Derrick Braaten


Derrick moved to North Dakota to work with Sarah Vogel Law Partners, now Braaten Law Firm, in August of 2007. Prior to entering the legal profession, Derrick worked with the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture for two years, and has been very active working with sustainable agriculture and local food systems advocacy. Derrick began his legal career working for Larry Leventhal, the renowned civil rights and American Indian law attorney, and member of the legal defense team for the founders of AIM following the Wounded Knee II standoff. During this time, he also served as an editor for the Journal of Law and Inequality at the University of Minnesota Law School. In recent years, Derrick has been involved as a volunteer and board member for several organizations in Minnesota and North Dakota working on agricultural issues, ranging from serving as President of the local open-air market in Bismarck called Urban Harvest to serving as a board member for Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society.

Practice Focus

Derrick’s practice has always centered on providing legal services to family farmers and ranchers. Although Derrick’s practice has historically focused on agricultural and tribal law, his focus in recent years has been oil and gas work on behalf of mineral owners and surface owners. Derrick handles many matters in this area, ranging from negotiating oil and gas leases and surface agreements to complex multi-jurisdictional litigation against large oil and gas exploration and production companies. Derrick continues to maintain a significant agricultural law practice as well, handling matters such as crop insurance arbitrations, NAD appeals, elevator insolvency actions, and other complex litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Agricultural Law
  • Business Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Property Law, Land Use, and Zoning
  • Tribal Law and Federal Indian Law
  • Water Law
  • Wind Energy Law