Nick loves practicing law in and out of the courtroom. He has extensive experience in representing people in all stages of criminal proceedings, from the first appearance or arraignment through trial, appeal, and post-conviction proceedings. While his primary practice area is criminal law, Nick also practices in family law, personal injury, and general litigation. Nick is licensed to practice in all federal and state courts in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Before joining Fremstad Law Firm, Nick represented almost two-thousand individual clients at the Fargo Public Defender Office in all types of criminal cases from driving under the influence and driving under suspension to murder and gross sexual imposition. Before that, he clerked for Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner at the North Dakota Supreme Court.
Nick received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He received his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Nick has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mary and is pursuing a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of North Dakota.
Nick has authored two articles published by the North Dakota Law Review, presented on a number of criminal defense-related topics at continuing legal education seminars, and has taught law-related classes at the University of Mary. Nick is a past-president and charter member of the North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Nick also serves as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at a local youth wrestling club.
Nick is originally from Jamestown, North Dakota. He and his wife have two very active sons. During their spare time, Nick and his family enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
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|MN||Authorized to practice||2007||07/31/2015|
|ND||Authorized to practice law||2006||01/18/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Order of the Coif||Order of the Coif||2006|
|Attorney||Fremstad Law Firm||2014 - Present|
|Facilitator - Adjunct Faculty||University of Mary||2010 - 2014|
|Public Defender||North Dakota Commission for Legal Defense of Indigents||2008 - 2014|
|Adjunct Professor - Criminal Law||Minnesota State University Moorhead||2008 - 2008|
|Associate||Serkland Law Firm||2007 - 2008|
|Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Carol Ronning Kapsner||North Dakota Supreme Court||2006 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Joint Committee on Attorney Standards||Member||2014 - Present|
|North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Past President||2012 - 2013|
|North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||President||2011 - 2012|
|North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Vice President||2010 - 2011|
|North Dakota State Bar Association, Consumer Protection Committee||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association Advisory Panel||Panelist||2008 - Present|
|North Dakota State Bar Association, Criminal Lawyers Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|Cass County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2007 - Present|
|North Dakota State Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|North Dakota Law Review||The Failing Promise of Padilla: How Padilla v. Kentucky Should Have Changed the Game in North Dakota, But Did Not||2011|
|The Gavel||Unauthorized Practice of Law: A Case Study on How to Identify It and What to Do About It||2010|
|North Dakota Law Review||Avoiding Pitfalls: Common Reasons for Mediation Failure and Solutions for Success - Co-Authored with Jack Marcil||2008|
|University of Mary||Management||Master of Business Administration||2008|
|University of North Dakota School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor, with Distinction||2006|
|Minnesota State University, Moorhead||Criminal Justice||Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude||2003|
|The Current||The Demand for DNA in Court Cases||2015|
|Cass County Bar Association - February 2015 Meeting||Evaluating Attitudes Toward Sex Offenders||2015|
|Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in North Dakota||Defending DWI/DUI Cases||2014|
|Minnesota State University Moorhead Criminal Law Association||Drug Cases: Recent Trends||2011|
|Immigration Consequences CLE||Padilla and Beyond: How Padilla v. Kentucky Changed the Game in North Dakota||2011|
|2011 Indigent Defense Seminar||Selected Ethical Considerations for State Criminal Defense Practitioners||2011|
|Minnesota State University Moorhead Speaker Series||Driving While Under the Influence: A Primer to DUI/DWI Law, Procedure, and Consequences||2009|
|Cocaine Sentencing: Resolving Disparities||Disparities in crack sentencing after Gall and Kimbrough||2008|