Daniel F. Duffy


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 trial experience in all areas of professional liability, as he has represented hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals involved in litigation.  He has also represented attorneys, accountants and other professionals, as well as major businesses and corporations involved in commercial and products litigation.


Dan is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), including its healthcare subsection, as well as the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA), the South Dakota Defense Attorneys Association, the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, and the State Bar of South Dakota.  Dan was also inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) in 2015.  Fellowship in the ACTL is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.  Dan is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and was inducted into the International Society of Barristers in 2006.  In addition, he also holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given.  Dan is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Great Plains Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA lists him as “an excellent trial lawyer.”


A 1983 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, Dan was a two-time Academic All-American basketball player, as well as a three-time all-conference performer.  He also spent one year playing professional basketball in Limerick, Ireland.  Dan is a 1990 graduate of the University of South Dakota Law School, where he served as president of the moot court board.  Following graduation, he served as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota.


The small poster in Dan’s office shows a dimly lit basketball court, and states:  “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  Whether playing basketball in Ireland or coaching one of his eight kids, the lessons from basketball are still important to Dan today.  Team work.  Hard work.  Discipline.  Passion.  Competition.  These traits form the cross-over from basketball to litigation.


When he is not working or coaching one of his kids, Dan can be found reading history, hiking – or simply shooting a few baskets in his driveway.