William P. Harrie

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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)

Bar Admissions

North Dakota
United States District Court, District of North Dakota

Community & Professional Involvement

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

Experience & Honors

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

Presentations and Publications

Bill is a frequent speaker at seminars in North Dakota and Minnesota, including the Minnesota Insurance Law Deskbook Seminar in Minneapolis where he has spoken at since approximately 2003.