Michael Dwyer is a water law expert with over 37 years specializing in water issues and water projects in North Dakota. Michael Dwyer is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, and after 5 years as an Assistant Attorney General for the North Dakota State Water Commission he entered private law practice with his brother, John Dwyer, Larry Klemin, and Myron Atkinson. Dwyer’s contacts in the water community during his years with the Water Commission resulted in a law practice devoted exclusively to water issues.
In 1987 Dwyer formed his own firm, Dwyer Law Office, and he was a sole practitioner until his son, Jack Dwyer joined the law firm.
Dwyer represents numerous individuals on water issues, as well as local county water resource districts in North Dakota. Dwyer also represents the North Dakota Water Users Association, whose mission is to develop, manage, and protect North Dakota’s water resources. Other clients served by Dwyer include the North Dakota Water Resource Districts Association, the North Dakota Irrigation Association, the Upper Missouri Water Association, the Southwest Water Authority, the Souris River Joint Water Resource Board, and the North Dakota Water Education Foundation.
Dwyer has written many of the chapters of the North Dakota Century Code in Title 61 dealing with water issues, and he has lectured on water laws and water issues at various venues. Dwyer works extensively with the North Dakota Legislature and the US Congress representing water organizations in North Dakota. Dwyer is part owner of Clearwater Communications, a communications firm co-located with the Bismarck office of Dwyer Law Office.
Dwyer also has a farming interest in Mckenzie County, and he has volunteered for many years as the head boys varsity basketball coach for Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck. Dwyer lives in Bismarck, and he and his wife Patty have six children and 5 grandchildren.
Jack joined the firm in November of 2011 and opened an office in Fargo, North Dakota. Jack added several areas of law to Dwyer Law Office’s repertoire, and he serves clients in the areas of water, business, commercial, real estate, probate, estate planning, and general litigation.
Jack graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 2004 with a degree in accounting, and he graduated from University of North Dakota School of Law in 2009 with distinction. Jack is licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota. Jack has a passion for his family, baseball, and the outdoors, and he loves North Dakota.
Lynn Mesteth earned her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and minors in business and German from South Dakota State University in 2003.
Prior to joining Dwyer Law Office in March of 2015, Lynn spent eight years in private practice with her father at Stoneburner Law Office in Paynesville, Minnesota where she focused on criminal defense, collections, wills, estate planning, and probate. Her courtroom experience includes numerous jury trials and district court appearances. Lynn prides herself on building strong relationships with her clients to fully understand client goals. Her background, work ethic, and legal knowledge ensure her clients get the best legal representation possible.
Lynn is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the North Dakota State Bar Association, and she is licensed to practice in both Minnesota and North Dakota.
Outside of the office, Lynn enjoys spending time with her family, having date nights with her husband, traveling, crafting, working out, competing in triathlons, and attending Triumph West Lutheran Church in West Fargo.