Law Firm History
Mr. Jenson passed away in 1962 and John Quam joined the firm in 1965 making it Irvine,
Ramstad & Quam.  The firm became widely known for its expertise in the fields of civil
litigation, criminal law, business law, wills  and probate.  John Quam has since retired from
law practice but while in practice, he and Bob Irvine helped found the first District Public
Defender's office in the Seventh Judicial District in the 1960's and they served as highly
regarded Chief District Public Defenders for many years.  

Bill Briggs joined the firm in 1970 after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law
School and the firm became Irvine, Ramstad, Quam & Briggs. He became Detroit Lakes City
attorney in 1987.  He continued in that position until Charlie Ramstad  was appointed City

Bob Irvine's son Peter joined the firm in 1976 and the firm became Irvine, Ramstad, Quam,
Briggs & Irvine.  Peter Irvine served the state as a Minnesota District Court Judge for the
Seventh Judicial District with his chambers in Detroit Lakes.  He has since retired from that

Jim Ramstad's son Charles Ramstad came on board in 1985 after his graduation from the
University of Minnesota Law school. Karen Skoyles joined our firm in 1987 also from the
University of Minnesota Law School and after she served as Law Clerk for District Court
Judge Timothy Baland.

Charlie is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Real Property Law
Specialist. Karen has taken on prosecution responsibilities for the cities of Audubon,
Callaway, Frazee, Detroit Lakes and Lake Park,  She is currently the attorney for the
Pelican River Watershed District.

Bob Irvine, Jim Ramstad and Bill Briggs retired from law practice.  Bob passed away in 2005
and since that time we adopted the name Briggs, Ramstad & Skoyles, Professional

Jim Ramstad retired in 2006 and Bill Briggs retired in 2014, but both continue to be a
valuable resources for the firm.

In the fall of 2016, Briggs, Ramstad & Skoyles merged with Tom Winters, creating Ramstad,
Skoyles & Winters, P.A.

Since the mid-1960's, we have occupied our prime location in Detroit Lakes just across the
street from the north side of the Becker County Court House. While we have had
opportunities to expand the size of our firm, we have made a conscious decision to maintain
a size at which we can be a close knit family of attorneys and support staff who very much
enjoy working with each other and serving our clients and area communities. Members of
our firm have served many community and state organizations in leadership positions like

Audubon City Attorney
Becker-Lakes Industrial Development Corporation
Benedictine Health System of Duluth
Boy Scout and Venture Leaders
Callaway City Attorney
Cormorant Lakes Watershed District Attorneys
Frazee City Attorney
Detroit Lakes City Attorney
Detroit Lakes Fire Department
Detroit Lakes Jaycees
Detroit Lakes Kiwanis
Detroit Lakes Park Board
Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary
Developmental Achievement Center
District Public Defenders
Dollars for Scholars
Lake Park City Attorney
Minnesota Association of City Attorneys
Pelican River Watershed District Attorneys
Seventh Judicial District Ethics Committee
St. Mary's Regional Health Center
Marshmallow Foundation and many other community and church-related activities and organizations