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An experienced litigator, Brad Kolling has a primary practice focus in workers’ compensation law. He represents clients in matters pertaining to all aspects of workers’ compensation claims and disputes, from initial case analysis through trial and appeal. He also provides advice and counsel to clients regarding general employment matters with an emphasis on risk management as well as OSHA compliance.  In addition, Brad represents Health and Welfare Fund clients for intervention and subrogation matters.

Strategic and persuasive, Brad’s courtroom successes and client service have earned him recognition as a leader in the workers’ compensation bar. As a result, he is frequently called on to educate the industry on workers compensation dispute best practices, tactics, and transformational technologies. Brad’s experience includes representation of clients on both sides of the courtroom and he knows all aspects of litigation including trials, administrative hearings and appeals. This skillset means he brings a unique perspective for achieving success in any contested matter.

In addition to his work as a litigator, Brad also assists litigants in alternative dispute resolution with an emphasis on workers’ compensation mediation.  Creative and collaborative, Brad helps litigants overcome obstacles and find common ground in order to resolve disputes and move forward.

Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • OSHA
  • Labor & Employment
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Litigation
  • Mediator

Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2001
  • Minnesota, 2000


  • J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law, With Distinction, 2000
  • B.A., History, University of North Dakota, cum laude, 1996
  • B.S., Education, University of North Dakota, cum laude, 1996

Professional Certifications, Awards and Distinctions

  • American Association of Attorney Advocates Top 10 Attorney Workers’ Compensation, 2022
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel, 10 Best Law Firms, Workers’ Compensation, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Advanced Training in the art of trial skills, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) National Session Program


  • North Dakota Law Review – The North Dakota Supreme Court Rules That a Knowing and Intelligent Waiver Requires Awareness of the Dangers and Disadvantages of Self-Representing: State vs. Wicks, 75 N.D.L.Rev.921 – 1999

Regular Presenter for:    

  • National Business Institute
  • Institute for Paralegal Education
  • Minnesota CLE
  • Arizona Justice Foundation
  • Client Education Seminars

Education Topics

  • Workers’ Compensation Law
  • ERISA Liens
  • OSHA – Investigation and Compliance
  • Butterfield Parent Organization, President 2010-2012
  • Fernbrook Elementary School PTO, Treasurer 2011-2012


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