles. Clients appreciate Aaron’s responsiveness, cordiality, and excellent work product.