Completion of administrative appeals is often a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit against a governmental body or agency. We are experienced with a variety of administrative appeals, whether from a decision of a local government or a government agency. Administrative law practice requires familiarity with both the Administrative Agencies Practice Act and government agency rules and regulations.
Administrative law overlaps with a lot of what we do at Braaten Law Firm. Interstate pipelines, wind farms, and other energy conversion facilities need to obtain siting permits in administrative proceedings before the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The Oil and Gas Division of the Department of Mineral Resource is a department of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, and many oil and gas issues impacting surface and mineral owners alike must be addressed before the Oil and Gas Division. Our water law practice requires us to be familiar with proceedings before local water resource districts, the North Dakota State Engineer, and the North Dakota Department of Health. Special waste facilities handling oilfield waste, many saltwater and other oilfield spills, and energy facilities requiring air permits are governed by administrative regulations administered by the Department of Health. Coal mines and coal mine reclamation are governed by a comprehensive set of regulations administered by the Public Service Commission. Our attorneys have experience and knowledge regarding the various proceedings and regulations relevant to all of these administrative agencies.
Additionally, we have a powerful resource in Rosey Sand, who is a former Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings in North Dakota. As an Administrative Law Judge, Rosey presided over administrative proceedings held by numerous state agencies, made rulings on evidentiary and procedural issues, and drafted recommended decisions and findings for those agencies. Rosey brings her vast wealth of experience with various administrative law issues and state agencies to Braaten Law Firm, where it is put to effective use on behalf of our clients.