Don's nationwide practice provides his clients with an untold wealth of experience to resolve their business disputes.


Don is a business and commercial litigation attorney with a particular emphasis in the areas of health care and finance. With experience with arbitrations, bench and first-chair jury trials, Don has litigated in more than 35 states or federal districts and multiple tribal courts. On behalf of his clients, Don regularly tackles payor/provider disputes, health benefit issues, and lease finance litigation. He also represents clients in oil and gas and transportation litigation, encompassing the rail, air, trucking and pipeline industries.


Don regularly untangles health insurance coverage disputes for group health plans and their third-party administrators.

Don has been a member of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association (ELFA)

Don has represented national life insurance and annuity companies in litigation related to the sale of their products. Additionally, he serves as outside litigation counsel for a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

The firm's oil and gas clients benefit from Don's experience practicing in energy-rich western North Dakota.

Don serves as outside litigation counsel and litigation manager for a group of short line railroads, is a member of the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) General Counsel Committee, and has presented to railroad trade associations on liability issues.

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"Catch Me With A Can," 70 North Dakota Law Review, 1994



Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars

Recognized as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association in recognition of volunteering more than 50 pro bono hours annually

Commendation by the Liberia Truth & Reconciliation Commission for pro bono asylum services

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Minnesota State Bar Association, Bar Admissions Advisory Council, Former Member

North Dakota State Bar Association, Former Young Lawyers Division President

American Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota Statewide ADR - Rule 114 Neutrals Roster


  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Southern District of Indiana, and the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Eighth Circuits


University of North Dakota School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1995

  • Order of Barristers
  • North Dakota Law Review, Senior Editor

Cornell College, B.A., cum laude, Economics and International Business, 1992

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