CWK 2018 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

We are pleased to announce that Jim Waldhauser, Tom Kieselbach, and Jennifer Fitzgerald have been selected as 2018 Super Lawyers.


Whitney Teel has been selected as a 2018 Rising Star.


The selection process for Super Lawyers has been patented (U.S. Pat. No. 8,412,564). The selection process involves three steps: creation of the candidate pool, evaluation of candidates by the research department and peer evaluation by practice area. Each candidate is evaluated on twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Candidates cannot nominate themselves nor can they pay to be on a Super Lawyers’ list. For more information on Super Lawyers visit

Jim Waldhauser Selected 2019 Lawyer of the Year – Six CWK Attorneys Listed in “Best Lawyers in America”

Jim Waldhauser has been selected by his peers as the 2019 Minnesota Lawyer of the Year – Workers’ Compensation-Employers. This is a singular and well deserved honor.  Jim is a tremendous advocate who has contributed greatly to the profession.


We are also please to announce that six CWK attorneys have been selected for inclusion in “Best Lawyers in America“.


This is an extraordinary accomplishment given that CWK has 18 lawyers. We congratulate our attorneys and staff for their excellent work.

Tom Kieselbach Presents 2018 Class of Fellows at The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Tom Kieselbach presented the 2018 Class of Fellows at the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Induction dinner in Nashville, Tennessee on March 3, 2018. Fifty lawyers and judges from twenty-two states were inducted into the College.  The College was created in 2007 with assistance from the American Bar Association. Individuals are selected for their excellence in the field and ethics.
Tom is a charter member of the College.  He served on the Board of Governors from March 2012 to March 2018, and as Chair of the Nomination Committee.  CWK Attorney Mark Kleinschmidt is also a Fellow in the College.

CWK’s Jennifer Fitzgerald will be presenting on Traumatic Brain Injuries

Jennifer Fitzgerald, will be presenting on Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) on April 3, 2018 at Golden Valley Country Club. The seminar is organized by Anderson Insurance and Investment Agency (DBA Minnesota Comp Advisor). CWK is a sponsor. Doctor Nathaniel Nelson, a neuropsychologist will be the featured speaker.


The seminar is for professionals in risk management, insurance, human resources, loss control, accounting/financing and safety. If you are interested in attending, contact Mary Wells at  Click this link for a copy of the invitation Traumatic Brain Injuries Seminar-CE Invite


Jennifer is a Shareholder at CWK and is listed in “Best Lawyers in America.”

Attorney Megan Oliver joins CWK

We are please to announce the hiring of Megan Oliver as an associate in workers’ compensation.  Megan is a magna cum laude graduate of Benedictine College and a 2017 graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  While in school Megan participated in the Jessup International Moot Court competition and was a Senior Editor on the Journal Law and Public Policy.  She is currently the global initiatives director of the pro bono group International Dispute Resolution Research Network.

Tom Coleman to present at the ABA-WC Midwinter Seminar and Conference

On March 2, 2018, Tom Coleman will be on a panel of legal experts discussing the opioid crisis and possible solutions. The ABA Midwinter Seminar and Conference is an annual event. This year it will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. The seminar addresses issues that are national in origin and geared to attorneys and industry experts.


Click HERE for more information about the ABA Midwinter Seminar and Conference.

Tom Kieselbach publishes article for Best Lawyers’ “Legal Insights”

In December Tom Kieselbach published an article for Best Lawyers’ in America “Legal Insights” entitled “Key Minnesota Workers Compensation Cases of 2017”.
Six attorneys at CWK are listed in Best Lawyers, Jim Waldhauser, Tom Kieselbach, Mark Kleinschmidt, Dick Schmidt, Jennifer Fitzgerald and Tom Coleman.
CWK is recognized as a Tier-One regional law firm by Best Law Firms – U.S. News & World Report.

CWK is Honored by Best Law Firms and Best Lawyers in America

We are please to announce that CWK has been selected as a Tier 1 law firm by “Best Law Firms”.  Six of the attorneys at CWK have been selected to be listed in “Best Lawyers in America”.


Jim Waldhauser, Tom Kieselbach, Mark Kleinschmidt, Richard Schmidt, Jennifer Fitzgerald, and Tom Coleman have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Guide to Best Lawyers in America.


Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms have collaborated with U.S. News and World Report to evaluate attorneys and law firms throughout the world.  The attorneys and law firms are selected for inclusion by peers for their responsiveness, integrity, and expertise.

Whitney Teel authors Chapter in Book

Whitney Teel prepared a chapter in “Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis”, 2017 edition.  Whitney analysed the 2017 trends and developments in Minnesota Workers’ Compensation law.


The Co-editors-in-chief are Thomas A Robinson of LexisNexis and the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN).  CWK is the Minnesota representative for NWCDN.


This is an excellent book which is an essential tool for attorneys, risk managers, and insurance professionals.  The book is a reference guide to issues and cases as well as a 50 state survey of trends and developments.


You can purchase this tool here or by calling 1-800-223-1940 (mention WCRisk to receive a discount).