Parker T. Olson 

Parker T. Olson


Parker handles the defense of workers’ compensation claims, including file management, strategy recommendations, settlements with intervenors, witness depositions, hearings, and motion practice.

Before joining Aafedt Forde, Parker was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Timothy J. Looby in Minnesota’s First Judicial District. At the court, Parker worked closely with the Judges, performed detailed legal research, wrote legal memoranda, recommended decisions, and drafted orders for the Court. While in law school, Parker served as a legal extern for a corporation working in employment law, securities regulation, and E-discovery.  Parker has been named to the Minnesota Rising Stars list each of the last two years and has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America™ in the field of Workers’ Compensation Law for Employers. He has presented in national and local workers’ compensation seminars on a variety of topics. Parker is also licensed to practice law in California.

In his free time, Parker enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and dog. Parker also enjoys exercising and traveling. Originally from San Francisco, CA, he is still an avid fan of the Bay Area sports teams.

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2014
  • University of St. Thomas, B.A., magna cum laude, 2011
  • Minnesota
  • California

San Francisco, California

Awards and Recognitions

  • Top Lawyers - Workers' Compensation Law, Minnesota Monthly (2023)
  • Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Best Lawyers® (2022 - current)
  • Minnesota Rising Stars® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2021 - current)
  • Dean’s Award Recipient: Evidence, Sales, Arbitration, Employment Law, Wills & Trusts, and State & Local Tax
  • Evan A. Evans Moot Court (2013)
  • American Bar Association Moot Court (2014)


  • Author of numerous articles, reference guides, and case law summaries.

Speaking Engagements

  • "Let's Get Ethical: Navigating a Complex System While Avoiding Pitfalls," AFGMH 2023 WorkComp WorkShop, September 29, 2023
  • "To Settle or Not to Settle?...That is the Question: Valuing Your Case," AFGMH 2022 WorkComp WorkShop, September 30, 2022
  • "The COVID-19 Ripple Effect: Economic and Medical Impact on the Payment of Temporary Total Disability Benefits," NWCDN and, April 2020
  • "Take a Break from COVID: Back to Basics (Part 1 of 3)," NWCDN and, August 2020
  • "How to Handle and Mitigate Intervention Claims in Minnesota," NWCDN and, March 2021
  • "CAMPUS: Basics and Beyond,", July 2021
  • Speaker at various other client seminars and webinars involving workers’ compensation topics throughout the United States.


  • American Bar Association
  • Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Professional, 2019
  • Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals
  • Twin Cities Claims Association

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