Fred STrege

At the present time, Fred maintains a general practice with an emphasis on real estate, commercial and banking transactions, and business sales and purchases. Over the years, Fred has handled a wide variety of legal issues for clients. He likes to say that in his first legal life when he was just learning the ropes, he was a family and criminal lawyer. In his second legal life, he was a commercial and civil litigator. Now in his third legal life, he has settled down into a transactional practice mainly focusing on general business matters and the organization, sale and purchase of businesses and real estate. Along with his transactional practice, he also acts as co-counsel with other members in the firm with respect to all forms of civil litigation.

Fred’s clients include banks, businesses, farmers, construction firms, real estate developers, and individuals. He has also acted as an arbitrator to settle and decide disputes for other lawyers.

In 1974, Fred graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.A. in business, graduating summa cum laude. In 1977, he received his J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law where he graduated with distinction. Fred began his law practice in Wahpeton with the firm of Johnson, Milloy, Johnson, Stokes, and Robinson. Three years later, Fred partnered with Richard Smith and founded the present Smith & Strege Ltd. firm.

Fred and his wife, Wanda, reside in Wahpeton, North Dakota. They have three daughters, four granddaughters, six cats, many sets of golf clubs, and a TriGlide Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Business Sales and Purchases
  • Employment Law
  • Banking Matters

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota, 1977
  • Minnesota, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota


  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    • B.S.B.A summa cum laude - 1974
    • Major: Business Administration

Honors and Awards

  • "AV" Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Great Plains Super Lawyer
  • Member of North Dakota Golf Hall of Fame

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Dakota Bar Association, Member and Past Board of Governors Member
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Member
  • North Dakota Bar Association, Title Standards Committee
  • Southeast Judicial Bar Association, Member and Past President
  • Richland County Bar Association, Member
  • North Dakota Golf Association, Past President and Board Member, 2005 - 2010


  • Past Member and Officer in Many Local Community Organizations
  • Harley Davidson Rider and LifeTime Member of H.O.G