Nick Thornton
Fremstad Law Firm

P.O. Box 3143
3003 32nd Ave S, Ste 240
Fargo, North Dakota 58108-3142, United States
Phone: 701-478-7620
Fax: 701-478-7620
Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Litigation

Practice/Organization Description

Nick loves practicing law in and out of the courtroom. He has extensive experience in representing people in all stages of criminal proceedings, from the first appearance or arraignment through trial, appeal, and post-conviction proceedings. While his primary practice area is criminal law, Nick also practices in family law, personal injury, and general litigation. Nick is licensed to practice in all federal and state courts in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Before joining Fremstad Law Firm, Nick represented almost two-thousand individual clients at the Fargo Public Defender Office in all types of criminal cases from driving under the influence and driving under suspension to murder and gross sexual imposition. Before that, he clerked for Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner at the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Nick received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He received his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Nick has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mary and is pursuing a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of North Dakota.

Nick has authored two articles published by the North Dakota Law Review, presented on a number of criminal defense-related topics at continuing legal education seminars, and has taught law-related classes at the University of Mary. Nick is a past-president and charter member of the North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Nick also serves as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at a local youth wrestling club.

Nick is originally from Jamestown, North Dakota. He and his wife have two very active sons. During their spare time, Nick and his family enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Bar Admissions

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (2007)

U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota (2006)

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (2007)

North Dakota state courts (2006)

Minnesota state courts (2007)


University of North Dakota School of Law, Juris Doctor

University of Mary, Master of Business Administration

Minnesota State University Moorhead, Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice

Professional Associations & Memberships

North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

American Bar Association

State Bar Association of North Dakota

Cass County Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Law Clerk to the Honorable Carol Ronning Kapsner of the North Dakota Supreme Court

Order of the Coif

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