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Jannelle Steger Combs has a broad background in real estate, oil and gas, general business and estate planning law. She assists operators and non-operators in oil and gas litigation and transactional matters, including conducting oil and gas title examinations, advising on title (ownership) rights and preparing drilling, division, mortgage and acquisition title opinions.

Jannelle helps land owners, leaseholders and energy developers identify ownership stakes in the minerals far beneath the earth’s surface. These ownership determinations involve not only the owners of the surface land and the owners of the minerals beneath it, but also within the layers of each of the various mineral formations, creating a three-dimensional ownership puzzle requiring complex mathematical equations to calculate ownership interests in land parcels. She also assists mineral owners with actions or documents to cure title defects found from title examination, as well as assisting surface owners with their rights. 

Previously a clerk to Judge Jack Pearson in the Seventh Judicial District in Minnesota, Jannelle began her career as a city prosecutor in Moorhead in northwest Minnesota, litigating as many as nine jury trials in less than a year’s time. She worked as a Mahnomen city prosecutor when she joined the Thorwaldsen Law Firm in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where she also managed cases in family law, probate and personal injury matters. She also was the Chief Deputy Clerk with the North Dakota Supreme Court.


Contact info

Combs Law Office

436 Brunswick Drive
Bismarck, ND, 58503-8814

Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 34%
  2. Estate Planning: 33%
  3. Oil & Gas: 33%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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SDAuthorized to practice law201404/27/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201305/11/2016
WYAuthorized to practice law200905/29/2016
MNAuthorized to practice200007/15/2016
NDAuthorized to practice law199907/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 business and civic leaders under the age of 40Prairie Business magazine2011
Advocacy AchievementNorthwest Minnesota Legal Services2004
North Dakota debate coach of the yearNorth Dakota Speech and Theater Association1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCombs Law Office2013 - Present
ShareholderLeonard, Street and Deinard, P.A.2011 - 2013
OwnerSteger Law Office n/k/a Combs Law Office2010 - 2011
Chief Deputy ClerkNorth Dakota Supreme Court2009 - 2010
OwnerLaFlair Law Office n/k/a Combs Law Office2003 - 2009
PartnerThorwaldsen, Malmstrom, Sorum, LaFlair & Majors2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Landman's Association of North DakotaMember2011 - Present
American Association of Petroleum LandmenMember2011 - Present
Order of the Eastern StarMember2010 - Present
Wyoming State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
State Bar Association of North DakotaMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Estate of Mineral OwnerCompleted probates and deeded minerals
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Publication nameTitleDate
Petroleum News BakkenStatoil pays $2M on mineral trespass2015
Petroleum News BakkenA look at 'quiet title', probate issues in ND2014
Petroleum News BakkenND owns to high watermark2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
North Dakota State UniversityHistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oil and Gas Rights in North DakotaOperator and title opinion effects on mineral owners2014
Oil and Gas Rights in North DakotaTitle opinion effects on mineral owners2013
Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Real Estate Institute CommitteeIf your client has Bakken mineral rights, their family might be from North Dakota2013
North Dakota State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law SectionSpecial Issues in North Dakota Real Estate Law, including Oil2012
Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section, Real Estate Institute CommitteeSpecial Issues in North Dakota Real Estate Law, including Oil2012