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  • Williston, ND
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Fred C. Rathert  Of Counsel

Fred C. Rathert joined the Natural Resources Department in the firm’s Williston office in 1998. He has been in private practice in Williston since 1965. Fred earned a law degree with honors from the University of Montana School of Law. Through the years He has been active in the real estate sections of the State Bar of Montana and the North Dakota State Bar Association. He has served for over 15 years on the Mineral Title Standards Committee, Section of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law of the State Bar Association of North Dakota and is a co-author of the North Dakota Mineral Title Standards. His principal areas of practice are in oil and gas, real estate, banking and commercial law. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in North Dakota and Montana, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Eighth and Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Montana, the North Dakota State Bar Association, American Law Institute and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • 1965 - J.D. with Honors, University of Montana School of Law
  • 1962 - B.A., St. Olaf College

Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, and Oil and Gas Law (1989 - present)
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Montana
  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute
  • American Law Institute