State News : Minnesota

NWCDN is a network of law firms dedicated to protecting employers in workers’ compensation claims.

NWCDN Members regularly post articles and summary judgements in workers’ compensations law in your state.  

Select a state from the dropdown menu below to scroll through the state specific archives for updates and opinions on various workers’ compensation laws in your state.

Contact information for NWCDN members is also located on the state specific links in the event you have additional questions or your company is seeking a workers’ compensation lawyer in your state.


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Thomas Kieselbach is celebrating 40 years with Cousineau. Tom’s contributions to our firm, and the legal profession as a whole, are vast. He is the current President of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network, leading a national organization of law firms committed to the representation of employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims. He is a charter member of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, serves on the Larson’s National Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board, listed in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and “Top 40 Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.”  Thank you, Tom for your continuing work and passion for this area of law!

Mark Kleinschmidt is celebrating his 35th year with Cousineau. Mark’s calm, well-reasoned counsel is greatly appreciated by his colleagues and clients alike. As the current President of CWK, his leadership provides the platform for the firm’s continued success. Mark’s substantial litigation experience is a benefit to the employers and insurers he advises, and to the numerous attorneys he has, and continues, to mentor. Mark is a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, listed in Best Lawyers in America, and frequent lecturer and author on workers’ compensation topics. Thank you, Mark, for your years of service, advice, and comradery!

Tom Coleman is marking his 30th year at Cousineau. Tom’s extensive litigation experience, courtroom abilities, and trivia knowledge is legendary. Tom’s a frequent lecturer on workers’ compensation topics, spent over a decade as a professor at local law schools teaching workers’ compensation law, and written extensively in scholarly publications and practical training guides alike. His breadth of knowledge for this area of law is only surpassed by his encyclopedic memory of Gophers Football statistics from 1950-1965. For those wanting more on either subject, Tom keeps office hours at Tiffany Sport Lounge in Saint Paul most Saturdays. Thank you Tom!

Dick Schmidt also marked his 30th year milestone at Cousineau. Dick Schmidt, while retiring from active defense practice in 2019, was unable to completely walk away from the world of workers’ compensation law and continues to mediate cases. Whether this is due to a deeply held passion for the law, or his inability to keep himself independently busy during retirement, we are greatly appreciative of his continued presence, and the humor he brings into our office. We are excited for Dick’s next adventure, where he will continue to grow his mediation practice through Schmidt Mediation LLC, Congrats Dick and thank you!