Paul Forster’s practice focuses on energy law, with an emphasis on natural resources litigation and commercial litigation. He regularly advocates for the firm’s energy clients before North Dakota’s state and federal courts. Representative matters include civil jury trials and bench trials in both state and federal court; complex civil litigation involving the energy industry, including defense of class actions; condemnations and surface damage disputes; and appellate work.

A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Paul is a Partner in Crowley Fleck’s Bismarck office. Before joining the firm, Paul completed a clerkship for the Honorable Morton Denlow, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and also worked as a litigation associate in the Chicago office of a leading corporate law firm. Paul graduated top in his class from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010. He attended college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he earned degrees in mathematics and history.

Practice Areas

Bar Admission

North Dakota
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Fort Berthold Indian Reservation

Education

2010 – J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
2006 – B.A. in Math & History, Gonzaga University

Prior Experience (Employment)

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (2011-2013)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Morton Denlow, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2010-2011)

Honors & Awards

Valedictorian, Chicago-Kent College of Law Class of 2010
Order of the Coif
Executive Editor, Seventh Circuit Review (2009-2010)
Notes and Comments Editor, Chicago-Kent Law Review (2009-2010)

Professional Affiliations

State Bar Association of North Dakota
Big Muddy Bar Association
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute
Inns of Court