Jason Butts

Jason's practice centers on real estate, creditor/debtor matters, contract disputes, criminal defense,  and general litigation. He works as a public defender for criminal cases for the State of North Dakota and City of Wahpeton.

Jason grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota. He received a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Jamestown in 1994. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree, Jason moved to Arizona where he taught high school social studies for five years. Thereafter, Jason returned to North Dakota to attend the University of North Dakota School of Law, and he received his J.D. in 2003. While in law school, Jason spent two summers clerking for the Honorable Richard Grosz, Judge of the District Court in Wahpeton. Following law school, Jason joined the firm and is now a partner of Smith & Strege Ltd.

Jason, his wife, Janel, and their two boys reside in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Law
  • Creditor/Debtor
  • Contract Disputes
  • Criminal Defense
  • General Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota, 2003
  • Minnesota, 2010
  • South Dakota, 2013
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 2004


  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    • J.D. - 2003
  • University of Jamestown, Jamestown, North Dakota
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Major: Political Science and History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Dakota Bar Association, Member
  • North Dakota Bar Association, Past Board of Governors
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Member
  • North Dakota Association for Justice, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Richland County Bar Association, Member
  • Southeast Judicial Bar Association, Past President
  • Wahpeton-Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce, Past Director
  • South Dakota Bar Association, Member
  • North Dakota Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Lawyer Assistance Program Committee Member


  • Richland-Wilkin Kinship Program - Mentor
  • NDAJ-SBAND UND Law School Mentoring Program - Mentor
  • Breckenridge, MN City Council - Member