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Caren W Stanley





Fargo, ND




Practice Areas:

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Meet Caren

Caren’s areas of concentration include business and commercial litigation; construction law and liens; bankruptcy; creditor, debtor and collection; foreclosures and evictions. She received her undergraduate degree in history and East Asian studies from Carleton College and graduated magna cum laude from Hamline University School of Law. While in law school, she was an editor of the Hamline Law Review and published an article on copyright law. She also worked part-time for the Minnesota Attorney General’s  Office in the Tax Litigation division. 

Caren is a native of the Fargo-Moorhead area and graduated from Moorhead Senior High School. Prior to attending law school, she worked for several years at Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions as a software support technician and trainer. Her husband is a database administrator. They have two daughters, two rescue cats, and a Great Dane. Caren spends most of her free time cheering on the kids in their activities, especially those long soccer trips, and walking (or being walked by is perhaps more accurate) the dog. 

Honors and Distinctions

  • Great Plains Rising Star ®, Thomson/Reuters (2014-2015) 
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers ®, Thomson/Reuters (2016-2023) 
  • Listed in Band 2, the second highest ranking, as a Leading North Dakota Bankruptcy/Restructuring Attorney by Chambers USA, 2021-2022 


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • State Bar Association of South Dakota

Admitted to Practice

  • North Dakota, 2005
  • Minnesota, 2004
  • South Dakota, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Minnesota
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court North Dakota
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court South Dakota
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