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

  • 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 30 years, including the 2021 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.
  • Listed in Great Plains Super Lawyers 2007 – 2020, including selection to North Dakota “Top 5” list in 2011 – 2013, and North Dakota “Top 25” list in 2007 and 2009.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers, 1984–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.