Joshua A. Swanson

Joshua A. Swanson


Contact Information




Fargo, North Dakota

Practice Areas

  • Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Agriculture and Property Law
  • Plaintiff’s Law
  • Construction Litigation

Admitted to Practice

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota

Joshua’s practice is centered on litigation where he focuses on energy and natural resource law, construction litigation, business law, and agriculture and property law.

Since joining the firm in 2011, Joshua has handled cases at the state district court level in North Dakota and Minnesota, the North Dakota Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Joshua successfully litigated the Wilkinson v. Board of Univ. and School Lands case to the North Dakota Supreme Court, where the North Dakota Supreme Court recognized the rights of private landowners with minerals under Lake Sakakawea. Joshua was made a shareholder in December 2015, and he currently chairs the firm’s recruiting committee and co-chairs the mentoring committee. In addition to energy law, Joshua specializes in construction litigation, representing both homeowners and builders/contractors in home construction disputes. Before joining the firm, Joshua served as a law clerk to the seven judges of the old Northwest Judicial District based in Minot and Williston, North Dakota.

A proud native of Maddock, North Dakota, Joshua resides in Fargo with his wife, a medical physicist with Sanford Health’s Roger Maris Cancer Center, their son, and two bulldogs. They are members of Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo. He graduated magna cum laude from the Creighton University School of Law. Joshua received undergraduate degrees in political science and history, with honors, from North Dakota State University. Joshua is a passionate North Dakota State University Bison fan who loves tailgating and can be found every fall in his football seats and winter in his basketball seats. He also writes a column for Bison Illustrated magazine and hosts a weekly Bison radio show on 740AM The Fan.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Prairie Business 40 Under 40 Award Winner, December 2020
  • Great Plains Rising Stars®, Thomson/Reuters, 2014 – 2020
  • Eric Sevareid Award, April 2019


  • Featured presenter at 2011 & 2013 UND Law Review Energy Law Symposium
  • Featured presenter at 2018 North Dakota NARO (Nat’l Association of Royalty Owners) Convention
  • Numerous other conferences and seminars on oil and gas law throughout North Dakota


  • UND Law Review, The Fine Print Matters: Negotiating an Oil and Gas Lease in North Dakota (publication Spring 2011)
  • Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium (2012-2018 Edition). North Dakota section co-author
  • UND Law Review, The Hand of God: Limiting the Impact of the Force Majeure Clause in an Oil and Gas Lease (publication Spring 2013)
  • UND Law Review, Ignorance of the Constitution is Not Bliss (publication Spring 2019)
  • UND Law Review, Do Not Boast About Tomorrow: Lessons we can Learn from Today’s Covid-19 Court Cases to Prepare for Future Disasters (publication spring 2021)

Community Involvement

  • State Bar Association North Dakota, Editorial Board for The Gavel magazine
  • ND FFA Foundation Board of Directors
  • NDSU Team Makers Board of Directors
  • Contributor to Bison Illustrated magazine
  • Host of Herd It Hear with Swany on 740AM The Fan