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Adam Joel Justinger

Criminal defense Attorney at Fargo, ND

5.0   23 reviews
  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 5 years
    North Dakota - ND 5 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2018
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State ND
    Acquired 2018
    Status
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Adam

Learn Adam’s areas of practice.

Adam Justinger recognizes that some of the most difficult times in an individual’s life is when they have been charged with a crime. As a criminal defense attorney for SW&L Attorneys, Adam vigorously defends his clients and strives to get his clients the best possible outcome in their case.

 

What Made Adam Want to Practice Criminal Defense

 

During his first year of law school, Adam was unsure of what area of law he wanted to practice. At the end of his first year, Adam accepted a law clerk position with a criminal defense firm in Grand Forks, North Dakota. During his two years as a law clerk, Adam found his passion doing criminal defense law. After clerking, Adam was hired by SW&L Attorneys to practice in the area of criminal defense and has decided to focus his career on the defense of people accused of crimes.

 

Educational Background

 

Adam attended the University of North Dakota  and received a degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration. After graduation, Adam enrolled in law school at the University of North Dakota School of Law and earned his law degree in 2018.

 

During law school, Adam was very active. Adam’s greatest passion while in law school was participating in mock cases to perfect his oral advocacy skills. Adam participated in Moot Court during his second and third year of law school. During the internal Moot Court competition, Adam and his team partner received the best brief award. This allowed Adam the opportunity to advance to external Moot Court during his second and third year. During Adam’s second year of law school, Adam traveled to Las Vegas, NV to compete in the Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition. During Adam’s third year of law school, he traveled to Saint Paul, MN and competed in the McGee Moot Court Competition. Adam and his team partner advanced to the semifinal round. As a result of his success in Moot Court, Adam was accepted into the Order of the Barristers (awarded for oral advocacy and brief writing skills). Adam joined the the Energy Law Association his first year of law school and became the President during his second and third year. Furthermore, Adam was the secretary of the Student Bar Association during his second year, and the vice president of the organization during his third year. Additionally, Adam was a member of the Criminal Law Association and the Sports Law Association.

 

Personal Background

 

Adam was born and raised in Kimberly, Wisconsin by his mother who taught him the importance of an education. At age five, Adam looked at his mother and told her that he wanted to be an attorney because he enjoyed arguing. Although that has always been Adam’s dream, he began working for his grandparents construction business, which taught him the importance of hardwork, and communication. Even though Adam enjoyed working construction, he never forgot about his goal of becoming an attorney and went on to receive his law degree in 2018. In his spare time, Adam enjoys traveling/spending time with his girlfriend, hunting and fishing, socializing with family and friends, listening to music, and cooking.

 

Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice in North Dakota since 2018, Bar ID number 08635
Admitted to practice in Minnesota since 2018, Bar ID number 0400351
Admitted to practice in United States District Court, District of North Dakota since 2018.
Admitted to practice in United States District Court, District of Minnesota since 2023.
Admitted to practice in United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since 2022.

Adam is not licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction not identified above.

Professional Memberships and Certifications

President, Cass County Bar Association (“CCBA”)
Member, North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NDACDL”)
Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“MACDL”)
Member, DUI Defense Lawyers Association (“DUIDLA”)
Member, State Bar Association of North Dakota (“SBAND”)
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association (“MSBA”)
Member, MSBA Criminal Law Section
Member, American Inns of Court
Member, North Dakota Association for Justice

Criminal Defense Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
2021 Great Plains Rising Star, Super Lawyers
2022 Great Plains Rising Star, Super Lawyers

 

Blog Articles and Contributing Information

 

For Adam’s blog articles, current criminal defense issues, and other relevant information regarding the area of criminal defense, add Adam on LinkedIn.

