Born in 1965 in Grand Forks and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Helena, Montana, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota; married to Linda Bata.
Graduated with a BS in Accounting from Minnesota State University Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota, 1987. Earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law, 1990.
Law Clerk, North Dakota Supreme Court, Bismarck, 1990 to 1991; private practice, Grand Forks, 1991 to 2013; Northwest Airlines, Egan, Minnesota, 2000-2001; District Judge, Northeast Central Judicial District, Grand Forks, 2013-2017, appointed by Governor Jack Dalrymple in 2013 and elected to a six-year term in 2016; appointed to the North Dakota Supreme Court by Governor Doug Burgum in August 2017; and elected to a full ten-year term in 2020; elected Chief Justice in December 2019 by vote of the district court judges and Supreme Court justices and re-elected for a full five-year term in 2020.
Memberships and Committees
Caseflow Management Committee, 2016-2017. Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee, 2017 to present. Pretrial Detention Workgroup, 2018 to present. Court Services Administration Committee, 2017 to present. President, Grand Forks County Bar Association, 1999. Past Chair, North Dakota CPA Taxation Committee. Chair (North Dakota), ABA Real Property Taxation Section, 1996-1999. Member: American Bar Association; North Dakota State Bar Association Taxation Section; Minnesota State Bar Association; Ninth Judicial District (Minnesota) Bar Association. Member: North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants – Taxation Section and Public Relations Committee; Grand Forks County and Bismarck/Mandan Society of Certified Public Accountants (local chapters).