Timothy Q. Purdon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Native American Law Attorney in Bismarck, ND

Robins Kaplan LLP
1207 W Divide Ave, Suite 200
Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone: 888-388-7261
Fax: 612-339-4181
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Native American Law (20%), Business Litigation (20%), Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%), Government Relations (10%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Robins Kaplan LLP and located in the firm's office in Bismarck, North Dakota, Timothy Q. Purdon divides his practice among American Indian law and policy, government and internal investigations, personal injury and wrongful death cases, and business litigation. A former U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota, he is admitted to practice in that state as well as in Minnesota and Montana. Mr. Purdon is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Purdon has represented tribal clients in a variety of matters, including disputes regarding their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and their right to cultivate industrial hemp. His class action litigation has encompassed insurance fraud and data privacy breaches, and his personal injury client base consists of people who have been harmed by the acts or omissions of others in cases involving medical malpractice and other forms of negligence. Mr. Purdon also represents individuals, companies, and boards of directors in internal and criminal investigations as well as before state and federal agencies. His successful track record in all these endeavors as well as his high degree of ethics have led to a great deal of recognition from his colleagues, including a Distinguished* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Mr. Purdon has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Purdon majored in English at Minnesota State University Moorhead and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1991. He then went on to attend what was then known as Hamline University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1994. Mr. Purdon joined the firm in 2015 after his tenure with the Department of Justice.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Native American Law
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10%Government Relations
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2010, 2020 - 2021

About Timothy Q. Purdon

Admitted: 1995, North Dakota

Professional Webpage: https://www.robinskaplan.com/lawyers/timothy-purdon

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • National Tribal Opioid Litigation Update, National Indian Gaming Association Convention, San Diego, California (April 2, 2019) CBD Ventures in Wisconsin Indian Country, Wisconsin State Bar Association Indian Law Section, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (September 7, 2018) Opioid Litigation: Tribal Perspectives and Responses, Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section, Seattle, Washington (May 17, 2018) The Department of Justice under President Trump: Cannabis and Other Priorities Impacting Indian Country, National Indian Gaming Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada (April 18, 2018) Understanding the Opioid Epidemic and its Impact on Litigation, MNAJ and MDLA 2018 Medical Malpractice Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 12, 2018) Testimony before United States Sentencing Commission on Behalf of Tribal Issues Advisory Group, United States Sentencing Commission, Washington, DC (March 14, 2018) Keynote Panel, State and Federal Views of the Regulatory Environment, Moderator, Conference of Tribal Lending Commissioners, Las Vegas, NV (March 5, 2018) Working with a New Administration on Tribal Issues, Federal Bar Association, D.C. Indian Law Conference, Washington, D.C. (November 3, 2017) Legal Implications of Protests at Standing Rock, Indian Law Section of Wisconsin State Bar, Red Cliff, Wisconsin (September 29, 2017) Native American Voting Rights Coalition: Field Hearing, UTTC Tribal Leaders Summit, Bismarck, North Dakota (September 5, 2017) Overview of Rosebud Sioux Tribe lawsuit against the Indian Health Service, Coalition of Large Tribes (COLT) (July 24, 2017) The Holder DOJ in Indian Country: People, Policies and New Priorities, University of Minnesota Duluth Masters of Tribal Administration and Government Program, Duluth, Minnesota (April 22, 2017) A Legal Tale: The Politics & Policies of Cannabis in Indian Country, National Indian Gaming Association Convention,San Diego, California (April 11, 2017) Panel Discussion: Sharing Power: Tribal, Local, State, and Federal Cooperation, Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona (April 6, 2017) Legal Implications of the Protests at Standing Rock, Minnesota Association for Justice Mid-Winter Meeting, Duluth, Minnesota (February 24, 2017) Panel Discussion: DAPL Protests at Standing Rock, University of Minnesota Duluth Summit on Equity, Race, and Multiculturalism, Duluth, Minnesota (February 22, 2017) Cannon Ball: Bobby Kennedy, Holder’s DOJ, Water Protectors and Me, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota (February 16, 2017) Tribal Cannabis: State of Play, Victor Strategies Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium, Tulalip Reservation, Seattle, Washington (November 2, 2016) Human Trafficking and Major Sports Events: How Communities Can Prepare, Robins Kaplan LLP Trial Advocacy Seminar (October 13, 2016) Methamphetamine and the Reservations—Developing a Tribal, State, and Federal Response, South Dakota Legislature’s Substance Abuse Prevention Interim Study Committee, Pierre, South Dakota (August 17, 2016) Tribal Cannabis (Marijuana and Hemp): Evolution and Challenges of an Emerging Industry, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Tulsa, Oklahoma (July 12, 2016) Drone Technology and Privacy: Evolving Regulation, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 11, 2016) Eric Holder’s Justice Department: People, Process, and Policies, Mitchell Hamline Alumni CLE, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 10, 2016) Eric Holder’s Justice Department: People, Process, and Policies, Minnesota DFL Lawyers, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 9, 2016) Panel Discussion: Incentivizing Prosecutors to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, The Aleph Institute’s Alternative Sentencing Key Stakeholder Summit, Georgetown Law School, Washington DC (March 7, 2016) Tribal Cannabis: A Year in Review, Indigenous Farming Conference, White Earth, Minnesota (March 4, 2016) Human Trafficking in North Dakota, North Dakota Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference, Mandan, North Dakota (February 19, 2016) Drone Law: Regulation Up in the Air, Emerging Prairie: Drone Focus Monthly Meetup, NDSU Research and Technology Park Incubator, Fargo, North Dakota (October 28, 2015) Eric Holder's Justice Department: People and Policies, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts (October 6, 2015) Current Legal Issues for Tribal Nations, Panel, United Tribes Technical College Tribal Leaders Summit, Bismark, North Dakota (September 9, 2015) Industrial Hemp as an Agricultural Product in Indian Country, National Congress of American Indians, St. Paul, Minnesota (June 30, 2015) Senator Heidi Heitkamp's Human Trafficking Roundtable Featuring Cindy McCain, Panel, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Bismarck, North Dakota (June 26, 2015) Human Trafficking in North Dakota: Victims Services, State Bar Association of North Dakota, Bismarck, North Dakota (June 18, 2015) Industrial Hemp Production in Indian Country, Panel, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Washington, DC (June 16, 2015) Marijuana in Indian Country, Native American Finance Officers Association, Austin, Texas (April 21, 2015) The Fight Against Human Trafficking in North Dakota, North Dakota Historical Society, Bismarck, North Dakota (April 18, 2015) Safeguarding the Next Generation: Child Protection and Juvenile Justice in Indian Country, Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section, Scottsdale, Arizona (April 9, 2015)

