Carey Goetz


Carey brings more than sixteen years of experience to the litigation caseload at Braaten Law Firm. Carey has handled countless hearings and bench trials and dozens of jury trials in the state and federal courts of North Dakota. Carey has also handled dozens of appeals to the North Dakota Supreme Court, as well as several appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In addition to litigation, Carey will practice in the area of criminal defense with a focus on representing criminal defendants in federal court proceedings and appeals to the North Dakota Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Carey is a North Dakota native and began her law career as a law clerk to the North Dakota Supreme Court in 2003.  Following her clerkship, Carey joined a small Minneapolis law firm engaged in class action litigation for securities fraud against AOL Time Warner following the dot-com bubble bust.  Following settlement of the case, Carey joined an immigration firm where she focused on representing an underserved immigrant population in the areas of family law and criminal defense in state courts of Minnesota.  Carey then returned to North Dakota – first to Minot and then Bismarck – focusing her practice in the areas of family law, criminal defense and appellate practice. 

In late 2018, serendipity led to Carey working on the same team as Sarah Vogel while doing voter protection work on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.  At Sarah’s suggestion, Carey was introduced to Derrick.  They quickly found common ground despite wildly different practice areas.  Carey and Derrick have similar philosophies on advocacy, compassion for their clients and the zeal for a good fight.  Carey was quickly persuaded to parlay her years of litigation experience into advocacy for North Dakota landowners.  Like most lawyers, Carey became an attorney so she could make a difference in the lives of others.  North Dakota’s transformation into an energy leader has created an abundance of economic opportunity for its citizens.  But with prosperity comes responsibility.  Through conservation, legislation, regulation and litigation when necessary, the legacy of the pioneers can continue forward to future generations while North Dakotans continue to enjoy the best quality of life in the nation.


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Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Agricultural Law
  • Business Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Property Law, Land Use, and Zoning
  • Saltwater Spills
  • Water Law
  • Wind Energy Law