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Nicholas Dwight Thornton

Nicholas Dwight Thornton

also known as Nick Thornton

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Family, Commercial

Nicholas Thornton

About Me

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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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
  3. Family: 15%
  4. Commercial: 10%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Judd S Nemiro

    When it comes to ethics and concern for clients, this attorney goes above and beyond, I highly endorse this attorney for legal representation. Not only are they a well respected member of their community but a respected member in the legal field.

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    Judd Nemiro Family Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Nicholas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Fremstad Law Firm

P.O. Box 3143
3003 32nd Ave S, Ste 240
Fargo, ND, 58108-3143

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MNAuthorized to practice200704/19/2015
NDAuthorized to practice law200605/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyFremstad Law Firm2014 - Present
Facilitator - Adjunct FacultyUniversity of Mary2010 - 2014
Public DefenderNorth Dakota Commission for Legal Defense of Indigents2008 - 2014
Adjunct Professor - Criminal LawMinnesota State University Moorhead2008 - 2008
AssociateSerkland Law Firm2007 - 2008
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Carol Ronning KapsnerNorth Dakota Supreme Court2006 - 2007

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Joint Committee on Attorney StandardsMember2014 - Present
North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPast President2012 - 2013
North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2011 - 2012
North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President2010 - 2011
North Dakota State Bar Association, Consumer Protection CommitteeMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association Advisory PanelPanelist2008 - Present
North Dakota State Bar Association, Criminal Lawyers SectionMember2008 - Present
Cass County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
North Dakota State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MaryManagementMaster of Business Administration2008
University of North Dakota School of LawLawJuris Doctor, with Distinction2006
Minnesota State University, MoorheadCriminal JusticeBachelor of Arts, Cum Laude2003

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
The CurrentThe Demand for DNA in Court Cases2015
Cass County Bar Association - February 2015 MeetingEvaluating Attitudes Toward Sex Offenders2015
Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in North DakotaDefending DWI/DUI Cases2014
Minnesota State University Moorhead Criminal Law AssociationDrug Cases: Recent Trends2011
Immigration Consequences CLEPadilla and Beyond: How Padilla v. Kentucky Changed the Game in North Dakota2011
2011 Indigent Defense SeminarSelected Ethical Considerations for State Criminal Defense Practitioners2011
Minnesota State University Moorhead Speaker SeriesDriving While Under the Influence: A Primer to DUI/DWI Law, Procedure, and Consequences2009
Cocaine Sentencing: Resolving DisparitiesDisparities in crack sentencing after Gall and Kimbrough2008