Benjamin Freedman


Ben is an attorney in SW&L’s Family Law Practice Group specializing in divorce, custody, child support, adoption, and restraining order cases. Ben has a reputation for both resolving complicated cases efficiently and litigating difficult cases skillfully. Of foremost importance to Ben is understanding clients’ needs and finding creative ways to meet their goals.

Bar Admissions:

Admitted to practice in North Dakota since 2017, Bar ID number 08670.
Admitted to practice in Minnesota since 2014, Lawyer ID number 0396473.
Admitted to practice in United States District Court, District of North Dakota since 2018.

Ben is not licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction not identified above.

Professional Memberships and Certifications:

Member, State Bar Association of North Dakota (“SBAND”).
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association (“MSBA”).

Community Involvement

Ben assists in the Sunday School program at his Fargo church and loves to participate in good causes like the Special Olympics Golf Classic fundraiser, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser. When he lived in Minnesota, Ben volunteered his time for the Brooklyn Center Planning Commission.

Personal Background

Ben grew up in a small town in Nebraska and moved to Minneapolis for college where he played football and ran track. Ben now resides in a friendly neighborhood in Fargo where he can be found reading books to his daughter Audrey, catching fill-in-the-blank sports object thrown at him by his son Ethan, working on home improvement projects, and planning trips to the Boundary Waters.

Educational Background

Ben obtained his law degree from the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, where he earned the Dean’s Award for the top score in his Family Law class and was honored with a writing fellowship. Before law school, Ben graduated from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul with a double major.

Client Reviews:

“I worked with Ben Freedman and he was absolutely wonderful. From the initial call and email to the very end he was nothing but professional yet caring. I have used a different attorney in the past and was left feeling hopeless and defeated. Ben made me feel positive and optimistic about the future of the matter. I would highly suggest him. His paralegal Sierra was also wonderful to work with.” (Source).

“I worked with Ben Freedman and Sierra Johnson for over a year. They were knowledgeable, empathetic, strategic and went above and beyond to help me with my case. I will continue to use Ben as legal affairs arise, and I keep my trust with him. I was extremely satisfied with the thought behind every decision and position we entered. I would highly recommend them as a very skilled law firm.” (Source).

“Ben Freedman was our attorney for our step-parent adoption case. Ben and his assistant Sierra were wonderful to work with! Ben advised me on the most economical way to approach our situation and I appreciated his knowledge of the statutes in North Dakota. They kept me up to date on every step of the process and we got the outcome that we wanted. I 10/10 recommend them” (Source).

“Ben Freedman and Sierra were so efficient and easy to work with. Ben is professional, knowledgeable and was always so patient, as I had many questions/concerns. Sierra always kept me up to date on my case. Highly recommend this team.” (Source).

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Professional History:

Since his first licensure in 2014, Ben has assisted many clients with trials, hearings, and settlements of all types, in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Prior to private practice, Ben worked for a year and a half as a staff attorney for the District Court in Minnesota, where he gained invaluable insight into the way judges think about cases and decide issues. He learned about family law specifically from his supervising judge who worked as a family law attorney for nearly 25 years prior to his judgeship. Drawing from this unique experience, Ben has developed a strong ability to present and argue cases in the most effective and persuasive manner to the judiciary. During law school, Ben worked as a law clerk for a family law attorney in Minneapolis and as an extern for Hennepin County.