Tami Norgard has practiced law at the Vogel Law Firm for 20 years and is one of the firm’s managing partners. Tami’s law practice includes counseling clients in areas involving energy, natural resources and civil litigation, including environmental issues, oil and gas, electric cooperative, land use, and water law counseling and litigation. Her experience includes serving as legal counsel to many boards, including Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, Cass County Electric Cooperative, as well as water resource districts and rural water districts in North Dakota, and watershed districts in Minnesota. She provides lobbying services and eminent domain litigation for political subdivision clients on water projects. Her litigation experience includes numerous jury trials, court trials and appeals to the Supreme Courts in North Dakota, Minnesota and federal courts.
Tami joined the Vogel Law 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 been teaching law school, graduate school and undergraduate courses regularly since 1997. She taught Environmental Law & Policy in a graduate program at NDSU and at UND Law School, as well as Energy Law at Bismarck State University and Civil Rights and Environmental Moot Court classes at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Tami has supported the community over the years by sitting on various boards including: Downtown Community Partnership (Fargo), The Great North Pole, Hope Blooms, Save the Maah Daah Hey Foundation, the United Blood Services Leadership Council, Dakota Montessori School Board, River Keepers Board, Oak Grove Foundation Board, Moorhead Rotary, Fargo Theatre Board and various state bar committees and sections. Tami also volunteers as a photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.
A native of Arnegard, North Dakota, Tami lives in Fargo and enjoys spending time with her three children, following their numerous activities.
- Environmental Law
- Land Use
- Water Law
- Oil and Gas
- Real Estate Litigation
- Cooperatives Law
Honors and Distinctions
- “The Best Lawyers in America” in Environmental Law, Woodward/White, 2008-2021
- Great Plains Super Lawyers®, Thomson/Reuters, 2011-2020
- Listed as a leading North Dakota General Commercial Litigation attorney, Chambers USA, 2012-2019
- Listed as a leading North Dakota Energy and Natural Resources attorney, Chambers USA, 2018-2019
- Prairie Business Top 25 Women in Business
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
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
- State Bar Association of North Dakota
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Cass County Bar Association
- Clay County Bar Association
- “Landowner Relations,” Garrison Diversion Drought Conference, October 16, 2019
- “Legal Updates for County Planners,” Association of Counties Annual Meeting in Bismarck, September 19, 2019
- “Ballast Boat Wake Issues,” Big Sugar Bush Lake Association, August 30, 2019
- “WIFIA Program; Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act,” Interim Legislative Water Topics Committee, Bismarck, August 1, 2019
- “Water Law Update” Executive Briefing at the North Dakota Water Resource District Association’s Summer Meeting, Bismarck, July 9, 2019
- “The Law of Easements: It’s Your Land. Or is it?” Great Plains Land Expo speaker, Fargo, June 2019
- “Water Law,” Halfmoon Education, Bismarck, June 5, 2019
- “Water Law Fundamentals,” National Business Institute Continuing Education for lawyers, engineers and realtors, Bismarck, June 2017
- “Wind Easements,” numerous presentations throughout 2015 and 2016
- “Waters of the United States Rule; the Impact on ND Infrastructure Development,” Garrison Diversion Drought Conference, October 1, 2015.
- “Bakken 101” for Fargo-Moorhead Communiversity, February 2013
- “The Law of Easements,” ND Rural Electric Attorneys Conference, October 2012
- “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 ND Rural Electric Cooperative Attorneys Conference, September 2009
- “Lakeshore Development Issues” Fargo Rotary, 2008