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 Barrister and has been elected to the Board of Governors of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. Rods practice focuses on commercial and construction litigation, personal injury, banking, and real estate law, including real property litigation. He is listed in the Best Lawyers of America for the areas of Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - Real Estate; and Real Estate Law. Rod has also been named the Best Lawyers' 2017 Rapid City Litigation - Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year". The National Trial Lawyers recently listed Rod as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers for South Dakota. Rod has also recently been recognized as an Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer, and he has been chosen as an honored member of the Continental Who's Who. Rod has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubble.