Tami Norgard

Tami concentrates her practice in the area of natural resources and civil litigation, including environmental issues, oil and gas, and water law litigation. Her experience includes numerous jury trials, court trials and appeals.

She joined the Vogel Law Firm in 1999 after practicing with the Gray Plant Mooty firm in Minneapolis and after working for the federal government in Washington, D.C. Tami graduated from the University of North Dakota summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science. She received her law degree cum laude and a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law and Policy magna cum laude in 1995 from Vermont Law School.

Tami has been teaching Law School, Graduate School and Undergraduate Courses regularly since 1997. She taught Environmental Law & Policy in a graduate program at NDSU and at UND Law School. She has taught Energy Law at Bismarck State University and Moot Court classes at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Tami has supported the community over the years by sitting on the United Blood Services Leadership Council, Dakota Montessori School Board, River Keepers Board, Oak Grove Foundation Board, Moorhead Rotary, Fargo Theatre Board and various state bar committees and sections. Tami also volunteers as a photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

A native of Arnegard, North Dakota, Tami lives in Fargo and enjoys spending time with her three children, following their numerous activities.

Practice Areas

  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use
  • Water Law
  • Oil and Gas
  • Real Estate Litigation

Admitted To Practice

  • Minnesota, 1995
  • North Dakota, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 1999
  • United States Supreme Court, 2011


  • “Waters of the United States Rule; the Impact on ND Infrastructure Development” Garrison Diversion Drought Conference, October 1, 2015.
  • “Bakken 101” for Fargo-Moorhead Communiversity, February 2013
  • “The Law of Easements,” ND Rural Electric Attorneys Conference, October 2012
  • "Mineral Leasing from a Landowner's Perspective" in Watford City and Williston, North Dakota, November 2010
  • "Mineral Leasing" at Great Plains Land Expo in Fargo, North Dakota, December 2011
  • "What Landowners Need to Know About Wind Leases" at the SBAND Real Property Seminar, December 2009
  • "EPA Proposed Rules Regulating Diesel Engines" at the NDRECA Attorneys Meeting, December 2010
  • "Wastewater Disposal In the Energy Industry" at SBAND Annual Meeting, June 2010
  • "Wind Energy and Leasing Issues for Cooperatives" at NDRECA Attorneys Meeting, September 2009

Honors and Distinctions

  • "The Best Lawyers in America" in Environmental Law, Woodward/White (2008-2018)
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers®, Thomson/Reuters (2011-2017)
  • Listed as a leading North Dakota General Commercial Litigation attorney, Chambers USA (2012-2016)
  • Prairie Business Top 25 Women in Business, (http://legacy.prairiebizmag.com/pdfs/0316WIB.pdf)


  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Clay County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • United Blood Services Leadership Council
  • Dakota Montessori School Board

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