Gov. Jack Dalrymple today appointed Jon Jay Jensen of Grand Forks to the Northeast Central Judicial District Court bench which serves Grand Forks and Nelson counties. Jensen expects to transition from his private practice to the bench during the next 30 days. He replaces Judge Joel Medd, the state's longest serving district judge who has announced his retirement after 34 years on the bench.
"Jon is an accomplished attorney and highly respected by his peers," Dalrymple said. "He brings to the position a wealth of legal experience and an unwavering commitment to justice and public service."
"In making this appointment, I also applaud Judge Medd for 34 years of outstanding service to the citizens in the Northeast Central Judicial District and I am grateful to the candidates who expressed an interest in serving on the bench," Dalrymple said. "All of the candidates are highly qualified and dedicated members of our legal system."
Jensen and his wife, Linda Bata, are partners in a Grand Forks law firm where they focus on taxation law, business law and estate planning. Before establishing the firm, Jensen practiced law at Pearson Christensen, PLLP, in Grand Forks for 21 years, including civil litigation and criminal defense.
A certified public accountant and attorney, Jensen has served as a hearing officer and an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Dakota School of Law where he has instructed on trial advocacy and guest lectured on income tax law, corporate and partnership tax and estate and gift tax. For the past 10 years, "Best Lawyers in America" has recognized Jensen for his expertise in taxation and commercial litigation.
Jensen also has served as a special assistant to the North Dakota Attorney General for matters involving the North Dakota Department of Transportation, the Public Service Commission, North Dakota State University, the University of North Dakota and the State Board of Higher Education.
He earned his law degree with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law and a B.S. degree in accounting from Minnesota State University Mankato. After earning his degrees, Jensen served as a law clerk in 1990 for North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Ralph Erickstad. He is the former president of the Grand Forks County Bar Association and past chairman of the North Dakota CPA Taxation Committee.
Jensen's community involvement includes serving as the Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America-Northern Lights Council District, director of Red River Runners, former member of the Grand Forks Public Library Board of Directors and former youth soccer coach.