Janet  Monson 

Janet Monson

Janet Monson is an attorney and former managing partner in the firm of Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. She joined a predecessor of the Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager law firm in 1980, practiced as an associate attorney through 1985, and was a shareholder for many years. She joined the firm as an attorney in 1981 and has exclusively practiced workers' compensation defense since then.

Janet is a nationally recognized expert in her field, with numerous listings in Who's Who publications. She has chaired the annual Workers' Compensation Institute six times and is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Some of her publications include:

Janet has published Chapter 3 of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Desk Book, "Time-Barred Claims," in both the original 1993 edition and subsequent revisions. She has also published "A Summary Guide to Minnesota Workers’ Compensation."

  • University of Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • Bethel College, B.A., highest honors, 1975
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2020 Workers' Compensation Law - Employers "Lawyer of the Year" in Minneapolis, U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers (2020)
  • 2017 Workers' Compensation Law - Employers "Lawyer of the Year" in Minneapolis, U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers (2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2008 - current)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2003 - current)
  • Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota by Super Lawyers® (2012 - current)
  • Top 100 Women Super Lawyers® in Minnesota, Thomson Reuters Legal (2005 - 2008)
  • Top 40 Workers' Compensation Super Lawyers®, Minnesota Law and Politics (2006 - 2009)
  • Named as Trendsetter (professional who exemplifies the drive, innovation, and passion of American business), Minnesota Monthly (July 2004)


  • “Chapter 3: Time-Barred Claims,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Deskbook, 6th Edition (2019)
  • “Summary Guide to Minnesota Workers’ Compensation,” Minnesota CLE, a division of the Minnesota State Bar Association (2005)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Rapid Fire Sessions: Time-Barred Claims,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Deskbook, November 30, 2018
  • “Return to Work Crossroads: Navigating the Intersection of Workers’ Compensation, the ADA and FMLA,” Taking Attendance: Workplace Leave Obligations and Options, Minnesota CLE, October 30, 2018
  • “Return to Work Crossroads: Intersection of Workers’ Compensation with the ADA and FMLA,” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 21, 2018
  • “The Elderly Worker: A Primer on Trends in the Workplace and Minnesota Benefit Entitlement,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Deskbook, December 1, 2017
  • “Traumatic Brain Injuries: Fact v. Fiction,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 2, 2015
  • “Panel Discussion: When the Quick Question Becomes the Quirky File,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 12, 2014
  • “Introduction to Workers’ Compensation,” Southwest Metro Human Resources Association (SWMHRA), March 13, 2014
  • “Game Changers: Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Cases,” Workers’ Compensation Institute, April 13, 2012
  • “New Workers’ Compensation Rules & Legislation Under Consideration This Year,” Workers’ Compensation Institute, April 16, 2010


  • College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, Fellow (2020)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • SFM Foundation, Board Member (2014-2019)
  • Six time Co-Chair, Workers’ Compensation Institute
  • Twin Cities Claims Association

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