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Nelson, Michael D.
P.O. Box 458 901 13th Av. E. West Fargo, ND
Phone: (701) 282-3249
Fax: (701) 282-0825


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview

Michael D. Nelson was born in Torrington, Wyoming, and received his education at the University of Wyoming, graduating with honors, and UND School of Law, with distinction.  Prior to joining Ohnstad Twichell, he was a law clerk to Chief Judge Paul Benson, U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota.  Mike is a member of the Cass County Bar Association, State Bar Association of North Dakota, North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute and Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.  His practice includes insurance defense and commercial litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law 3%
  • Agriculture Law 2%
  • Banking & Finance Law 4%
  • Business & Commercial Law 10%
  • Business Organizations 2%
  • Contruction Law 2%
  • Employment Law - Employee 10%
  • Employment Law - Employer 2%
  • Litigation & Appeals 65%
55% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Clients

  • Westchester Fire Insurance Company
  • Industrial Indemnity Company

Representative Cases

West Practice Categories

Business Organizations, Litigation & Appeals, Contracts, Business & Commercial Law, Employment Law -- Employer, Employment Law -- Employee, , Administrative Hearings & Adjudication, , Agribusiness, Banking & Finance Law, Commercial Banks, Lending & Secured Transactions, Loan Workouts, Mortgages & Foreclosures, Collections, Creditors' Rights, Foreclosures, Garnishment, Workouts, Commercial Leasing, Debtor/Creditor, International Transactions, Secured Transactions, Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, Closely Held Businesses, Dissolution, Construction Law, Construction Contracts, Construction Liens, Employment Contracts -- Employee, Pensions, Benefits & Compensations -- Employee, Wage & Hour Laws -- Employee, Wrongful Termination -- Employee, Employment Contracts -- Employer, Employment Discrimination -- Employer, Pensions, Benefits & Compensations -- Employer, Wage & Hour Laws -- Employer, Wrongful Termination -- Employer, Class Actions -- Plaintiff, Complex Litigation, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Trial Practice, State Appellate Practice, State Trial Practice, US Supreme Court


Accepts Credit Cards


Bar Admissions

  • Wyoming, 1976
  • North Dakota, 1977
  • Minnesota, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Wyoming, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1977

Past Employment Positions

  • United States District Court, District of North Dakota, Law Clerk to Chief Judge Paul Benson, 1976 - 1978


  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1976
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: With Distinction

    Law Review: North Dakota Law Review, Recent Case Editor, 1975 - 1976
  • University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, 1973
    Honors: With Honors
    Major: History


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha Delta


  • Crary Company
  • Northwest Professional Color, Inc.