John C. Kapsner

John C. Kapsner

Of Counsel
Bismarck, North Dakota
(701) 258-7899
(701) 258-9705

John practices in our Bismarck office. His areas of concentration include commercial litigation, professional negligence, insurance defense, and health care law. He also enjoys handling "unusual" cases, where the issues are not frequently litigated in North Dakota. John is a 1973 graduate of Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. He has been a North Dakota Special Assistant Attorney General and an enforcement attorney for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

He is a member of the Big Muddy Bar Association and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. He was a long time member of the North Dakota Supreme Court Joint Procedure Committee.

John and his wife, Carol Ronning Kapsner, have two children: Mical, an attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Caithlin, a business intelligence manager in Salem, Or egon.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Negligence
  • Insurance Defense
  • Health Care Law

Honors and Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked in North Dakota as Senior Statesmen, General Commercial Litigation, Chambers USA , 2012-Present
  • Great Plains Super Lawyer, Thomson/Reuters, 2017 - 2018

Admitted to Practice

  • North Dakota, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985


  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Big Muddy Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota, Member
  • North Dakota Supreme Court, Joint Procedure Committee, Member


  • St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
    • B.A

Past Employment Positions

  • North Dakota, Special Assistant Attorney General
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Enforcement Attorney