Terry L. Hofer


J.D., University of South Dakota School of Law, Sterling Honor Graduate (1982)

B.A., Mathematics, Pan American University & Huron College, cum laude (1975)

South Dakota, U.S. District Court of South Dakota, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court

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 handled most all subject matter areas of the law.  He continues work on civil litigation, with a focus on construction, personal injury, and myriad contract issues.  Before joining Bangs in 1984, Terry worked for two years as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Andrew W. Bogue.

A Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated attorney, Terry enjoys memberships with the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Bar Association, the State Bar Association of South Dakota, the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, and the Pennington County Bar Association.  He is a former President of the South Dakota State Bar Association (2013-14), having served on numerous State Bar Committees and Boards during his career, including the State Bar Disciplinary Board.  Currently, Terry is the President of the South Dakota State Bar Association Foundation and a member of the State Bar’s Strategic Planning Committee.  He is listed in the Great Plains Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

Terry believes everyone, especially his clients, has an important story, which enriches life.  In addition to the law, Terry’s story includes a small-town South Dakota upbringing, experience as a math teacher and steakhouse & lounge businessman, and interests in hunting, fishing, motorcycling, reading, and most athletics, including golf and baseball.  But, even more importantly, Terry’s story shares life with his wife of 43 years, Janet, his two sons, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters.  In large part, Terry’s story is captured in nutshell form by his late Korean War veteran father:  “If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing right,” and “If you are five minutes early, you are late.”