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Patrick Waters

Patrick Waters of Heartland Law Office PC is a highly educated attorney with 17 years of criminal and civil law courtroom experience. He is a proud member of the Bismarck-Mandan community. Prior to opening his own private law practice, he served as a defense attorney and prosecutor for the state of North Dakota.

During his time as a defense attorney, he managed more than 2,000 cases from intake to deposition. These cases included both violent and non-violent felony and misdemeanor charges.

As a prosecutor, Patrick’s focus was on serious personal crimes, many of which involved significant consequences for a defendant who was ultimately convicted. With his strong background and experience, he opened Heartland Law Office to serve those needing his legal assistance the most.

Patrick’s experience in litigation, legal research, negotiation and trial preparation ensures you will get the best possible representation and results in your case. Call (701) JUSTICE to schedule your case evaluation.


Practice Areas


  • DePaul University, College of Law, Chicago, IL – Dean’s List

Associated with the following professional organizations:

  • National Trial Lawyers
  • Lawyers of Distiction
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Work Experience

  • Burleigh County State’s Attorney Office, Assistant State’s Attorney – Victim Unit
  • City of Burlington, City Attorney
  • North Dakota Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents, Lead Attorney
  • State of Wisconsin, Assistant State Public Defender


  • Member, American Bar Association (2008–Present)
  • Member, State Bar of North Dakota (2016–Present)
  • Member, National State’s Attorney’s Association (2018–2019)
  • Member, North Dakota State’s Attorney’s Association (2018– 2019)
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (2012–Present)
  • Board Member, Salvation Army (2017–2018)
  • Treasurer, Wisconsin Association of Treatment Court Professionals (2015–2016)
  • Board Member, Eau Claire County Alliance Against Substance Abuse (2015–2016)
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin (2008–2016)
  • Board Member, Mental Health Court Treatment
  • Team Member (2013–2016)
  • Board Member, Criminal Justice Coordinating
  • Committees of Buffalo and Pepin (2013–2016) • Volunteer, Eau Claire County Legal Clinic (2013– 2016)
  • Volunteer, Dane County Legal Clinic (2008–2013) • Director, Dane County (WI) Bar Association Board (2009–2012)
  • Board Member, Wisconsin State Public Defender Affirmative Action Advisory Committee

The National Trial Lawyers Announces Patrick Waters as One of Its Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in North Dakota

For Immediate Release
The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Patrick Waters of Heartland Law Office in Bismarck has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in North Dakota, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers in either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law.
The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization comprised of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who have demonstrated exceptional qualifications in criminal defense or civil plaintiff law. The National Trial Lawyers provides accreditation to these distinguished attorneys, and provides essential legal news, information, and continuing education to trial lawyers across the United States.
With the selection of Patrick Waters by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, he has shown that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a trial lawyer. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research. As The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an essential source of networking and information for trial attorneys throughout the nation, the final result of the selection process is a credible and comprehensive list of the most outstanding trial lawyers chosen to represent their state or region.
To learn more about The National Trial Lawyers, please visit:http://thenationaltriallawyers.org/.