Peter D. Welte

Peter 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. While at UND Law School, he was inducted into the Order of the Barristers, and served on the Moot Court Board. He has been published in the North Dakota Law Review.

Peter has served in a variety of leadership roles with the bar. He has been President of the Grand Forks County Bar Association, and also President of the North Dakota State’s Attorney’s Association. He chairs the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, and also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at the UND School of Law, teaching both State and Local Government Law and Agricultural Law. He has presented at multiple CLE programs for the State Bar Association of North Dakota, and also served on the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Association of Counties.

Peter is a farm kid from western Grand Forks County, and continues to have an interest in the family farm. He is the Lay Leader of the Larimore United Methodist Church, and is a member of the Grand Forks Rotary Club and the Grand Forks Kiwanis. He and his wife Lisa have two children, and enjoy the North Dakota outdoors.

Practice Areas

  • Agricultural and Cooperatives Law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental, Water Law and Land Use
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims

Admitted To Practice

  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota


  • North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
  • Grand Forks County Bar Association (past President);
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota (Board Of Governors, Chair of Continuing Legal Education Committee);
  • North Dakota State's Attorney's Association (past President);
  • North Dakota Association of Counties (past member of Board of Directors)

Community Involvement

  • Lay Leader of the Larimore Methodist Church
  • Grand Forks Rotary Club
  • Grand Forks Kiwanis

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