Jack Marcil joined Serkland Law Firm as a trial attorney in 1969 after serving one year as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of North Dakota.

Areas of Practice

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Professional Disciplinary Action Defense
  • Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Construction

Certifications & Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Qualified Neutral Arbitrator and Mediator, Minnesota and North Dakota
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Representative Clients

  • Fargo Board of Education
  • Sanford Health
  • Catholic Heath Initiatives

Representative Cases

  • Ali v. Dakota Clinic, 582 N.W.2d 653 (N.D. 1998)
  • Beilke v. Coryell, 524 N.W.2d 607 (N.D. 1994)
  • All Seasons Water Users Ass’n, Inc. v. Northern Imp. Co., 399 N.W.2d 278 (N.D. 1987)
  • Andrews v. O’Hearn, 387 N.W.2d 716 (N.D. 1986)
  • Fargo Ed. Ass’n v. Paulsen, 239 N.W.2d 842 (N.D. 1976)


  • Juris Doctor – University of North Dakota School of Law (1968)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science – University of North Dakota (1963)

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the 2016 “Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement” by the Association of the Bar for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
  • Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers’ identified Mr. Marcil as being among the top litigators in North Dakota.
  • First appeared in Best Lawyers in America in 1987, and has continued to be selected by his peers for inclusion for 30 years, including the 2017 edition.
  • Included in Great Plains Super Lawyers list, 2007 – 2016.
  • Selected to North Dakota “Top 5” list for 2012 Great Plains Super Lawyers.
  • Law Dragon Magazine recognized Mr. Marcil in the category of arbitration and mediation as among the top 500 judges or arbitrators in the country in 2006.
  • Veteran – United States Army (Active Duty 1963–1965)
  • Recipient of the 2007 State Bar of North Dakota Distinguished Service Award.


  • North Dakota Law Review “Avoiding Pitfalls: Common Reasons for Mediation Failures and Solutions for Success”, Vol. 84, No.3, 2008.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators Member (Invitation Only) 2007–Present
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1987–Present Member (Invitation Only)
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers, 1984–Present Member (Invitation Only)
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Certified by the International Mediation Institute, 2009–Present
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota, 1989–1990 President
  • North Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1981–1982 President
  • Cass County Bar Association, 1983–1984 President
  • North Dakota State Bar Foundation, 1992–1996 President
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • YMCA Member
  • Fargo Country Club Member

If you are interested in working with Jack, contact him today.