Appeal: Buffalo Chip City

January 24, 2018

Jack H. Hieb and Zachary W. Peterson prevailed on an appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court in a case in which they defended Meade County.  The City of Sturgis and others challenged the order of the Meade County Board of County Commissioners approving incorporation of the proposed municipality of Buffalo Chip City, S.D.

An election for voters to decide whether to assent to incorporation was held in May 2015, and the voters approved the creation of the new city.  The circuit court rejected Meade County’s requests to dismiss the case, and issued a judgment declaring that Meade County’s order was invalid, that the election was a nullity, and that consequently, Buffalo Chip City was void.  On appeal, the South Dakota Supreme Court reversed the circuit court and vacated its judgment.  The Court ruled that the City of Sturgis and the other appealing parties lacked standing to challenge the organization of an acting municipality after the election took place; rather, that is an action that can only be pursued by the State of South Dakota.

Read the Court’s decision here.


Family Mediations: Stacy M. Johnson

December 27, 2017

Stacy M. Johnson has expanded her practice and now offers mediation services in the area of family law.

Ms. Johnson completed 40 hours of mediation training in July 2016.   This training, combined with her participation in many successful mediations on behalf of her clients, her experience as a family law attorney, and everyday experience as a both a spouse and a parent, give her the skills to effectively mediate your client’s disputes.

There are several mediation techniques; however, Ms. Johnson recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all method.  In her experience, she has found that a combination of facilitative and evaluative techniques works best for family matters.  Ms. Johnson believes her duty as mediator is not to tell the parties what to do, or to recommend any particular outcome; she facilitates negotiations between the parties, and, using a more evaluative approach, point out the strengths and weakness of party’s case, as well as an analysis of the costs versus the benefits of proceeding to court.  Ms. Johnson’s primary goal is to assist the parties in reaching an agreement to their mutual satisfaction.

Ms. Johnson hopes for your consideration and the opportunity to assist you and your clients.


Roy Wise: “The Best Lawyers in America,” 24th Ed.

August 28, 2017

Roy A. Wise was named in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the 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.  Mr. Wise has been named for more than 15 years – Congratulations!


Eide Bailly: Tax Court Case Proves Good Intentions Can Create Bad Results

August 2, 2017

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

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.