David R. Bliss

David R. Bliss

Bismarck, North Dakota

Established in 1991, Bliss Law Office is a general practice of law with emphasis on personal injury, estate planning and probate, credit and collections, commercial law, water law, litigation and government relations. Mr. Bliss has taught family law classes for legal assistance, and is trained in the use of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution procedures. Mr. Bliss completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri with a 4.0 GPA. Mr. Bliss received his J.D. from the Unversity of North Dakota School of Law and has also received mediation training at the University of North Dakota and at the Center for Dispute Resolution, Willamette Law School. Salem, Oregon

Goals of Bliss Law Office : To provide prompt, effective legal service to all of our clients, and at reasonable cost.

Our clients: Our clients include working people, professionals, corporations and government entities. We help people with contract problems, car accidents, products liability claims, estate matters, and domestic relations matters. Our clients include county water resource districts, corporations, business owners, and salaried individuals who have legal problems.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1991

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Car Accidents
  • Farm Accidents
  • On-Site Accidents
  • Injury Claims Against Employers
  • Probate
  • Wills
  • Water Law
  • Landowner Water Disputes, Rural and Urban
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • South Dakota, 2014


  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    • J.D. - 1988
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
    • M.S. - 1978
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.S. - 1972

Published Works

  • Tilting at Wind Turbines; Noise Nuisance in the Neighborhood after Rassier v. Houim, North Dakota Law Review, 1993
  • North Dakota Waterways; The Public's Right of Recreation and Question of Title (Research Assistant, C. Carvell), North Dakota Law Review, 1987

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • ND State Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Big Muddy Bar Association
  • ND Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors
  • ND State Historical Board, Former President
  • ND Mental Health Association, Former Board Member
  • Legal Assistance of North Dakota, Former Bar Representative

Past Employment Positions

  • Sperry & Bliss, P.C., Partner, 1989 - 1991
  • The Hon. Joel Medd, N.E. Central Judicial District, Grand Forks, ND, Clerk, 1986
  • Robert Vogel Law Office, Grand Forks, ND, Clerk, 1986
  • ND Tax Commissioner M.K. "Heidi" Heitkamp, Bismarck, ND, Clerk, 1987
  • Volunteer In Service to America (VISTA), 1972 - 1973
  • Palmer, Massachusetts Journal Register, Co-editor, 1975
  • North Dakota, Governor George Sinner, Policy Analyst
  • Congressman Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota, Principal Legislative Assistant