Michael (Mike) C. Waller is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Bismarck Litigation Department. His practice focuses on civil ligation with an emphasis in professional malpractice and the defense of construction claims (highways and bridges). He joined the firm in 2001 after practicing with Fleck, Mather & Strutz, Ltd., in Bismarck, North Dakota, since 2001. Prior to that time, Mike spent fifteen years in general litigation practice in eastern Montana and southwestern North Dakota.

Practice Areas

Bar Admission

Montana, 1985
U.S. District Court of Montana, 1986
8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 1987
North Dakota, 1991
U.S. District Court of North Dakota, 1991


1985 – J.D., Cum Laude, University of Idaho College of Law
1980 – B.S.Ed., Cum Laude, University of North Dakota

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2007-present)
Benchmark Litigation – North Dakota’s Local Litigation Star (2013-2015)
Great Plains Super Lawyers – Personal Injury-Medical Malpractice: Defense, Civil Litigation: Defense (2009-2018, 2021)
DRI State Leadership Award (2007)
Chambers USA – Leading Lawyers in Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense (2006-present)
Executive Editor of the Idaho Law Review (1984-1985)
Fellowship – Litigation Counsel of America and International Society of Barristers

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Montana
North Dakota State Bar Association
American Bar Association (Health Law & Litigation)
North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute (Member, Medical Liability Section)
Defense Research Institute – North Dakota State Representative (2007)
State Bar Association of North Dakota: Jury Standards Committee (2007 – present) past member of Inquiry Committee West and Fee Arbitration Panel
Fellow Litigation Counsel of America
Fellow International Society of Barristers
North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association: Member 1995 – present (President, 2003-2004; Vice President, 2002-2003; Treasurer 2007-2008)