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Mark R. Western

Personal injury Attorney at Fargo, ND

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 15 years
    North Dakota - ND 16 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State ND
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    30%
    Mark has handled complex commercial litigation for clients in both state and federal court involving trade-name disputes, interference with business relations, breach of contract, landlord tenant disputes, and corporate dissolutions.

    17 years

  2. Personal injury
    30%
    Mark has represented the interests of both Plaintiffs and Defendants in personal injury matters. He has tried multiple cases to verdict to successful results for his clients.

    17 years

  3. Insurance
    20%
    Mark has represented the interests of insurance companies in coverage disputes and declaratory judgment actions regarding insurance coverage. Mark has established relationships with insurers on a national basis.

    17 years

  4. Bankruptcy and debt
    15%
    Mark has handled collection matters on behalf of creditors on a personal and business level. Mark has extensive experience practicing in Bankruptcy Courts including trials of Adversary Proceedings and complex Chapter 7 and 11 Bankruptcies.

    17 years

  5. Brain injury
    5%
    Traumatic brain injury cases are a subset of personal injury law. Mark has handled complicated traumatic brain injury cases including the depositions of neurologists and other medical professionals.

    17 years

Mark is an experienced civil litigator who tries cases to juries and has provided successful results for his clients. Along with his trial experience, Mark has successfully argued multiple cases to the North Dakota Supreme Court. Mark’s clients have included business entities of all sizes and types as well as individuals that require legal counseling, litigation support, or lobbying advocacy before city, county, and state units of government.

Experience And Values

Mark values developing lasting relationship with clients. His career has taken him through a variety of legal practices, but his passion lies in personal injury cases. He strives to establish a personal connection with each client and works diligently to help his clients achieve desired results.

Practice Areas And Skills

At Fremstad Law, Mark’s practice areas include personal injury, business litigation, and insurance litigation. Getting into a car accident is a traumatizing and overwhelming experience. Mark is experienced in advising personal injury clients about potential legal remedies and navigating complicated legal procedures. Although Mark has been successful at trial, he knows that lengthy and complicated trials are not always necessary to resolve a case. Mark is also familiar with alternative dispute resolution options, which often saves his clients time, money, and emotional energy.  Additionally, Mark’s experience in and out of government equips him well to assist clients in government relations.

What Makes Mark The Attorney He Is Today

Mark started his career as a high school government and history teacher in a small Minnesota community. Mark discovered that his true calling was in the legal field, but continues to use his teaching background to educate his clients on options. After graduating from UND law school, Mark practiced at a large Fargo law firm for 10 years, where he gained experience in a variety of civil litigation issues.

Community Involvement

Mark is also dedicated to helping others in his community. He is the current Dean of Counselors for American Legion North Dakota Boys’ State, where he has been a staff member for more than 20 years. He is also an active member and past president of the Fargo Lions Club. Mark has been a member of the Cass County Bar Association since being called to the bar.  

Things You May Be Interested In Knowing About Mark

Mark grew up and worked on a grain farm in western North Dakota and later served as a legislative aide in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He has also served as a city council member and as a former Special Assistant Attorney General. Mark is a frequent presenter on insurance issues and personal injury issues to local organizations, including the F/M Claims Association; PIA of North Dakota; Blue Goose - Fargo Pond and the Fargo Chapter of NALS. In his free time, he enjoys spoiling his daughters, Jeeping, and spending time at the lake.

Practice Areas

·         Business Litigation

·         Bankruptcy Litigation

·         Creditor’s Rights Litigation

·         Personal Injury Litigation

·         Insurance coverage opinions and litigation

Education

·         University of North Dakota School of Law (J.D., with Distinction 2007)

·         Member: Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers

·         Moot Court Champion, Jack Marcil Scholar

·         Outside Articles Editor, North Dakota Law Review

·         Concordia College (B.A. 2000), Student Body President

Admissions

·         United States District Court, District of North Dakota
    United States Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota

·         North Dakota State Courts
    Minnesota State Courts

Professional Awards

·          Melvin Jones Fellow - The highest award given by Lions Club International for “dedicated humanitarian services”

·          Director’s Award for Excellence for more than twenty years of service to American Legion North Dakota Boy’s State.

