I am the third generation of Rufer attorneys to work at Pemberton Law and I am currently a partner in the Detroit Lakes office. I practice civil litigation, working mainly in the areas of personal injury, products liability, real estate and business disputes. I represent a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to small business owners, non-profit organizations, municipalities and individuals. Minnesota Law and Politics Magazine recognized me as a Minnesota “Rising Star” in law in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
I was raised in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN.
Professionally, I am a Past President of the Becker County Bar Association, Past Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Outstate Practice Council, and a member of the Minnesota Association for Justice. Lecturing at legal seminars and authoring continuing legal education articles are examples of how I volunteers within the law community.
Within the community I volunteer at a number of organizations, including the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation, Lakes Curling Club, Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club, and the Detroit Lakes Young Professionals Organization. I was awarded the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce 2011 "Rising Star" award for his dedication to the community and his professionalism.
Licensed since 2003
|ND||Authorized to practice law||2012||08/17/2015|
|MN||Authorized to practice||2003||06/29/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2011|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|Minnesota Rising Star||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|Minnesota Rising Star||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2006|
|Associate Attorney||Pemberton, Sorlie, Rufer & Kershner, PLLP||2006 - 2013|
|Associate Attorney||Foley & Mansfield||2003 - 2006|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Minnesota Association for Justice||N/A||2010 - Present|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Subrogation Professionals||Member||N/A|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Saint John's University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|National Association of Subrogation Professionals Seminar||Daubert Challenges for Expert Witnesses||N/A|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, CLE Committee||Going Up To The Cabin: Riparian Rights||N/A|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, CLE Committee||Fire!||N/A|
|Minnesota CLE Civil Practice Deskbook Seminar||Depositions||N/A|
|Minnesota Association of Townships Annual Attorney Training Seminar||Township Attorney||N/A|