Michelle M. Donarski

Street Address:

4132 30th Ave S Suite 100

Fargo, ND 58104

Mailing Address:

P.O. 10247

Fargo, ND 58106

Michelle M. Donarski is a shareholder with Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson practicing in the areas of labor and employment law, business transactions, agricultural law, commercial litigation, contracts, insurance defense, civil litigation, federal crop insurance, and Plant Variety Protection infringement. She received her B.S. degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her J.D. degree from the University of North Dakota. She is licensed to practice law in North Dakota and Minnesota state and federal courts. Michelle represents businesses in all aspects. Michelle is a frequent lecturer on employment law and represents employers in all aspects of employment law including defending state Department of Labor and federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission matters. She has also successfully arbitrated federal crop insurance cases and federal appeals with the United States Department of Agriculture.

Education and Experience:

Minnesota State University Moorhead (B.S. 1990)
University of North Dakota (J.D. 1995)
Jeffries, Olson, Flom & Bullis, P.A., Fargo, ND (1995-2000)
Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson (since 2000)
Alternate Municipal Judge, West Fargo, North Dakota (since August 2005)
Alternate Municipal Judge, Fargo, North Dakota (since August 2013)


Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law as ranked by Martindale-Hubbell
Martindale, Rated AV - www.martindale.com and www.lawyers.com
Leading Employment Lawyer (2004 - present) in editions of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers
"The Best Lawyers in America", in Commercial Litigation and Employment Law (2009 - present)
2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in the practice of Employment Law - Management in Fargo, North Dakota
Named to 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Great Plains Super Lawyers

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota Supreme Court (1995)
North Dakota Supreme Court (1995)
U.S. District Court of MN (1995)
U.S. District Court of ND (1996)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1996)


• Punitive Damages and Insurance: Are Punitive Damages Insurable? The ND Supreme Court Says Yes, Despite ND's Public Policy to the Contrary, 70 N.D. Law Review, 637 (1994)
• Professional Writer for "Area Woman" Magazine (1996-2000)
• Employment Law: Sexual Harassment in the Work Place
• Employment Law: North Dakota Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment
• Pre-Employment Inquires: What questions can employers ask During the Interview Process?
• Employment At Will: The Employment Relationship
• Employment at Law: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA")
• Employment Law: 2000 Federal Employment Law Update
• Employment Law: Best Practices in Employment Law
• Employment Law: Documentation, Discipline, Dismissal... Avoiding the Pitfalls!
• Estate Planning: The Benefits of a Will & a Power of Attorney
• Purchasing a Home: What a Buyer Should Know Before Signing on the Dotted Line
• Premarital Agreements: I do. . . . But do I need a Premarital Agreement first?

Community Service and Activities:

Churches United for the Homeless
GoFar Woman Race Committee Member
Past Board President, Fargo Cass Board of Health, Fargo, North Dakota
Past Board President, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota
Past City of Fargo Civil Service Commission Member, Fargo, North Dakota