I represent only plaintiffs, not insurance companies or corporations.
If I take your case, I will work hard and promptly for you. I will do my best to treat you as I would want to be treated if I were in your shoes. I will always be honest with you.
I do not charge for an initial consultation, so you can decide if you want me to be your lawyer, and I can decide if I want you to be my client. I do almost all my work on a contingent fee (percentage fee) basis.
I graduated from Amherst College in 1972, and Washington University School of Law in 1975. I was admitted to practice in Washington State in 1976, California in 1977, South Dakota in 1979, and many federal courts since then.
My law practice has always been litigation (lawsuits). My major areas of practice are civil rights, election law, and serious personal injury.
I don’t do taxes, contracts, wills, corporations, trusts, estates, divorces, child custody, bankruptcy, business law, construction disputes, or real estate.
In 2010 I was named the South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year. This is a singular honor that goes to one South Dakota attorney each year.
I was the Chair of the South Dakota Board of Bar Examiners from 2003 to 2009. In 2014 I was the Chair of the Search Committee to recommend a new United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, Western Division.
In addition to trials, I handle injunctions and appeals. Some of the cases that I have won in the past few years include: