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Scott Patrick Brand

Criminal defense Attorney at Fargo, ND

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Scott Brand, Scott P. Brand

  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 8 years
    North Dakota - ND 11 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State ND
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

Scott practices primarily in the areas of criminal law and estate planning. Scott's clients often describe him as "a straightforward, no-nonsense advocate." Scott is a husband, father and a native of West Fargo, North Dakota.

Criminal Law
Having handled over a thousand criminal cases in his career and having appeared in numerous counties throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, Scott has seen almost every type of case: DUI, Minor In Possession (MIP), drug possession, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, assault, white collar crime, theft, burglary, tresspass, sex crimes, appeals, and even homicide are some of of the examples of cases that have come across Scott's desk. Growing up on a farm gave Scott the work ethic to know when the extra effort is needed on a case. As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Scott has developed a knack for being able to engage in straight talk about what is going on with each case he handles. He is not afraid to have a candid conversation about what is happening in the case with his clients, the prosecutors, judges and juries.

Family Law

Scott works with the Family Law Team in Nilson Brand Law.  If you are experiencing issues with divorce, custody, no contact orders, or something else relating to family law, Scott wants to work with you and help you navigate through those turbulent waters.

Estate Planning
Scott is still Involved with his family's farming operation. He knows farming is not just a career, it is a way of life that is passed down from one generation to the next. Scott understands the importance of managing his client's estates so this way of life can be protected.

Areas of Practice
Criminal Defense
Criminal Trials
Landlord/Tenant Disputes
Administrative Appeals
Estate Planning
Family Law


Bar Admissions
North Dakota
Minnesota
U.S. District Court District of North Dakota

Education
University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
J.D. magna cum laude - 2012
Honors: Moot Court Champion
Honors: Environmental Law Society, Refounder
Law Review: University of North Dakota Law Review

University of North Dakota
B.A. - 2009
Honors: Officer of Pi Sigma Alpha
Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards
Lillian Elsinga Outstanding Student Leader Award, 2012
Memorial Union Leadership Scholarship, 2012
Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2016 - 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships
Cass County Inns of Court (Ronald N. Davies Inns of Court)
North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Past Employment Positions
Northwest Judicial District of North Dakota, Judicial law clerk
Minnesota Army National Guard
Senator Byron Dorgan in Washington, D.C.

