Rebecca S. Thiem

Rebecca Thiem

Rebecca S. Thiem is a native of Fargo. She studied Humanities and Urban Studies at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Ms. Thiem earned a Juris Doctor degree at the University of North Dakota School of Law, achieving a No. 1 Academic Ranking, and she was the Articles Editor for the North Dakota Law Review. She served as law clerk to Judge Myron Bright at the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and she has worked in private practice in Bismarck for over 30 years.

Ms. Thiem joined Serkland Law Firm in 2014. Her practice is focused on commercial and general litigation, business transactions, employment litigation, mediation and arbitration, and professional malpractice defense. She is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Employment Litigation
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota, 1980
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota


  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1980
  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, 1972
    Major: Humanities
    Minor: Urban Studies

Present Bar-Related Activities

  • Ex-Officio Board member, National Conference of Bar Examiners (Past Chair)
  • Secretary-Treasurer, International Society of Barristers Foundation

Past Bar-Related Activities

  • Vice-Chair, Disciplinary Board of the North Dakota Supreme Court
  • Distinguished Service Award Recipient, State Bar Association of North Dakota (2000)
  • President and Secretary, State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • President, North Dakota State Board of Law Examiners
  • Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, North Dakota Supreme Court and State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Chairman, Continuing Legal Education Committee, State Bar Association of North Dakota, Recipient, Outstanding Chairman Award
  • Federal Practice Committee for the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • Joint Commission on Lawyer Discipline and Admission
  • Inquiry Committee West
  • North Dakota Bar Foundation
  • Legal Assistance of North Dakota

Honors and Awards

  • Rated as “AV” lawyer in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for over 20 years, including the 2017 edition: Arbitration and Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized as Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyer in Chambers Guide
  • Recognized as Leading Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment in Chambers Guide
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers list (2007–2016)
  • Recognized as Litigation Star in North Dakota (2012–2015) by Benchmark Litigation
  • Selected as one of the top 250 Women in Litigation (U.S.) by Benchmark Litigation
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Specialized Training

  • Mediation Training of 30 hours at Mediation Center for Dispute Resolution and Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Past Employment

  • Zuger Kirmis, & Smith, Bismarck, North Dakota (1982–2014)
  • Degnan, McElroy, Lamb, Camrud, Maddock, & Olson, Grand Forks, North Dakota (1981–1982)
  • The Honorable Myron H. Bright, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1980–1981)

Licensed to practice in North Dakota and Minnesota, and serving the communities of Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks, Valley City, Jamestown, Minot, Bismarck, Alexandria, Wahpeton, Cooperstown, Glyndon, and Dilworth.