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 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 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 supports the community by sitting on the United Blood Services Leadership Council, the Dakota Montessori School Board. She is also involved in the North Dakota Law Related Education Committee and the MSBA Environment and Natural Resources Section. Tami also volunteers as a photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

A native of Arnegard, North Dakota, Tami and her husband John Zasada live in Fargo with their three children.

Practice Areas

Environmental Law

Land Use

Water Law

Oil and Gas

Real Estate Litigation

Honors and Distinctions

"The Best Lawyers in America" in Environmental Law, Woodward/White (2008-2013)

Great Plains Super Lawyer®, Thomson/Reuters (2011-2012)

Listed as a leading North Dakota General Commercial Litigation attorney, Chambers USA (2012)

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


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


"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