Ward, Patrick J.

Patrick J. Ward

Patrick J. Ward
Administrative Law Judge
PO Box 1695
Bismarck, ND 58502
Email: pward@zkslaw.com


Patrick Ward has been a partner and member of the law firm of Zuger Kirmis & Smith in Bismarck since 1982. Judge Ward was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.  In 1976, he moved to North Dakota where he attended the University of North Dakota School of Law. He was editor in chief of the North Dakota Law Review and Order of the Coif.  After law school, Judge Ward clerked for North Dakota Supreme Court Justice William L. Paulson.  He returned to Chicago to practice from 1980 to 1982.  Judge Ward is licensed and has handled trials and appeals in North Dakota, Montana, Illinois, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  He was a board certified civil trial attorney and is a certified civil mediation specialist.  Judge Ward will be serving as a part-time, contact administrative law judge, primarily conducting public service commission hearings and continuing his practice in the areas of mediation and dispute resolution, labor and employment law, government relations, and civil litigation.