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Location

Severson, Wogsland & Liebl
4627 44th Ave S Ste 108
Fargo, ND, 58104-4473

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10/10
Adam got my matter takin care of fast and was always fast at responding if I had a question or concern. Highly recommend him and his team!
Response from Adam Justinger November 9, 2023
Thank you! We are glad that we could help you get a great result!
Posted by Chris | September 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adam is terrific!
Adam and his staff were terrific to work with. Highly recommended! Helped me take care of my problem so I could go on.
Response from Adam Justinger September 7, 2023
Thanks Chris! Glad to help. Good luck in the future and thanks for choosing SW&L!
Posted by Ashley | July 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for Adam Justinger
When I was in need of a lawyer Adam didn’t hesitate to accept my case and fight for me. Adam was very professional and easy to work with. He made me feel confident on my decision to not settle and to take it to trial. Adam did an awesome job working hard and got my case dismissed with prejudice! I would highly recommend Adam! Thanks for all your hard work!
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Response from Adam Justinger July 6, 2023
Thanks for choosing SW&L Attorneys and having faith in our decision to move forward with trial. I am so happy we got you a great result!
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Highly recommend Adam as an attorney. He was very easy to work with and highly professional. Always made me feel very comfortable working with him. He was eager to answer all of my questions and worked with me step by step to resolve any issues I had!
Response from Adam Justinger March 3, 2023
Thank you for choosing SW&L! I am glad we could help!
Posted by Daniel | January 26, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Gun rights
Adams gun rights consultation is 100% worth it! Adam is very knowledgeable on gun laws and won’t hesitate to answer any questions you might have.
Response from Adam Justinger January 27, 2023
Thanks Daniel! It was great talking with you the other day. Let me know if you have any other questions!
Posted by Dean | November 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Adam was an awesome lawyer that I would definitely use again, he kept in touch and walked me through my whole process, and answered any questions I had. I would definitely recommend him.
Response from Adam Justinger November 8, 2022
Thanks Dean! It was great working with you!
Posted by Terri | October 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thee Absolute Best!
Adam J is everything you’d dream of in a lawyer and then some. From the moment he takes your case you know he’s doing his due diligence to get the best possible outcome for you. I’d email Adam when fleeting thoughts or questions would hit me in the evenings or weekends not expecting to hear back until the next business day then BOOM there he was with a reply. He works relentlessly. I was hesitant paying the one time fee up front because you wonder if lawyers will work hard enough for you after being paid in full. Boy was I wrong! I will forever feel indebted to Adam for getting my Felony charge dismissed. If you’re looking for a criminal attorney, look no further. Adam is the best you will EVER get and you’d be lucky to have him.
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Response from Adam Justinger October 26, 2022
Thank you Terri! It was a pleasure working with you and I am very happy we could get you the results you deserve!
Posted by Nick | July 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney.
I worked with Mr. Justinger and wow! What a guy. I really like that he gets straight to the point and doesn't mess around at all. He means business and the results are there to prove it. The Flat Fee system for some of his cases works out really nicely and takes away the stress of "what is this going to cost" and that means a lot to me when dealing with a new Attorney. Really felt that I was in good hands.
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Response from Adam Justinger July 26, 2022
Thanks Nick! It was great working with you!
Posted by Travis | June 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Adam was extremely pleasant to work with and knowledgeable about his job. He was easy to talk to, and quick to respond to any questions or needs I had. He always replied back within a day. He went above and beyond to make sure I was informed of my options and helped me make the best choices throughout the legal process. I highly recommend Adam and his services.
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Response from Adam Justinger July 1, 2022
Thank you Travis. It was great working with you! Good luck with all of your future endeavors!
Posted by Nghia | May 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SW&L Attorney Client
Adam Joel Justinger is the of best the best attorney in ND. He is honest, hard working, friendly, and warm welcome attitude. He always work hard to get the best resulted for his clients and very trusted. Myself, I got into troubles many years ago in ND, my case involved a felony. Adam Justinger, had helped me to get a fresh start and started a new life with a clean record. SW&L law firm is the best & all the staff their is very nice too, very helpful.
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Response from Adam Justinger May 23, 2022
Thanks Nghia! It was great working with you!
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
responsive and open communication
Hired the attorney for a misdemeanor conviction case. Adam was very knowledgeable about the process and moved swiftly. He also asked me to cooperate with him and told me what to do in order to maximize the chances that the misdemeanor gets concealed. He genuinely wanted the misdemeanor to be sealed. He responds to my emails diligently.
