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Carpenter, Melanie L.
300 South Phillips Avenue Suite 300 Sioux Falls, SD
Phone: (605) 336-3890
Fax: (605) 339-3357
Website: http://www.woodsfuller.com

SUMMARY

Current Employment Position(s)

Shareholder

Year Joined Organization: 1996

Lawyer Overview

Melanie Carpenter joined the Firm in 1996. Her area of practice is general civil litigation, including labor and employment, insurance defense and business litigation.

During law school, Melanie was a member of the moot court board. From 1994 to 1996, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Battey, Senior (then Chief) Judge of the United States District Court, District of South Dakota, in Rapid City.

She is admitted to practice before the U. S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Melanie is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of South Dakota, the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, and the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

West Practice Categories

Business & Commercial Law, Employment Law -- Employee, Employment Law -- Employer, Insurance Law, Litigation & Appeals, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Personal Injury -- Defense, Products Liability Law, Professional Malpractice Law, Professional Responsibility

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of South Dakota (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (Member)

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Richard Battey, Senior (then Chief) Judge of the United States District Court, District of South Dakota, in Rapid City, Law Clerk, 1994 - 1996

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1994
    J.D.
    Honors: With Sterling Honors
    Honors: Member, Moot Court Board
  • Iowa State University, 1991
    B.S.
    Minor: English