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Location

Nilson Brand Law
5141 44th St. S.
Fargo, ND, 58104

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Reviews

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Posted by Steve | June 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A superb, fantastic attorney
Counselor Brand is a very competent, very professional attorney. After having a free, very thorough initial consultation with him, he immediately got to work on my case, meeting with the prosecutor at my dispositional hearing (which, only two days away, and thanks to his representation, I didn't even have to attend), and that very same day HAD ALL THE CHARGES DISMISSED! I simply couldn't recommend Scott any more highly. A very thoughtful, intelligent who GETS RESULTS ... fast. If you're case is in North Dakota or Minnesota, you could not be better served by anyone else than Mr. Brand.
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Posted by Robert | February 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer I've ever used
Scott Brand is an honest lawyer who is worth many times more than his retainer. I was not at first not satisfied by the rural lawyers I came across in McKenzie county or that came up by sponsored links on Google. I found Scott by going to the prosecutor's office in another town, Dickinson, and asking for a private criminal lawyer that they would reccomend. At first I was shocked that the reccomendation to the lawyer was all the way in Fargo. I called him and he agreed to meet with me when I was passing through. At first I was a bit uneasy that the office was 6 hours away from the county in which I was facing charges, but this is normal for North Dakota. I am so glad that I went to Fargo instead of responding to the lawyers out there in that corner of North Dakota. My brother and I went to Scott's office one time and he was courteous and more than professional. Because I live in France, all of the contact was done over phone, mail, or e-mail from this point onwards. A week after this meeting, Scott gained access to the bodycam footage of the officer and it was clear that this was a civil rights violation. The prosecutor still rejected this argument, despite the fact that everything was on camera. Scott drafted some sort of long, complex legal document that was based in North Dakota state case history to fight my case. When he actually appeared in court to defend this document, the prosecutor and police officer were still tenacious. The judge threw out the case, however, and issued a written ruling entirely in agreement with Scott. I got back the entirety of the bail money that I paid to the county and more importantly I have my life back. If I had had to go on probation in North Dakota, who knows what type of problems this would have caused me later on. His retainer is totally worth several times over what he charged. He made it so I never had to appear in court in any hearing or as a witness, so that I did not have to return from France, which would have easily cost several thousand dollars per appearance. For a lawyer, Scott is more than honest. He doesn't overpromise. I felt reassured throughout the whole course of several months. I really don't envision that other lawyers might have been able or even dedicated such an amount of hard work to beat the charges. I don't have a great opinion of lawyers in general and I'm not sure that the other lawyers I had consulted would have not just taken my money and then advised me to take a plea deal to finish everything as fast as possible.
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Posted by Shauna | September 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
He did a wonderful job of explaining things. He was very thorough, listened to our side, and went to bat for us. So glad we went with Scott!
Posted by Beth | September 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
My son & I spend 1-2 weeks in Cali w/ my daughter every summer. My son-in-law was deployed in Feb. 1 week later my older son unexpectantly passed away. We planned on spending time w/ a family member who is gravely ill. After purchasing the tickets my younger sons father decided to take me to court to deny my travel to Cali. Scott took my case last minute. He did a thorough job preparing himself for court, called & followed up with the contacts & witnesses, returned my calls & mail's immediately & put my entire family at ease. an aunt who is
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Posted by Lyle | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT Lawyer
I was denied access into Canada because the clerk of court entered my case as a class B misdemeanor. It supposed entered as an infraction. Scott went to court for me, and got everything cleared up in a very timely manor. All I had to do was sign a few sheets of paper. It was very smooth and easy.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I hired Scott twice now and he was great. He broke things down for me so could understand everything. He was very professional and I would recommend him to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Nilson Brand Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Brudvik Law Office
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • The Northwest Judicial District of North Dakota
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Reichert Armstrong Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2011
  • United States Senate Intern
  • The Honorable Byron Dorgan
  • 2009 - 2009
  • 92Y: Unit Supply Specialist and 74D: CBRN Specialist
  • Minnesota Army National Guard
  • 2005 - 2012
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Education

  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of North Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of North Dakota vs.C.E.B.
  • Dismissal
  • State of North Dakota vs. S.N.
  • Dismissal
  • State of North Dakota vs. M.G.N.
  • Dismissal
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Associations

  • Ronald N. Davies American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • West Fargo Exchange Club
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Lillian Elsinga Outstanding Student Leader Award
  • University of North Dakota
  • 2012
  • Memorial Union Leadership Scholarship
  • University of North Dakota
  • 2012
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • 2012
  • Olgar B. Burtness Constitutional Law Scholarship
  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Red River Review
  • Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  • 2019
  • The Gavel
  • Young Lawyer Showcase
  • 2017
  • Traill County Tribune
  • County adds two assistants to state's attorneys office
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Mayville State University
  • Criminal Defense Issues Facing College Athletes
  • 2016
  • Monthly Meeting
  • The Law and Death: Dilemmas of Dying and the Ethics of the End
  • 2015
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Veterans and PTSD
  • 2015
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Veterans' Court
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (11)
Endorse Scott
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have consulted with Scott on numerous criminal matters. He is a knowledgeable attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients. I endorse Scott Brand."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Scott is very knowledgeable about criminal matters. He explains things in ways that clients get and helps them navigate a really tough situation. He cares about his cases and fights hard for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is a bright lawyer and has achieved really good results for his criminal defense clients. He isn't afraid of the court room and speaks in a language that his clients understand."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a knowledgable attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a zealous advocate for his clients, and will do whatever is necessary to represent his clients to the absolute best of his abilities. His work ethic is top-notch, which is evident in his representation of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I personally worked with Scott at a firm in law school and quickly recognized his determination and zealous advocacy. Scott is a formidable opponent to any attorney and very knowledgeable of the law. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Scott is a great lawyer with a broad understanding of the complexities of criminal law both in State and Federal Courts. He truly has a passion for the protecting the rights of his clients and is well respected by his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a zealous advocate for his clients. His approach to meeting clients' needs in any given situation is aggressive and focused on problem solving. Scott's strength's include constitutional rights application and case law research to defend clients' best interests. I endorse Attorney Scott Brand."
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