Jack is an experienced trial lawyer who handles a wide variety of cases. He focuses his practice on insurance defense, personal injury and wrongful death, business and contract disputes, and property and construction damage claims.

Jack provides thoughtful legal counsel to his clients throughout representation so they can make well-informed decisions.  He keeps his clients’ best interests in mind at all times, and he works to achieve the best results possible.

He has tried cases to verdict involving wrongful death, personal injury, and construction disputes.  He regularly litigates high exposure, multi-million dollar lawsuits, and has had multiple successful jury verdicts involving claims in excess of $10 million.  Among Jack’s successful verdicts, he recently obtained a complete dismissal of his client in a wrongful death trial where the plaintiff claimed $10 million in damages.

Despite having considerable trial experience, Jack is always working to further improve. He graduated from the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy in 2019. The IADC Trial Academy is a comprehensive and challenging seven day program that is designed to help lawyers further develop and fine-tune trial advocacy skills.

The majority of Jack’s practice is devoted to defending claims, but he also represents plaintiffs.  He has obtained numerous successful settlements and results for his clients in those cases as well.

As a result of his hard work and achievements, he has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2017 through 2021—a peer-reviewed selection that recognizes only 2.5% of lawyers in each state.

Jack’s passion for trial advocacy started while he was in law school.  In his final year, Jack won UND’s trial competition, the Carrigan Cup. He also competed extensively in the Moot Court and Trial Team programs.  As a result of his accomplishments throughout law school, Jack was inducted into the National Order of Barristers.

Admissions

  • North Dakota, 2011
  • United States District Court, District of North Dakota, 2011
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2017
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2020

Education

  • Juris Doctor, with distinction – University of North Dakota, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science, cum laude – University of North Dakota 2007

Professional Activities

  • North Dakota Pattern Jury Instruction Commission—Member, 2020-present
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota – Member, 2011-present
  • The Judge Bruce M. Van Sickle American Inn of Court – President, 2017
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers – Personal Injury – General, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Construction Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Great Plains Rising Star®, 2017-2021
  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, 2019
  • National Order of Barristers – Member, 2011