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Melissa A. Sommers - Sioux Falls, SD

400 N. Main AvenueSuite 207 Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Updated: 02/13/2023

Sioux Falls Criminal Defense Lawyer


I grew up in Sioux City, Iowa where I joined the Air National Guard at the age of 17. After graduating high school, I quickly went to basic training and technical school. I attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where I received two degrees-one in Psychology and the other in Criminal Justice. While at Iowa State, I was recognized on the national level for my academic achievements and received the 2011 USA Today All-USA College Academic 2nd Team award...

About Melissa A. Sommers

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Divorce

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Associate Attorney


Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 2015
  • South Dakota, 2016
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 2016

Other Affiliations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • South Dakota State Bar Association
  • South Dakota Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, May, 2015
    Honors: With Honors
  • Iowa State University, 2011
    Bachelor of Science
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Psychology
  • Iowa State University, May, 2011
    Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Office Information


400 N. Main AvenueSuite 207 Sioux Falls, SD 57104


  • 605-271-4101

Accepts Credit Cards




  • Melissa A. Knight, Stalking and Cyberstalking in the United States and Rural South Dakota: Twenty-Four Years After the First Legislation, 59 S.D. L. REV. 392 (2014)
  • Marilyn A. Cornish, Nathaniel G. Wade, & Melissa A. Knight, Understanding Group Therapists’ Use of Spiritual and Religious Interventions in Group Therapy, 63 INT’L J. GRP. PSYCHOTHERAPY 572 (2012)

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