Pendlay Law Office
Pendlay Law Office

The Pendlay Law Office Legal Team

We stand for expertise, reputation and excellent service in a wide variety of legal disciplines. Read our attorney and staff profiles below to get to know us better.

Elizabeth L. Pendlay

Attorney at Law


Liz Pendlay was born in Worland, Wyoming, and grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. After graduation from high school in Alaska, Liz moved to Thousand Oaks, California, where she spent two years at California Lutheran University. After two years of study in southern California, Liz returned to Alaska, attending college at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, earning a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Psychology in 2004. After graduating from college, Liz was admitted to the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, North Dakota. While attending law school, Liz earned several merit based scholarships, was awarded several high course grade awards, served as a teaching and research assistant , earned membership in the North Dakota Law Review and worked part-time for a law firm specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation in Grand Forks. In her third year of law school, Liz was nominated and served as the Managing Editor of the North Dakota Law Review, participated in the Moot Court Association and served as a board member for the Environmental Law Society at UND Law. Liz graduated from law school in 2007, earning her Juris Doctor, with distinction. Additionally, Liz was inducted into the Order of the Barrister in 2007.


From 2007 to 2008, Liz served a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Carol Ronning Kapsner at the North Dakota Supreme Court in Bismarck, North Dakota. In October 2008, after completing her one-year term at the North Dakota Supreme Court, Liz and her family moved to Crosby, North Dakota, where Liz began her private civil practice, including municipal representation, and was appointed the Divide County State’s Attorney. Liz was re-elected to the Office of the Divide State’s Attorney in 2010. Following re-election in 2010, Liz served as the county prosecutor until January 1, 2014. 


Liz’s civil practice is a general practice, which specializes in oil and gas law, real estate, probate, estate planning, civil litigation, corporate/organizational and business law and family law.   Due to Liz's retirement from her prosecutorial career and role as municipal attorney, she now offers representation in criminal matters through her private practice.


Liz resides with her husband, Heath, and their three children in Crosby.  


Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Estate Planning and Probate Administration
  • Real Estate Law
  • Corporate, Organizational and Commercial/Business Law  
  • Debtor Creditor Law
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Mental Health Law
  • Elder Law, Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Civil Litigation  

Professional education and development:


2004 - University of Alaska, Anchorage, Bachelor of Arts, with honors.

Major: Political Science.  Minor: Psychology. 


2007 - University of North Dakota, School of Law, Juris Doctor, with distinction.

-          Mary & Glenn Geiger Scholarship Recipient, August 2006

-          Charles B. Dahl Memorial Scholarship Recipient, August 2005


2007- Center for Conflict Resolution. Grand Forks, North Dakota.

-          32 Hours of Training in Facilitative (Transformative) Mediation in Civil Law Disputes

-          40 Hours of Training in Facilitative (Transformative) Meditation in Family Law Disputes

-          Former Associate Member for the Center for Conflict Resolution


2007 to 2008 - North Dakota Supreme Court Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Carol Ronning Kapsner


October 2007 - Admitted to North Dakota Bar


May 2008 - Admitted to Federal Bar for the District of North Dakota


October 2008 - Appointed Divide County State's Attorney (re-elected 2010, served until resignation effective January 1, 2014) 


October 2008 - Established Pendlay Law Office, Crosby, North Dakota   


Awards, Accomplishments and Publications:


2004 – Inducted into Pi Rho Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)

2007- Inducted into the Order of the Barristers

2006-2007 - Managing Editor, North Dakota Law Review


Elizabeth Ledgerwood Pendlay, Procedure for Pupils: What Constitutes Due Process in a University Disciplinary Hearing?, 82 N.D. L. Rev. 967 (2006).


Stephanie L. Nygaard


Stephanie has worked as a paralegal with Pendlay Law Office since 2013.  Stephanie began her career working almost exclusively in Oil and Gas, but has transitioned to include on all areas that are practiced within the firm.  Stephanie has a speicific interest in family law and trial work. Stephanie resides in Divide County with her husband and two young children.    



Samantha T. Gjovig

Legal Assistant

Sam was born and raised in rural Divide County. Sam was hired at Pendlay Law Office in 2017 as a  Legal Assistant and assists administratively on all files within the office.  



Contact Us

Pendlay Law Office

115 N Main Street 

P.O. Box 289

Crosby, ND 58730


Phone: 701 965-6036

Fax: 701 965-6428



Office Hours

We can be reached during the following hours:


Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  CST


** Due to a high volume of calls, prospective clients are encouraged to leave a message and await a return call from a staff member or attorney.


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