Emily L. Johnson 

Emily L. Johnson


Emily Johnson is a shareholder with the firm Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. She is experienced in the defense of workers' compensation cases from initial compensability determinations through formal hearings and Supreme Court appeals. She enjoys helping employers and insurers problem solve and strategize for the best possible claim outcomes. 

Prior to joining Aafedt Forde, she served as a law clerk for an Estate Planning firm and was a Certified Student Attorney for the Community Justice Project Clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she worked with local community leaders to advance social justice projects. 

When she is not practicing law, Emily enjoys coaching and judging high school gymnastics. She also loves to travel, spend time outdoors, and cheer for Minnesota sports teams.

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., 2015
  • Drake University, B.S., cum laude, 2010
  • Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2024)
  • Dean’s Award, Appellate Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy
  • UST Law Board of Advocates - Chosen as Director of Trial Advocacy and Negotiations (2014-2015)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Get Off My Case! Happenings in 2023 Work Comp Case Law," AFGMH 2023 WorkComp WorkShop, September 29, 2023
  • "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly - 2022 Case Law Update," AFGMH 2022 WorkComp WorkShop, September 30, 2022


  • Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance
  • Twin Cities Claims Association

Best Law Firm 2023