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Response from Adam Justinger December 10, 2021
I am happy that we could get the misdemeanor sealed in a quick fashion! Thank you for choosing SW&L!
Posted by Cody | November 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly intelligent
Met Adam Justinger through a line of recommendations that started from my business accountants recommendation for Adam Wogsland at SW&L to become my business attorney. From there, after years of great service. I was then recommended to Adam Justinger for something unrelated. He became my criminal defense Attorny for an attempted wrongful conviction. Mr. Justinger stoped that in its tracks, without any leverage from the judge or prosecutor. This case in my opinion was specifically in line with a direct dereliction of duty and illegal actions taken by the police officers involved with the citations that were issued. One state trooper specifically, Officer Cory Formaneck who again, in my opinion abused the legal obligations and power he was given as a state highway patrol officer in an effort to convict me, no matter how many laws he broke in the process. Again this is of course all in my opinion. However, Adam Justinger stuck by my side even when I had lost all hope and started to sincerely believe that the whole system was corrupt. If an officer said it happened; other officers on scene, prosecutor and even the judge would then likely believe it to be legitimate. I felt very alone in a field of individuals out to take the rest of my life as I knew it away from me for a crime that I did not commit. However he also made it clear that he has no qualms with police officers and that he believes the majority or them are great individuals and it is unlikely that they would be corrupt in his opinion, I think by the end of this. The facts and evidence may have changed his option of at least one of the officers involved. Regardless, at the same time he wasn’t certain of officer F’s legitimate falsification and tampering of evidence at that time (again in my opinion) he was motivated to find out and very supportive. Beyond a basic feeling of obligation by an Attorny to support his client. He really genuinely seemed to care and no matter the time of day, he would always get back to me in short time by email. Either himself or his paralegal Lindsey Anderson made all the facts, good and bad clear without any question as to any of their meaning or relevance, so I wasn’t confused throughout. But also without giving me false hope as well. Helping to prepare me just in case the system pulled another string or curve ball in their favor that we couldn’t anticipate. This was one of the most complicated cases I had ever imagined could possibly have even came about in this area we live in more or less read about or seen in the news. The obstacles set in front of us were made of great quantity, heavy in sent inertia and much proportion. Yet Adam worked diligently to find any possible legal and factual basis to present to the judge on several occasions to dismiss, not budging these were then presented to a jury trial for which I shouldn’t be found guilty. All of it was beyond what I had conceived the possible lengths could have amounted to in doing so. The intricacy of fine details as small as they were; were building blocks none the less. Eventually making a small staircase to walk myself out of the hole I was in. I didn’t/couldn’t fully see how all the puzzle pieces would come together properly until the day of trial. The outcome was nothing short of saving my life. The jury came back as innocent of both charges waged against me. Not only was he able to restore my faith in the legal system, he also found a way to make it known loud and clear while in court in front of everyone, this officers (in my opinion) criminal acts he committed lying under oath, falsifying evidence, and so much more that he conspired to use and false accusations he used to try and destroy my reputation, my livelihood, credit, savings, basically my life as I knew it. The list goes on and on, I will never be able to recommend anyone more highly than Adam Justinger for criminal defense. He saved my life
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Response from Adam Justinger December 10, 2021
Thank you for the kind words Cody. We were happy to assist and glad that we got you the outcome you deserved!
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great and extremely driven lawyer
To be honest when I met him in person I right away wanted him to represent me for my case. He is very responsive and very driven lawyer. I would definitely recommend him friends and family. Thank you Adam for your hard work.
Response from Adam Justinger October 20, 2021
It was great working with you! Thank you for choosing SW&L!
Posted by Kelvin | October 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Knowledgeable! Very Professional! Very Responsive!
I worked with Adam Justinger. He helped me on my case and It was great! He's very responsive! He knows his work very well! He handled my case very well and got it dismissed! Within a week or so with him getting all my documents and facts about the case he was able to get it dismissed! I am very glad I brought my case to SW&L and had the pleasure of having Adam work on my case! He did a great job and I have already recommended him to a couple people! If you need legal help that aligns with what Adam does I highly recommend you give him a shot because you will not regret it! Great Job Adam! I really appreciate your help!
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Response from Adam Justinger October 5, 2021
It was great working with you Kelvin. Thanks for hiring SW&L!
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleased Client
I have never met a person who will work harder on your behalf. Adam is extremely knowledgeable in his field. He took care of everything related to my case, and did it in a timely matter. I couldn't possibly be more pleased with the result he was able to obtain for me. Rest assured, if there is a way, Adam will find it!
