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Bismarck Attorney
Zachary E. Pelham

Phone: 701.223.2890

Email: zep@pearce-durick.com

Languages: English

Zack has been practicing law since 2004.  Prior to joining the firm in 2007, he was a North Dakota assistant attorney general in the civil litigation division.  He carries this emphasis on litigation to the firm, focusing on insurance defense, oil and gas law, product liability defense, employment and labor law, general litigation and general business representation.  Zack has provided effective representation of clients at all levels of litigation. His everyday goal is to carry on precise, reasoned and logical representation of clients.

Practices:

  • Civil Litigation + Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy + Natural Resources
  • Government Relations
  • Insurance Law 
  • Labor + Employment Law
  • Media + Communications
  • Oil + Gas
  • Personal Injury + Tort Litigation
  • Product Liability Defense

Bar Admissions:

  • North Dakota

Court Admissions:

  • United States District Court, District of North Dakota
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • North Dakota Supreme Court and North Dakota District Courts

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, with distinction – University of North Dakota, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, cum laude – Taylor University, 2000

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar Association of North Dakota – President, 2018-2019 | Board of Governors, 2013-2019 | Ethics Committee, 2013-2019 | Information and Services Committee, 2008-2012
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, 2018-present
  • Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents – 2019-2022
  • North Dakota Supreme Court, Joint Procedure Committee – Member, 2016-present
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2008-present
  • We The People Competition – Volunteer Judge, 2009-present
  • Bismarck Rotary Club – President, 2015-2016
  • The Judge Bruce M. Van Sickle American Inn of Court – President, 2012-2014
  • Big Muddy Bar Association – President, 2012
  • Bismarck State College – Business Law Instructor, 2008-2012
  • North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association – President, 2010-2011
  • North Dakota Office of Attorney General – Assistant Attorney General, 2005-2007
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Judges of the South Central Judicial District, Bismarck, North Dakota, 2004-2005
  • North Dakota Law Review, Board of Editors, 2003-2004

Recognitions:

  • Super Lawyer – Personal Injury – Defense, Energy & Natural Resources, Business Litigation, Great Plains Super Lawyer®, 2013-2019
  • Chambers USA, 2013-2019
  • Recognized in “40 under 40 providing Leadership on the Plains” – Prairie Business Magazine, December 2008
  • Outstanding Note/Comment Award – North Dakota Bar Foundation, 2004

Publications + Presentations:

Publications:

  • Contributing Author: “Product Liability Desk Reference, A Fifty State Compendium” (M. Daller, 2010-2018)
  • Contributing Author: “Federal Jurisdiction Based on Removal: A 50-State Survey (North Dakota)” (2008)
  • Case Comment: “Constitutional Law – Freedom of Speech: Door-to-Door Permit Requirements for Noncommercial Canvassers, Domestic Threat or Freedom of Speech?” 79 N.D.L.REV. 369 (2003)

Reported Cases:

  • Environmental Driven Solutions, LLC v. Dunn County, 2017 ND 45, 890 N.W.2d 841
  • Nelson v. McAlester Fuel Co., 2017 ND 49, 891 N.W.2d 126
  • Yahna v. Altru Health System, 2015 ND 275, 871 N.W.2d 580
  • Peterson v. Jasmanka, 2014 ND 40, 842 N.W.2d 920
  • Olson v. Estate of Rustad, 2013 ND 83, 831 N.W.2d 369
  • Kukla v. Kukla, 2013 ND 192, 838 N.W.2d 434
  • Irish Oil & Gas, Inc. v. Riemer, 2011 ND 22, 794 N.W.2d 715
  • Barbie v. Minko Construction, Inc., 2009 ND 99, 766 N.W.2d 458
  • Halvorson v. Sentry Insurance, 2008 ND 205, 757 N.W.2d 398

Contact This Firm

Pearce Durick PLLC

314 East Thayer Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58502
United States

Law Firm Contact: Zachary E. Pelham

Tel: 701.223.2890

Fax: 701.223.7865

Email: zep@pearce-durick.com

Website: pearce-durick.com

Member Since: 2020

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