Randall J. Bakke
Randall J. Bakke was admitted to the bar in North Dakota and Minnesota in 1982. He attended the University of North Dakota, graduating with a B.A. (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) in 1979 and obtained his juris doctor in 1982.
Bakke is a board certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has been so certified since 1997. Bakke is also certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. Bakke also is a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America. Less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers are selected for membership in Litigation Counsel of America. Bakke has also been selected numerous times as a “Super Lawyer” by his peers both in North Dakota and as a “Super Lawyer” in the Great Plains Super Lawyer selections. Bakke focuses on civil litigation and has tried nearly one hundred cases to resolution before juries, judges and arbitrators. His area of emphasis includes construction litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury and products liability, death cases, general tort litigation, fire and property damage cases, employment cases and insurance coverage disputes. Bakke has been involved in numerous large and complex cases including significant construction and property loss cases. Bakke has substantial experience representing political subdivisions including numerous cities, counties, townships and state agencies. While Bakke’s practice is primarily defense oriented, he has obtained numerous settlements and jury verdicts for plaintiffs of $1 million and higher. However, each case is different and Bakke’s results in the past are not assured in the future. A list of his representative reported cases is contained below.
Randy is married to Shannon and has two adult children.
Bakke is a member of the North Dakota Bar Association and has also held numerous offices with the North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (President, 1998-1999; Vice-President, 1996-1998; Secretary 1989-1996; Editor, Newsletter). Bakke currently serves on the North Dakota Judicial Conduct Commission.
Bakke is licensed to practice in federal court in North Dakota and Minnesota and has substantial federal court experience including before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is licensed in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Bakke has also practiced in numerous Tribal Courts in North Dakota and Minnesota. Bakke speaks near fluent Spanish and attended one year at the Universidad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico. Bakke also resided in Brazil and has performed volunteer work in Panama and Guatemala on numerous occasions. He also has been involved in numerous activities in his community and was selected by the North Dakota State Bar Association as an Outstanding Volunteer (1999) and received the North Dakota State Bar Association Community Service Award in 2001.
North Dakota Supreme Court Cases:
Bakke has handled in excess of 50 cases before the North Dakota Supreme Court. Representative cases include the following:
Western Petroleum, LLC v. Williams County Board of Commissioners, 2016 ND 249, 888 N.W.2d 388 Schmidt v. City of Minot, 2016 ND 175,883 N.W.2d 909 26th Street Hospitality, LLP v. Real Builders, Inc., 2016 ND 95, 879 N.W.2d 437 Messer v. B&B Hot Oil Service, Inc., 2015 ND 202, 868 N.W.2d 373 Western Horizons Living Centers v. Feland, 2014 ND 175, 853 N.W.2d 36 Hale v. Ward County, 2012 ND 144, 818 N.W.2d 697 Haugland v. City of Bismarck, 2012 ND 123, 818 N.W.2d 660 Empower the Taxpayer v. Fong, 2012 ND 119, 817 N.W.2d 381 Mills v. City of Grand Forks, 2012 ND 56, 813 N.W.2d 574 Hagerott v. Morton Co. Bd. of Commissioners, 2010 ND 32, 778 N.W.2d 813 Capital Electric Coop. v. City of Bismarck, 2007 ND 128, 736 N.W.2d 788 City of Bismarck v. Mariner Construction, Inc. , 2006 ND 108, 714 N.W.2d 484 Boudreau v. Estate of Miller, 2000 ND 30, 6060 N.W.2d 514 Ohio Casualty Ins. Co. v. Clark, 1998 ND 153, 583 N.W.2d 377 Fisher v. Fisher, 1997 ND 176, 568 N.W.2d 728 Ingalls v. Paul Revere Life Ins. Group, 1997 ND 43, 561 N.W.2d 273 Fisher v. Fisher, 546 N.W.2d 354 (N.D. 1996) Fleck v. ANG Coal Gasification Co., 522 N.W.2d 445 (N.D. 1994)
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Cases:
Bakke has handled numerous appeals before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Representative cases include the following:
Arena Holdings Charitable, LLC v. Harman Professional, Inc. 785 F.3d 292 (8th Cir. 2015) Wetzel v. Brown, 588 Fed.Appx. 514 (8th Cir. 2015)(Mem.)(unpublished) Mills v. City of Grand Forks, 614 F.3d 495 (8th Cir. 2010) Executive Air Taxi Corporation v. City of Bismarck, 518 F.3d 562 (8th Cir. 2008) Odom v. Brutger Equities, Inc., 302 Fed.Appx. 505 (8th Cir. 2008)(unpublished) Kalan Enterprises, LLC v. BNSF Ry. Co., 415 F.Supp.2d 977 (D.Minn. 2006) Hepper v. Adams County, N.D., 133 F.3d 1094 (8th Cir. 1998) Westchem Agr. Chemicals, Inc. v. Ford Motor Co., 990 F.2d 426 (8th Cir. 1993)
Shawn A. Grinolds
Shawn A. Grinolds is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in North Dakota and Minnesota, and before the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. He is a Certified Public Accountant. His areas of practice include insurance defense, insurance coverage disputes, fire and casualty claims, defense of political subdivisions, personal injury, property damage, and business, contract, construction and real estate law.
Shawn obtained a Bachelor of Accountancy in 1991, a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance in 1992, and a Juris Doctor, with distinction, in 1996, all from the University of North Dakota. While in law school, Shawn worked as a student researcher for Central Legal Research at the University of North Dakota from 1994 to 1995, then as the Development’s Editor for the North Dakota Law Review from 1995 to 1996. Shawn practiced law in Grand Forks with Caldis, Tingum & Grinolds, Ltd. (1996 to 2001), in Bismarck with Smith Bakke Porsborg Schweigert Armstrong (2001 to 2016), and currently practices law with Bakke Grinolds Wiederholt in Bismarck.
Shawn lives in Bismarck with his wife Sindhu, and their two children.
Bradley N. Wiederholt
Bradley N. Wiederholt – Brad has been practicing law since 2007, and is admitted in all State and Federal Courts in North Dakota and in Minnesota State Courts. He has handled numerous civil cases as a civil litigator, successfully defending clients and prosecuting claims of all types in the civil arena, including handling large construction and other disputes in court and in arbitration. Brad has argued cases to the North Dakota Supreme Court and has been active in appellate briefing. His primary practice areas are insurance defense, defense of political subdivisions, property damage and personal injury defense, construction law and disputes, business and corporate contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, fire, explosions and property loss, products liability defense, and defense of personal injury and tort claims.
Brad is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, the Minnesota State Bar Association, as well as a member of the Big Muddy Bar Association. He is a native of North Dakota, and served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman. He holds degrees from North Dakota State University (Bachelors of Arts, with honors, 2003) and from the University of North Dakota (Juris Doctor, with distinction, 2007). After law school he clerked for North Dakota’s East Central Judicial District Court in Fargo where he assisted eight District Court judges.
Brad lives in Bismarck with his wife Christa, and their four children.
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