John C. Kapsner

John practices in our Bismarck office. His areas of concentration include commercial litigation, professional negligence, insurance defense, and health care law. He also enjoys handling "unusual" cases, where the issues are not frequently litigated in North Dakota. John is a 1973 graduate of Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. He has been a North Dakota Special Assistant Attorney General and an enforcement attorney for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

He is a member of the the Big Muddy Bar Association and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. He was a long time member of the North Dakota Supreme Court Joint Procedure Committee.

John and his wife, Carol Ronning Kapsner, have two children: Mical, an attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Caithlin, a business intelligence manager in Salem, Oregon.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Negligence
  • Insurance Defense
  • Health Care Law

Admitted To Practice

  • All State & Federal Courts of North Dakota, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985

Honors and Distinctions

  • Great Plains Super Lawyer®, Thomson/Reuters (2017)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked in North Dakota as Senior Statesmen, General Commercial Litigation, by Chambers USA (2012-present)


  • Big Muddy Bar Association
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • North Dakota Supreme Court Joint Procedure Committee (1988-2009)

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