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Farming and ranching is more than a way to make a living, it is a way of life.  Our lawyers are passionate and knowledgeable about the legal issues involved in this way of life.  We advise clients on issues related to estate planning,...
We have lawyers who work in all areas of banking law. We have extensive experience in helping create successful banking arrangements and secured transactions. But, we know that even good loans can go bad. We are there to help with foreclosures,...
Whether you are buying a business, or buying new equipment, we know that you face an ever-changing regulatory environment, impacting the success of your business. We help our clients answer the difficult questions presented to them in this complex...
Hiring/Firing. Buying/Selling. Starting Up/Winding Down. Almost everything that a business does entails a risk of disputes. Good legal planning can reduce both the risk of lawsuits and their cost if they arise. We can help you minimize your exposure...
People interact with each other everyday. We share the roadways with one another; we buy and sell with one another; and we work and play together. Sometimes people get hurt, misunderstandings arise, promises are broken, and disputes follow. Lawyers...
The Federal and State Constitutions guarantee us individual rights and liberties.  Our Civil Rights lawyers work to protect these liberties, and to redress infringements upon them.  Civil rights cases arise in several areas, including the...
Whether it is for roads, drainage, or a hundred other reasons, sometimes the government takes or damages private property for a public use.  The government can do it, but it must pay fair compensation to those whose property is affected.  ...
All parties involved in a construction project play a vital role in bringing the project to a successful conclusion.  Owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers must work together to achieve this result,...
When the government brings its resources against one of its citizens, good representation is essential. The criminal lawyers at Bangs McCullen have the legal knowledge and experience to help you with felony and misdemeanor charges, including:  ...
Both employers and employees have legal rights and obligations to one another.  Bangs McCullen represents clients in a wide variety of employment-related litigation. We represent both employers and employees in Title VII, ADA, and ADEA...
Divorce and family law related issues can be a difficult and stressful time for a person.   At Bangs McCullen, we focus on providing attention and detail to each of our clients.  We get to know our family law clients on a personal level....
Bangs McCullen has a long history of providing comprehensive counsel and representation to the healthcare industry, including physicians, nurses, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other allied providers.  We have extensive...
Bangs McCullen attorneys have extensive experience in the areas of insurance law, insurance coverage issues, and insurance litigation.  Our attorneys have been involved with many insurance coverage issues for both the company and the...
While we are normally involved in defending personal injury claims arising from auto accidents, slip and falls, and a variety of other tort litigation, we have frequently represented injured plaintiffs in need of legal assistance. These cases range...
We are widely recognized for our defense of medical malpractice claims for hospitals, nursing homes, and health professionals.  We also represent lawyers, accountants, engineers, and architects, as well as other licensed professionals, both in...
The Black Hills of South Dakota create unique real property issues. Bangs McCullen attorneys can help you navigate questions regarding access, boundaries, mining claims, and topology that can complicate real estate transactions.   If you have a...
Bangs, McCullen has a tradition of excellence in representing individual and business clients in tax matters.  Our tax practice is broad-based and encompasses federal, state, and local tax issues and disputes.  The members of the Firm's...
Bangs McCullen has developed significant experience in the area of dynastic and generation skipping transfer tax planning. This experience includes drafting perpetuity trusts as well as assisting clients in other related planning areas, including...
Our attorneys have extensive experience in pursuing benefits and defending workers’ compensation claims. We also represent clients in a variety of administrative proceedings before various agencies, ranging from licensing hearings to contested case...

Our Attorneys

We are licensed to practice in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Alaska and United States Tax Court as well as Rosebud Sioux, Oglala Sioux & Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Courts.
Sarah Baron Houy is an Associate in our Rapid City office. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Marketing Emphasis, from the University of South Dakota. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006, graduating in the top 25% of... +read more
Victoria M. Duehr graduated from South Dakota State University in 1991. She attended the University of South Dakota School of Law and graduated in 1995 with Sterling Honors. Following graduation, she clerked for Judges in the Second Judicial Circuit of South Dakota. She practiced in Brookings,... +read more
Dan Duffy is a partner in the Litigation Department of our Rapid City office.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of medical, hospital, and healthcare malpractice, as well as nursing home litigation, legal malpractice, and general litigation.  Dan has extensive litigation and... +read more
Greg Erlandson graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1997. Prior to attending law school, Greg served in the United States Marine Corps and was then employed with a lobbying association during the State\'s legislative session. While attending the Law School, he served as... +read more
Kara, an associate in our Rapid City office, is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law. Kara was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a... +read more
Mike Hickey, a Rapid City native, is a graduate of Creighton University and the University of South Dakota School of Law. He was a Senior Editor of the South Dakota Law Review and authored an article on water law. Following law school, Mike served as a law clerk for the judges of the Sixth Judicial... +read more
Terry Hofer graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School in 1982 as a Sterling Honor Graduate. He served two years as a law clerk in the United States District Court with the Honorable Andrew W. Bogue. Terry's practice concentrates in the areas of construction, personal injury,... +read more
For over 20 years, Jeff Hurd has been representing health care professionals and businesses in civil courts and administrative agencies. He is a partner in the Litigation Department in our Rapid City office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, and health care law... +read more
James Hurley, a South Dakota native, is a 1974 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law. He joined the firm in 1976. Jim is a Past President of the University of South Dakota Moot Court Board, and he served as a law clerk in the United States District Court in Rapid City. Prior to... +read more
Mark F. Marshall grew up in Huron, South Dakota, and was admitted to the practice of law in 1981. The breadth of his work since that time has given him insights from what are usually opposite sides of the spectrum – representing both plaintiffs and defendants, in both civil and criminal matters,... +read more
Kathryn, an associate in our Sioux Falls office, is a 2011 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law.   Kathryn was born in Flowood, Mississippi and raised in Omaha, NE, graduating from Westside High School with honors . She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Government and... +read more
Upon graduating from Sioux Falls College in 1964, Allen Nelson served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army in Vietnam. Al received his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the South Dakota Law Review. He was admitted to... +read more
Steven R. Nolan, a Rapid City native, practices in the areas of personal injury, family law, workers compensation, real estate, and insurance law. Steve obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota. While attending law school, he was a member of the Client Counseling and... +read more
Eric Pickar received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from South Dakota State University, graduating with high honors in 2000. In 2003, he graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law. While attending law school, Eric was a published editor of the South Dakota Law Review, a member... +read more
Jake, an associate in our Rapid City office, is a 2011 Sterling Honors Graduate from the University of South Dakota School of Law.   Jake grew up in Rapid City and is a Central High School graduate. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from... +read more
John Raforth graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1985. He also has a Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of South Dakota Graduate Business School and a Master's in Law (L.L.M.) in Taxation Degree from the University of Denver Law School. He holds an... +read more
Chuck Riter attended Northwestern University and graduated from the University of South Dakota and the University of South Dakota School of Law. Prior to joining Bangs McCullen, Chuck practiced as an attorney with the Office of District Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in St. Paul,... +read more
Rod graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bethel College in 1987 and the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1990. He has been practicing with the firm since graduation and is a member of the South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska State Bars. He is also a member of the Order of the... +read more
Benjamin Tronnes, an Associate in our Rapid City office, graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2013. In law school, Ben received the 2013 International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocate Award for his work on the Trial Team. Ben holds a Bachelor’s Degree in... +read more
Terry Westergaard is a partner in the Litigation Department in our Rapid City Office.   He concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance law and litigation and construction  litigation.  Terry has extensive experience in insurance coverage claims and complex insurance... +read more