I was born in Williston, North Dakota and raised in Froid, Montana, a small town approximately fifty miles west of Williston. My parents own and operate a family farm.
I attended the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota from August of 2000 to May 2004. I graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelor of Science in Social Behavioral Science.
After graduating from the University of Mary, I worked one year at the North Dakota Youth Correctional Center in Mandan as a juvenile institutional residential specialist.
I enrolled in the University of North Dakota School of Law in August of 2005. I graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in the spring of 2008. I passed the North Dakota bar exam in the fall of 2008.
Since becoming licensed to practice law I have worked in a variety of positions which has given me a broad exposure to the law. I have operated a solo practice in Tioga since 2008. As a practitioner in a rural setting I have had the opportunity to handle a variety of matters including oil and gas, probates, evictions, real estate, family law and adoptions and agricultural law. Currently, the majority of my practice involves criminal defense and municipal law. In addition to private criminal defense, I have had a public defense contract in the Northwest Judicial District since 2012. I also am a public defender for the Three Affiliated Tribes. In addition to my criminal practice I am the city attorney for Tioga, Ross, Wildrose, Flaxton, Portal and Bowbells, North Dakota. Previously, I have worked as both an assistant state's attorney and state's attorney for Burke County. I have also worked as a prosecutor for the Three Affiliated Tribes.
I married my wife, Melissa, in August of 2004. We have three children Brennan, Kambree and Madden. Melissa is employed as a physical therapist at the Tioga Medical Center.
Juris Doctorate, University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota (2008)
Bachelor of Science in Social Behavioral Science, University of Mary, Bismarck North Dakota (2004)
Private Practice, October 2008-present
Public Defender, Three Affiliated Tribes, August 2008-2010; September 2012-present.
Assistant State's Attorney, Burke County North Dakota, August 2008-December 2010
Prosecutor, Three Affiliated Tribes, November 2010 to September 2012
State's Attorney, Burke County North Dakota, January 2010-December 2011
State Bar of North Dakota, Member from 2008 to present
Upper Missouri Bar Association, Member 2012 to present
December 14, 2016