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Agriculture is way of life for many people living in North Dakota. Whether you own a farm or ranch, rent land for agricultural purposes, or provide services to those involved in agriculture, you may need legal assistance to make sure your operation continues smoothly. Our attorneys grew up on or around farms and ranches and are familiar with many issues that arise with agricultural operations.

Western North Dakota also presents unique issues related to operating a farm or ranch in a major oil and gas producing region. In addition to typical issues arising in an agricultural operation, farmers and ranchers in western North Dakota must deal with oil and gas operations that affect their lands or mineral rights. There are opportunities available to those who own land in oil country, but they bring their own set of headaches and issues. Our attorneys can help protect your land and help ensure that you are able to use your land how you desire.

We represent the interests of farmers, ranchers, farm organizations, cooperatives, electric cooperatives, processing and marketing businesses, and agriculture input, equipment, and service suppliers.

Attorneys in our office have experience assisting with:

  • Preparation, negotiation, and enforcement of lease agreements and agricultural contracts
  • Oil and gas agreements including leases, surface use agreements, pipelines, compressor stations, etc.
  • Rental agreements
  • Water well agreements
  • Collections
  • Preparing liens
  • Defending against liens
  • Helping farmers and ranchers with their estate planning to transition their operations to the next generation
  • Acquiring additional land through lease or purchase
  • Preserving and protecting agricultural property

To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please call Johnson & Sundeen, LTD, in Watford City, North Dakota today at 701-444-2211 or email us at JSLO@dakotalawdogs.com.

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Partner: Ross Sundeen

In addition to practicing law with Johnson & Sundeen, Ross is the Assistant Dunn County States Attorney.

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Partner: Ariston Johnson

Ariston joined JSLO in 2011 and has an excellent track record arguing appellate cases before the North Dakota Supreme Court.

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Partner: Aaron Weber

Aaron also worked as a wildland firefighter for four summers while in college. He received various certifications and was on one of the largest fires in New Mexico state history, the Las Conchas Fire.

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