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David J. Klaiman 

David J. Klaiman

David Klaiman is a shareholder and board member in the firm Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager P.A. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1991. He obtained a Master of Social Work degree and Certificate of Graduate Studies in Industrial Relations from the University of Michigan in 1988. He received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and Economics from Grinnell College in 1986.

Dave was admitted to practice law in the State of Minnesota on October 25, 1991. He began working at the law firm of Gilmore, Aafedt, Forde, Anderson & Gray, P.A., as a law clerk in 1989, and has remained in the employ of that law firm to the present date.

Dave has extensive experience as a lawyer in all aspects of workers' compensation litigation, as well as experience in civil litigation, including the defense of dram shop and products' liability litigation. He has worked extensively on cases involving employment law issues and has handled many cases involving the interplay of personal injury claims, workers' compensation claims, employer's liability, and the subrogation claims of workers' compensation insurers. He has also been a lecturer at seminars on a variety of different workers' compensation issues.

Education
  • University of Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1991
  • Grinnell College, B.A., 1986
  • University of Michigan, M.S.W., Certificate of Specialization in Industrial Relations / Employment and Training, 1988
Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District court, District of Minnesota
Born

Passaic, New Jersey

Awards and Recognitions

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2003, 2005)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment, ALM (2016)
  • Minnesota’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders (2013, 2016)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Exposing the Cost: A Game Plan on Evaluating Exposure and Assessing Settlement Values,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 4, 2019
  • “Top Comp Quick Fire – A Panel Discussion,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 2018
  • “Telecommuting,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Symposium, May 8, 2018
  • “Current Trends in Workers’ Compensation Claims Handling – A Panel Discussion,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 6, 2017
  • “Panel Discussion: Current Trends in Workers’ Compensation Claims Handling,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 7, 2016
  • “PTD Claims: Identifying Defenses and Minimizing Risk,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 2, 2015
  • “Panel Discussion: When the Quick Question Becomes the Quirky File,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 12, 2014
  • “Pre-Employment Exams,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Symposium, May 14, 2014
  • “Make or Break a Case with an IME,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 27, 2013
  • “Ethically Communicating with Medical Providers and QRCs,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 2012
  • “Why Can’t We Just Get Along - Ethical Issues in Workers’ Compensation Disputes,” Workers’ Compensation Institute, April 16, 2010

Involvement

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

Martindale-Hubbell 

Super Lawyers