Jon R. Brakke

Jon joined the firm in 1979 after earning a bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern University and graduating cum laude from the Law School of the University of Minnesota. He practices mainly in commercial, secured transactions, business, debtor/creditor and bankruptcy law. Jon is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Minnesota and North Dakota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

When not in the office, Jon can frequently be found working on (or under) his 1999 Mazda Miata, which he races throughout the Midwest in the Sports Car Club of America's EP class.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Representation and Litigation
  • Creditor / Debtor / Collection Representation & Litigation
  • Secured Transaction Documentation, Representation & Litigation
  • Business Representation & Litigation

Admitted To Practice

  • North Dakota, 1979
  • Minnesota, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1981
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Honors and Distinctions

  • "The Best Lawyers in America," in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Woodward/White (1993-2018)
  • Best Lawyer 2014 Fargo Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Great Plains Super Lawyer®, Thomson/Reuters (2011-2017)
  • Listed in Band 1, the highest ranking, as a Leading North Dakota Bankruptcy/Restructuring Attorney by Chambers USA (2012-2016)


  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • State Bar Association of Minnesota
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association

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