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Bangs McCullen Among Best Law Firms - Best Lawyers

We are proud to announce that Bangs McCullen once again has been recognized for outstanding counsel by Best Lawyers. The Best Lawyers Board of Advisors is a group of distinguished legal professionals from the world's leading law firms and many of the General Counsel from Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies. Best Lawyers believes that the best lawyers know who the best lawyers are, and their recognitions are based purely on the feedback received from lawyers already highlighted in their prestigious publication.

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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....
General counsel for professional hockey team within the East Coast Hockey League.  Experienced with numerous legal and business issues in the sports arena including sports operations, collective bargaining agreements, trademark,...
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...
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...
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...

Our Attorneys

We are licensed to practice in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Alaska and United States Tax Court as well as Rosebud Sioux, Oglala Sioux & Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Courts.

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Sarah is a partner in our Sioux Falls office, but she spent her first 11 years of practice in our Rapid City office.  Sarah practices in a wide variety of settings,... read more
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Jeff has an active and eclectic litigation practice.  His most notable cases have required creative problem solving in the face of challenging and complicated facts... read more
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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.... read more
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Dan is a senior partner in the Litigation Department of our Rapid City office.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of medical, hospital, and healthcare... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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Growing up on a ranch, Laura was instilled with a strong work ethic and impeccable attention to detail. This drive and dedication ultimately led her to law school, where she... read more
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Terry Hofer is a senior partner in our Rapid City office.  He engages general civil litigation and trial practice.  During his 35 years at Bangs McCullen, Terry has... read more
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Kathryn works as a trial lawyer and litigation attorney in the firm’s Sioux Falls Office, but represents clients throughout the State of South Dakota, where she is... read more
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Jeff concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, health care law and litigation, and appeals. For almost 30 years, Jeff has been representing health... read more
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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... read more
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Karla joined the firm’s Rapid City office in 2019 after spending nearly 6 years as a deputy state’s attorney for Pennington County and serving as the only female Judge... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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Steve, a Rapid City native, has been with the firm for twenty years. Steve specializes in the area of family law (including divorce, custody disputes, adoptions, child... read more
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Kelsey, an associate in our Rapid City office, was born and raised in Rapid City.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration from the... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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Emily joined the firm in 2016 as an associate in our Rapid City office.  Her practice areas include family law, general civil litigation, real estate disputes, and... read more
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Rachel is a 1999 graduate of the USD School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the South Dakota Law Review and a teaching assistant.  Prior to law school... read more
Managing Partner
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... read more