Timothy Q. (Tim) Purdon was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as North Dakota’s 18th U.S. Attorney on August 5, 2010.
As U.S. Attorney, Tim has placed special emphasis on the issues of increasing public safety on the American Indian reservations in North Dakota, on national security and law enforcement cooperation along North Dakota’s international border with Canada, and on working with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners to counter the new threat from organized criminal enterprises that have targeted western North Dakota’s Bakken oil boom region in recent years.
In 2014, Tim was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to a seat on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (“AGAC”). The AGAC advises the Attorney General on criminal justice matters and serves as the voice of the United States Attorney community in setting Department of Justice policies. The members of the AGAC meet regularly with the Attorney General and other top Department of Justice officials in Washington, DC.
Since 2013, Tim has served as the Chair of the AGAC’s Native America Issues Subcommittee -- also through appointment by Attorney General Holder. The NAIS is made up of 30 U.S. Attorneys from across the United States whose Districts contain Indian Country and it is responsible for making policy recommendations to the Attorney General of the United States regarding public safety and legal issues that impact tribal communities. In February of 2014, in his capacity as Chair of NAIS, Tim represented the Department in testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Tim also serves as a member of the Department’s American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence Task Force and has served as Co-chair of the Federal Interagency Re-entry Council’s Indian Country Working Group. Finally, Tim serves on AGAC working groups on both Environmental and Cybercrime issues and serves on the AGAC’s Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee (Vice Chair, Northern Border Working Group, 2011).
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Tim practiced law at the Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, North Dakota. In 2007 and 2009, Tim was named a Great Plains “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine. This honor was awarded to only the top five-percent of lawyers in North Dakota. Prior to joining the Vogel Law Firm in 2005, Tim practiced for nine years at the Bismarck firm of Dickson & Purdon where he gained extensive jury trial experience in both criminal and civil cases. Prior to entering private practice, Tim clerked for the Hon. Bruce M. Van Sickle, United States District Court, District of North Dakota. Tim is a graduate of the Hamline University School of Law (1994, Cum Laude); Moorhead State University (1991, Summa Cum Laude) and the North Dakota State College of Science (1989).