Craig A. Larsen 

Craig A. Larsen


Craig devotes his practice solely to workers’ compensation law, with the majority of his time spent representing employers, insurers, and self-insured employers. Craig also represents intervenors in workers’ compensation matters.

During his career, Craig has handled a great variety of cases, ranging from standard back injury cases, to multi-party contribution claims, death cases, catastrophic injuries, and claims involving psychological injuries. He has represented clients before the Workers’ Compensation Division, the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Aafedt Forde, Craig spent 12 years representing employees in workers’ compensation cases and three years as in-house counsel at Home Insurance Company. He also worked for the Department of Labor & Industry, (Workers’ Compensation Division), Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (as a workers’ compensation claim representative), and for an independent adjusting company investigating workers’ compensation claims. All of this experience gives him a unique perspective on the Minnesota workers’ compensation system, his clients’ needs and goals, and the law in our state.

  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • Hamline University, B.A., 1981
  • Brown University, 1979
  • Minnesota

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Awards & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2024)


  • Author of numerous articles on workers’ compensation law and summaries of current decisions.

Speaking Engagements

  • "Letting Cooler Heads Prevail: Effective Handling of TBI Cases," AFGMH 2023 WorkComp WorkShop, September 29, 2023
  • "Discontinue Benefits? Let Us Count the Ways!" AFGMH Virtual Coffee Talk, April 13, 2023
  • "The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: A Panel Discussion of Minnesota Work Comp in 2022," AFGMH 2022 WorkComp WorkShop, September 30, 2022
  • "Professional Athletes and Workers’ Compensation," Workers’ Compensation Symposium, 2013
  • "The Workers’ Compensation Claim, Fundamentals of Workers’ Compensation," Sterling Education Services, 2009
  • "Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Our Aging Work Force," Minnesota CLE, Workers’ Compensation Institute, 2006
  • "Case Law Updates," Minnesota Self-Insurers Association
  • Presenter at client seminars on topics including Rehabilitation and Retraining, Case Law Updates and Compliance with Required Filings with the Workers’ Compensation Division


  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Twin Cities Claims Association

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