Garth H. Sjue is Senior Counsel in the Commercial and Natural Resources Departments. His practice focuses on real estate lending and foreclosures, secured transactions and foreclosures, commercial law, banking matters, oil and gas, estate planning and administration, business formation and reorganization, sales and purchases of farms, ranches and businesses, taxation and bankruptcy. Mr. Sjue has also had experience in cases involving appellate work.

Mr. Sjue graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1982 subsequent to receiving an accounting degree in 1977, graduating with honors from University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1977. He also had two years experience as an internal auditor for the former Metropolitan Federal Savings and Loan in Fargo, North Dakota.

Practice Areas

    • Banking Law, Compliance, and Internal Operations and Processes
    • Financing, Loan Structuring, and Documentation
    • Mergers and Acquisitions of Financial Institutions
    • Business Organizations
    • Governance
    • Mergers, Acquisitions & Other Business Transactions
    • Non-Profit Entities
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Construction Law
    • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
    • Lien and Bond Claims
    • Bankruptcy
    • Collections
    • Personal Property Foreclosures, Claim and Delivery, Replevin, and Injunctive Remedies
    • Real Property Foreclosures & Landlord-Tenant Disputes
    • Oil and Gas
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Title Examination
    • Real Estate
    • Access, Title and Property Disputes
    • Commercial Real Estate Acquisition, Sales and Leasing
    • Development, Zoning and Land Use
    • Farm and Ranch Transactions
    • Real Estate Financing and Security Devices
    • Water Rights
    • State and Local Taxes and Local Government Impact Fees
    • Title and Real Estate Related Matters
    • Business Entities
    • Mergers and Acquisitions, Spin-Offs, and Reorganizations
    • Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
    • Real Estate Transactions
    • State and Local Taxes
    • Business Succession Planning
    • Charitable Giving
    • Elder Law Planning
    • Estate Planning
    • Fiduciary Obligations and Estate and Trust Litigation
    • Guardianships, Conservatorships and Disability Planning
    • Premarital Agreements
    • Probate, Estate and Trust Administration

Bar Admission

Supreme Court of North Dakota
Supreme Court of Montana
U.S. District Court for North Dakota
8th Circuit Court of Appeals


1982 – J.D. University of North Dakota School of Law, with Distinction
1977 – B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting, with Honors, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Community Involvement

Member of Upper Missouri, North Dakota and American Bar Associations
Member of Montana Bar Association
Member of North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member of Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Board of the Williston Public Housing Authority

Professional Affiliations

State Bar Association of North Dakota