Workers’ Compensation Defense

For 30 years, Brownson Norby attorneys have represented corporations, insurers and employers in Workers’ Compensation matters.

Minnesota workers’ compensation laws are complex and ever changing.  Our workers’ compensation defense attorneys focus their practice and provide excellent legal services to the firm’s clients in workers’ compensation matters.

Our workers’ compensation defense practice involves:

  • Counsel to our clients’ claims professionals
  • Guidance to employers on policies and strategies to minimize liabilities from injured workers and, where possible, planning how the employee can return to work
  • Complex questions of liability allocation
  • Personal injury defense
  • Trial and settlement strategy
  • Trial hearings
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Appellate practice at the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Excess insurance coverage
  • Reimbursement
  • Subrogation
  • Fraud
  • Indemnity
  • Intervention proceedings
  • Coverage B matters
  • Interplay relationship with related civil litigation involving employer liability, contribution
  • Exclusive remedy provisions of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act

We have handled a wide range of matters in Workers’ Compensation, including but not limited to:

  • Asbestos claims
  • Coordination of benefits
  • Coverage disputes
  • Cumulative trauma
  • Employment disputes
  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Medical disputes
  • Multiple injury claims
  • Occupational disease
  • Permanent total disability claims
  • Rehabilitation disputes
  • Repetitive activity injuries
  • Spinal injuries

The firm serves as Portfolio Network Counsel for a group of major property and casualty insurers, handling all workers’ compensation cases in Minnesota.

In addition to defending numerous insurance companies, Brownson Norby has defended major self-insured employers in Workers’ Compensation matters. In that role, our attorneys have advised, directed strategy, and defended employers against several hundred occupational disease claims over a period of several years.


  • Minnesota Employers Workers Compensation Alliance
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)


Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry Adopts New Workers’ Compensation Schedules

In Minnesota, benefit levels, fees for claimants’ counsel, and reimbursement levels for medical providers in the workers’ compensation system are set by statute. The statute mandates that each year, the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry review and set the rates for all three of these charges to employers applicable to workers’ compensation cases where it can be shown an Continue Reading

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Ryan v. Potlach: Include Reasonably Contemplated Conditions in Work Comp Settlement Agreements

In August, the Minnesota Supreme Court heard on appeal the matter of Virgenia Ryan v. Potlach Corporation and Self-Insured/Comp Cost, Inc. (“Ryan v. Potlach”). Reversing and remanding a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (“WCCA”), the Supreme Court held that besides pending claims for workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury, settlement agreements in these cases can also Continue Reading

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Work Comp Intervenors Relieved from Mandatory Personal Appearance at Hearings

In an article published last fall, we reported that the Standing Order Regarding Required Appearance by Intervenors in Workers’ Compensation Matters had been issued by the Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings (“OAH”), which, in effect, required representatives for medical intervenors in workers’ compensation cases to personally appear at hearings or settlement conferences. The exception to Continue Reading

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