Beth Angus Baumstark
Beth Angus Baumstark, Partner
Beth is one of the founders of the firm. Beth grew up in Carrington, North Dakota and worked as a social worker for nine years in several states before attending law school. She began her legal career with a small law firm in Lexington, KY where she had a diversified general civil practice. After the firm merged with Brown, Todd & Heyburn, a large Louisville firm, she practiced in the commercial litigation section.
After five years in private practice, Beth changed focus, moving to the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet where she prosecuted violations of surface coal mining laws and regulations in administrative hearings and court actions. While working for the Cabinet she also represented the agency in sex discrimination and civil rights cases in federal court.
In 1990, Beth returned to North Dakota to work as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of North Dakota, where she remained until 2001, when she returned to private practice. During her tenure with the Attorney General's Office, Beth represented the Secretary of State's Office on all Uniform Commercial Code issues and the State Health Department, among other agencies. She was director of the State and Local Government Division, which provides legal services to over 55 state agencies and drafts and edits Attorney General opinions. Beth was responsible for overseeing the state's interests under the international trade agreements (NAFTA and GATTS) and served as staff liaison for two federal trade advisory committees.
In 2001, Beth returned to private practice, joining Wheeler Wolf Law Firm where she concentrated on agricultural cases and representing both tribal entities and individuals in tribal court. In January, 2005, Beth and Sarah Vogel started this law firm under the name Sarah Vogel Law Office. After several name changes, it became Baumstark Braaten Law Partners when Sarah Vogel decided to cut back on her practice of law.
Beth's general civil practice focuses on agricultural law, administrative law, Indian and tribal law, and probate matters. She represents farmers and ranchers on matters ranging from farm leases and other contracts, crop insurance arbitrations, farm program issues and administrative appeals, faulty equipment to bad seed and feed. Beth also represents individuals in probate matters and on matters dealing with the BIA and tribal courts.
- North Dakota
- United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
- United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
- United States Court of Appeals for the 6th, 8th, and 9th Circuits
- United States Supreme Court
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court
- Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribal Court
- University of Kentucky Law School, JD, 1980
Order of the Coif
Kentucky Law Journal, Editorial Associate
- University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, Ph.B. 1968
- State Bar of North Dakota
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Big Muddy Bar Association
- American Agricultural Law Association
Aageson Grain and Cattle, R Land, Inc, and Fairchild Farms v. USDA, 500 F.3d 1038 (9th Cir. 2007) (holding farmers eligible for attorney's fees under EAJA for administrative appeals through the National Appeals Division of USDA)
Significant Successful Arbitrations and National Appeals Divisions Cases
Peach and Schwartz v. North Dakota Racing Commission, Burleigh County District Court, Case No. 08-08-C-01307, 2008 (granting attorney's fees in action to overturn agency determination)
Stedman v. Great American Insurance Company, North Dakota District, United States District Court, Case No. 4:06-cv-101, April 3, 2007 (affirming arbitration award)
Public Serv. Comm'n v. Wimbledon Grain Co., 663 N.W.2d 186, (ND 2003) (representing with Sarah Vogel the farmer intervenors whom court held were claimants and entitled to payment)
Natsios v. National Foreign Trade Council, 530 U.S. 363 (2000) (authored two amicus briefs on behalf of twenty-two states in appeal before United States Supreme Court)
Todd Stein, et al vs. RCIS (representing seven farmers in the Cogswell area on prevented plant claims)
Randy Stedman et al vs. Great American Insurance Company (representing two farmers on denial of crop insurance claims based on alleged insufficient records and yields not common to area)
Arbitration against Great American Insurance Company on denial of prevented plant claims
Arbitration against Nodak Mutual Insurance Company on denial of crop losses on basis of crop not being timely harvested
Arbitration against Great American Insurance Company on denial of crop losses on basis of alleged abandonment of the crop
Arbitration against Rain & Hail, L.L.C. on denial of crop losses due to alleged poor farming practices
Numerous NAD appeals of Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency determinations including many in which we were able to recover attorney's fees for our clients.