John M. Krings Jr.

John M. Krings Jr.

Fargo, North Dakota

Prior to joining Kaler Doeling, PLLP, Krings spent the last 22 years between private practice and in-house general counsel in the franchising and construction market segments.  Krings’ private practice includes experience involving general counsel services for over 20 internet, construction, retail, and financial services organizations.  He has organized profit and non-profit corporations, LLCs, partnerships and joint ventures, drafted stock options, financing agreements, employment agreements and purchase and sale contracts.  John has also been involved in a multitude of M&A transactions and commercial transactions including representing lenders in secured transactions in excess of $250 million.  John has litigated contract disputes, construction defects, real estate transactions, and corporate, partnership and joint venture disputes.

John has also acted as in-house legal counsel and COO for Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shops, more than doubling the number of franchised locations during his tenure.  John oversaw all legal matters for the company, including negotiation of all franchise agreements, lease negotiations with multiple local and national based landlords, and negotiated all national supplier agreements.  John oversaw the Operations, IT, Purchasing and Training departments.  This significant in-house corporate experience enhanced John’s ability to understand the needs of his business clients.  John has also served as CFO/General Counsel for a Fargo based general contractor focused on construction projects annually in excess of $4 million.  John has had significant experience in negotiating lump sum and cost-plus contracts, construction subcontracts, supplier agreements, secured transactions, real estate, and lien notices in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  John also has a vast knowledge of construction processes and International Building Code compliance as he has taken and passed the Minnesota building contractor examination.

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Janae Kragero


Areas of Practice

  • Banking
  • Debtor/Creditor (collections)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial transactions
  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Business representation
  • Commercial litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1996
  • Minnesota, 2003
  • North Dakota, 2011
  • Ohio, 2003
  • Florida, 2016
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1996


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1996
  • University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
    • B.S. - 1992
    • Major: Economics and Political Science
  • The Anderson School at UCLA
    • M.B.A. - 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cass County Bar Association
  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • North Dakota Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Minnesota Licensed Real Estate Agent (inactive)
  • Qualifying Individual for Minnesota Building Contractor License

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Kaler Doeling, PLLP
3429 Interstate Blvd.
P.O. Box 9231
Fargo, ND 58103

Phone: 701-232-8757
Fax: 701-232-0624
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Employment Opportunity:

Fargo law firm seeks attorney with 6+ years of experience in commercial law and civil litigation. Applicant must demonstrate an ability to create and maintain good client relations. The work will vary, but primarily will be representation of creditors and occasionally debtors. This position will require an ability to understand and advocate all aspects of debtor/creditor disputes. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please send notice of your interest to Kaler Doeling, PLLP, attention: Jan, 3429 Interstate Blvd., PO Box 9231, Fargo, ND 58106-9231, (701) 232-8757,

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