Experience

LICENSED ATTORNEY:  Minnesota – October, 1992; North Dakota – July, 1993.

LICENSED CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT:  North Dakota – September, 1989.

SOLO PRACTICE ATTORNEY:  Fargo, North Dakota – May, 1994, to the present.

PRESIDENT – O’DAY LAW OFFICE, PC. – 24 years

Litigation expert:  Areas of emphasis:  Criminal Defense, Divorce/Family Law, Bankruptcy, and Civil Litigation.  Also worked in Tax Law, Probate/Estate Planning, and Business Law/Contracts.  Represented clients at hundreds of hearings, including dozens of jury trials in both criminal and civil matters, and hundreds of bench trials.  Handled criminal and civil jury trials and contested hearings in the following courts:  North Dakota District Courts, Minnesota District Courts, U.S. District Court for North Dakota, U.S. Bankruptcy Court in both North Dakota and Minnesota, and U.S. Tax Court.  Handled appeals in the following courts:  North Dakota Supreme Court, Minnesota Supreme Court, and Minnesota Court of Appeals.

PUBLIC DEFENDER: State of North Dakota – Indigent Defense Commission, contractor, January, 2006 to the present.

City of Fargo, North Dakota, November, 1994, to December, 2007; also handled dozens of cases in the U.S. District Court of Fargo, North Dakota, beginning in 1994.

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY:  Bismarck, North Dakota – May, 1993 to April, 1994.  Law Firm of Smith, Horner and Bakke.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, May, 1992
University of North Dakota School of Law
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
December, 1983
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota

High School Diploma, May, 1979
Shanley High School
Fargo, North Dakota

OTHER RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE/AFFILIATIONS

Law Clerk:  Lindquist & Jeffrey Law Firm, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, 8/90 – 4/92; Legal Researcher, Associate Editor:  North Dakota Law Review, UND School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 6/90 – 5/92; member of State Bar Association of North Dakota and Minnesota State Bar Association.

PERSONAL

Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota; lived many years on Lake Pelican, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota and Big Pine Lake, Perham, Minnesota; involved in Fargo Babe Ruth Baseball and Fargo Park Board baseball for many years as coach; also involved in Fargo Patriots and Fargo Flyers Youth Hockey programs as a team manager.

INTERESTS

Family, Music, Reading, Outdoor activities (fishing, hunting, boating, bicycling,  skiing), Sports (Twins, Vikings, University of North Dakota).