Kelly B. Lambert 

Kelly B. Lambert

Shareholder & Board Member

Kelly Lambert is a shareholder with the firm Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2001. She received her Bachelor's degree cum laude from Hamline University in 1997.

Kelly was admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota in 2001. Prior to graduating from law school, Ms. Lambert worked as a paralegal and law clerk for approximately five years in the areas of workers' compensation and personal injury.

Kelly joined Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. in 2001 and has experience in all aspects of workers' compensation litigation, including insurance coverage disputes, employer liability cases, and subrogation issues. She has a wide variety of clients which include both public and private employers. Many of her clients are self-insured. She enjoys the close working relationships that develop from years of providing defense work for her client base. Kelly has earned broad respect from colleagues and adversaries alike for her thoughtful professionalism. Her goal is to have zealous advocacy coupled with courtesy extended to all parties.

Kelly is a member of the Minnesota Employers Workers' Compensation Alliance and the Twin Cities Claims Association.

Kelly was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Workers’ Compensation Law for Employers. She was also selected as a Minnesota Rising Stars® attorney by Super Lawyers®, A Thomson Reuters business.

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Hamline University, B.A., cum laude, 1997
  • Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Awards and Recognitions

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2023)
  • Best Lawyers® "Women in the Law" (2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2020 - current)
  • Minnesota Rising Stars® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2009-2012)
  • Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota by Super Lawyers® (2012)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Brewing Change: Unveiling New Legislation & Rate Reviews," AFGMH Virtual Coffee Talk, October 19, 2023
  • "First and Ten: Handling Comp Claims from Kick Off," AFGMH 2023 WorkComp WorkShop, September 29, 2023
  • "Yet Another Variant...COVID-19's Ongoing Impact on WC Claims," AFGMH 2022 WorkComp WorkShop, September 30, 2022
  • "COVID-19 and the Impact of Vaccine Mandates on Workers' Compensation Benefits," AFGMH Webinar, November 18, 2021
  • "Eliminating the Stress from PTSD Claims," AFGMH 2021 Virtual WorkComp WorkShop, October 1, 2021
  • "Don't Avoid the NOID: Tips and Strategies for Successfully Filing NOIDs in the New Campus System," AFGMH Webinar, March, 23, 2021
  • "Traumatic Brain Injuries - Avoiding a Litigation Headache," CorVel Corporation, October 20, 2020
  • "COVID-19 - The Aftermath," AFGMH 2020 Virtual WorkComp WorkShop, October 16, 2020
  • “Medical Cannabis & Minnesota WC Cases – Update and Practical Discussion,” Workers’ Compensation Institute, April 24, 2019
  • “Top Comp Quick Fire – A Panel Discussion,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 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
  • “Panel Discussion: When the Quick Question Becomes the Quirky File II,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 2, 2015
  • “Case Law Update,” Minnesota Employers Workers’ Compensation Alliance, September 10, 2015
  • “Panel Discussion: When the Quick Question Becomes the Quirky File,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 12, 2014
  • “Case Law Update,” Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance, June 6, 2014
  • “The New Normal: Petitioner and Defense Analysis of 2013 Law Changes and Impact on Claims Handling,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 27, 2013
  • “Arising Out of and In the Course of Employment,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 2012
  • “Closing Difficult Cases: Effects of Aging Workforce on WC Claims,” CEU Institute, July 10, 2012

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