Mike focuses his practice on commercial law, with a specific emphasis on tax matters. He works with public and privately-held companies on business transactions, including structuring, financing and advising on general corporate matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mike was General Counsel at an investment management firm with interests in ethanol processing, hotel development and management, and real estate. He also worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.



Labor Management

  • Currently represents a utility with respect to its employee union, including contract negotiations and grievance representation.
  • Represented another utility and media company in connection with their union matters. That work has included negotiating several contracts, handling a variety of grievances, and advising on interactions with the union during disciplinary matters.



  • University of North Dakota School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • Concordia College, B.A., 1997, summa cum laude


  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, Tax Law, 2021-present
  • Rising Star - Tax, Great Plains Super Lawyers, 2014-2015
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, North Dakota Liaison to the ABA Corporate Laws Committee


  • Plains Art Museum, Board of Directors
  • West Fargo Soccer Club, Board of Directors

News & Insights

Publications & Presentations

Co-Author, “To Own or Not To Own? Rewarding Employees With Phantom Equity,” Fargo INC! Magazine, December 2021

Co-Author, “Agricultural Distress and Possible Solutions – How North Dakota’s Farmers Can Sow Seeds for a Financial Turnaround,” Fargo INC! Magazine, December 2020

Co-Author, "COVID-19 And Contracts: Is The Pandemic Considered An ‘Act Of God?’" Fargo INC! Magazine, June 2020

Co-Author, "2 Big Recent Changes at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office," Fargo INC! Magazine, October 2019

Speaker, “What to do When the IRS Comes to Collect,” 2019 ND CPA Convention, September 24, 2019

Co-Author, "Being an Owner Doesn't Guarantee you a Job," Fargo INC! Magazine, January 2019

"10 Things Owners Need To Know About Buy-Sell Agreements," Fargo INC! Magazine, June 2018

Co-Author, "Taking the Fear Factor Out of Succession Planning," Fargo INC! Magazine, August 2017

Co-Presenter, “North Dakota’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act,” June 22, 2016

Presenter, “IRS Audits - Some Observations,” Fargo Moorhead Society of CPAs, April 2016

Blog Posts

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