North Dakota Debt Collection Laws: Legendary

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Today, March 22, 2013, The National List of Attorneys published the white paper on debt collection law in North Dakota written by Joel Boon and Brittney Bornemann, of Rodenburg Law Firm. The firm’s practice is 100 percent dedicated to debt collection. They have been members of The National List since 1995.

The Rodenburg Law Firm represents collection agencies, commercial forwarders, lending institutions, auto and consumer finance companies, debt buyers, state colleges, health care organizations, and other creditors in credit matters including consumer and commercial collections in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The Rodenburg Law Firm is affiliated with the state bar associations in those states as well as with the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA), ACA International, and the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA).

Joel Boon is a partner and Brittney Bornemann is an associate with the firm. Joel received his B.A. from Dordt College and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. Brittney received her B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Mary and her J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Joel Boon

Joel Boon

Joel has practiced in debt collection for five years and says, “I’m amazed at how much it seems the industry has changed in that time. It feels like the changes are only accelerating.” The thing he enjoys most about his job is the people he works with.

Brittney says, “It is surprising how many other areas of law that one can be exposed to while practicing in debt collection. I have enjoyed learning about the post-judgment remedies that we can employ in order to serve our clients better.”

Brittney Bornemann

Brittney Bornemann

One thing creditors need to know that makes debt collection “Legendary” in North Dakota, as their state slogan says, is:  “It’s one of very few states where suit is commenced by service of the lawsuit, rather than filing the case with the court. This can have advantages for both our clients and for debtors, since it provides the parties an opportunity to resolve the case without incurring court costs and creating a public record.” The paper enlarges on ND being a “service state.” “An action is still timely if the defendant is served after the statute of limitations period expired, provided that the sheriff’s office of the county where the defendant resides (a) receives the summons for service on the defendant prior to the statute of limitations expiring, and (b) serves the defendant within 60 days after receiving the summons.”

Joel lives in Bismarck but says, “I’m a devoted fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.” He also enjoys golfing, reading and exercising. Brittney lives in Mandan. She enjoys staying active through all of the seasons that North Dakota offers.

The National List thanks Joel and Brittney for submitting this paper and for telling us something about themselves and their firm. You can access the paper at

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