Adam leads SW&L’s Criminal Defense Practice Group. Adam helps individuals who are charged with felonies, misdemeanors, infractions, and traffic citations in North Dakota and Minnesota in both state and federal court. Adam also assists individuals with sealing their criminal record in North Dakota, obtaining a governor’s pardon in North Dakota, petitioning to have an individual’s gun rights reinstated in North Dakota, and other gun rights issues in North Dakota.
Adam is a shareholder with SW&L and has been with the firm since 2018. Prior to joining SW&L, Adam clerked for a law firm in Grand Forks, North Dakota, doing criminal defense.
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“The best legal representation you can get. Adam Justinger saved my life! I was facing charges for a crime I didn’t commit and he was there! Went above and beyond to help me, replied quickly anytime I had questions and got my charges dropped! If your looking for a good criminal defense lawyer this is your man! Highly recommend!!” (Source).
“I recently finished working with Attorney Adam Justinger from the SW&L office in Fargo, and he and their law office certainly exceeded my expectations. He specifically assisted me over the past year and a half, with issues relating to erroneous background check denials for firearm purchases. I initially searched out legal assistance for my issue in various other cities around North Dakota, but to little avail. In fact, a few other law offices that I initially talked to even gave me information that I later determined to just be flat-out false or at least misinformed. However, Adam Justinger was the only lawyer, at least that I could personally find, that was not only very knowledgeable about my specific legal issue, but also excellent at explaining any legal options I had. So Mr. Justinger worked for me to collect an immense amount of documentation that was required, and then was able to successfully assist me with both a Firearm-Related Challenge (Appeal) and Voluntary Appeal File (VAF). I was 100% satisfied with all of his services and help dealing with these specific legal issues. If you need assistance with this sort of issue like I did, then I’m very confident in recommending Adam Justinger. I personally think that he’s very likely to be the best attorney that you can hire in North Dakota, if you’re looking to get a VAF done or need assistance with delayed or denied background checks.” (Source).
“At 3 am I was in a situation I could never have imagined being in. I was behind bars and being told that I was going to be charged for something I had not done. I had a friend that had some family issues and had been looking for the right lawyer to assist in keeping his rights in tact. I had heard the stories about Adam Justinger and that he was extremely professional and was the guy that if someone was in a bind he’s the guy to call. So the only few phone calls I had, I made to my friend to get his lawyers name. Lucky for me Adam came to my defense. I was in a situation that I was completely unfamiliar with and Adam clarified everything in a way that I could bare to take another breath. I cannot explain the sense of comfort that I needed during this situation I had. It was met. I was not the bad guy I was being called to him. He was there to make sure that He trusted me and I trusted him. I don’t want to go much further into things but I have to say that the man worked through his wedding. I was extremely lucky to have him and his team of Professionals at my side. The outcome being exactly what it should have been. I highly recommend Adam and his team. They went the extra mile and then some! When a person’s freedom is at stake you want the extra mile and a half. Ten thumbs up and infinite stars.” (Source).
Professional Memberships and Certifications
President, Cass County Bar Association (“CCBA”)
Member, North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NDACDL”)
Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“MACDL”)
Member, DUI Defense Lawyers Association (“DUIDLA”)
Member, State Bar Association of North Dakota (“SBAND”)
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association (“MSBA”)
Member, MSBA Criminal Law Section
Member, American Inns of Court
Member, North Dakota Association for Justice (“NDAJ”) Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”)