Susan L. Ellison

Susan Ellison concentrates her practice in the areas of complex divorce, post-divorce modification, paternity, property division (including water and mineral rights), child custody, parental rights, parenting time, parenting schedules, visitation, child support, alimony, spousal support and maintenance, adoption, minor guardianships, third-party custody and grandparent custody and visitation.  She is also a qualified family law mediator in North Dakota and Minnesota.  She also works with Department of Labor complaints, wage and hour matters, employment contracts, employee discharge or terminations, and human resource topics.  In addition, she works with elder law preparing wills, trusts, health care directives, living wills and financial powers of attorney, as well as representing family members in adult guardianships and probate matters.

Undergraduate: University of North Dakota – Journalism, with distinction

Law School: University of North Dakota School of Law


Special honors during law school: Special Projects Editor, North Dakota Law Review, Award for Best Petitioner Brief and Finalist Petitioner Team, Moot Court Association, Intra-School Competition, and member of Central Legal Research Team.


Licensed to practice in North Dakota and Minnesota state courts and federal court


Judicial clerkship for the Cass County District Court, Fargo, North Dakota.

Highlights of Legal Experience:

  • Super Lawyers (2013, 2014,2015)
  • Served on North Dakota Supreme Court Disciplinary Board and Ethics Committee for State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Served on Committee for Re-Appointment of United States Magistrate
  • Faculty member and has spoken at various community functions and professional groups on issues relating to human resources, workplace discrimination, family law and elder law
  • Adjunct professor for MSUM paralegal program

Community Involvement/Memberships:

  • MSUM Paralegal Advisory Board
  • Past board member of West Fargo Chamber of Commerce
  • Past board member of West Fargo Public Library
  • Past board member of YWCA of Fargo-Moorhead
  • Past board member of MS Society for North Dakota
  • Member for several years of Zonta of Fargo-Moorhead (including club officer and regional director)
  • Served on neighborhood Sommerset Board
  • Served at Faith Lutheran Church West Fargo Foundation President, Sunday School and Confirmation Teacher

Noteworthy Publications or Presentations:

  • Authored North Dakota Law Review article

Other Honors and Distinctions:

  • Member of State Bar Association of North Dakota and Family Law Section
  • Member of Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member of American Bar Association and Family Law Section and Labor Law Section
  • Member of Cass County Bar Association
  • Member of Clay County Bar Association