Attorney David Engen Standing Outside of His Office Buidling

Building relationships that matter

For more than 40 years, I’ve built relationships with clients and helped them navigate the legal process to achieve better outcomes for their lives. As an attorney in Northwood, North Dakota, I have an opportunity not only to help the people of my hometown and beyond, I am provided the chance to make their lives better through legal assistance.

I take pride in serving my friends, family and neighbors, and I take an active approach to serving them in many capacities beyond the walls of Engel Law Firm. My interest in the community has allowed me to take on leadership positions as the City Council president and American Legion Post commander.

My legal career began in 1974 after I graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks. I had earned my undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University in 1971. 

This profession has taken me to places such as Texas and Minnesota, and it taught me a lot about how to work with people who seek out my services in forming a business, setting up a will or trust, or drafting the right contract for obtaining a piece of property. I’ve settled disputes through professional, but compassionate, attention to the details that matter most.

My clients – be they small to medium business or individuals – seek my experienced legal advice from across the United States. I nurture these relationships, because they are important to me. My clients put their trust and respect in my skill, and I return it by providing open communication and legal counsel focused on finding the best possible solution for them.

If you’re faced with a legal dilemma, you need someone who will cultivate an honest relationship with your best interests in mind. Set up a consultation to me your questions.

My door is always open.

40 years of legal experience

A former judge advocate in the United States Air Force, I held the rank of major in the inactive reserve. In addition, I served for 12 years on the Ethics Committee of the Grand Forks County Bar Association.

I am licensed to practice in the state courts in North Dakota and Minnesota. I am aslo admitted in Texas in an inactive status. I am admitted to the federal district courts in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Texas; the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuits; and the Court of Military Appeals.

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces


  • J.D. University of North Dakota School of Law, 1974
  • B.S. North Dakota State University, 1971