Michael Thor Kessinger


Michael Thor Kessinger


  • Michael was born and raised in Orofino, Idaho. After graduating from Orofino High School, he went on a two year service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Northern Italy. Upon returning from his mission, Michael began his higher education. He earned an associate’s degree from North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene and a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College in Indiana, then returned to Moscow, Idaho, where he eared his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions, Professional Associations, and Memberships

  • Idaho State Bar Association – 2003
  • Washington State Bar Association – 2007
  • United States District Court, District of Idaho – 2003
  • Idaho Industrial Commission Certification for Workers’ Compensation Professionals – 2004
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association – 2003 – present


  • University of Idaho College of Law – Moscow, Idaho
    • Juris Doctor December 2002
  • Wabash College – Crawfordsville, Indiana
    • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, May 2000
    • Senior Awards:
      • Daniels Award in Philosophy of Law
      • George A. Lipsky Award
      • William Nelson White Award
    • Honor Societies
      • Pi Sigma Alpha
      • Psi Chi
  • North Idaho College – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
    • Associate of Arts – May 1998
    • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Language in addition to English

  • Italian


  • Family
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Outdoor activities

Idaho Supreme Court Cases

Idaho Industrial Commission Decisions

Articles and Seminars

  • Heart Attack Cases in Idaho, ITLA Journal Vol. 40, No. 1.
  • Occupational Disease Claim Basics, ITLA Journal Vol. 41, No. 4.
  • Idaho Workers’ Compensation Case Law Update, ISB Workers Compensation Section Annual Seminar in Sun Valley, Feb. 27, 2015.
  • Idaho Workers’ Compensation Case Law Review, ISB Workers’ Compensation Section Annual Seminar in Boise, March 11, 2016.
  • Impairment and Disability: Moving Targets?, ITLA Fall Conference in McCall, Oct. 7, 2016.
  • Idaho Workers’ Compensation Basics, Ray McNichols Inns of Court in Clarkston, March 9, 2017.
  • Impairment and Disability: Moving Targets, ITLA Journal Vol. 46 No. 3.
  • Idaho State Bar Annual Workers Compensation Seminar, Current Issues in Workers Comp Cases, March 9, 2018.
  • Idaho Workers’ Compensation Roundtable, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Co-Moderator, June 16, 2020.

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