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Nicholas John Spaeth, American lawyer, former state attorney general. Bar: Minnesota 1979, United States District Court District Minnesota 1979, United States Court Appeals 8th circuit 1979, North Dakota 1980, United States District Court District North Dakota 1980, United States Supreme Court 1984, California 1999, United States District Court California 1999, Missouri 2005. Rhodes scholar, 1972-1974.

Background

Born in Mahnomen, Minnesota, Spaeth grew up in Valley City, Fargo, and Bismarck in North Dakota.

Education

Stanford University (Bachelor of Arts, 1972. Juris Doctor, 1977); Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, Oxford, England (Bachelor of Arts, 1974. Master of Arts, 1981).

Career

Law clerk United States Court Appeals 8th circuit, Fargo, North Dakota, 1977-1978. Law clerk to Justice Byron White United States Supreme Court, Washington, 1978-1979. Attorney private practice, 1979-1984.

Attorney general State of North Dakota, Bismarck, 1985—1993. Partner Dorsey & Whitney, Fargo, North Dakota, 1993-1999, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, Minneapolis, 1999, Cooley Godward, Palo Alto, California, 1999—2000. Sr vice president, general counsel & secretary General Electric Employers Reinsurance Corporation, Overland Park, Kansas, 2000—2003.

Sr vice president, general counsel & secretary Intuit Inc., Mountain View, California, 2003—2004. Senior vice president, law & public policy, chief legal officer Henry W. Bloch and Richard Bloch Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, 2004—2007. Partner Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, 2007.

Executive vice president, general counsel and chief risk officer Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, 2007—2009. Adjunct professor law University Minnesota, 1980-1983.

Connections

Married Cindy Spaeth. Children: Gawain Kevin, Carl Wilson, William James, Elizabeth Bedont.