About Our Firm

A History of Excellence

Vogel Law Firm traces its roots back to 1880 when William Barnett came to Fargo to practice law. He hired Seth Richardson in 1905 and soon their partnership expanded and prospered. Through brothers Charles, Philip and Mart Vogel, the Vogel family became associated with the group in the late 1920's. They expanded the firm's practice into North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, providing a range of legal services.

Prestigious Positions in Public Service

Members of the firm have a long history of involvement in public service. Charles Vogel became a United States District Court judge in 1941. In 1954, he became North Dakota's first Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals judge.

He was succeeded by another firm member, Myron Bright, in 1968. In 1998, a third firm member, John Kelly, was appointed to the Eighth Circuit bench. A fourth firm member, Kermit Bye, succeeded Judge Kelly in 1999.

The firm is undoubtedly one of the few firms in the country to have had four of its members serve as U.S. Circuit Judge. Another firm member, Beryl Levine, became the first woman to serve on the North Dakota Supreme Court. Several other partners have served in other prominent government positions such as Assistant Attorney General of the United States, United States Attorney for North Dakota, Attorney General of North Dakota, and district court judges.

One of the Largest Law Firms in the Tri-state Area

The firm merged with Kapsner & Oliver, PC, of Bismarck, North Dakota on January 1, 2000, and then with the Gunhus Law Firm of Moorhead, Minnesota on January 1, 2004. The union of the three firms made Vogel Law Firm one of the largest law firms in the Tri-state area, outside of the Minneapolis Metropolitan area.

Although it has grown tremendously, Vogel Law Firm has stuck to its core values: Excellence and integrity in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation.

With offices in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Moorhead and Minneapolis, Vogel Law Firm offers sophisticated legal representation to businesses and individuals throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. We are one of the largest law firms in northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota and serve a diverse group of clients in matters ranging from sophisticated commercial transactions to criminal defense law and personal injury.

Our litigation team has vast experience in all of the region's state and federal courts, as well as before tribal courts and administrative agencies. We have a team of lawyers who concentrate their practice in medical malpractice defense and complex commercial litigation. Our insurance defense, personal injury, wrongful death, family law and criminal defense lawyers are among the region's leading litigators.

The Leading Business Law Firm in North Dakota

We were named the leading business law firm in North Dakota. Our lawyers provide a wide breadth of services to businesses, including employment law, secured transactions, securities, and franchising, corporate formation and counseling, intellectual property law, and mergers and acquisitions. Our government relations lawyers are well-respected from the state house to the cities and townships where our clients' concerns matter.

Member of the ALFA International Legal Network

As a member of ALFA International, Vogel Law Firm is backed by the resources of this expansive network. ALFA International is made up of 125 law firms with approximately 300 offices throughout the U.S. and around the globe. Of these firms, 85 U.S. firms and 40 international members are represented, with over 8,000 lawyers and 10,000 legal support staff. This benefits our clients in many ways, especially in cases that involve unfamiliar jurisdictions. To learn more about ALFA International, click here.

Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

One of the firm’s wrongful death and personal injury practice area attorney is a member of this group which is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Our attorneys provide a wide range of services representing individuals and families injured or killed as a result of a defective product or someone else’s conduct.

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Quality Attorneys Quality Care

Ultimately, we measure our success in terms of how we improve the lives of our clients. We never forget that the most important part in any legal matter is the people involved.

You Are More Than Just a Client