Posted on August 28, 2017

Roy A. Wise has been recently named to the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.  Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than three million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.  Congratulations to Mr. Wise for being included for more than 15 years!

Posted on August 2, 2017

Tax Court Case Proves Good Intentions Can Have Bad Results

A recent U.S. Tax Court decision illustrates the sometimes limited value of “good intentions.” In Summers, TC Memo 2017-125, a young couple decided to save money and amicably work out their own divorce agreement without obtaining tax or legal advice. Learn more about how this ended up being a costly mistake.



Posted on June 8, 2017

Kimberly A. Dorsett recently attended the 2017 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. The Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute is the preeminent conference for employment lawyers and offers continuing education that is critical to the practice of employment law.



Posted on March 6, 2017

1889 – First Supreme Court in Session in Old Hughes County Courthouse, Left to right: Clerk Ivan W Goodne; Judge Alphonso G. Keliam; Presiding Judge Dighton Corson; and Judge John E. Bennett.

The South Dakota Supreme Court celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2014.  The five then-current Justices and former Justices still living gave personal interviews as the start of an oral history project for the benefit of ours and future generations.  A handful of veteran attorneys were also interviewed to provide a history of our state bar.

The project includes a video tour of private areas of the courthouse, as well as reviews of former Justices who were no longer with us when the project launched.  The Honorable Mildred Ramynke is one of the highlights of the project, the first female District County Judge, Circuit Judge, Presiding Circuit Judge, and first woman to sit on the Supreme Court by designation.

2015 Justices of the Supreme Court, (L to R): Hon. Lori S. Wilbur (Sioux Falls, 4th District); Hon. Steven L. Zinter (Pierre, 3rd District); Hon. David Gilbertson, Chief Justice (Lake City, 5th District); Hon. Glen W. Severson (Sioux Falls, 2nd District); Hon. Janine M. Kern (Rapid City, 1st District).

The project holds more than 70 hours of video and other materials, which can be found at the project’s website.  The complete interviews can be found on the South Dakota Oral History Center’s website, (courtesy of the University of South Dakota).

Posted on June 14, 2016

On May 24th and 25th, 2016, a federal jury trial was held in Aberdeen, South Dakota, alleging that a Little Eagle, SD man had assaulted another individual. The Honorable Charles B. Kornmann presided over the two day jury trial.

The charge stemmed from an incident which occurred in January 2014, when Mr. Finer’s client allegedly assaulted a male acquaintance with a glass bottle.

Following the close of evidence, the jury found Mr. Finer’s client NOT GUILTY of Aggravated Assault, as well as NOT GUILTY of the lesser included crime of Simple Assault. Mr. Finer’s client was released from federal custody immediately following the trial after spending roughly 8 months in jail.

Posted on March 31, 2016

Jack Hieb and Zachary Peterson successfully defended a lengthy and contentious will contest, which was finally put to rest by today’s unanimous decision of the South Dakota Supreme Court.  The Court rejected all of the challenging party’s arguments and affirmed the circuit court on all issues relating to the probate of the estate and the distribution of the decedent’s assets under the testamentary documents.  The Court also granted appellate attorney’s fees in the amount of $2,000.   The decision is available here:


Posted on February 11, 2016

Kimberly A. Dorsett successfully defended an appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court on behalf of the Elders, Directors, and Officers of Dove Christian Center, Inc, et al. In the case of Tim Knudtson v. Elders, Directors, and Officers of Dove Christian Enter, and Timothy Stuen Ministries, Inc., and Bible Living Ministries, Inc., and Christian Alliance Ministries, Inc., and Rushmore Fire Protection, Inc. and Cherished Chocolate Foundations, the plaintiff asserted various claims relating to defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conversion. Pursuant to a Motion to Dismiss and a subsequent Motion for Summary Judgment filed by the defendants, the trial court rejected all of the plaintiff’s claims and dismissed the lawsuit. The trial court’s rulings upon the motions were recently affirmed by the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Posted on January 21, 2016

Kimberly A. Dorsett successfully defended the City of Brookings in an appeal relating to an Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination claim, a §1983 discrimination claim, and other claimed constitutional violations. After a lengthy court trial, the trial court ruled in the City of Brookings v. Donna Ramsey d/b/a dhR Design Services, Ltd. that the City did not discriminate or retaliate against the plaintiff in its refusal to allow the construction of her deck onto the City’s sidewalk. The trial court’s ruling in favor of City and against plaintiff Ramsey was recently affirmed by the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Posted on January 11, 2016

Richardson Law Firm is pleased to announce that Josh Finer became a partner, effective January 1, 2016.

Posted on November 10, 2015

Jack Hieb and Zach Peterson successfully defended another challenge to a conditional use permit granted by a South Dakota county.  In this case, the Sully County Board of Adjustment had granted a conditional use permit to Ring-Neck Energy and Feed, LLC to construct an ethanol plant.  Opponents of the plant challenged the permit by lodging an appeal with the circuit court raising a number of issues.  After briefing and a hearing on the issues, the Court determined that the county’s grant of the permit should not be set aside and affirmed the Board of Adjustment in all respects.  A copy of the Court’s Memorandum Decision is linked to this post.

Memo Decision on Motion to Quash and Dismiss

Final Order