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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.