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board Member, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota
  • Pro Bono Counsel, Native American Development Center
  • Board Member, Infinity Project
  • Voting Member, United States Sentencing Commission’s Tribal Issues Advisory Group


  • "Great Plains Super Lawyer - Criminal Defense,” Minnesota Law & Politics (2007, 2009)
  • Named to Indian Country Business Today’s “Hot List” (2016)
  • "Alumnus of the Year,” North Dakota State College of Science (2014)
  • Named a "Notable Practitioner in Native American Law," Chambers USA (2019)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2019-2020 editions)


  • United States v. Hager, 710 F.3d 830 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • United States  v. Banks, 706 F.3d 901 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • United States v. Boyle, 700 F.3d 1138 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • United States v. Quintero, 648 F.3d 660 (8th Cir. 2011)
  • United States  v. Anderson, 664 F.3d 758 (8th Cir. 2011)
  • United States v. Raysor, 661 F.3d 987 (8th Cir. 2011)
  • Bollin v. D.O.T., 696 N.W.2d 527 (N.D. 2005)
  • Sauby v. City of Fargo, 747 N.W.2d 65 (N.D. 2007)
  • State v. Friedt, 735 N.W.2d 848 (N.D. 2007)
  • Bartch v. D.O.T. 743 N.W.2d 109 (N.D. 2007)
  • Doll v. D.O.T., 693 N.W.2d 627 (N.D. 2005)
  • Hansen v. Scott, 687 N.W.2d 247 (N.D. 2004)
  • Azure v. Belcourt School Dist., 681 N.W.2d 816 (N.D. 2004)
  • Wetsch v. D.O.T., 679 N.W.2d 282 (N.D. 2004)
  • Jaste v. Gailfus, 679 N.W.2d 257 (N.D. 2004)
  • Howes v. Kelly Services, 649 N.W.2d 218 (N.D. 2002)
  • Rose v. United Equitable, 651 N.W.2d 683 (N.D. 2002)
  • Rose v. United Equitable, 632 N.W.2d 429 (N.D. 2001)
  • Howes v. Kelly Services, 654 N.W.2d 422 (N.D. 2002)
  • Hopkins v. North Dakota, 625 N.W.2d 528 (N.D. 2001)
  • Hansen v. Scott, 645 N.W.2d 218 (N.D. 2002)
  • Kreidt v. B.N.S.F., 615 N.W.2d 153 (N.D. 2000)
  • Hurt v. Freeland, 589 N.W.2d 551 (N.D. 1999)
  • Morrell v. D.O.T., 598 N.W.2d 111 (N.D. 1999)
  • Larson v. D.O.T., 564 N.W.2d 628 (N.D. 1998)
  • State v. Gwyther, 589 N.W.2d 575 (N.D. 1999)
  • Tabert v. D.O.T., 560 N.W.2d 883 (N.D. 1997)
  • United States  v. Balanga, 109 F.3d 1299 (8th Cir. 1997)
  • United States v. LaMorie, 100 F.3d 547 (8th Cir. 1996)
  • North Dakotan v. Large Bank: United States District Court, District of North Dakota
  • Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Sauby v. City of Fargo: United States District Court, District of North Dakota
  • Rose v. United Equitable: United States District Court, District of North Dakota, Cass County
  • Hanson v. Acceleration Life: United States District Court, District of North Dakota
  • Chairman David Archambault II and Councilman Dana Yellow Fat, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Montana

Educational Background

  • Minnesota State University – Moorhead, B.A., English, 1991
  • North Dakota State College of Science, A.A., 1989
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Office Location for Timothy Q. Purdon

1207 W Divide Ave
Suite 200
Bismarck, ND 58503

Phone: 888-388-7261

Fax: 612-339-4181

Last Updated: 4/14/2021

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