Lee Grossman

Practice Concentrations:

Lee concentrates his practice in the areas of construction litigation and commercial litigation. Lee’s practice includes business disputes, payment disputes, breach of contract, construction defects, construction negligence, express warranties, implied warranties, and construction liens and mechanic’s liens. He helps clients in all stages of a lawsuit, including mediation, arbitration, and jury trial. Lee also has extensive appellate experience. He has appeared before the North Dakota Supreme Court over 50 times.

Professional History:

Lee is a shareholder with SW&L and has been with the firm since 2016. Prior to joining SW&L, Lee was the Barnes County State’s Attorney and worked at a small private practice in Valley City, North Dakota.

Personal Background:

Lee grew up in Velva, North Dakota and worked nearly every manual labor job imaginable. Lee and his wife Megan live in Fargo with their two kids. In his free time, Lee enjoys staying active and playing sports with his kids, including those at which he is very bad.

Community Involvement

Lee served as an adjunct professor at Valley City State University, teaching courses in criminal justice. Lee earned the Adjunct Special Appointments Faculty Excellence Award in 2016.

Lee helped organize the SW&L Charitable Fund, which supports charitable causes throughout the region. He has also been involved as a Cub Scout pack leader and volunteer coach.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Member, Inquiry Committee Southeast (2018-present), Current Chairperson
  • Member, North Dakota Judicial Conference (2016-present)
  • Member, State Bar Association of North Dakota (2005-present)
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association (2016-present)
  • Board of Governors, State Bar Association of North Dakota (2014-2016)
  • President, Southeast Judicial District Bar Association (2014-2016)
  • Vice President, Southeast Judicial District Bar Association (2010-2014)
  • Treasurer, Southeast Judicial District Bar Association (2008-2010)
  • Member, North Dakota State’s Attorneys’ Association (2006-2014)
  • Board of Directors, Abused Persons Outreach Center (2008-2013)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Dakota Supreme Court (2005)
  • North Dakota Federal Court (2007)
  • Minnesota Supreme Court (2016)
  • Lee is not licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction not identified above.


“Oil and Gas Law — When It Comes to Restrictive Employment Covenants, Whose Idea of ‘Reasonable’ is Correct, the Oil Company’s or the Landman’s?” 81 N.D. L. Rev. 555

Client Reviews:

“I can say that I could not have made a better choice than Lee Grossman. He worked with me to understand the problem, frame arguments in the most cogent and insightful terms, and respectfully make my case to the entities involved in addressing my status and rights. Ultimately, we decided to settle the case and I was awarded a fair settlement. If you want compassionate, insightful, intelligent and straightforward representation, look to Lee Grossman. He’ll share what is possible, and respects your time and your financial commitment. I think that he’ll honestly represent you and make you aware of the realities of the challenges before you. You’ll know where you stand, and be able to assess the risks and potential rewards of pursuing a case.” (Source)

“Lee was very knowledgeable, courteous, and a hard worker. He knows his stuff and went above and beyond in my matter. Highly recommended.” (Source)

“Through my job, I have worked with many lawyers over the years, but when the need arose for my family to hire a lawyer there was one whose character I’ve always admired and trusted with our situation, Lee Grossman. Lee was very compassionate to our family’s needs and worked very hard for us. They kept us informed, acted very professionally, were understanding, and went the extra mile to help us with our case. I would hire S, W, & L again and will recommend them to anyone in need of legal counsel. THANK YOU!” (Source)

Education History:

Lee earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and history from Concordia College (Moorhead). He bumbled around on the football team, where he excelled at memorizing the playbook but not at actually playing.

Lee attended the University of North Dakota School of Law. While there, he concentrated on courses in trial advocacy. During law school, Lee wrote an article for the North Dakota Law Review titled: “Oil and Gas Law: When It Comes to Restrictive Covenants, Whose Idea of Reasonable Is Correct, the Oil Company’s or the Landman’s?” The article was published in 2005.