Nick focuses his practice on estate planning. Before joining the firm, he was an instructor at the Stanford University Law School. A 1965 graduate of Lawrence College, Nick received his law degree with honors from the University of Chicago in 1968. He served on the board of editors of the University of Chicago Law Review.

He is an elected member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has served as the group's North Dakota chair. He has also served as president of the Red River Valley Estate Planning Council and the Cass County Bar Association. He was also a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee for the State of North Dakota. In addition, Nick frequently presents seminars on estate planning.

Nick grew up in a family of lawyers in Fargo. He and his wife, Ene, still live close to their old neighborhoods. He is involved with local cultural activities. Nick is an avid tennis player and enjoys traveling.

Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Honors and Distinctions

"The Best Lawyers in America," in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, Woodward/White (1989-2017)

Great Plains Super Lawyers®, Thomson/Reuters (2007-2016)

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated from Martindale-Hubbell

Admitted To Practice

North Dakota, 1968

U.S. Federal Court, 1969

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1988


Cass County Bar Association

American College of Probate Counse

American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

Red River Valley Estate Planning Council

Community Involvement

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony

Lake Agassiz Kiwanis

Fargo Public Schools' Foundation