Jon joined the firm in 1979 after earning a bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern University and graduating cum laude from the Law School of the University of Minnesota. His practice focuses on representation and litigation in the areas of commercial, secured transactions, business, debtor/creditor and bankruptcy law. Jon is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Minnesota and North Dakota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

When not in the office, Jon can frequently be found working on (or under) his 1999 Mazda Miata, which he races throughout the Midwest in the Sports Car Club of America's EP class.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Bankruptcy Representation and Litigation

Creditor / Debtor / Collection Representation & Litigation

Secured Transaction Documentation, Representation & Litigation

Business Representation & Litigation

Honors and Distinctions

"The Best Lawyers in America," in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Woodward/White (1993-2017)

Best Lawyer 2014 Fargo Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Great Plains Super Lawyer®, Thomson/Reuters (2011-2016)

Listed in Band 1, the highest ranking, as a Leading North Dakota Bankruptcy/Restructuring Attorney by Chambers USA (2012-2017) 

Admitted To Practice

North Dakota, 1979

Minnesota, 1979

U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 1979

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1981

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981

U.S. Supreme Court, 1990


State Bar Association of North Dakota

Cass County Bar Association

State Bar Association of Minnesota

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association