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Lloyd Clayton Suhr

Criminal defense Attorney at Bismarck, ND

5.0   8 reviews
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  • State Years
    North Dakota - ND 26 years
    Minnesota - MN 26 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State ND
    Acquired 1997
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1997
    Not Authorized - Non-payment of fees No misconduct found

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

About Lloyd

Learn Lloyd’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Former prosecutor for 11 years, and criminal defense / DUI attorney for the last 6 years. Lloyd has handled thousands of criminal cases ranging from minor offenses to murder cases.

    22 years, 3,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Lloyd has handled thousands of DUI cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney

    22 years, 1,500 cases


I am an attorney in Bismarck, North Dakota with over 20 experience in criminal law as both a prosecutor and defense attorney.  I am a partner in Suhr/ Merkens Law, PLLC (formerly Suhr & Lofgren, PLLC). 

I've handled thousands of criminal cases and have tried hundreds of cases to jury verdict in all areas of criminal law-DUI cases, sex cases, drug offenses, property and white collar crimes, and violent crimes including homicides.  I've argued dozens of appeals to the North Dakota Supreme Court, and am licensed in North Dakota state court, the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, and the United States Supreme Court.  I have served on the North Dakota Supreme Court Joint Procedures Committee and currently serve on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Media in the Courtroom, and the State Bar Association Legislative Committee.  I also teach Criminal Procedure at the University of Mary in Bismarck.

My wealth of experience in criminal law on both the prosecution and defense side of cases gives me a unique insight into each case.  Having built criminal cases from the ground up has taught me how to break them down into their smallest parts and find their weaknesses.

The system labels those charged with crimes as "suspects", "the accused", or "defendants". You need a compassionate, experienced, dedicated lawyer on your side who will remind the system that these cases are about real people, not labels.  That is what you will get with me, pure and simple. Call today for a free consultation. I look forward to visiting with you about how I can help in your case.



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Client's Choice 2018
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Suhr / Merkens Law P.L.L.C.
P.O. Box 2393
418 East Rosser Ave. Suite 102
Bismarck, ND, 58502


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  8 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Megan | March 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in North Dakota !!!!!!
He was the best attorney I’ve ever used. He was very responsive and thorough. Mr suhr won my drug possession case. I had 4 felonies and he got the whole thing dropped because the police officer took too long during the stop. Best 7k I’ve ever spent in my life! Thanks me suhr.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Treated well by him and his office, he dug I’m and got it done for us.
I was falsely accused of a serious matter. I’d thought it was so unbelievable that I would never be charged. A short time after the accusations, I started searching for legal help in case I needed it. Lloyd’s office staff treated me with compassion and respect. When charges did come about months later, Lloyd was ready to go to work for us. I knew without a doubt that he believed in my innocence and that he’d do his best for us. After my accuser was caught in wrongdoing, Lloyd took depositions that brought the truth to light and caused the prosecution to file to dismiss charges. The judge has signed the papers and the legal issues are over. We can’t go back and take away the accusations but things could have ended differently and I could be another innocent person paying a price for something I didn’t do. I’d hire Lloyd again in a heartbeat, he’s busy at times but always took time to be very well prepared and to make things as easy for me as possible. I’m grateful to him and his staff for their encouragement, for their hard work in getting the best justice possible in this case.
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Posted by Jerry | November 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in Bismarck/Mandan area
Lloyd was highly educated on the laws and my rights. was very good at negotiating with the Prosecutors and doing everything in his power to keep me out of jail and making sure I didn’t have any crazy charges on my record. He defended me on multiple cases and came out on top on every case there looked to be no light at the end of my tunnel and upon hiring him he gave me hope and made me able to sleep at night. Anytime I had a question or concern, concerning my cause he was quick to respond and very informative on what was happening... he’s not only a great lawyer but a great guy on a personal level and you could always tell his sincerity about his concern for your livelyhod and your case... in closing if your looking for a fairly priced lawyer who is ready and willing to fight for your freedom he is definitely the guy to choice I was lucky to stumble spin him and am very great full for everything he didn’t for me I wouldn’t hope for anything better... thanks Lloyd your the best!
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer
Best lawyer there is. Works hard for his clients, and cares about them. He was down to earth. I felt like he was on top of everything. If I would ever need a lawyer again he would be my only choice.
Posted by Heather | July 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Understanding!
When we hired Lloyd he was very understanding of our situation. Lloyd was very easy to get in contact with when we needed to discuss things with him. He was very knowledgeable in the process we would be going through and he gave sound advice that would give our family the best possible outcome. Everyone in his office was very kind and professional. I believe he did an amazing job and his fees were very reasonable! I would definitely hire him again if the need should arise as well as refer him to anyone I know needing his services! Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would highly recommend
I would highly recommend Lloyd to anyone looking for legal counsel. He was kind, knowledgeable and did not give up on getting the best outcome for my case. He speaks to you like a real person, in words anyone can understand. Always quick to respond to questions.
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant....Just a Brilliant Job
Let me tell ya, this guy knows how to frame a jury pool early...He not only explained to them what they will be seeing in terms of evidence but also getting them to agree ( in either nodding their head or raising their hand ) to being pulled over for the same reason I was, only to remind them 7 hours later in the closing argument of what they saw for evidence and all agreed to in the beginning...It was powerful and left the jury with little doubt but to come back with a NOT guilty verdict.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Gross Sexual Imposition Case
I was falsely accused of gross sexual imposition. I hired Lloyd on as my attorney, and he was fantastic. He kept very good contact with us at all times with everything that was happening with the case, did much research on the topic, and presented all of our evidence in court in a professional and detailed manner. I would hire Lloyd back in a heartbeat if it ever came down to it. He really knows what he’s doing.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Suhr & Lofgren, P.L.L.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Burleigh County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2013
  • Special Assistant State's Attorney
  • Regional Child Support Enforcement Unit
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Counsel
  • North Dakota Department of Human Services
  • 1997 - 1999
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  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of ND v. T.W.
  • Not guilty verdict after jury deliberated for 20 minutes
  • State of ND v. K.H.
  • Case dismissed based on lack of evidence after the prosecution rested its case
  • State of North Dakota v. Z.C.
  • The jury deliberated for 30 minutes before returning a Not Guilty verdict.
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Lloyd as a fellow prosecutor and thereafter in the private practice arena. I can personally attest to his legal acumen and excellent trial skills. His ability to connect with jurors and advocate for his clients is unmatched, and I would rank Lloyd as one of the best trial lawyers in the state."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Other
"Lloyd volunteered with the North Dakota State Bar Association to serve as a mentor to a rookie attorney, and I had the good fortune to be paired with him. Lloyd's detailed knowledge of criminal law is downright intimidating, as many local lawyers can attest. His guidance has been extremely helpful to my fledgling practice, and I frequently turn to him for advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Suhr was my supervising attorney when we worked together. He is a walking encyclopedia of the criminal law. He has the knowledge and skill to help anyone with their problems."
Criminal defense