For more than twenty-five years Denise C. Hays-Johnson has represented clients and provided legal services in North Dakota. She has worked in both private practice and public service. Her career began in public service with the Ward County States Attorney’s office establishing and enforcing child support. Later she was appointed as an administrative hearing officer for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. In November 1998 she began representing clients in private practice.
Denise was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy, she earned her law degree in 1992 from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey. That same year she was admitted to practice in North Dakota state Court as well as United States Federal District Court.