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My practice is focused on civil trial matters.  There is nothing I like better than standing up in a courtroom and zealously advocating for my clients. This is one of my core values-zealous advocacy.  I tend to think well on my feet and this helps me adapt to changes while in court when it comes to presenting a great case for my clients.  I also have a great team behind me.  We work together to reach the best possible outcome for my clients given their circumstances.  Sometimes the best solution is resolution and other times it is litigation.  Whatever the circumstances I aggressively advocate the best position for my clients.


My dad was a plumber and he taught me how hard work can pay off.  I don’t let anyone out work me.  The facts may not be the best or the law might be an uphill battle but no one will work harder than me on a case.  That is one of my core values


Being the youngest of five my siblings liked to tease me that I was “spoiled” by my parents.  What I learned however was to be thankful for the things I have and the gifts of friendship by others.  Gratitude is one of my core values.


My core values tie in with my abilities to think creatively, work tirelessly, collaborate with others and my clients, communicate effectively and be grateful.


I have been recognized in Chambers USA, and as a Great Plains Super Lawyer.  I have been recognized as a rising star by Benchmark Litigation.  I am rated AV by Martindale-Hubble.


I also serve as President of the State Bar Association of North Dakota and am council attorney for the Boy Scouts of America.


Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 35%
    12 years, 50 cases
  2. Car Accident: 35%
    15 years, 50 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    15 years, 5 cases
  4. Insurance: 10%
    15 years, 15 cases
  5. Health Care: 10%
    15 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($225-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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    Joe and I, along with a couple other lawyers, were opposite a case involving a real property title insurance claim. He was courteous, diligent, and competent throughout the multi-party litigation. He's the sort of lawyer who knows his case well and is attentive to his clients, which helps move the case as a whole along.


    Jacob Rodenbiker
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Aaron D Eiesland

    I worked with Joe as co-counsel on a personal injury case case and found him be well-prepared for every situation that the case presented. It's also hard to find a more quality man than Joe.


    Aaron Eiesland Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

10 Roberts St
Po Box 6017
Fargo, ND, 58108-6017


SDAuthorized to practice law201410/13/2015
MNAuthorized to practice200207/15/2016
NDAuthorized to practice law200107/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Commercial Litigation Band 3Chambers USA2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarBenchmark Litigation2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarBenchmark Litigation2014
Commercial Litigation Band 3Chambers USA2014
Commercial Litigation Band 3Chambers USA2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Commercial Litigation Band 3Chambers USA2012
Commercial Litigation Band 3Chambers USA2011
Commercial Litigation Band 3Chambers USA2010
Commercial Litigation Band 3Chambers USA2009
Commercial Litigation Band 3Chambers USA2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Dakota State Bar AssociationPresident2015 - Present
Minnesota Association for JusticeN/A2003 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2002 - Present
North Dakota Association for JusticeN/A2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
North Dakota State Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2014 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lamb v. State Board of Law Examiners, 777 N.W. 2d 343 (cert. denied, 130 S.Ct. 3412).Case Affirmed on appeal
Keiser v. Johnson, 283 Fed. Appx. 427 (8th Cir. 2008)Affirmed.
JKC Michaels. LLC v. KTJ Ltd Partnership Eighty-Fourverdict for plainiff
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
North Dakota State Bar AssociationLegal Ethics2014