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Derrick Braaten, Partner
Derrick Braaten
109 North 4th Street, Suite 100
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 221-2911
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Derrick moved to North Dakota to work with Sarah Vogel Law Partners, now Baumstark Braaten, in August of 2007. Prior to entering the legal profession, Derrick worked with the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture for two years, and has been very active working with sustainable agriculture and local food systems advocacy. Derrick began his legal career working for Larry Leventhal, the renowned civil rights and American Indian law attorney, and member of the legal defense team for the founders of AIM following the Wounded Knee II standoff. During this time, he also served as an editor for the Journal of Law and Inequality at the University of Minnesota Law School. In recent years, Derrick has been involved as a volunteer and board member for several organizations in Minnesota and North Dakota working on agricultural issues, ranging from serving as President of the local open-air market in Bismarck called Urban Harvest to serving as a board member for Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society.

Practice Focus
Derrick's practice has always centered on providing legal services to family farmers and ranchers. Although Derrick's practice has historically focused on agricultural and tribal law, his focus in recent years has been oil and gas work on behalf of mineral owners and surface owners. Derrick handles many matters in this area, ranging from negotiating oil and gas leases and surface agreements to complex multi-jurisdictional litigation against large oil and gas exploration and production companies. Derrick continues to maintain a significant agricultural law practice as well, handling matters such as crop insurance arbitrations, NAD appeals, elevator insolvency actions, and other complex litigation.

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • Fort Berthold District Court
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court


  • University of Minnesota Law School, JD, Magna Cum Laude, 2007
  • University of Minnesota, Morris, BA, 2002


  • Braaten, Derrick (2016) "This Land Is Not for Sale," Mitchell Hamline Law Review: Vol. 42 : Iss. 4 , Article 2.
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  • Author of "Ag-vocate for Ag," a former regular column in Agweek on Agricultural Law issues
  • Legal Issues with Local Food Systems, Drake J. Agric. L. 15 Drake J. Agric. L. 9 (2010) (co-author with Marne Coit)
  • The Right to Be Heard in City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation; Equity and the Sound of Silence, 25 Law & Ineq. 227 (2007)
  • Marketing Local Food, Jane Grimsbo Jewett, Beth Nelson and Derrick Braaten (2007)
  • Local Food: Where to Find it, How to Buy it, Jane Grimsbo Jewett and Derrick Braaten (2005)

Presentations, Lectures and Seminars

  • National Business Institute, Landowner Rights in the Bakken, What You Need to Know Now (May 2012)
  • American Bar Association, Counseling the Local Food Movement (May 2012)
  • Minot State University Energy Impact Symposium, Growing with Energy: Economic and Infrastructure Impacts (Minot, ND) (March, 2011).
  • American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference, Legal Issues in Local Food Systems (Williamsburg, VA) (2009).
  • Marketplace for Entrepreneurs, Your Land, Your Rights (Bismarck, ND) (2009)
  • Strom Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Legal Considerations for Agri-Tourism and Ecotourism Ventures (Dickinson, ND) (2008)
  • Derrick has also spoken at many landowner meetings around North Dakota hosted by the Northwest Landowners Association and other groups, and has taught a section on legal entities for a business and entrepreneurship course at Sitting Bull College.