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Nick Thornton

Phone: 701-478-7620
Fax: 701-478-7621
 

Nick loves all aspects of the legal process, both in and out of the courtroom. He brings this passion to each and every one of his clients, working hard to help them achieve their desired results.

Experience and Values

Nick is not the type of man to simply rest on his laurels; rather, he has taken an interest in constantly improving himself through ongoing education. In addition to his undergraduate degree in criminal justice and his law degree, Nick has also achieved a Masters of Business Administration and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in criminal justice.

Practice Areas and Skills

Nick’s career has taken him through a variety of legal practices, including criminal law, family law, personal injury, and general litigation. He discovered early on that his true calling lay in criminal defense, representing nearly 2,000 clients at the Fargo Public Defender’s Office. Nick is dedicated to his work and is involved throughout the entire process of criminal proceedings, from the arraignment all the way through post-conviction proceedings, if the case ever gets that far. He has a passion for helping people and strives to always get his clients the justice they deserve.

What Makes Nick the Attorney He Is Today

Nick got his start clerking for Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner at the North Dakota Supreme Courtbefore joining the Fargo Public Defender’s Office, where he spent the bulk of his career. He now works at Fremstad Law, where his practice areas include criminal defense, DWI/DUI cases, appeals, post-conviction relief, quasi-criminal administrative matters, and litigation.

Community Involvement

Nick is a member of the North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he was the Director from 2010 to 2012, and is currently the Chair of the association’s Scholarship Endowment Committee and a member of the Legislative Committee. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well. Nick maintains memberships in the American, Cass County, and North Dakota State Bar Associations, in the last of which he serves as Vice President and as the Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee. He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Attorney Standards for the North Dakota Supreme Court. Throughout his career, Nick has participated in a variety of radio shows, panels, and presentations throughout North Dakota and has been published in several magazines and law reviews. In his spare time, Nick volunteers as a youth wrestling coach for the Tech Team Wrestling Club in West Fargo, ND.

Things You May Be Interested in Knowing About Nick

Nick is originally from Jamestown, North Dakota and is married with two sons. While at the University of North Dakota School of Law, he was elected to the Order of the Coif. When he’s not working, he loves traveling, cooking, and spending time with his friends and family.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • DWI/DUI
  • Appeals
  • Post-Conviction Relief
  • Quasi-Criminal Administrative Matters
  • Litigation

Education

  • University of North Dakota, Doctorate of Philosophy, Criminal Justice, anticipated 2017
  • Western Trial Advocacy Institute, 2009
  • University of Mary, Master of Business Administration in Management, 2008
  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Juris Doctor (with distinction), 2006
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, 2003

Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
  • United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
  • North Dakota State Courts.
  • Minnesota State Courts.

Professional Awards

  • 2014-2017 Great Plains Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
  • 2014 Order of the Coif