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Bradley A. Cruff

District Court Judge

Chambers: Wahpeton – SEJD #3
Elected in 2012

418 2nd Ave. N.
Wahpeton, ND 58075


Cindy Keller
Court Recorder

Judge Cruff was elected as District Court Judge in 2012 for the Southeast Judicial District judgeship #3 located in Wahpeton, ND.  

Born in 1964; Judge Cruff is a native of Valley City, ND.   Judge Cruff was raised on the family farm and ranch at rural Rogers, North Dakota. He attended Barnes County North High School graduating in 1982.   He graduated from Valley City State College in 1986; and received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1994. He was admitted to the N.D. Bar on October 5, 1994.

After graduation, Judge Cruff became an associate at the Carol S. Nelson law firm of Valley City. He was elected and served on as the Valley City Municipal Judge from 1996-1998 at which time the Nelson and Lenaburg, Fitzner, Hooper firms merged and he served in the capacity of Assistant City Attorney for Valley City. He was elected the Barnes County Commissioner in 1998 and served until 2002.

In 2000 Judge Cruff became a partner in the firm of Lenaburg, Fitzner, Nelson, Hooper & Cruff. In 2005, he served briefly as City Attorney for Valley City before being appointed as the Barnes County State’s Attorney where he practiced as a prosecutor until he was elected to the bench.