Arlen M. Ruff PC – Partner

Arlen M. Ruff PC – Partner

Mr. Ruff has been with Kelsch Kelsch Ruff & Kranda since June, 1979  he focuses his practice in the areas of Business and Commercial Law and Litigation

He has broad experience in representing:

  • Financial Institutions
  • Corporations
  • Creditors’ Collection Rights
  • Bankruptcy
  • Estate Planning, Probate and Trust


Professional Experience – 35+ years

  • 1979-Present: Partner, Kelsch Kelsch Ruff & Kranda, Mandan, North Dakota
  • 1995-Present: Special Assistant Attorney General, Bank of North Dakota
  • 1980-1983: Special Assistant Attorney General, North Dakota Public Service Commission


  • Post Graduate: Drake University School of Law, Des Moines, Iowa, Juris Doctor, 1979
  • College: Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota, Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude), 1976
  • High School: Jamestown High School, Jamestown, North Dakota, 1972

Community Involvement/Leadership

  • Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, Director, 1994-1996
    Heartland Child Nutrition, Director, 1991-2000
  • Mandan Hockey Club, Director, 1995-2005
  • First United Methodist Church, Mandan, Administrative Board Chairman, 1991-2000; Current Chairman, Trustee
  • Sunday School Teacher; Delegate to Annual Conference, 1995-1996
  • Roosevelt Grade School Parent Teacher’s Organization, President, 1994-1995
  • Cubmaster, Past Den Leader, Scout Pack 51, 1995-2000
  • Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 54
  • 2000-2005  Assistant Seatmaster
  • 2005-Present Roosevelt Youth Grade School Basketball 3rd-5th Grades Coach1993-2001Youth Football 3rd-6th Grades, Coach, 1997-2003


  • Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce
  • Bismarck/Mandan Elks
  • Mandan Eagles
  • Mandan Lions
  • Mandan Moose

Licensed To Practice

  • North Dakota State District Courts
  • North Dakota Supreme Court
  • US District Courts of North Dakota

Bar Memberships And Associations

  • Big Muddy Bar Association
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota

Personal Information

Interests: Basketball, Golf, Skiing, Boating, Camping, Hockey, and Scouts