We Start By Listening

Telling a Client’s story requires listening. Lots of it. Often, our Clients come to us while on a difficult road in life, and it is our job to travel that road with them until we understand their journey. And then we get to work, helping them reach the destination they deserve.

If you’re ready for some help, we would be honored to hear from you.

We Raise the Bar

Our standards are simple — we strive to be the same lawyers that we’d hire if we were in your shoes.

Our methods are straightforward — we try to create exceptional written work… we approach problems with the big picture in mind… we find simple ways to tell each story… and we treat Clients (and everyone else involved) with the dignity they deserve.

These are not easy things to do. They take time and patience and persistence. We don’t always get them right. But, more often than not, we have found that this path is the one that delivers the results people really want: a solution with a lasting and positive impact on their lives, and which was obtained with integrity.

We Make Things Simple

Our Clients love reading our briefs and our letters… because they are concise, plain-spoken, and approachable. We take pride in taking very complicated cases and distilling them down to their simplest essence: the basic facts, the basic rule of law, and the story that mandates only one outcome… victory for our Client.

And we only take cases that we believe in. We are not going to waste our time and talent to help someone get something for nothing. Each and every one of our Clients was genuinely harmed by a third-party, and that makes it easy for us to ask a jury to make it right… because the truth is always the simplest path.

We Get Results

We can’t guarantee victory. We’ve lost cases we thought we should win. But we believe our results speak for themselves. A few are listed below.

Construction & Engineering Disputes

  • 2018: following a 9-day Lake County jury trial, a unanimous verdict of $1,569,691 for our Client, Excel Underground, Inc., against the Brant Lake Sanitary District for wrongful termination, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, defective plans and specifications, and systematic and intentional underpayment of contract items; the Trial Court then calculated and added prejudgment interest to that verdict, and entered a judgment in favor of our Client, in the amount of $2,026,483.39.
  • 2017: a confidential settlement following six months of litigation about cost overruns on a residential home and improperly documented mechanic’s liens in Union County
  • 2016: our successful motion for partial summary judgment eliminated over $1,000,000 in alleged liquidated damages that a public entity in Lake County had wrongfully attempted to collect from our Client, a general contractor
  • 2016: residential construction dispute in Lincoln County resulting in a $271,000 settlement package for the homeowner, one month before trial

Insurance Disputes

  • 2018: motor vehicle crash in Yankton County resulted in a $225,000 settlement for our Client six weeks prior to trial
  • 2017: bad faith insurance dispute in Minnehaha County resulting in a confidential settlement following four years of litigation
  • 2017: wrongful death auto crash, and related insurance disputes, resulting in a series of settlements in Yankton County totaling $195,000 (and still pursuing more), and also resulting in the waiver/forgiveness of over $225,000 in crash-related medical expenses.
  • 2014: fraud and deceit case in Lincoln County against a South Dakota insurance company resulted in a confidential settlement after a 12-month, AAA arbitration proceeding
  • 2013: automobile crash on Interstate 90, resulting in a $905,000 settlement following several years of litigation, but just a few months after we discovered a $1,000,000 insurance policy that had been concealed from our Client

Will & Trust Disputes

  • 2015: a challenge to a million-dollar trust and a falsely notarized quitclaim deed in Minnehaha County resulting in a confidential settlement shortly after taking the deposition of the accused wrongdoer
  • 2014: a challenge to a will/probate in McCook County resulting in a $1,185,000 settlement two weeks before trial
  • 2013: successfully defended undue influence allegations in Minnehaha County, resulting in Client’s retention of all farmland