Photos and videos

Morning coffee and daily briefing.

Location

Fremstad Law Firm
3003 32nd Ave S Ste 240
Po Box 3143
Fargo, ND, 58103-6118

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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great attorney who did a great job!
Mark Western was a great attorney! He answered all of my questions quickly and was there any time I needed his help. I would highly recommend him to anyone! Great Law Firm, and great people. Thank you Mark for all your help!! I couldn't thank you enough.
Posted by Carrie | January 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ethical, knowledgeable and professional!
Mark is well-versed in MN law. With my first phone call he was able to give me some basic legal information, and he then reached out to the States Attorney to attempt quick resolution of the matter. Mark was thorough, approachable and professional. He explained the applicable laws, legal concepts, options available to me, and his recommendation. The decision was up to me, and he was supportive and helped me achieve expedient resolution of the case. His staff were very easy to talk with, and they were really on-the-ball with getting things accomplished. Very impressed!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Responsive, thorough and very capable!
Mark did an excellent job for our company in resolving the claim against us. Mark is very thorough, realistic, thoughtful and capable. He did an excellent job corresponding to multiple people within our company. He was very responsive. We had an excellent result. Moreover, Mark is friendly and easy to be around. I would recommend Mark for business litigation.
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Posted by Lyle Ganyo | October 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Defense counsel in personal injury case
Highly competent, very personable individual, did an excellent job in all facets of representing our company in a recent lawsuit.
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Assistance with legal questions
Mark promptly returns my phone calls and listens to my legal questions regarding ND personal injury law. He is very helpful and provides me with the information I need and gives me answers to my legal problems. Mark is always very pleasant, professional, knowledgeable, and always puts extra effort to assist his clients. I have worked with Mark for many years and he is an excellent attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Fremstad Law Firm
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney and Shareholder
  • Nilles Lawyers
  • 2007 - 2017

Education

  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Concordia College-Moorhead
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Schwab v. Zajac, 2012 ND 239, 823 N.W.2d 737
  • Jury Trial Verdict in favor of client; Affirmed
  • Burris Carpet Plus, Inc. v. Burris, 2010 ND 118, 785 N.W.2d 164
  • Summary Judgment in favor of my client; Affirmed

Associations

  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Fargo Lions Club
  • Past President
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Legion North Dakota Boys State
  • Dean of Counselors; Staff Counselor
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Order of Barristers
  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • 2007
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of North Dakota
  • 2007

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • PIA of North Dakota State Convention
  • Covenants Not to Compete
  • 2015
  • PIA of North Dakota State Convention
  • Social Media Discovery
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Mark
Litigation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an excellent lawyer who brings many skills to the table. He is assertive, detail-oriented, and passionate about achieving positive results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mark is an excellent attorney. He is knowledgeable in the area of insurance, personal injury, and litigation in general. I highly recommend Mark."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is one of the most conscientious and hard-working attorneys I have worked with in my career. He is able to quickly simplify complex issues, and he understands how to work collaboratively on solving problems for the benefit of the client. I highly recommend Mark and hope to work with him again in the future."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a tremendous attorney. One the best! His hardwork and dedication to clients is top shelf."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is proving himself to be one of the better civil litigation attorneys in North Dakota. He is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to insurance and business-related matters, as well as collections, and is respected within the legal community. Mark has been an excellent sounding board for case theory and strategy over the years and I regularly refer clients to him in the eastern part of the state. He’s also very involved in his community, through the Lions and with the Legion’s Boys State program, which reflect his high character and reputation outside of the legal community. If I ever needed an attorney, he would be one of my first calls."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Mark since he was a law clerk and am so fortunate he has chosen to work with the team at Fremstad Law. Mark is hard working and creative and his clients love him and his enthusiastic personality."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mark is a fantastic attorney who is a welcome, fantastic addition to Fremstad Law Firm. He has vast knowledge of numerous areas of civil litigation and I would enthusiastically endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mark is a great addition to to the Fremstad Law Firm. He brings a wealth of personal knowledge and is an extremely skilled litigator. Anyone hiring Mark will be in great hands."
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Fargo Personal injury Lawyer Mark R. Western
Mark R. Western
Personal injury Attorney
Fargo, ND
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation