Duane A. Lillehaug grew up in rural Adams County, North Dakota, and graduated high school in Lemmon, South Dakota. He received his undergraduate B.A. degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1971, and graduated, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1975. After serving one year as a law clerk with the North Dakota Supreme Court, his practice has focused on trial law in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota for about 40 years.
He has served as Chair of the Board of the Minn-Kota Chapter of the American Red Cross, and as a member of the national organization’s Resolutions Committee. Duane formerly served on and then chaired the Midwest/North Central Regional Committee for the American Red Cross.
Licensed by all state and federal courts in North Dakota and Minnesota, Duane is Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (less than 25 in North Dakota). Duane is listed as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation in the areas of insurance, personal injury and commercial litigation. He is described as “…especially well versed in insurance law.” Duane has also been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine in the personal injury area since 2009. He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 2013 (in the practice area of product liability litigation – plaintiffs) and 2015 (in the practice areas of personal injury litigation – plaintiffs and product liability litigation – plaintiffs).
In 2003, Duane completed a term as President of the Minnesota Association for Justice. In addition, he has served as President of the Ronald N. Davies Inn of Court, as a member of the Civil Trial Certification Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association and as a member of the Board of the North Dakota Association for Justice. Duane’s practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, insurance coverage, commercial and business disputes and employment law in both Minnesota and North Dakota.
Duane, his wife and their son live in Fargo.