Who We Are

DAN BRENDTRO

I’m a South Dakota trial lawyer, raised on a hog farm near Lennox. My cases tend to involve corporate wrongdoing (such as insurance companies that lie or deny claims); science (such as whether someone had the mental capacity to execute a Will or Trust); or technical aspects (like engineering and construction litigation). I also regularly sue public entities that refuse to pay their fair share.

I studied international relations as an undergrad at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and then graduated second in my law school class at the University of South Dakota. I’m an avid runner and a “family-taught” carpenter (i.e., I learned most of what I know from Grandpa, Dad, and my brother Steve). And I’m a kid at heart, with a love for model trains and my children’s Legos.

Beyond the practice of law, my most passionate endeavor is The Finish Line Fund. We founded this non-profit in 2017 in order to raise funds and expand research for rare diseases, including Friedreich’s Ataxia, which affects my 17-year-old daughter. You can learn more (and give) at TheFinishLine.org

~ Dan Brendtro

A TEAM EFFORT

This is something I can’t do alone, and I rely on a fantastic team. My paralegal is Brenda Bracha. She is a California native, transplanted out onto the Prairie over a decade ago. She and her husband have a small farm north of Parker. In their spare time, they raise British White show cattle. Brenda worked as Gov. Bill Janklow’s assistant for several years at his law firm, up until the very end. She has great stories and fond memories about him.

I also work closely with other law firms in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota, and I often partner with them on cases. This allows our Clients the luxury of the additional resources that a large firm can add, while maintaining the attention and persistence that our small firm offers. I regularly receive calls from other lawyers asking me for advice about appeals, insurance issues, construction issues, and probate disputes. I am happy to share what I know, and I also greatly enjoy learning from my peers, young and old.

Thank you for visiting, and we look forward to hearing from you.

EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION

Daniel K. Brendtro

Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service
University of South Dakota, School of Law, Juris Doctor
Past-President, 2nd Circuit Bar Association

Admitted to Practice:
South Dakota state courts
South Dakota federal district court
South Dakota Bankruptcy Court
Eighth Circuit (federal appellate court)