Douglas A. Bahr

Douglas A. Bahr

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Doug is Special Counsel with over 25 years of civil litigation experience. Doug served as the North Dakota Solicitor General and Director of the Civil Litigation Division of the North Dakota Office of Attorney General for over 16 years. As the Director of the Civil Litigation Division, Doug was the chief civil litigator for the State of North Dakota. Prior to being the Director of the Civil Litigation Division, Doug was an assistant attorney general in the Civil Litigation and the State & Local Government Divisions of the North Dakota Office of Attorney General. Prior to working for the North Dakota Office of Attorney General, Doug clerked for Justice Jerry L. Larson of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Doug’s practice includes federal and state trial practice, federal and state appellate practice, and state administrative practice. He has defended hundreds of civil cases in state and federal courts. In addition to civil cases, Doug has represented clients in over 100 administrative actions before the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings, ranging from professional licensure cases to employment matters. Doug has appeared, by brief or oral argument, over 80 times at the North Dakota Supreme Court, 17 times at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and occasionally at other U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Doug has defended numerous tort, personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, employment, and discrimination cases . Doug has also defended many cases challenging state law or state governmental action under the state and federal constitutions.

Doug has legislative experience. During his employment at the North Dakota Office of Attorney General, Doug drafted and reviewed legislation, testified before legislative committees, and assisted legislators and legislative committees with rewriting bills.

Practice Areas

    • Commercial Litigation
    • Labor & Employment
    • Advice and representation in employment litigation, including wrongful discharge and discrimination matters
    • Employee discipline and termination advice
    • Independent contractor / employee classification
    • Class Action Defense
    • Negligence
    • Personal Injury
    • Professional negligence, including medical malpractice

Bar Admission

Supreme Court of the United States; North Dakota Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Education

University of South Dakota School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1990.
Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Family Science (pre-professional), 1987.

Prior Experience (Employment)

Director, Civil Litigation Division, North Dakota Office of Attorney General (June 1999 to December 2016).
Adjunct Faculty, Bismarck State College (August 2008 to December 2016).
Acting Director, Civil Litigation Division, North Dakota Office of Attorney General (December 1998 to May 1999).
Assistant Attorney General, North Dakota Office of Attorney General (September 1991 to December 1998).
Judicial Clerk, the Honorable Jerry L. Larson, Justice, Iowa Supreme Court (July 1990 to July 1991).

Professional Affiliations

State Bar Association of North Dakota; Big Muddy Bar Association.