Patricia R. Monson

Center for Mediation & Consultation, PLLC

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403


Civil, Commercial, Construction, Discrimination, Employment, Personal Injury, Rail Transportation, Sexual Harassment

Patricia R. Monson has more than 30 years of litigation experience in North Dakota and Minnesota, and is the founder of the Center for Mediation & Consultation (CMC), PLLC. Ms. Monson is an AV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®. This rating—the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer—is generated from evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary, and is a strong indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and legal ability.

Ms. Monson draws upon her extensive background in litigation, advice and counsel, and lawsuit resolution to benefit clients, large and small. In all aspects of client representation, she instills compassion and integrity, while always providing personal attention and dedicating the time necessary to ensure success and client satisfaction.

Depth of Experience

Before establishing the Center for Mediation & Consultation, Ms. Monson practiced with Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has also practiced with Nilles, Hansen & Davies Ltd. of Fargo, North Dakota, and Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, also of Fargo.
Recognized as a leader in her field, Ms. Monson has dealt with complex litigation in a wide array of practice areas: employment, health care, civil rights, commercial, construction, railroad, insurance, personal injury and wrongful death, ethics and personal responsibility, and workers’ compensation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In addition to an extensive background as a trial lawyer, Ms. Monson has successfully mediated dozens of cases in the last 33 years. With a vast experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, she is uniquely qualified as a mediator, and is listed on the Roster of Qualified Neutrals for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in North Dakota and Minnesota in both Mediation and Arbitration.

Ms. Monson strives to help clients resolve conflict outside of the courtroom, avoiding the costs and risks associated with jury trials. A skilled litigator, she is also equipped to guide clients through all aspects of litigation. No matter the legal challenges involved, the Center for Mediation & Consultation offers the highest quality dispute resolution advice and counsel services.

Court Admissions

Ms. Monson has been admitted to practice by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Districts of North Dakota and Minnesota, and all State Courts of North Dakota and Minnesota.

Over her many years of practicing law, Ms. Monson has successfully argued cases before the North Dakota and Minnesota Supreme Courts, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Ms. Monson graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1972 with a double major in German and psychology. She received her law degree in 1979 from the University of North Dakota Law School, served as Articles Editor of the North Dakota Law Review, and was a member of the legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi.

While completing her studies, Ms. Monson taught the following law courses at UND: Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Advocacy and Criminal Law.

Professional Activities & Memberships

Since beginning to practice law more than 30 years ago, Ms. Monson has been a contributor and a leader in many key legal organizations in the region:

Current Memberships: State Bar Association of North Dakota, Minnesota State Bar Association, Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association, Women Lawyers Section (president, 1988-1989), Ronald Davies American Inn of Court (founding member and program chair, 1997-2000; treasurer, 2000-2005), American Health Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Litigation Section (ABA), Employment and Labor Section (ABA), Cass County Bar Association (president, 1991-1992), 7th Circuit Hennepin and Ramsey County Bar Associations, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Prior Memberships: State Bar Association Ethics Committee (1994-1999), State Bar Association Judicial Nominating Committee (1998-2004), Inquiry Committee Southeast (chair, 1999-2005), Supreme Court Joint Procedures Committee (1990-2001), Eighth Circuit Federal Practice Committee, and Character and Fitness Committee of the N.D. Board of Law Examiners


Sharing her legal knowledge and skill is a passion for Ms. Monson, who is a frequent speaker on employment law, civil litigation, civil trial practice, the rules of civil procedure, and the rules of evidence. She is a regular presenter for the National Business Institute, Lorman Education Services, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Federal Bar and State Bar Association of North Dakota, and the University of North Dakota Law School.
Ms. Monson wrote and directed a video presentation to the North Dakota Medical Association, as part of a seminar on Corporate Compliance by health care providers.


Most trial attorneys love the courtroom-once they get there. The effort and time consuming preparation to get there, however, can be as grueling as any physical laborer endures and much more mentally and emotionally draining. Even worse, there is no guarantee that the investment of time, energy and money will yield a positive result.

From the clients’ perspective, all want an attorney who will go the distance for them, fight the good fight, and pull out all the stops in order to prevail. Yet, for the most part, they are reluctant or resistant to pay the high costs of the fight with no guarantee of being successful.

Both client and lawyer realize at some point during the course of the litigation that the most economical and efficient, and least emotionally taxing, course of action is resolution of the dispute. Settlement removes the risk, curtails the fees and costs and provides the client a measure of control over the process and outcome they wouldn’t have when leaving the case in the hands of a jury or judge. At the conclusion of a successful mediation or arbitration, each party to the dispute is undeniably relieved that the matter is resolved and is able to return to other important aspects of their lives. The Center’s mission is to devote its time and energies to the resolution of conflict outside of the courtroom and to provide prompt and knowledgeable legal counsel to clients in order to eliminate or minimize risk and see that justice is achieved to the satisfaction of the client.

Center for Mediation & Consultation, pllc
417 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103

701.361.5976 - Office
701.238.8794 - Cell
701.298.3533 - Fax

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