An Experienced Legal Team

Serving the community of Valley City, ND.

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The law firm was established by merger of two firms on October 1, 1999. One of the prior firms, Lenaburg, Fitzner & Hooper was founded in 1890 by Herman and Edward Winterer. The other firm, Carol S. Nelson Law Office, was founded in 1897 by A.P. Paulson.

The firms have had numerous partners and associates over the years including, Earl R. Pomeroy III, former U.S. Congressman for North Dakota, William L. (Bill) Paulson, former North Dakota Supreme Court Justice, John T. (Jack) Paulson, current District Judge and Mikal Simonson retired Distric Judge, Glenn Pomeroy, former N.D. Insurance Commissioner, and Bradley Cruff, current Distric Judge.

Dean E. Lenaburg became a member of the firm in 1968, and prior to his death in 2006 engaged in the general practice of law concentrating in the areas of real estate, estate planning and probate and family law. Dean was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

R. Jon Fitzner joined the firm in 1967 and is engaged in the general practice of law, concentrating in the areas of real estate, business creation, estate planning and probate.

Carol S. Nelson joined the firm in 1981 and was Barnes County States Attorney from 1986 to 1990. In addition to her general practice, Carol concentrates in the areas of estate planning and probate, individual tax preparation, real estate and elder law.


In addition to practicing general law, We specialize in the following areas -

  • Real Estate
  • Tax Law & Preparation
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Domestic Relations
  • Mediation
  • Agriculture Law


Contact Us

Call us at (701) - 845 - 2701