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Johnson, Steven M.
431 North Phillips Avenue Suite 400 Falls Center Sioux Falls, SD
Phone: 605-338-4304
Fax: 605-338-4162


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview

Steven M. Johnson is a native of South Dakota, and was born in Sioux Falls. He attended Augustana College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1973. He then graduated from the University Of South Dakota School Of Law in 1976 as a member of the Thomas Sterling Honor Society and the South Dakota Law Review. Steve continues to be a frequent lecturer at the South Dakota School of Law.

His many professional affiliations and distinctions include membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trail Advocates and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, where he has lectured during national meetings. He is past president of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association and was elected the South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1990. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for ten years in the areas of products liability and civil litigation.

Steve specializes in civil litigation, including franchise litigation, products liability and medical malpractice.

Steve and his wife, Becky, have five children and two dogs.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Civil Trials
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Products Liability
  • Business Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Franchise Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

West Practice Categories

Franchising, Bad Faith Insurance, Class Actions -- Plaintiff, Aviation Accidents -- Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Railroad Accidents -- Plaintiff, Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff, Chemicals & Cosmetics, Machinery & Tools, Medical Products & Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Pharmaceutical Products, Recreational Products, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Securities Fraud & Insider Trading


Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Member)
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1985 - 1987 (Delegate)
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1985 - 1988 (Member, Board of Governors)
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1987 - 1988 (President)
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyer (President)

Honors and Awards

  • 1990 South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • The Best Lawyers in America for ten years in the areas of Products Liability and Civil Litigation


  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1976
    Honors: With Honors
    Honors: With Distinction
    Honors: Thomas Sterling Honor Society

    Law Review: Member of Law Review, Published Vol 20 : 2

    Law Review: South Dakota Law Review, Member, Board of Editors, 1975 - 1976
  • Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1973
    Honors: magna cum laude

Published Works

  • Author: "South Dakota's Lakes: A Valuable Resource in Need of Land Use Protection,", Vol. 20 South Dakota Law Review, 1975