Wade Mann is a Partner in the firm’s Bismarck office. He is part of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources group and focuses his practice primarily on energy and natural resources related litigation and regulatory work. He represents clients before the North Dakota Industrial Commission and North Dakota Public Service Commission as well as in state and federal courts. Wade is back with the firm after recently completing a gubernatorial appointment as the Director of the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings where he served as an administrative law judge in addition to heading the agency.

Practice Areas

Bar Admission

North Dakota, 2002
Minnesota, 2002
U.S. District Court of North Dakota, 2004
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2005


2002, J.D. (with distinction), University of North Dakota School of Law
1996, B.S. University of North Dakota

Prior Experience (Employment)

Director of North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings/Administrative Law Judge
Assistant Attorney General – Division of Natural Resources and Indian Affairs
Nilles Law Firm

Honors & Awards

Great Plains Super Lawyers – 2021

Community Involvement

Missouri Slope Areawide United Way – Past President (2012)

Professional Affiliations

Dakota Petroleum Club
State Bar Association of North Dakota
American Bar Association
Big Muddy Bar Association

Presentations & Publications

“Reservoir Development: Competing Rights of Horizontal and Vertical Developers and Other Oddities of Vertical Legal Principles Gone Sideways,” 58 Rocky Mt. Min. L. Inst. 11-1 (2012) – Co-author and presenter with John W. Morrison, Jr.