Michael Forde is a shareholder and former President of Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. He received his J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1974. He received his Bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Luther College in 1971.
Michael was admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court and all lesser state courts in 1974. He joined a predecessor of the Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A. firm in 1974 as an associate and has practiced with the firm as a shareholder from 1981 to the present. He has over 45 years of experience in insurance defense claims, spanning a wide variety of matters and now focuses his practice on mediation of workers’ compensation and employment disputes. He is listed in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and has been named to the 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. Michael Forde was named the Best Lawyers® 2013 Workers' Compensation Law-Employers "Lawyer of the Year" in Minneapolis. He is also a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars and seminars for insurers and self-insured companies.
Michael has over 38 years of experience handling workers' compensation cases, and is currently a mediator/arbitrator appointed by the Union Construction Crafts Workers' Compensation Program. He also serves as a private mediator in workers' compensation and other civil cases.