Derrick Braaten


Derrick moved to North Dakota to work with Sarah Vogel Law Partners over a decade ago, and has since taken over the firm which now bears his name. Derrick has built a reputation in the region as a prominent advocate for landowners and landowner rights.  He prides himself on taking on giants, whether those are large corporations or the government, and standing up for the land and its stewards.  Derrick has a long history working with agricultural organizations both as an attorney and often as a board member. Derrick is a strong advocate for soil health, and is a Merit Award recipient from the national Soil and Water Conservation Society for his conservation efforts. He is also a Business Stewardship Award recipient from the North Dakota chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for promoting conservation. In February, 2023, Derrick became the first attorney elected for the state of North Dakota to the prominent national organization of leading eminent domain attorneys, Owners’ Counsel of America.

Practice Focus

Derrick’s practice has always centered on providing legal services to family farmers and ranchers, and other private landowners. Derrick’s practice focuses on standing up for landowners and the land, whether it is forcing an energy developer to clean up a spill or protecting private property rights from government overreach in eminent domain and other areas of law. Derrick handles many matters in this area, ranging from negotiating pipeline easements and wind leases to complex multi-jurisdictional litigation against large oil and gas exploration and production companies. Derrick continues to maintain a significant agricultural law practice as well, handling matters such as crop insurance arbitrations, NAD appeals, elevator insolvency actions, and other complex ag litigation.

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
  • Tribal Law and Federal Indian Law
  • Water Law
  • Wind Energy Law