John M. Ophaug has practiced law in Northfield for the past 41 years. His clients represent a wide spectrum of individuals, banks, farmers, small business owners, and townships.
In addition to heading many local, civic, cultural, and bar associations, John was a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Board of Governors, and the Continuing Legal Education Board. In addition, he is a past president of the MSBA Real Property Section. For 37 years, he taught in the economics and management studies department at St. Olaf College.
John has been named as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine each year from 2002 to the present.
Outside of his law practice, he is an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Torske Klubben (Minneapolis), the Sons of Norway Nordmarka Lodge, and Nordmanns Forbundet. He has been a member of the Northfield Rotary Club for the past 35 years, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow and a past president.
John practices in the fields of real estate, estate planning and probate, business transactions, and township law. He is an agent of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.
A graduate of Carleton College and the University of Minnesota Law School, John was admitted to practice in the courts of the State of Minnesota (1975), the U.S. District Court (1976), and the United States Supreme Court (1983).