Mary  Hager 

Mary Hager


Mary Hager is an attorney with Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. She received her J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983. She received her Bachelor's degree magna cum laude from St. Cloud State University in 1977.

Mary was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota and all lesser state courts in 1983 and was admitted to U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in 1984. She served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota in 1983 and 1984 and joined the firm in 1984. She served on the firm's Board of Directors for many years. She has over 35 years' experience in workers' compensation litigation, handling a wide variety of complex workers' compensation claims. She has lectured at various seminars presented to lawyers and the insurance industry and she served on a joint committee serving the Office of Administrative Hearings. Currently, she devotes her practice to mediating claims for workers’ compensation benefits.

  • University of Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1983
  • St. Cloud State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Chisholm, Minnesota

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers® "Women in the Law" (2023)
  • Top Lawyers - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Minnesota Monthly (2023)
  • "Lawyer of the Year" in Minneapolis for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2022)
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2020 - current)
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2005 - current)
  • Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota by Super Lawyers® (2012 - current)
  • Women Leaders in the Law, ALM (2012 - current)
  • Midwest Top Rated Lawyer, ALM (2019 – current)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Minnesota’s Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders (2013)
  • Top 100 Women Super Lawyers® in Minnesota, Thomson Reuters Legal (2005 - 2007)
  • Top 40 Workers' Compensation Super Lawyers®, Minnesota Law and Politics (2006 - 2008)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Off Your Desk Forever! Mediation Tips & Tricks," AFGMH Virtual Coffee Talk, July 13, 2023
  • “Top Comp Quick Fire – A Panel Discussion,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 5, 2018
  • “Maximizing Mediation Effectiveness,” Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Institute, April 26, 2018
  • “Current Trends in Workers’ Compensation Claims Handling – A Panel Discussion,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, October 6, 2017
  • “Mediation Tips,” Workers’ Compensation Summit, September 19, 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
  • “Panel Discussion: When the Quick Question Becomes the Quirky File,” AFGMH WorkComp WorkShop, September 12, 2014


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

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