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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.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    11 years
  2. Personal Injury: 40%
    11 years
  3. Business: 10%
    11 years
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    11 years

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Contact info

Pemberton, Sorlie, Rufer & Kershner, PLLP

903 Washington Avenue
PO Box 1409
Detroit Lakes, MN, 56502


NDAuthorized to practice law201207/24/2016
MNAuthorized to practice200307/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2009
Minnesota Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2007
Minnesota Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyPemberton, Sorlie, Rufer & Kershner, PLLP2006 - 2013
Associate AttorneyFoley & Mansfield2003 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota Association for JusticeN/A2010 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Subrogation ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint John's UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Association of Subrogation Professionals SeminarDaubert Challenges for Expert WitnessesN/A
Minnesota State Bar Association, CLE CommitteeGoing Up To The Cabin: Riparian RightsN/A
Minnesota State Bar Association, CLE CommitteeFire!N/A
Minnesota CLE Civil Practice Deskbook SeminarDepositionsN/A
Minnesota Association of Townships Annual Attorney Training SeminarTownship AttorneyN/A