James R. (“Jim”) Hoy is a shareholder at Maring Williams Law Office and is licensed to practice law in North Dakota and Minnesota. He dedicates his practice to helping people. Specifically, he helps people who have been seriously injured or who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s fault. Oftentimes, it is the result of an automobile or oil field incident, but not always. No matter the cause, he takes great pride in helping people overcome challenges resulting from their injuries or loss and giving them a voice in the legal process.
In recognition of his efforts, Jim has been annually named a “Rising Star” since 2017 in the personal injury category by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
The son of an attorney, Jim knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life in worthy causes. After growing up in the countryside, near Harwood, North Dakota, he graduated from West Fargo High School. He, then, attended the University of North Dakota and graduated with an undergraduate degree in business management and a master’s degree in business administration. While completing these degrees, Jim competed on the UND men’s basketball team and served as a team captain. In recognition of his success on the court and in the classroom, he received Academic All-Conference and Commissioner’s Honor Roll awards.
After his collegiate basketball eligibility expired, Jim attended law school at UND. Before earning his law degree with distinction, Jim served as the editor-in-chief of the North Dakota Law Review and as the president of the Student Trial Lawyers Association. He also competed on the moot court team. In recognition of his oral advocacy skills, Jim was elected to the Order of Barristers. After law school, Jim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dale V. Sandstrom of the North Dakota Supreme Court.
In addition to helping injured people, Jim takes great pride in his community. He and his firm are involved with EndDD, a program presented to local high schools in an effort to reduce distracted driving. Jim serves on the executive board of the North Dakota Association for Justice, on the board of the West Fargo Educational Foundation, and on North Dakota’s Pattern Jury Instruction Commission. He also coaches youth sports and serves as an assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach for Kindred High School.
In his free time, Jim enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Jim, his wife, and their three children live near Kindred, North Dakota.