Bio Detail

Richard L. Plagens

Of Counsel

Phone: 763-252-6376
Fax: 763-591-9202

  • Workers’ Compensation 100%

Team Members

Paralegal/Administrative Assistant
Vicki Okerstrom


Dick joined Brown & Carlson in 2017.  Dick’s practice includes the area of workers’ compensation defense, including advising and educating employers, insurers, third-party administrators as to their rights and obligations under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act, with a focus on preventing and minimizing claims.  He has represented parties before the Department of Labor & Industry, Office of Administrative Hearings, Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals, and Minnesota Supreme Court.  Outside the office, Dick enjoys traveling, fishing and bird watching at his lake cabin.


Macalester College, B.A., 1969
University of Minnesota, J.D., 1975

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1975
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1979


Martindale Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent, personally being nationally recognized for highest peer review ranking, for both legal ability and ethical standards.

Served in the United States Army, 1970-1973, Awarded Joint Services Commendation Medal.


Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association – Workers’ Compensation Section

Representative Clients

Representative clients include Berkley Risk Administrators Company, LLC, BITCO Insurance Companies, Arctic Cat, Inc., Range Regional Health Services, ABF Freight System, Inc. and Robert Bosch, LLC.