Woods, Fuller has been committed to providing quality legal services since its beginning in 1887. Our roots are in South Dakota, but our clients come from all over the country. As the law has become more complex, we have responded by broadening our services and increasing our specialization.
In addition to South Dakota, we have lawyers admitted to practice in Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa, and various federal and tribal courts. Our lawyers maintain membership in recognized legal associations, including the American Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Trial Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Association of Insurance Attorneys, Defense Research Institute, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, American College of Tax Counsel, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, and South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association.
Nine Woods, Fuller lawyers have been named in the 2012 edition of THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA, one of the most prestigious referral guides to the legal profession in the United States. The 2012 Edition of CHAMBERS USA: AMERICA’S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS names Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith as one of the best firms in South Dakota in the areas of Corporate/Commercial, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate. We also have nine lawyers appearing in CHAMBERS. They are Roger Damgaard (Corporate/Commercial; Corporate/Commercial: Bankruptcy), Brad Grossenburg (Corporate/Commercial), Jim Wiederrich (Corporate/Commercial and Real Estate), Comet Haraldson, Jeff Shultz, and Dave Kroon (Labor & Employment), and Gary Thimsen, James Moore and William Taylor (Litigation: General Commercial).
The following Woods Fuller lawyers earned Lawyers of the Year in Best Lawyers for Sioux Falls: David C. Kroon, Health Care Law; Jeff G. Shultz,, Workers' Compensation Law; James E. Moore, Insurance Law; James M. Wiederrich, Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Roger W. Damgaard, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.The following Woods Fuller attorneys received Best Lawyer honors: Richard Gregerson, Advertising Law, Government Relations Law, Insurance Law; Merle Johnson, Trusts and Estates; Bill Taylor, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law; Gary Thimsen, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Personal Injury Litigation; Bradley Grossenburg, Corporate Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates; Comet Haraldson, Workers’ Compensation Law; Kristine O’Connell, Health Care Law; Troy Leonard; Intellectual Property Law
Woods Fuller is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell BAR REGISTER OF PREEMINENT LAWYERS 2012, named in 20 different practice areas.
Ten lawyers from Woods Fuller have been recognized in the 2012 edition of Great Plains Super Lawyers in conjunction with the Minnesota Law and Politics magazine. In order to be listed in Super Lawyers, a lawyer must make it through a selection process of nomination, peer evaluation, and internal research and all candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The 10 lawyers selected from Woods Fuller are:
Richard O. Gregerson, William Taylor, Gary P. Thimsen, Bradley C. Grossenburg, James M. Wiederrich, Comet Haraldson, Roger W. Damgaard, David Kroon, James E. Moore, and Melanie Carpenter.
Nomination is limited to not more than 5% of the lawyers in a state.
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