Attorneys

Attorney Michael Joyner Michael Joyner Attorney

Michael was raised in Belgrade, Montana, where he grew up in the outdoors and playing sports.  After high school, Michael enrolled in the United States Navy and serve four years.  He was stationed onboard the U.S.S. Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with a home port of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

In 2011, Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and proceeded to obtain his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  After graduation he worked in a law firm in Dickinson, North Dakota before joining Germolus Knoll & Leibel in 2018.   He is licensed to practice in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, and is admitted to the United States District Court and the Bankruptcy Courts for the Districts of North Dakota and Montana.  He practices in the areas of personal injury, general civil litigation, estate planning, and family law.

Attorney Steven J. Leibel Steven J. Leibel Attorney

Steven Leibel grew up in Aberdeen, SD, and graduated with from North Dakota State University in 1997 with B.A. degrees in English and Political Science.   Steve received his juris doctorate in 2001 from Baylor Law School in Waco, TX. Following graduation from Baylor, Steve worked at a prominent plaintiff’s firm in Albuquerque, NM. He joined the Albuquerque litigation firm of Dines & Gross PC in 2004, where he became a shareholder in 2007.  Steve served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Law School, where he taught legal writing.  He returned to the Dakotas in 2012.  He currently serves on a couple of different committees for the State Bar of North Dakota and sits on the Board of Governors for the North Dakota Association for Justice.

In 2007, Steve was part of a three-attorney trial team that obtained a $53,200,000.00 jury verdict in favor of his client after a two and one-half week jury trial**.  At the time, this verdict was believed to be the largest single-plaintiff personal injury verdict in New Mexico history.  Over his career, he has tried cases to the judge and jury involving car accidents, wrongful death, motorcycle accidents involving brain injury, and property disputes, and since 2017 has obtained verdicts from North Dakota state and federal juries in excess of $2,500,000.

Steve is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®*. While in Albuquerque, Steve represented both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of personal injury and catastrophic claims and professional liability.  He also served as panel counsel for a number of nationwide insurance companies advising them on coverage issues and providing defenses for the companies and their insureds.  Steve currently focuses his practice on the areas of personal injury, oil field injury, insurance law, and business litigation, including construction and real estate disputes.

When he is not working, Steve enjoys road trips with his wife, fly fishing with his three sons, attending tea parties hosted by his daughter, and long walks in search of bunny rabbits with Winnie, their English Cocker Spaniel.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ fall into two categories—legal ability and general ethical standards.

**Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Every case is different. The results obtained in any case depend heavily on the facts of the case.

Attorney David Knoll David Knoll Attorney

David Knoll grew up in Dickinson and is a 1983 graduate of Dickinson High School. He attended North Dakota State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1987. After college, David worked in the areas of banking and mortgage lending in the San Francisco Bay Area until 1992, at which time he returned to North Dakota to attend law school at the University of North Dakota. While attending law school, David worked as a law clerk at the law firm of Vaaler, Warcup, Woutat, Zimney & Foster. David graduated with distinction from University of North Dakota School of Law in 1995.

David was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1995. He was subsequently admitted to practice law in Colorado in 1996 and began working at the law office of David J. Birk, P.C. in Aurora, Colorado. In 1997, David accepted a position as an associate attorney with the law firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis in Denver, Colorado, where he practiced primarily in the areas of personal injury, family law, workers’ compensation, and civil litigation.

While living in Denver, David met and married his wife, Joan, a Bismarck native. David and Joan moved to Bismarck in 2005 with their two young children. David left the law firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis at that time and started the Law Office of David M. Knoll, through which he continued to practice primarily in the areas of personal injury, family law, and civil litigation. Prior to forming Germolus Koll LLP, David was a partner in another Bismarck law firm for six years.

David is licensed to practice law in all state courts in North Dakota, Colorado, and Arizona, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. David’s practice is concentrated in the areas of personal injury, family law, business, and civil litigation.

Attorney Paul C. Germolus Paul C. Germolus Founding Partner

Paul C. Germolus has been in the practice of law in Bismarck, North Dakota for 21 years, and is a founding partner of the Germolus Knoll & Leibel, LLP Law Firm. His primary areas of practice are business and commercial transactions, real estate transactions and real property law, agricultural law, oil and gas, probate and estate planning.
Paul was raised on a farm outside Borup, Minnesota where he was involved with his family’s grain and livestock farming operation. In 1989, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in agricultural economics and a minor in business administration, with additional emphasis in agronomy courses. During his undergraduate years, Paul was employed by Centrol, Inc., an agronomic consulting firm, where he provided a variety of field scouting and crop consulting services.
Following graduation, Paul was employed as a commodities merchandiser for the Archer Daniels Midland Company from 1989 to 1994. Stationed in Ontario, Canada, Paul worked at the largest fully integrated multi-oilseed crushing and refining facility in Canada. His responsibilities included merchandising cereal grains, oilseeds, protein meals, and refined edible oils, truck and rail logistics, coordination of the U.S. canola oil export program, and managing sales of Canadian Government-subsidized packaged oil exports to third-world nations.
Returning to law school in 1994, Paul received a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in 1997, with an emphasis on courses in environmental and agricultural law. While in law school, Paul was employed as a law clerk for the City Attorney's Office, and the law firm of Letnes, Marshall & Swanson, Ltd. After law school, Paul was employed with the Letnes Firm as an associate attorney, practicing in the areas of Municipal Law, Insurance Law, Commercial Law and Estate Planning.
In 1998, Paul was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General in North Dakota; serving in that capacity for seven years. During that time, Paul represented the Agriculture Commissioner, Oil & Gas Division of the Industrial Commission, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, and numerous other State natural resource agencies. In February, 2005, Paul founded Germolus Law Office, and worked as a sole practitioner for four years. Prior to forming Germolus Knoll & Leibel, LLP, Paul was a partner in another Bismarck law firm.
Paul is licensed to practice in all state courts in North Dakota, and the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. Paul is a member of: American Agricultural Law Association (Member since 1997); State Bar Association of North Dakota (Member of Real Property & Probate Section and Business & Corporations Section); and Big Muddy Bar Association.