Location:200 West Third Street
Yankton, SD 57078
Mike’s practice primarily focuses on civil litigation, with special interest in representing people injured in automobile accidents or by defective products. Mike also handles litigation involving banks, school districts and the health care and construction industries. Mike has practiced in the same location in Yankton for over 30 years. He is admitted in both state and federal courts where he has tried numerous cases. Mike routinely practices throughout South Dakota and surrounding states. Mike was selected for inclusion in the 2009 - 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.
Membership and Activities
Mike is a member of several professional and civic organizations. He has served on the board and as president of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past president of the Yankton Area United Way and Volunteer Services. He serves on the Boys and Girls Club Corporate Board. Mike also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law and is a regular speaker at various law related programs. Mike has a wife Catherine and three sons, a step-son, and two step-daughters. He enjoys outdoor activities including golf and hunting.
Mike, a South Dakota native, was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. He initially attended college at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and ultimately obtained his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, in 1983. After working as an intern with the United States Senate, Mike returned to South Dakota and received his juris doctorate from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1986. During law school, he served as the Lead Articles Editor for the South Dakota Law Review and had two articles selected for publication. After law school, Mike served as the law clerk for South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Morgan before joining his present firm in 1987.