Scott P. Brand

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Fargo, North Dakota

Nilson Brand Law
Scott P. Brand
Nilson Brand Law

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in North Dakota since: 2012

Education: The University of North Dakota School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2023
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Nilson Brand Law

4950 13th Ave S
Ste. 20
Fargo, ND 58103 Visit website


Attorney Scott P. Brand is a founding partner of Nilson Brand Law, which has offices located in Fargo and Mayville, North Dakota. A top-rated and award-winning trial attorney with more than eight years of legal experience, Mr. Brand focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense, and he provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout North Dakota and the surrounding areas of Northwest Minnesota who stand accused of DUI, drug possession, domestic violence, robbery and theft, white collar crimes, sex crimes, homicide, and other felonies and misdemeanors.

Along with criminal defense, Mr. Brand also handles estate and business succession planning, and he has achieved a long record of helping his clients protect themselves, their assets and their loved ones for the future while assisting them with creating lasting legacies for their heirs and family members. He also has extensive experience with landlord/tenant disputes, administrative appeals and corporate formation.

No matter the issues his clients are facing or how complex their needs, Mr. Brand delivers straightforward, practical advice to help them make the best-informed decisions as he works tirelessly to ensure they achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. He has received Superb 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo for his unwavering dedication to those he serves along with consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers for his outstanding professionalism and legal abilities.

After graduating from the University of North Dakota in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Mr. Brand attended the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2012. While in law school, he served as a member of the University of North Dakota Law Review, and he was refounder of the Environmental Law Society as well as Moot Court Competition. He also received the Lillian Elsinga Outstanding Student Leader Award and the Memorial Union Leadership Scholarship.

Mr. Brand is admitted to practice before all North Dakota and Minnesota state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. He is also an active member of the North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Cass County Inns of Court, among his other professional affiliations.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft

  • 80% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2012, North Dakota

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • West Fargo Exchange Club Member
  • Adrian McLellan Memorial Scholarship
  • Lillian Elsinga Outstanding Student Leader Award, 2012
  • Olgar B. Burtness Constitutional Law Scholarship
  • Thormodsgard Law School Scholarship
  • Moot Court Champion, University of North Dakota School of Law
  • Shirley A. Bakken Memorial Award
  • Memorial Union Leadership Scholarship, 2012
  • Refounder, Environmental Law Society, University of North Dakota School of Law
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
  • Cass County Inns of Court (Ronald N. Davies Inns of Court)
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Dakota
Educational Background:
  • University of North Dakota, B.A. in Political science, Honors: Officer of Pi Sigma Alpha, 2009
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker/Presenter at Cass County Bar Association's Monthly Meeting, Speaker/Presenter, Veterans and PTSD, 2015
  • Speaker/Presenter at Ronald N. Davies American Inn of Court Monthly Meeting, Speaker/Presenter, The Law and Death: Dilemmas of Dying and the Ethics of the End, 2015
  • Speaker/Presenter at Ronald N. Davies American Inn of Court's Monthly Meeting, Speaker/Presenter, Veterans' Court, 2014
  • Author, The Saga Continues - Trying to Find Balance in Cercla's PRP Liability Suits, University of North Dakota School of Law, 2012
  • Speaker/Presenter at Mayville State University, Speaker/Presenter, Criminal Defense Issues Facing College Athletes, Mayville State University, 2016
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Honorable Discharge from United States Army Reserves, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 09-2020-CR-02412, 2020
  • Dismissal in case 02-2020-CR-00064, 2020
  • Dismissal in case 09-2020-CR-01219, 2020
  • Dismissal in case 09-2019-CR-05188, 2020
  • Dismissal in case 09-2019-CR-02322, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 02-2019-CR-00034 after successful Motion to Suppress Evidence, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 09-2019-CR-00062, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-04856, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 09-2019-CR-00680, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-CR-04827, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 09-2019-CR-00258, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-02528, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-05316, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-04059, 2019
  • Dismissal in case 35-2014-CR-00228, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-04435, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-04384, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-02370, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 04-08-K-00010, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 04-09-K-00006, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 23-2018-CR-00049, 2018
  • Dismissal in case WI-2015-CR-01718, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-02593, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 20-2015-CR-00040, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 17-2017-CR-00002, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-04574, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 02-2016-CR-00019, 2016
  • Dismissal in case 47-2015-CR-00400, 2015
  • Won jury trial in case 09-2017-CR05255, 2018
  • Won appeal at North Dakota Supreme Court in City of Grand Forks v. Gale, 2016 WL 1029738., 2016
  • Dismissal in case 51-2015-CR-01598, 2016
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-04499, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 47-2018-CR-00333, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 02-2014-CR-00447, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 18-2016-CR-00706, 2016
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-02971, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 11-2018-CR-00044, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 30-2015-CR-00352, 2015
  • Successfully negotiated original DUI charge down to reckless driving, 2016
  • Dismissal in case 27-2017-CR-00829, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 53-2015-CR-01693, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 37-2015-CR-00156, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-05236, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-05541, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 09-2014-CR-03733, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 30-2016-CR-01393, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-04-K-04327, 2018
  • Dismissal in case FA-2015-CR-00819, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 13-2016-CR-00084, 2016
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-00662, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-00867, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 45-2015-CR-00711, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 47-2016-CR-00282, 2016
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-01955, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-01499, 2018
  • Dismissal in case DI-2014-CR-00966, 2015
  • Dismissal in case 47-2015-CR-00350, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-03406, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 05-2015-CR-00219, 2015
  • Dismissal of Petition for Revocation in federal case 3:12-CR-00091, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-00422, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 02-2016-CR-00221, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 51-2015-CR-02397, 2016
  • Dismissal of case 17-08-K-00045, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-2017-CR-03987 after successful Motion to Suppress Evidence, 2018
  • Dismissal in case 09-2014-CR-03093, 2016
  • Dismissal in case 32-2015-CR-00111, 2016
  • Dismissal in case FA-2016-CR-05562, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-00743, 2018
  • Won jury trial in case 51-2015-CR-01210, 2016
  • Dismissal in case 09-2016-CR-00394, 2016
  • Dismissal in case WF-2016-CR-01152, 2017
  • Dismissal in case 09-2018-CR-00663, 2018

Office location for Scott P. Brand

4950 13th Ave S
Ste. 20
Fargo, ND 58103

Phone: 701-864-3417


8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2023

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