Response from Adam Justinger October 5, 2021
Thank you! I am glad we could get you the result you were looking for!
Posted by Tyler | August 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional, extremely driven.
I was more than pleased working with Adam. His determination and love for law is something special. The confidence he brings to the table makes anyone feel comfortable with him. Just overall extremely pleased. Couldn’t say enough good things.
Response from Adam Justinger September 1, 2021
Thank you Tyler! It was a pleasure representing you!
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, very honest
Adam Justinger was great to work with! He was very diligent and always made sure I was well informed of what was going on. Although nothing ever happened with my issue, I felt better knowing an experienced professional was on my side!
Response from Adam Justinger July 30, 2021
Thank you very much! I am glad we could get you a great outcome on your case!
Posted by Casey | May 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best legal representation you can get
Adam Justinger saved my life! I was facing charges for a crime I didn't commit and he was there! Went above and beyond to help me, replied quickly anytime I had questions and got my charges dropped! If your looking for a good criminal defense lawyer this is your man! Highly recommend!!
Response from Adam Justinger May 10, 2021
Thank you Casey. If you need anything else in the future, please reach out to me at any time!
Posted by Rudra | September 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney
I not only recommend attorney Adam Justinger, but I guarantee once you have used his service you too will look no further. He responds in an extremely timely matter, he is a very knowledgeable, trustworthy person. There is no other attorney that will work as hard for you. He is a wonderful attorney I could not have been happier and I will never go anywhere else.
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Response from Adam Justinger September 14, 2020
Thank you very much Rudra! We were happy to help you. If you need anything else, please feel free to call me at any time.
Posted by Nils | August 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer 10/10 would recommend.
If it wasn’t for Adam I wouldn’t have my license today. I was about to get charged with what would have been my second DUI. The state of ND was trying to charge me with DUI minor in possession/consumption, it was also not to long after I had just gotten my license back from my previous DUI which would have really sucked for me. I was in search of a good lawyer so I asked around and a good friend of mine had referred Mr.Justinger to me so I gave him a call and he had me come in and speak with him about what had happened. Not to long after speaking with him I knew he was the guy for my case. He answered every question I had, told me exactly what I needed to know and do, he made everything simple and understanding. Long story short Adam went above and beyond and got it all down to a reckless driving and a deferred minor meaning if I stay law abiding until I’m 21 the minor will be dismissed and then I will only have a reckless driving on my record. I was amazed with Justinger’s work and would highly recommend his services to anyone.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Severson, Wogsland and Liebl P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Severson, Wogsland and Liebl P.C.
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Law Clerk
  • Reichert Armstrong Law Office
  • 2016 - 2018

Education

  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2018
  • University of North Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts Political Science
  • 2015

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2021 - Present
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Young Professionals Network
  • 2018 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2023 Great Plains Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • 2022 Great Plains Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • 2021 Great Plains Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Order of the Barristers
  • University of North Dakota
  • 2018
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse Adam
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Adam works hard on behalf of his clients and cares about their results. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Adam is very knowledgeable about criminal law, and he works very hard for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam is a great attorney who works hard for his clients. His knowledge and attention to detail are second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Adam is a problem solver, and he works hard to make sure all issues are spotted and addressed in a case. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"While I only had the opportunity to supervise Mr. Justinger for a short period of time, during that time Adam showed to me that he is an extremely hard worker with an intellectual curiosity and devotion to our practice area. These traits will undoubtedly result in him being a great attorney, and more importantly, provide great service to his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Adam is a great attorney. He works incredibly hard for his clients, knows the law very well, doesn't overlook details, and keeps in close communication with clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Adam is someone who will go the extra mile for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam is a very knowledgeable attorney. He will fight for your every step of the way."
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Adam Joel Justinger
Criminal defense Attorney
Fargo, ND
Licensed for 5 years
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