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Posted on December 27, 2017

I have expanded my practice and am now offering mediation services in the area of family law.

I completed 40 hours of mediation training in July 2016.   I believe my mediation training, as well as my participation in many successful mediations, my experience as a family law attorney, and everyday experience as a spouse and a parent give me the skills to effectively mediate your client’s disputes.

They are several mediation techniques; however, I do not believe mediation is a one size fits all. In my experience, I find that a combination of facilitative and evaluative techniques work best in family law matters.  I do not believe it is my job as the mediator to tell the parties what to do or recommend a particular outcome; instead it is to facilitate negotiations between the parties and, using a more evaluative approach, point out the strengths and weakness of one’s case and analyze the costs versus benefits of proceeding to court.  The primary goal is to assist the parties in reaching an agreement that is to their mutual satisfaction.

I hope you will consider my services and allow me the opportunity to assist you and your clients with your mediation needs.

Stacy M. Johnson


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.



Kimberly A. Dorsett attends Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute

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.



Joshua K. Finer obtains NOT GUILTY verdict in Federal Court

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.

Jack Hieb and Zachary Peterson Successfully Defended a Lengthy and Contentious Will Contest

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:


Kimberly A. Dorsett Successful on Appeal

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.

Kimberly A. Dorsett Successful on Appeal for the City of Brookings

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.

Jack Hieb and Zach Peterson Successfully Defend Conditional Use Permit in Sully County

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

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® releases 2016 “Best Law Firms” list

Posted on November 3, 2015

WASHINGTON – November 2, 2015 – U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the sixth consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Firms included in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

“For more than 30 years, U.S. News has ranked a wide range of institutions,” says Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report. “Law firms are an integral part of our rankings and complement our law school rankings.”

The 2016 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US. Over 21,000 attorneys provided almost 700,000 law firm assessments, and over 8,000 clients provided more than 47,000 evaluations.

“We have been ranking law firms for six years now,” says Steven Naifeh, CEO and Co-Founder of Best Lawyers. “We are proud that we have undertaken this challenging and important task so diligently and with such care that the legal profession has come to view our tens of thousands of rankings each year with widespread respect.”

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Awards were given in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan practice areas. One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in each of the 74 nationally ranked practice areas.

The 2016 “Best Law Firms” list will be featured in two publications. The national first-tier rankings will be featured in the third edition of the “Best Law Firms” Legal Issue, which will be distributed in January to more than 35,000 C-level executives. National and metropolitan first-tier rankings will be featured in the “Best Law Firms” General Counsel Publication, which will be distributed in December to more than 30,000 in-house counsel and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide.

The 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affection their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. 30 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional and national publications across the globe. The Best Lawyers in America list recognizes the very best lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country.

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