Joshua A. Swanson

Joshua’s practice is centered on litigation where he focuses on energy and natural resource law, business law, agriculture and property law, and plaintiff's law.

Since joining the firm in 2011, Joshua has handled cases at the state district court level in North Dakota and Minnesota, the North Dakota Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Joshua was made a shareholder in December 2015. Before joining the firm, Joshua served as a law clerk to the seven judges of the old Northwest Judicial District based in Minot and Williston, North Dakota. 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 with his fiancé and their two bulldogs. He graduated magna cum laude as one of the McGrath North scholarship recipients from the Creighton University School of Law where he was lead articles editor for the law review. Joshua received undergraduate degrees in political science and history, with honors, from North Dakota State University. Joshua is a regular presenter at conferences focusing on oil and gas law issues and has had two articles on oil and gas contracts published in the University of North Dakota Law Review.

Joshua is a passionate North Dakota State University Bison fan, serving on the NDSU Team Makers Board of Directors and enjoys tailgating for Bison football as an ex officio member and adviser of Six Flags Tailgating and can be found most winters in his court side seats to Bison basketball games. He also writes a column and articles for Bison Illustrated magazine, advised the NDSU Blue Key student group, and is an active participant in NDSU’s Foundations of Leadership mentoring program. In addition, Joshua has taught and lectured on energy law at the University of North Dakota School of Law, Bismarck State's National Energy Center of Excellence, and North Dakota State University.

Practice Areas

  • Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Plaintiff's Law

Admitted To Practice

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • United States District Court, District of North Dakota


  • Featured presenter at 2011 UND Law Review Energy Law Symposium


  • UND Law Review, The Fine Print Matters: Negotiating an Oil and Gas Lease in North Dakota (publication Spring 2011).
  • Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium (2012 Edition). North Dakota section co-author.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Great Plains Rising Stars®, Thomson/Reuters (2014-2017)

Community Involvement

  • NDSU Team Makers Board of Directors
  • NDSU English Department External Advisory Board
  • Advisor of the NDSU Blue Key student group
  • Contributor to Bison Illustrated magazine

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