Our Firm

With offices in Fargo, Bismarck, and Grand Forks, North Dakota and Moorhead and Minneapolis, Minnesota, we offer sophisticated legal representation to businesses and individuals throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana.

We are one of the largest law firms in northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota and serve a diverse group of clients in matters ranging from sophisticated commercial transactions to criminal law defense and family law.

We were named the leading business law firm in North Dakota. Our lawyers provide a depth and breadth of services to businesses, including employment law, secured transactions, securities and franchising, corporate formation and counseling, intellectual property law, and mergers and acquisitions. Our government relations lawyers are well-respected from the state house to the cities and townships where our clients' concerns matter.

Our litigation team has vast experience in all of the region's state and federal courts, as well as before tribal courts and administrative agencies. We have a team of lawyers who concentrate their practice in medical malpractice defense and complex commercial litigation. Our insurance defense, family law and criminal defense lawyers are among the region's best.

Since 1880, we have enjoyed a region-wide reputation of integrity and success. Over the years, our lawyers have been called to prestigious public service positions. Our alumni include four Judges appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, a United States District Court Judge, a North Dakota Supreme Court Justice and a North Dakota Attorney General.

Our success continues today. With experienced and dedicated staff, Vogel Law Firm provides efficient, affordable and excellent legal services to our clients.

Vogel Law Firm Core Values Statement

Excellence and integrity in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation.


History of the Vogel Law Firm

The firm traces its roots back to 1880 when William Barnett came to Fargo to practice law. He hired Seth Richardson in 1905 and soon their partnership expanded and prospered. The Vogel family, through brothers Charles, Philip and Mart Vogel, became associated with the group in the late 1920's. They expanded the firm's practice into North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, providing a range of legal services.

Members of the firm have a long history of involvement in public service. Charles Vogel became a United States District Court judge in 1941. In 1954, he became North Dakota's first Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals judge. He was succeeded by another firm member, Myron Bright, in 1968. In 1998, a third firm member, John Kelly, was appointed to the Eighth Circuit bench. A fourth firm member, Kermit Bye, succeeded Judge Kelly in 1999. The firm is undoubtedly one of a few firms in the country to have had four of its members to serve as U.S. Circuit Judge. Another firm member, Beryl Levine, became the first woman to serve on the North Dakota Supreme Court. Several other partners have served in other prominent government positions such as Assistant Attorney General of the United States, United States Attorney for North Dakota and Attorney General of North Dakota.

The firm merged with Kapsner & Oliver, PC, of Bismarck on January 1, 2000. On January 1, 2004, the firm merged with the Gunhus Law Firm of Moorhead. The union of the three firms makes the Vogel Law Firm the largest law firm in the Tri-State area, outside of the Minneapolis Metropolitan area.


The Vogel Law Firm is a member of the ALFA International legal network. The ALFA network is comprised of 125 law firms with nearly 300 offices throughout the United States and around the World. The 85 U.S. firms and 40 international members employ over 8,000 lawyers and 10,000 legal support staff. As an ALFA member, the Vogel Law Firm is able to draw upon the vast resources of the network's membership to better serve its clients. ALFA affiliation also facilitates and expedites the retention of outstanding counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions, another significant client benefit. More information about the ALFA legal network can be found at www.alfainternational.com.