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Michael Thor Kessinger

Workers compensation Attorney at Lewiston, ID

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    Representing injured workers in Idaho since 2003. I regularly try cases before the Idaho Industrial Commission. Common injuries include back injuries, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, broken bones, etc.

    20 years

  2. Personal injury
    Representing clients who are victims of all types of personal injuries. Common cases include auto accidents, slip and fall, dog bites, etc.

    20 years

  3. Social Security & Disability
    Representing Social Security claimants in all phases after initial denial. Request for Reconsideration, Administrative Law Judge Hearing.

    20 years

Since graduating from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2003, I have represented injured workers, victims of personal injury, and Social Security claimants. My goal in every case is to get my clients what the law says they deserve. If you've suffered an Idaho workers' compensation injury, been hurt in a car wreck, or denied Social Security Disability, contact my office for a free case evaluation to see if we can help. 

Licensed for 19 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 03/19/2023
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 03/17/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Michael Thor Kessinger
826 Main St.
Lewiston, ID, 83501


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Sherry | October 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Above and beyond...
He did more than I ever imagined on my son's bodily injury accident!!! Just asked for help with medical issues on accident and came back with injury settlement!


  • Contingency 25%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Goicoechea Law Offices, LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Whitehead, Amberson & Caldwell
  • 2003 - 2007


  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Wabash College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000
  • North Idaho College
  • AA
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Lopez v. Anheuser-Busch Companies, and Indemnity Ins. Co. of America, 2016 IIC 0028 (June 2016)
  • The Idaho Industrial Commission awarded Claimant the lumbar fusion. The Commission awarded 2% disability.
  • Anderson v. Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and Continental Casualty Co., 2016 IIC 0026 (June 2016)
  • The Industrial Commission ruled that Anderson injured her cervical spine at work and ruled that she was entitled to a cervical spine fusion.
  • Mayer v. TPC Holdings, Inc., 160 Idaho 223, 370 P.3d 738 (2016)
  • The Supreme Court of the State of Idaho ruled in Mayer's favor, upholding the Industrial Commission decision.
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  • Idaho State Bar, Workers Compensation Section
  • Member, Council
  • 2015 - Present
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Board Member
  • 2003 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Daniels Award in Philosophy of Law
  • Wabash College
  • 2000


  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol 46, Number 3
  • Impairment and Disability: Moving Targets
  • 2017
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal Vol. 41, No. 4
  • Occupational Disease Claim Basics
  • 2013
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal Vol. 40, No. 1
  • Heart Attack Cases in Idaho
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Workers Compensation Seminar
  • Current Issues in Workers Comp Cases
  • 2018
  • Ray McNichols Inns of Court
  • Idaho Workers' Compensation Basics
  • 2017
  • Idaho State Bar Workers' Compensation Section Annual Seminar
  • Idaho Workers' Compensation Case Law Review
  • 2016
  • ITLA Fall Conference
  • Impairment and Disability: Moving Targets
  • 2016
  • Idaho State Bar Workers' Compensation Annual Seminar
  • Idaho Workers' Compensation Case Law Update
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Personal injury

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Lewiston Workers compensation Lawyer Michael Thor Kessinger
Michael Thor Kessinger
Workers compensation Attorney
Lewiston, ID
Licensed for 19 years