Kathy A. Endres 

Kathy A. Endres


Kathy Endres is a shareholder in the firm of Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. She received her J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1984. She received her Bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Winona State University in 1981.

Kathy was admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court and all lesser courts of the State of Minnesota in 1984. She joined the office of staff counsel for CIGNA Insurance Company in 1985 and practiced there, specializing in workers' compensation and civil litigation, through 1989. She joined the Aafedt, Forde, Gray & Monson firm in 1989 and has practiced, specializing in workers' compensation and employment related issues, to the present. She has over 35 years’ experience in litigation, specializing in defending workers' compensation cases and advising insurers and self-insured employers on employment related issues. Ms. Endres is a speaker at various seminars for insurers and self-insured employers, addressing workers' compensation and employment-related issues.

Kathy is a member of the Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Minnesota Employers’ Workers’ Compensation Alliance and the Twin Cities Claims Association.

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • Winona State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1981
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Northfield, Minnesota

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers® "Women in the Law" (2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2022 - current)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Women Leader in the Law, ALM (2014-current)
  • Minnesota’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders (2013)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2000)

Speaking Engagements

  • "COVID Panel: Causation, Vaccines and Mandates, Home as the Workplace and Other Related Issues," Minnesota Workers' Compensation Symposium, September 24, 2021
  • "Returning to Work Post - COVID-19," Minnesota Employers Workers' Compensation Alliance, September 16, 2021
  • “Panel Discussion: 40 Ways to Tank Your Case,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Institute, April 26, 2018
  • “Law & Order: Work Comp Division,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 7, 2016
  • “Who Wants to Be a Work Comp Millionaire,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 2, 2015
  • “So, What Constitutes an Injury Under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law?” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Symposium, May 13, 2015
  • “Panel Discussion: When the Quick Question Becomes the Quirky File,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 12, 2014
  • “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly – 2012 Case Law Update,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 2012


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

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