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Brad Kolling is a litigation attorney with an emphasis on workers’ compensation law. He represents clients in matters pertaining to all aspects of workers’ compensation litigation, from the initial case analysis through trial and appeal, and provides advice and counsel to clients regarding general employment matters with an emphasis on risk management as well as OSHA compliance.

Brad also represents clients in Health and Welfare Funds in intervention and subrogation issues. He is an experienced litigator in all aspects of litigation including trials, administrative hearings and appeals.

In addition to his work as a litigator, Brad is a qualified neutral and assists litigants in alternative dispute resolution with a focus on workers’ compensation mediation.

Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Labor and 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

  • Named a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010
  • Qualified Facilitative/Hybrid Neutral (Mediation) pursuant to Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of General Practice for the District Courts
  • Qualified Civil Adjudicative/Evaluative Neutral (Arbitrator) pursuant to Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of General Practice for the District Courts
  • Advanced Training in the art of trial skills at the 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


  • “Annual Case Law Update – The Latest from the WCCA”, 2013
  • “They Say Disaster Always Comes in 3’s – Using a real-life case study on steering through FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Comp.”, 2013
  • “Annual Case Law Update – The New Case Law You Need to Know,” 2012 FLFV Workers’ Compensation Seminar
  • “Gillette Injuries and Aging Bodies. It is the Job or Am I Just Getting Old?” 2012 FLFV Workers’ Compensation Seminar
  • “The Aging Workforce: An Employee’s Dos and Don’ts,” Brad R. Kolling and Daniel R. Kelly, 2012 FLFV Labor and Employment Seminar
  • “Case Law Update 2011: 100% Pure Work Comp…No Additives or Preservatives,” 2011 FLFV Workers’ Compensation Seminar.
  • “Case Law Update 2010: All the Case Law You Want to Know in Thirty Minutes or Less,” 2010 FLFV Workers’ Compensation Seminar.
  • “ Case Law Update 2009: The WCCA Strikes Again!” 2009 FLFV Workers’ Compensation Seminar.
  • “Top 10 Ways Employers Inadvertently Increase Workers’ Compensation Costs,” Brad R. Kolling and Karen M. Charlson, 2008 FLFV Labor and Employment Seminar.
  • “Case Law Update 2008: The Good the Bad and the Ugly of the WCCA: The Sequel,” 2008 FLFV Workers’ Compensation Seminar.
  • “You’ve Received a Report of Injury at Work. . .What Should We Do? Helpful Hints for Dealing with Workers’ Compensation Issues,” Brad R. Kolling and Karen M. Charlson, 2007 FLFV Business Law Seminar.
  • “Case Law Update 2007: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the WCCA,” 2007 FLFV Workers’ Compensation Seminar.
  • “When an Injury at Work is not a Work Injury: Winning Denials of Liability Based on the Arising Out of Defense in Light of Pratt v. MinnTex Investments,” 2006 FLFV Workers’ Compensation and Beyond Seminar.
  • Butterfield Parent Organization, President 2010-2012
  • Fernbrook Elementary School PTO, Treasurer 2011-2012


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