Janel B. Fredericksen

Janel's practice focuses primarily on estate planning, probate, elder law, adoption, guardianship/conservatorship, and tax. She's also certified as a mediator and has significant trial experience.

Janel is originally from Breckenridge, Minnesota. In 1991, Janel graduated from Concordia College with a double major in business administration and communications. She received her J.D. in 1994 from the University of North Dakota School of Law. During law school, Janel spent two summers as a law clerk with Smith & Strege Ltd. Upon graduation, Janel joined our firm as an associate attorney. In 2003, Janel became the third partner at Smith & Strege Ltd.

Janel, and her husband, Chad, live in Breckenridge, Minnesota. They have three children and one granddaughter.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Elder Care
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Tax

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota, 1995
  • Minnesota, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 1996
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1997


  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    • J.D. - 1994
  • Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
    • B.S. cum laude - 1991
    • Major: Business Administration and Communications

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Dakota Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Southeast Judicial Bar Association, Member
  • Richland County Bar Association, Member
  • North Dakota Inquiry Committee, Chair, 2007 - 2013
  • North Dakota Council of School Attorneys, Past Member
  • Three Rivers Crisis Center, Board of Directors
  • Breckenridge Public Service Commission, Committee Member
  • Breckenridge 846 Education Foundation Board, Chair
  • Breckenridge Lutheran Church Trust Fund Committee, Chair