Kristen L. Ohlsen 

Kristen L. Ohlsen

Kristen L. Ohlsen is a shareholder with the firm Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson and Hager, P.A. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Hamline University School of Law in 2005. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Hamline University 2002.

Kristen was admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota in October 2005 and was admitted to practice law in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota in October 2007. Upon graduation from law school Kristen worked as an attorney representing employees in workers' compensation and other personal injury claims. She then joined the firm of Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. as an associate in May 2007. Kristen has experience in all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation. She represents self-insured employers and insurance companies.

Kristen serves as Co-Chair of the MDLA Committee, Workers’ Compensation Section, which monitors legislative and procedural changes in workers’ compensation law.  She works closely with the Chief Judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings and Department of Labor and Industry in this capacity to protect the interests of the defense bar and employers and insurers.

  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • Hamline University, B.A., 2002
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota

Awards and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Best Lawyers (2021)


  • Co-Chair, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Committee, Workers’ Compensation Section (2015-current)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Twin Cities Claims Association

Speaking Engagements

  • "Pick Your Tough Claim Topic: Panel Discussions," AFGMH Virtual WorkComp WorkShop, October 15, 2021
  • "Navigating COVID-19 and Workers' Compensation: An Update," AFGMH Webinar, April 8, 2021
  • “21st Century Healthcare – Telemedicine and the Implications on Claims Handling for Injured Workers,” Workers’ Compensation Institute, April 25, 2019
  • “Practice and Procedure – Recapping Important Changes Including E-Filing,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Deskbook, December 7, 2018
  • “New Law Changes…Just When You thought it Was Safe to Calculate Benefits,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 2018
  • “Directing Your Moral Compass to Avoid Prohibited Practices,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 6, 2017
  • “Increased Risky Business: Primary Liability Post Dykhoff,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 7, 2016
  • “Who Wants to Be a Work Comp Millionaire,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 2, 2015
  • “The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Tackling Wage Loss Defenses,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 12, 2014
  • “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: PPD Made Simple,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 27, 2013
  • “Medicare: Strategies for Medical Close-Outs,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 2012


  • “Chapter 20: Practice and Procedure,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Deskbook, 6th Edition (2019)
  • “Chapter 21: Practice Forms,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Deskbook, 6th Edition (2019)

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