Thomas D. Kelsch PC – Partner

Thomas D. Kelsch PC – Partner
Mr. Kelsch has been with Kelsch Kelsch Ruff & Kranda since May, 1982, he is an experienced Trial Lawyer in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Tort and Products Liability
  • After Law Real Estate Commercial Contracts
  • Estate Planning, Probate and Trust matters
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Administrative Law.

Mr. Kelsch is active in the Firm’s extensive Lobbying effort with the North Dakota Legislature and Administrative Agencies.


Professional Experience – 35 years

  • 1982-Present: Partner, Kelsch Kelsch Ruff & Kranda, Mandan, North Dakota
  • 1990-2002: Vice President, Mandan City Commission, Portfolios include:
  • building inspection
  • police and fire departments
  • engineering
  • planning and zoning
  • water treatment and waste water treatment
  • cemetery weed board
  • law enforcement building board


  • Post Graduate: University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Juris Doctor with Distinction, Order of Coif (top ten percent of class), 1982
  • Law Student Intern: North Dakota State Legislature, 1981
  • College: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science
  • 1979 High School: Mandan High School, Mandan, North Dakota, National Honor Society Member, 1975

Community Involvement/Leadership

  • North Dakota Community Leadership Award, 1999
  • Director Greater North Dakota Association, 1998-2002
  • GNDA Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman, 2001-2007
  • Director Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce since 1999-2005, Chairman of Board, 2004
  • Bismarck State College Vocational & Technical Division Advisory Committee, Director, 1988-1991; President, 1991
  • Mandan Youth Soccer, Coach, 1992-2000
  • Mandan Youth Basketball Coach
  • Mandan Bambino Baseball Coach
  • Member Local Organizing Gold Medal Committee, Prairie Rose State Games
  • First Presbyterian Church of Mandan, Elder, 1999; Deacon, 1993-1998; Moderator of Deacons, 1995-1998
  • First Presbyterian Church, Sunday School Teacher


  • Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce
  • North Dakota State Chairman
  • Officer Bismarck-Mandan Elks

Licensed To Practice

  • North Dakota State District Courts
  • North Dakota Supreme Court
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court
  • Turtle Mountain Tribal Court
  • US District Court
  • US District Courts 8th Circuit Court of Appeals of North Dakota

Bar Memberships And Associations

  • Big Muddy Bar Association
  • North Dakota Association for Justice
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Past Member of the North Dakota Advisory Committee on Administrative Hearings

Personal Information

Interests: Traveling, Camping, Biking, Skiing, Golf, Art, Reading, Wine