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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high profile and famous cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list represents some of the most highly accomplished lawyers currently practicing in South Dakota, including both civil law and criminal defense law.

When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • It is impossible to accurately determine a statewide shortlist of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing law.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different areas of the law.
 
Tim James
Personal Injury Lawyer
Yankton, SD
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Matthew J Kinney
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Spearfish, SD
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Brett Waltner
Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Jerad Tomac
Estate Planning and Elder Lawyer
Rapid City, SD
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Timothy J Rensch
Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Lawyer
Rapid City, SD
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John Wilka
Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Ellery Russell Grey
Drug Crimes and Federal Crimes Lawyer
Rapid City, SD
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Paul Lewis
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Rapid City, SD
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Bill Sims
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Amanda Engle
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Drew Duncan
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Dennis Duncan
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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South Dakota Legal Resources

South Dakota Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

State Bar of South Dakota - The State Bar of South Dakota is a unified mandatory bar that the South Dakota Legislature established in 1931. The State Bar of South Dakota is responsible to the South Dakota Supreme Court for administering the admission to the profession, as well as the discipline for the lawyers who violate the code of professional conduct. Additionally, the State Bar of South Dakota is a forum for important legal issues facing lawyers and a means for upholding the honor of the profession while improving the administration of justice.
SDACDL - South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer (SDACDL) serves the needs of the criminal defense bar in South Dakota. The SDACDL provides a unified of voices within the criminal defense community to communicate, collaborate, exchange information, and enhance the practice of criminal defense in the state. The SDACDL is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

Law Schools in South Dakota

University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law - USD Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Vermillion, South Dakota. Founded in 1901, University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law is a Public school with approximately 204 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.

South Dakota Government and Court Resources

South Dakota Attorney General

South Dakota Attorney General - The South Dakota Attorney General, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. The Attorney General's office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing South Dakota in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a crucial role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation - The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) oversees various responsibilities focused on workforce development, labor regulation, and supporting both workers and businesses within the state. Its primary duties include administering unemployment insurance benefits, offering financial assistance to eligible individuals during periods of unemployment. DLR also enforces labor laws related to minimum wage, workplace standards, and fair employment practices to protect workers' rights and maintain equitable workplaces. Additionally, the department provides workforce development programs, job training, and career services to enhance job opportunities and skills for South Dakota's workforce.

South Dakota Department of Social Services

South Dakota Department of Social Services - The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) oversees various social service programs aimed at enhancing the well-being and stability of individuals and families across the state. Additionally, the department provides services for vulnerable adults, support for individuals with disabilities, mental health services, and initiatives to promote self-sufficiency and family stability. DSS works to provide essential resources, support, and care to citzens of South Dakota in need, striving to improve the quality of life for families and individuals throughout the state.

South Dakota Indigent Legal Task Force

South Dakota Indigent Legal Task Force - The South Dakota Indigent Legal Task Force is a state agency that provides representation to indigent citizens. The goals of this agency include Identifying how legal services are delivered in South Dakota to indigent parties in criminal, juvenile and child abuse and neglect proceedings statewide, Recommending ways to improve the delivery of legal services to indigent parties and Recommending methods to provide services for conflict cases where local public defenders may be unable to take cases.

South Dakota Legislature

South Dakota Legislature - The South Dakota Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the South Dakota Senate and the South Dakota House of Representatives. The Senate has 35 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 70 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

South Dakota Supreme Court

South Dakota Supreme Court - The South Dakota Supreme Court serves as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and administering the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court handles various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout South Dakota. Additionally, the South Dakota Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

South Dakota Unified Judicial System

South Dakota Unified Judicial System - The South Dakota Unified Judicial System serves as the cornerstone of justice in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, safeguarding individual rights, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. The Unified Judicial System provides a framework for resolving legal disputes, maintaining the rule of law, and upholding the rights of all residents in the Mount Rushmore State.

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