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

Certifications & Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Qualified Neutral Arbitrator and Mediator, Minnesota and North Dakota
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration 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
  • Beilke v. Coryell, 524 N.W.2d 607
  • All Seasons Water Users Ass’n, Inc. v. Northern Imp. Co., 399 N.W.2d 278
  • Andrews v. O’Hearn, 387 N.W.2d 716
  • Fargo Ed. Ass’n v. Paulsen, 239 N.W.2d 842


  • 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

  • Received the Sioux Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership from the University of North Dakota in 2022.
  • Awarded the University of North Dakota Lambda Chi Alpha Hall of Fame status (2018)
  • First appeared in Best Lawyers in America in 1987, and has continued to be selected by his peers for inclusion for over 37 years, including the 2024 edition: Arbitration, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation
  • 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 litigation mediators in North Dakota.
  • Recipient of the 2007 State Bar of North Dakota Distinguished Service Award.
  • Rated as “AV Preeminent” lawyer in Martindale-Hubbell law directory.
  • Veteran – United States Army


  • 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)
  • Certified by the International Mediation Institute, 2009–Present (Invitation Only)
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (Invitation Only)
  • North Dakota State Bar Foundation, 1992–1996 President
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota, 1989–1990 President
  • Cass County Bar Association, 1983–1984 President
  • North Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1981–1982 President
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • YMCA Member

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