I have had a diverse legal and business career. I was a partner with one of North Dakota’s largest law firms for nearly 10 years. During that time I developed my practice to include employment law, business litigation, and collections. I left private practice to become General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources for a privately held real estate and venture capital business with extensive real estate and other small business holdings. This broadened my knowledge and experience in starting and acquiring businesses and in the operating complexities of such businesses.
While acting as General Counsel, I recognized the value of this unique perspective as both business owner and business attorney. In 2008 I founded Joel M. Fremstad, PC with a clear focus on bringing this advantage to my clients.
I graduated from the North Dakota School of Law with honors including Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers and served as Research Editor of the North Dakota Law Review. After graduation, I clerked for the North Dakota Supreme Court and then joined what was then Nilles, Hansen and Davies, Ltd in Fargo. I am currently licensed in both North Dakota and Minnesota and have also appeared before several tribal courts.
I am active in the Fargo Moorhead Community. I am the Past President of the Cass County Bar Association, the Past President of The Fargo Rotary Club (www.fargorotary.org) and the Past Board Chair of Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization (www.fmhero.org). I am currently a member of the North Dakota Judiciary Standards Committee and am on the Board of the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, North Dakota (www.annecenter.org)
I am married and have two children.
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|MN||Authorized to practice||1998||06/29/2015|
|ND||Authorized to practice law||1997||09/17/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Order of Coif||University of North Dakota||1997|
|Order of the Barristers||University of North Dakota||1997|
|General Counsel||The Marcil Group||2008 - 2009|
|Attorney||Nilles Law Firm||2005 - 2007|
|Legislative Counsel||Congressman Earl Pomeroy||2003 - 2004|
|Attorney||Nilles Law Firm||1998 - 2003|
|Law Clerk||North Dakota Supreme COurt||1997 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|State Bar Association of North Dakota||Past President||1998 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||N/A||1998 - Present|
|Ziegelmann v. Daimlerchrysler Corp.||Dismissed for failure to state a claim|
|Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Tribal Court of Spirit Lake||Reversed|
|Rodenburg v. F-M YMCA||Affirmed|
|See all Legal Cases|
|North Dakota Law Review||North Dakota Rule of Civil Procedure 54(b): Looking for the Storied "Infrequent Harsh Case"||1996|
|North Dakota School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Jamestown College||History/Political Science and Business Administration||BA||1994|
|NCPERS National Conference||Health Care Legislation Before Congress||2004|
|Employee Discharge & Documentation||Employee Discharge & Documentation||2003|
|Employee Discharge & Documentation||Employee Discharge & Documentation||2002|
|Nilles Law Firm||Electronic Research||2001|
|Nilles Law Firm||Ethics in Technology||2001|
|Nilles Law Firm||Wage & Hour||2001|
|Nilles Law Firm||Fundamentals of Employee Policies||2000|
|Internet Research for Legal Staff||Internet Research for Legal Staff||2000|
|Hiring, Discipline & Termination||Employment Law||2000|