The six attorneys who applied for the South Central Judicial District vacancy were asked to provide brief information on their background, education, and legal careers. Here are highlights with links to more detailed information provided by the applicants:
Steve Balaban is an attorney in a solo practice in Bismarck. The main focus of his practice is providing criminal defense to indigents and juveniles. A 1994 University of North Dakota School of Law graduate, he also practices in family law, Indian law and discrimination law. Prior to law school, he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry and worked in the sciences.
Arnold Fleck is an attorney in private practice with the Fleck Law Office in Bismarck. He specializes in civil litigation, including family law, personal injury and insurance claims. A 1983 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, he started his legal career working for the North Dakota State Court Administrator before moving to Bismarck's Wheeler Wolf law firm.
Wayne Goter has been a judicial referee with the South Central Judicial District since 2009. He previously was a solo practitioner with his own law office in Bismarck, working primarily in criminal and juvenile defense. A 1981 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, he served as Morton County Assistant State's Attorney before going into private practice and was a CPA prior to beginning law study.
Brian Grosinger has been Morton County Assistant State's Attorney since 1988. He is primarily responsible for criminal prosecution, sex offender and mental health commitments, and advising the county commission and county departments. A 1987 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, he also serves as a criminal law instructor at the North Dakota Law Enforcement Academy.
Parrell Grossman has served in the North Dakota Office of Attorney General since 1994. After two years in the Civil Litigation Division, he became head of the Consumer Protection & Antitrust Division. A 1989 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, he was in private legal practice in Minot and Grand Forks before joining the AG's office. He worked for the North Dakota Tax Department before law school.
Todd Schwarz is an attorney in private practice with the Schwarz Law Office and Mediation in Bismarck. He is also Assistant State's Attorney for Grant and Sioux Counties. A 1989 graduate of the Hamline University School of Law, he was in private legal practice in Devils Lake before coming to Bismarck in 2000. Prior to law school, he worked in his family's concrete and excavation business in Mercer County.
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