Mikayla M. Reis – Associate
Mikayla M. Reis
Mikayla was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, a Pre-Law Concentration, and double minors in Business and Political Science. She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in December 2016, where she earned Certificates in Indian Law and Family Law Mediation. Mikayla graduated a semester early from both undergraduate and law school.
Mikayla’s first career was in life insurance and financial planning for just shy of a decade. In 2008, Mikayla began an almost six-year career with New York Life Insurance Company and NYLIFE Securities, LLC. During her career at New York Life, she held multiple securities licenses after passing the following Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) exams: Series 6 – Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative Exam (IR); Series 63 – Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination; and Series 7 – General Securities Representative Exam (GS). She also earned her Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). Mikayla earned NAIFA’s National Quality Producer Award twice as well as several production-based awards throughout her career at New York Life, including a top-producer trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
In her first year at the UND School of Law, Mikayla competed in the Phi Alpha Delta national trial team competition in Arlington, Virginia, where she and her partner won the award for Outstanding Prosecution. During her second year, she was the President of the Student Trial Lawyers Association and the Secretary of the Law Women’s Caucus. Mikayla was also an active member of and Associate Editor for the North Dakota Law Review.
The majority of Mikayla’s legal career focused on estate planning with an emphasis on asset protection catering primarily to surgeons, physicians, and other business professionals. Yet, Mikayla finds great reward in helping clients from all walks of life. Mikayla enjoys working with clients’ other professional advisors in a team-based approach to ensure a comprehensive and cohesive estate plan.
Mikayla has also practiced in the civil litigation areas of professional liability defense and family law. She finds especially interesting the intersection of family law with estate planning and asset protection.
When she is not at the office, Mikayla enjoys spending time with her fiancée, PaxTon, and their fur family – Axl (Doberman), Lex (Chihuahua), Bootsie (Cat), and Cricket (Appaloosa Horse).