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Heidepriem, Scott N.
431 North Phillips Avenue Suite 400 Falls Center Sioux Falls, SD
Phone: 605-338-4304
Fax: 605-338-4162
Website: http://www.jhalawfirm.com

SUMMARY

Current Employment Position(s)

Partner

Lawyer Overview

Scott Heidepriem graduated from the USD Law School in 1980 and has practiced in South Dakota since that time. He has been a past president of SDTLA and a partner in the Sioux Falls firm of Johnson, Heidepriem, Miner, Marlow & Janklow. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of civil litigation. He also holds a masters degree from Harvard University. Heidepriem spent time in the South Dakota Legislature between 1982 and 1992. His practice is confined to litigation. Heidepriem is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate.

Scott is married and his wife's name is Susan. They have two sons, Peter and Sam. During his spare time, Scott enjoys books, golf, running, and is active in local politics.

Areas of Practice

  • Animal Bites -- Plaintiff
  • Arbitration
  • Bad Faith
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Litigation
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Divorce
  • Employment Discrimination -- Employee
  • Employment Discrimination -- Employer
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Insurance Subrogation
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
  • Railroad
  • Sexual Harassment -- Employee
  • Sexual Harassment -- Employer
  • Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Supreme Court
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals
  • Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Termination -- Employer
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Cases

West Practice Categories

Arbitration, Mediation, Debtor/Creditor, Employment Discrimination -- Employee, Sexual Harassment -- Employee, Employment Discrimination -- Employer, Sexual Harassment -- Employer, Wrongful Termination -- Employer, Divorce, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Subrogation, Class Actions -- Plaintiff, Complex Litigation, Federal Appellate Practice, Federal Trial Practice, State Appellate Practice, State Trial Practice, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, US Supreme Court, Animal Bites -- Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Premises Liability -- Plaintiff, Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff, Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff, Machinery & Tools, Pharmaceutical Products, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Railroad, Workers' Compensation Appeals

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 1980
  • Minnesota, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 1980 - Present (Member)
  • South Dakota Bar Association, 1980 - Present (Member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 1989 - Present (Member)
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1980 - Present (Member)
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1996 - 1997 (President)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2000 - Present (Member)
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1980 - Present (Member)
  • South Dakota Board of Regents, 1978 - 1980 (Member)
  • South Dakota House of Representatives (Elected 1982, 1984, 1988; Speaker Pro Tem, 1984 - 1987)
  • South Dakota Senate, 1989 - 1992
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law, 1986 - 2002 (Commissioner)

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Bush Fellowship, 1991 - 1992
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America - Civil Litigation Section, 2000 - Present
  • Board Certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate, 1990 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • "Excellence in Advocacy: Trial Strategies & Techniques", South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, April 13, 2000 - April 14, 2000
  • "Excellence in Advocacy: Successful Trial Strategies", South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, April 13, 2000 - April 14, 2000
  • "Overcoming Juror Bias: How it Affects Your Case", South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, April 10, 2003 - April 11, 2003
  • Adjunct Professor, Pretrial Process, University of South Dakota Law School, 1998 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Settlement & Negotiation, University of South Dakota Law School, 1997 - 1998

Past Employment Positions

  • Heidepriem, Widmayer, Zell & Jones, Associate Attorney, 1980 - 1992
  • Jerauld County, South Dakota, State's Attorney, 1980 - 1982

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1980
    J.D.
  • Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1992
    M.P.A.
  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1983
    M.A.
    Major: History
  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1978
    A.B.
    Major: Political Science
    Major: History
Articles

Published Works

  • "Tort Reform in South Dakota - The Plaintiffs Perspective" (Co-authored with Nancy Turbak), Volume 42, Issue 2, 1999