Craig B. Nichols 

Craig B. Nichols

Shareholder & Board Member

Craig B. Nichols, a partner at Aafedt Forde, is an expert in the areas of workers’ compensation and related employment law. One of his goals is to make complex fields of law more easily understandable to his clients. He accomplishes this by conducting seminars designed to give clients a full background of the law and introduce them to new laws that might affect their cases.

Craig studied in Scotland during college and Lyon, France, during law school. He also interned at the Canadian Parliament. Craig’s penchant for globetrotting resulted in one of the most fortuitous trips of his life––the one where he met his Canadian-born wife-to-be at a train station in the mountains of France. They rode the train together and talked all the way to their destination. Always a gentleman, Craig made sure she got the last remaining seat on the train car and the rest, as they say, is history.

These days, Craig, Marie and their two daughters continue to take trips abroad. An avid outdoorsman, Craig also takes several trips closer to home as a guide for groups that hike, canoe and portage through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota.

  • Hamline University, J.D., cum laude, 1990
  • Iowa State University, B.A., 1987
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2010 - current)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2000 - 2002)
  • Hamline Silver Gavel award, Hamline University School of Law
  • Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Hamline University School of Law


  • "Work-Related Mental Injuries: Minnesota’s Compensability Standards," Hamline Law Review (Vol. 22, No. 1)

Speaking Engagements

  • "The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: A Panel Discussion of Minnesota Work Comp in 2022," AFGMH 2022 WorkComp WorkShop, September 20, 2022
  • "Permanent Total Disability Benefits," Workers’ Compensation Institute, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • "Arising Out of and In the Course and Scope," Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Symposium
  • "Wage Loss Benefits in Minnesota," Sterling Education Seminars
  • "Understanding Medical and Rehabilitation Issues," Workers' Compensation Practice in Minnesota, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • "Entitlement and Availability of Wage Loss Benefits," Introduction to Workers' Compensation, Lorman Education Services


  • Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Twin Cities Claims Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association

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