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 »
Attorneys Lisa Edison-Smith and Vanessa Anderson recently presented an Employment Law Update to members of the Fargo Moorhead Human Resource Association. Click here to view their presentation.Read More »
Vogel Law Firm is proud to partner with United Way and to be on the list of the United Way of Cass Clay Top 50 Most Generous Companies of 2015. Congratulations to the United Way on another successful campaign and to Vogel Law Firm employees who are invested in helping people in our community.Read More »
Vogel Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Janel C. Frank to the Bismarck office. Janel practices in the areas of estate planning, probate administration, and tax controversy and advising. Her goal is to help her clients find an effective and efficient solution to their legal problems, whether that be helping them clarify and carry out their unique goals for transferring their hard-earned wealth to the next generation or to resolve complex problems regarding federal and state tax matters. Janel also has expertise in advising non-profits regarding the process of obtaining and maintaining federal tax-exempt status.
Janel graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law and from Georgetown University Law Center, where she received her LL.M. in tax and was recognized as a Graduate Tax Scholar. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Dickinson State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to law school, Janel worked as an eligibility worker for Stark County Social Services, where she administered government programs, including Medicaid.
A native of Dickinson, North Dakota, Janel enjoys reading, music, and spending time with family.
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Vogel Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Smith to the firm. Andrew is an attorney in our Fargo office, practicing in the areas of civil litigation, environmental law, business law, and real estate law.
Andrew graduated first in his class from the University of North Dakota School of Law where he was the Outside Articles Editor of the North Dakota Law Review, served as a Teaching Assistant for the Lawyering Skills Program under Professor Kirsten Dauphinais, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Andrew was an extern for the Honorable Kermit E. Bye of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Prior to law school, Andrew received undergraduate degrees in history and political science, with honors, from North Dakota State University.
Andrew and his wife Jana live in West Fargo. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing basketball, reading, hunting, and spending time at the lake.
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