John practices in our Bismarck office. His areas of concentration include commercial litigation, professional negligence, insurance defense, and health care law. He also enjoys handling "unusual" cases, where the issues are not frequently litigated in North Dakota. John is a 1973 graduate of Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. He has been a North Dakota Special Assistant Attorney General and an enforcement attorney for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

He is a member of the the Big Muddy Bar Association and the State Bar Association of North Dakota. He was a long time member of the North Dakota Supreme Court Joint Procedure Committee.

John and his wife, Carol Ronning Kapsner, have two children: Mical, an attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Caithlin, a business intelligence manager in Salem, Oregon.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Professional Negligence

Insurance Defense

Health Care Law

Honors and Distinctions

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Ranked in North Dakota as Senior Statesmen, General Commercial Litigation, by Chambers USA (2012-present)

Admitted To Practice

All State & Federal Courts of North Dakota, 1973

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1973

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1978

U.S. Supreme Court, 1985


Big Muddy Bar Association

State Bar Association of North Dakota

North Dakota Supreme Court Joint Procedure Committee (1988-2009)