William P. Harrie

Bill Harrie is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of civil litigation experience. In the area of civil litigation, his practice has consisted primarily of insurance defense work and trial work, both in first-party insurance disputes and in defense of liability claims, including personal injury, property damage, products liability, tort and insurance litigation, commercial and business litigation, and intellectual property. Bill has also served as an arbitrator in insurance disputes, personal injury claims, commercial litigation and employment related claims, and is a Certified Neutral Mediator. Bill has represented a number of adoptive parents, clients involved in gestational carrier arrangements, and child-placing agencies, and is the only North Dakota attorney who is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), which is a prestigious national association of attorneys experienced in the field of adoption law and assisted reproduction technology (“AARTS”). He is a former president of the Nilles Law Firm, and is the head of the litigation department of the Nilles Law Firm. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, ND.


  • University of North Dakota School of Law (J.D. with Distinction 1986)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Articles Editor for the North Dakota law Review
  • University of North Dakota (B.A. 1982)


  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • United States District Court, District of North Dakota


  • Former board member of the American Cancer Society
  • Former board member of Fargo Youth Hockey Association
  • Past Royal Gander of Blue Goose
  • Member of F-M Claims Association since 1986, including serving on board and speaking on a number of occasions
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association


  • Selected to Super Lawyers, 2011-2016 in Civil Litigation, and the 2014 Business Edition of Super Lawyers
  • American Registry, America’s Most Honored Professionals, top 5%, 2016
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers 2012
  • 2014-2017 Best Lawyers in America in the area of insurance law and litigation.
  • North Dakota Adoption Advocate of the Year 2000
  • Global Law Experts Awards – Insurance Defense Litigation Law Firm of the Year in North Dakota – 2016