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PLM Family Law

McLean, Jason W.
Jason W. McLean
  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Biography

 Jason W. McLean grew up in Great Falls, Montana after being adopted and moving around the western United States when he was younger.  He moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1995, where he attended the University of North Dakota.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1999 and his law degree in 2002.  Jason moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area in 2003.  He was admitted to practice in Minnesota in 2003 and in North Dakota in 2004. 
 
Jason is a member of both the North Dakota and Minnesota Bar Associations.  He served as the Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chair, and Past-Chair of the Family Law Section of the North Dakota State Bar Association.  He was also an active member of the Keeping Kids first committee, a non-profit organization, during the 2014 North Dakota election.  He served as the co-chair of the Family Law Task Force from 2015 to 2017.  Jason was also a finalist for the North Dakota East Central District Judgeship in 2017.
 
In addition to his duties as an advocate, Jason is a state approved Parenting Investigator and Guardian ad Litem in North Dakota and a Custody Evaluator in Minnesota.  He is also certified mediator.  Jason presented and lectured at various educational family law seminars on the issues of adoption, divorce, paternity, parental rights, ethics, and litigation.
 
In his spare time, Jason enjoys traveling, golfing, bowling, politics, and sending time with his wife and son.

Education

  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    • J.D. - 05/2002
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • North Dakota, 2004
  • Minnesota, 2003

Published Works

  • Shared Parenting Initiative Is Bad For Children, The Gavel (State Bar of North Dakota), 2014
  • Initiative shifts focus from children to parents, Grand Forks Herald, 2014

Honors

  • Rising Star- SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyer

Classes & Seminars

  • Adoption Law Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2008
  • Parental Rights from A to Z: In the Best Interests of the Child, National Business Institute, 2010
  • Handling Divorce Cases from Start to finish, National Business Institute, 2013
  • Advanced Family Law, National Business Institute, 2014
  • Divorce Guide From A to Z, National Business Institute, 2015

Ancillary Businesses

  • Testified before the North Dakota Legislature regarding HB 1395 in 2017

Professional Associations

  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • Family Law Section of the North Dakota State Bar Association, Former Co-Chair
  • Family Law Task Force, Co-Chair
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Ronald N. Davies American Inn of Court
  • Keeping Kids First
  • Guardian ad Litem in the State of North Dakota

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Parenting Investigation
  • Mediation