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Gov. Walz appoints Kathryn Hipp Carlson to the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals


August 17, 2023 

Contact: Claire Lancaster



Governor Walz Appoints Kathryn Hipp Carlson to the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals 


[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today announced the appointment of Kathryn Hipp Carlson as a judge on the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. Carlson will replace the Honorable David A. Stofferahn, who retired earlier this month, and will serve the remainder of his term, which expires in January 2027. 

“Kathryn Hipp Carlson will be an excellent addition to the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals,” said Governor Walz. “Her extensive background and balanced perspective gained from representing clients across the workers’ compensation spectrum will make her an exemplary jurist.”

Kathryn Hipp Carlson is an attorney at Hipp Carlson, PLLC, where she has practiced exclusively in workers’ compensation since 1993. She was previously an attorney at Gilmore, Aafedt, Forde, Anderson & Gary. Throughout her career, Carlson has advised and advocated for injured workers, as well as employers and insurers, at all levels of the workers’ compensation system. She also represents several medical insurers in intervention matters and serves as a mediator in workers’ compensation disputes. Carlson is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars on workers’ compensation topics. She has also served on the board of directors for Minnesota Youth Athletic Services. Carlson earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

The Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) is an independent agency in Minnesota’s executive branch. The WCCA reviews workers’ compensation cases decided by the Office of Administrative Hearings and the Workers’ Compensation Division at the Department of Labor and Industry.

For more information about the judicial selection process, please visit the Governor’s Judicial Appointments webpage



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