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Attorneys

 

Malcolm Pippin

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Malcolm was born and raised in Williston, the son of Harry and Hilda Pippin. After graduating from Williston High School, he attended UND in Grand Forks and graduated with a degree in accounting and obtained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification in 1986. Thereafter, he attended UND Law School graduating in 1989 with Honors. After graduation he clerked for North Dakota Supreme Court Justice H.F. Gierke. Thereafter, he joined the Nilles Law Firm in Fargo where he practiced in a number of different areas of law until 2013. In 2013, he started the Pippin Law Firm.

Malcolm has a general practice of law having tried in excess of 100 trials and handled over 30 appeals to the North Dakota Supreme Court. He is judicially and peer reviewed by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent (AV). Malcolm is recognized as a Super Lawyer in the Midwest, and was named as a Lawyer of Distinction®.

Malcolm is married and has three daughters. When he is not working, he enjoys travelling, spending time at the lake, watching Sioux hockey, and spending time with friends and family. He also enjoys giving back to the community of Williston that he is so very fond of with his time and resources.

The Pippin Law Firm is a sponsor of many charitable activities in the Williston area and considers doing so as an integral part of its business model.


Achievements & Honors

• Rated AV Preeminent® and Distinguished® by Martindale-Hubbell®
• Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Lawyer™ in Litigation
• Named to America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1%
• Lawyers of Distinction® - Top 10%
• Selected as a Member of Super Lawyers

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1989

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
B.B.A., Accounting, 1986

Bar Admissions

• North Dakota, Montana


Rebecca L. Winkler

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Rebecca began her practice in Wyoming in 2005, where she concentrated on oil and gas law, as well as business law. She brought the experience that she gained in Wyoming's coalbed methane boom to Pippin Law Firm in the summer of 2015. She currently focuses on probates, adoptions, and assisting businesses with all of their needs, from organization to sale.

 
 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2005

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
B.A., History, 2002

Bar Admissions

• North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota


Thomas E. Kalil

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Thomas Kalil was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota. He grew up working on a fourth generation family farm, and continues to be involved in farming today. Tom attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and English Literature. After college, he attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, where he received a Dean’s Scholarship. During law school, he studied asylum, refugee, and war crimes law in Italy and spent time as an intern at the United Nations in New York.

Tom has practiced law in Williston for the last seven years, and has represented clients in a wide variety of areas. He has represented several cities in Northwest North Dakota, and has been appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of North Dakota and a Special Assistant State’s Attorney for Mountrail County. He has successfully represented clients before the North Dakota Supreme Court in cases related to title to mineral interests and probate. Tom also currently serves as contract City Attorney for the City of Sidney, Montana.

Tom’s wife, Audrey, is a research scientist at the NDSU Extension center in Williston, and together they have a son and a daughter. When he’s not working, Tom enjoys hunting and target shooting, and working on his family farm.

 

 

 

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota, Montana

 

 

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2010

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS
B.A., English, Philosophy, 2006

 

Staff

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Legal Assistant

Sherri Freeman

Sherri is the firm’s probate, guardianship, conservatorship, and real estate legal assistant resident expert. With over 40 years of experience under her belt, Sherri has pretty much seen everything in these areas and provides the firm with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and client contacts. In her spare time, Sherri is a stained glass artist. Sherri and her husband, Dan, enjoy spending time with their son and grandchildren, gardening, and enjoying the lake.


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Legal Assistant

Holly A. Radke

Holly was born and raised in Eastern Montana. Prior to entering the legal field, Holly fulfilled her days serving as a youth case manager and family support assistant dedicated to providing behavioral health services to children and their families. In this position, Holly maintained relationships with personnel within the legal field. This motivated Holly to switch careers and help families in a slightly different manner.

Holly decided to go back to school and, while attending Montana State University Billings, she was employed as a legal assistant. After graduating in 2010, she began her career as a Certified Paralegal. Holly was accepted to the State Bar of Montana Paralegal Section in 2012. Holly is also a member of the Montana Association of Legal Assistants-Paralegals (MALA) and the Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants (WDALA). From 2008 through 2016, Holly was employed with a solo attorney in Eastern Montana, gaining extensive knowledge in the areas of business, farming, ranching, oil and gas, estate planning, and real estate law.

Holly joined the Pippin Law Firm in February of 2016. Holly enjoys working with all the attorneys and utilizing her extensive knowledge and background in the law to assist clients of the office. Holly's expertise in researching, drafting, client communications, and trial preparation provide excellent support to the attorneys of the firm. Holly's special interests currently are adoptions and real estate (including 1031 exchanges).

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and two Siberian Huskies. Holly serves as Vice-President/Treasurer to the Little Lambs Childcare Board. Holly also enjoys traveling, going on ATV rides, amusement parks, reading, and volunteering in many organizations within the community.

 

 
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Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeping

Christin Peterson

Christin grew up in Fairview, MT, and moved to Williston in 2008. She attended college at both Williston State College and Dickinson State University. She has over ten years of bookkeeping experience. In her free time, she enjoys being at the lake and spending time with her family.

 

 
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Administrative Assistant

Megan Ryan

Megan was born and raised in Williston, ND. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of North Dakota for Occupational Therapy. Thereafter, she attended North Dakota State College of Science and obtained an Associate's of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. She enjoys watching hockey, traveling with her husband, and various outdoor activities.

 

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Legal Assistant

Jill Edson

Jill was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Williston in 2011 with her husband, Tim. She graduated from Baker College in Flint, Michigan, with an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She has a background in planning, zoning, real estate, and probates. Jill also works part-time as a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Western Veterinary Clinic in Williston. In her spare time, Jill is a weightlifter, enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband, and scuba diving.