Nicholas Dwight Thornton

Fremstad Law Firm
Minnesota, North Dakota

About Nicholas Dwight Thornton

Nick loves practicing law in and out of the courtroom. He has extensive experience in representing people in all stages of criminal proceedings, from the first appearance or arraignment through trial, appeal, and post-conviction proceedings. While his primary practice area is criminal law, Nick also practices in family law, personal injury, and general litigation. Nick is licensed to practice in all federal and state courts in North Dakota and Minnesota. Before joining Fremstad Law Firm, Nick represented almost two-thousand individual clients at the Fargo Public Defender Office in all types of criminal cases from driving under the influence and driving under suspension to murder and gross sexual imposition. Before that, he clerked for Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner at the North Dakota Supreme Court. Nick received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He received his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Nick has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mary and is pursuing a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of North Dakota. Nick has authored two articles published by the North Dakota Law Review, presented on a number of criminal defense-related topics at continuing legal education seminars, and has taught law-related classes at the University of Mary. Nick is a past-president and charter member of the North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Nick also serves as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at a local youth wrestling club. Nick is originally from Jamestown, North Dakota. He and his wife have two very active sons. During their spare time, Nick and his family enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.


Work experience

Fremstad Law Firm
Attorney | 2013 - Present
Fargo Public Defender's Office
Public Defender | 2008 - 2013
Represent approximately 350 indigent adult clients per year charged with anything from class B misdemeanors to class AA felonies, in all stages of the criminal cases in North Dakota state courts. Also represent clients in appeals, post-conviction relief, juvenile delinquency, deprivation, and termin...
Serkland Law Firm
Associate Attorney | 2007 - 2008
Represented clients in a variety of legal matters from first client meeting to the case’s resolution. Practice areas included criminal defense, administrative law, business law, commercial transactions, banking law, and general civil litigation Served as CJA panel attorney for the United States Dist...


University of Mary
MBA (2008), Management | 2006 - 2008
University of North Dakota School of Law
J.D. (2006), Law | 2003 - 2006
Activities: UND Criminal Law Association; Student Trial Lawyer Association; American Bar Association, Law Student Division. Honors: Order of the Coif; Juris Doctor with Distinction
Minnesota State College & University - Minnesota State University, Moorhead
B.A. (2003), Criminal Justice | 1998 - 2003
Activities: Mock Trial, Criminal Justice Association. Honors: Cum Laude


Rising Stars
Superlawyers | 2018
Rising Stars
Superlawyers | 2017
Rising Stars
Superlawyers | 2016


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