Debbie Kleven has announced that she will step down as Northeast Central Judicial District Judge on August 5, 2016 to join Vogel Law Firm. Debbie will join the firm’s Grand Forks Office on September 1, 2016. She plans to practice in the areas of mediation, arbitration, farm and business succession planning, trusts and estates, and elder law.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Grand Forks County, Nelson County, and the State of North Dakota for the past 30 years in my capacity as an assistant state’s attorney, county judge, and district judge,” said Kleven, a 1983 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law . “I have had the opportunity to work with professional and competent attorneys, judges, and support staff. I am looking forward to beginning the practice of law again. With over 30 years of courtroom experience, both as an attorney and as a judge, I believe that I have a unique perspective as to what works and what does not work in the law. I am looking for the best platform to begin my practice again and one that will help my practice succeed. Vogel Law has the combination of expertise, experience, and practice areas to help support me with this endeavor.”
Peter Welte, a partner at Vogel Law Firm’s Grand Forks office commented, “We couldn’t be more excited about Judge Kleven’s decision to join the Vogel office in Grand Forks. To add an attorney with her depth of experience and breadth of knowledge is a rarity. Her reputation and her commitment to excellence will enhance the Vogel Law Firm’s ability to provide quality legal services to both Grand Forks and all of the surrounding communities.”
Rob Manly, Vogel Law Firm’s president, explained how the addition of Judge Kleven adds to the firm’s growing presence in Grand Forks, “Judge Kleven has a tremendous reputation for both her legal ability and work ethic. She also possesses the character that melds with our law firm’s culture. With Peter Welte and Debbie Kleven anchoring our Grand Forks office, we have a strong foundation for growth in the northern valley. Judge Kleven will be integral to our commitment to providing top-notch representation to our clients in the vibrant Grand Forks market. We are privileged that she will be joining our team.”Read More »
Mark Friese, Vogel Law Firm attorney and former police officer, discusses on KFGO News & Views with Joel Heitkamp the impact "Marsy's Law for North Dakota" could have on North Dakotans and the justice system. Click the link to listen to the full podcast.
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As expected, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued its long-awaited final regulations increasing the minimum salary threshold for "exempt" employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") today. Although the regulations are largely as expected, some changes are of note to area employers. Attorney Lisa Edison-Smith outlines those changes here.
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Vogel Law Firm provided an update on important employment and labor law developments at their recent Employment Law 2016 seminar. Click here to view the seminar presentation.Read More »
Vogel Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition of Charlotte J.S. Rusch to the firm. Charlotte is an attorney in the Fargo office, currently practicing in the areas of civil and commercial litigation. Charlotte served as law clerk to Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner of the North Dakota Supreme Court during the 2010-2011 term, and then practiced commercial and civil litigation with a private firm in Fargo before joining Vogel.
Charlotte grew up primarily in Berthold, North Dakota, but has lived all over the state of North Dakota. She received her B.A. from the University of North Dakota. Following her undergraduate studies, Charlotte first attended Syracuse University College of Law in Syracuse, New York, and then transferred to the University of North Dakota School of Law. Charlotte received her Juris Doctor degree, with distinction, from UND. While at UND, Charlotte was a published member of Law Review, and participated in the Native American Law Students Association National Moot Court competition.
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Vogel Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition of KrisAnn Norby-Jahner to the firm. KrisAnn concentrates her practice in labor and employment law, ERISA litigation, and general civil litigation, where she represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation matters. In her ERISA litigation practice, KrisAnn represents plaintiffs during the internal appeal process for their long-term and short-term disability benefits. She also litigates ERISA claims in federal court.
KrisAnn has also been involved in a variety of employment cases, representing employees who have been discriminated against in the workplace, are seeking a review of employment contracts and separation agreements, or are seeking unemployment benefits. She provides full legal representation during unemployment benefit appeal hearings. In addition, she represents employers who need assistance in drafting employee handbooks, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, and other employment-related documents. She has also lectured on employment law considerations for start-up businesses and small business owners.
Prior to joining Vogel Law Firm, KrisAnn practiced in the Twin Cities. She obtained a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, where she was active on Law Review, the National Moot Court team, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution program; Ph.D./ABD from Kent State University; M.A. from North Dakota State University; B.A. from Minnesota State University Moorhead; and A.A. from Minot State University-Bottineau, where she played college basketball. KrisAnn is also able to mediate disputes as a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.
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Rob Manly has been elected president of Vogel Law Firm. He succeeds Steve Johnson who was president of the firm for nine years.
Rob has been with the law firm since 2001, and served as chair of the firm’s recruiting committee from 2007 to 2014. He is a litigation attorney with an active trial practice handling a wide variety of disputes throughout North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. His areas of concentration include personal injury claims, trust and estate litigation, and commercial litigation. During his time with Vogel, Rob has handled numerous trials to successful conclusion, and many appeals before the North Dakota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Rob resides in Fargo with his wife Julie and three children. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of North Dakota School of Law. Rob is active in his community, coaching and serving on a board promoting youth basketball in north Fargo, and has been on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of North Dakota (a non-profit entity providing legal services to the indigent) since 1999.
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Vogel Law Firm with offices in Fargo, Bismarck, and Grand Forks, North Dakota and Moorhead and Minneapolis, Minnesota is pleased to announce that Joshua Swanson, Kevin Mason and Peter Welte have become shareholders in the firm.
Joshua Swanson's practice is centered primarily on litigation where he focuses on energy and natural resource law, commercial litigation, and plaintiff's law. Before joining the firm, Joshua served as a law clerk to the seven judges of North Dakota's Northwest Judicial District based in Minot and Williston. Prior to that, during law school, he clerked at one of Omaha, Nebraska's largest corporate and estate planning law firms. A proud native of Maddock, North Dakota, Joshua resides in Fargo. He graduated magna cum laude as one of the McGrath North scholarship recipients from the Creighton University School of Law. Joshua received undergraduate degrees in political science and history, with honors, from North Dakota State University.
Kevin Mason is an Iowa native who was educated at the University of Iowa, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and at the Georgetown University Law Center. Before he joined Vogel Law Firm, Kevin worked in Washington DC, in Poland and Ukraine, where he represented venture capital and technology investors, securities and commodities brokers, local governments, non-profits, and agribusiness concerns. Kevin’s practice focuses on banking, securities and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, agribusiness, and also secured lending and leasing transactions. He has been a member of the New York State Bar since 2000 and the North Dakota State Bar since 2013.
Peter Welte has a depth of legal experience and a broad practice, with an emphasis in business and agricultural law, criminal defense, estate planning, and local governmental law. He joined Vogel Law Firm in 2015, establishing the firm’s presence in Grand Forks County. Prior to that, Peter had been in private practice, and had most recently served as the elected State’s Attorney of Grand Forks County since 2002. Peter received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University in 1989. He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture before attending the University of North Dakota School of Law, graduating with distinction in 1997.Read More »