The Commission itself, and the employees of the Valley City administrative office do not provide legal advice or directly represent clients in legal proceedings. Representation is provided through the attorneys in the public defender offices and through various contracted counsel.


Public Defenders

North Dakota presently has seven full time public defender offices. They are located in Dickinson, Minot, Williston, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Fargo, and Bismarck. Each public defender office is a separate firm  who handles cases independently from the other public defender offices and contracted counsel.  If you have been assigned to a public defender office or contractor, their information is found below.

The public defender offices may be contacted directly at the numbers provided below.

Minot Public Defender Office

Eric Baumann, Supervising Attorney
Katie Miller, Attorney
Justin Borgen, Attorney

18 Second St. NE, Ste. 1
Minot, ND 58703
Phone number: 701-857-7750

Dickinson Public Defender Office

Kevin McCabe, Supervising Attorney
Tia Bossert, Attorney 


135 Sims, Ste. 221
Dickinson, ND 58601
Phone number: 701-227-7460

Williston Public Defender Office


3 4th St. E, Suite 201
Williston, ND 58801
Phone number: 701-774-0510

Grand Forks Public Defender Office

David Ogren, Supervising Attorney
Jessica Ahrendt, Attorney
Kristen Clow, Attorney

311 South 4th Street, Suite 102
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone number: 701-795-3910

Bismarck-Mandan Public Defender Office

Justin Balzer, Supervising Attorney
James Loraas, Attorney
John Klein, Attorney
Brooke Chilla, Attorney

410 East Thayer, Ste. 201
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone number: 701-328-7190

Fargo Public Defender Office

Monty Mertz, Supervising Attorney
Daniel Bertsch, Attorney
Gordon Dexheimer, Attorney


912 3rd Ave. S.
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone number: 701-298-4640

Devils Lake Public Defender Office

Daniel Howell, Lead Attorney

219 4th Avenue N.E.
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Phone number: 701-662-1344


Contracted Attorneys

In order to meet the mission of the North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents and statutory requirements to provide counsel through private contractors, the Commission contracts with private counsel.  Private attorneys have monthly contracts with the Commission and provide services for criminal and/or juvenile indigent persons.  The number of contracts in any given area depends on the number of case assignments the particular judicial district shows for the year.  The attorneys have a written contract which spells out their basic rights and responsibilities for the contract period.  Contract attorneys are private counsel who are independent and not associated with any one individual public defender office.

The list of contractors for any given area in North Dakota may be found by contacting the Valley City Administrative Office.

Contractors may enter case closing information through the Commission's case reporting system .