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Pete Heidepriem - Sioux Falls, SD

101 West 69th StreetSuite 105A Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Updated: 05/03/2024

Sioux Falls Personal Injury Lawyer

Overview

Pete is a trial lawyer practicing in the federal, tribal, and state courts of South Dakota. His personal injury work ranges from farm and ranch injuries to car accidents. Pete also represents people vindicating their civil rights in claims based on racial discrimination or other constitutional violations.

In 2023, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe named him General Counsel...

Pete is a trial lawyer practicing in the federal, tribal, and state courts of South Dakota. His personal injury work ranges from farm and ranch injuries to car accidents. Pete also represents people vindicating their civil rights in claims based on racial discrimination or other constitutional violations.

In 2023, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe named him General Counsel. In that role, Pete serves as the chief legal advisor to the Tribal Council and provides legal advice to all levels of the Tribal Government and members of the Tribe.

His trial work includes serving as a tribal prosecutor for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, where he was lead counsel in a court trial and managed complex prosecutions involving violent crimes and drug offenses. He also has served as counsel to a tribal judge of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

Pete's appellate experience covers state and federal courts. In front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, he argued on behalf of a driver in a traffic stop who claimed his constitutional rights were violated—the result was a unanimous decision in his client’s favor. He has appealed fraud and probate claims to the Supreme Court of South Dakota, achieving a unanimous decision for his client. Before the U.S. Supreme Court, he filed an amicus brief regarding tribal sovereignty on behalf of American Indian tribes, and the Court ruled unanimously in favor of the party supported in the brief.

In addition to private practice, Pete maintains a focus on academic work. Since 2022, he has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, teaching a seminar on appellate advocacy and federal Indian law. During fall 2021, he was a Joachim Herz Fellow and visiting scholar at Bucerius Law School in Germany, where he conducted research on international investment law and the rights of Indigenous peoples. Bucerius featured Pete in an article about his fellowship, and you can access it here.

About Pete Heidepriem

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • American Indian Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Appeals

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 2016
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 2016
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Court, 2020
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2020
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2022

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 2016
    J.D.
    Honors: Dean's List, Moot court, Graduation commencement speaker, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
  • Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany, 2015
    International and comparative business law
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2013
    B.A.
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    Major: Philosophy and Political Science
  • London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom, 2011
    Economics and political theory

Past Positions

  • Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Appellate section intern
  • Chambers of Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judicial intern
  • South Dakota U.S. Attorney’s Office, Legal intern
  • Chambers of Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, Law clerk
  • Chambers of Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, Law clerk

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101 West 69th StreetSuite 105A Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Fax

  • 605-679-4379

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Office Hours

M-F: 8am – 5pm

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By Joe S. on Jan. 26, 2024
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Pete Heidepriem embodies the qualities one would anticipate in an exceptional lawyer. His professionalism, transparent and prompt communication, along with his ability to instill a sense of being well-cared-for, are truly outstanding. I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Heidepriem.

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By Anonymous on Dec. 05, 2023
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High degree of transparency, professionalism, and experience. I couldn?t be more pleased with the outcome of my case, and I am sincerely grateful for Pete Heidepriem.

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By Anonymous on Oct. 18, 2023
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Pete is good at what he does. He told me in the first meeting that we were basically going to win, and we did. I?m glad he helped me. He answers any questions you have and tells you everything that could possibly happen. He?s a smart guy for sure.

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By Karina H. on Aug. 14, 2023
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I HIGHLY recommend Pete Heidepriem. He was thorough, efficient, patient and most of all had compassion for my case. He was able to negotiate a settlement I was satisfied with. He is prompt about calling you back and updating you about where you're at in the process of litigation. Thank you so much for everything! You have given me a sense of justice back and now I can move on with my life.

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By Anonymous on May. 26, 2023
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On June 19th, 2020 my life changed forever. My friends and I were roadtripping across the country after celebrating our college graduation, excited to start adulthood. During our trip, we were victims of an illegitimate stop, that resulted in an unlawful search and me in close quarters with an aggressive police K9. At the time I felt defeated, downtrodden and dejected by the evident profiling that occurred. The only time I felt justice would prevail was after meeting with the attorneys at HPS. John Hinrich, Pete Heidepriem and Mathew Tysdal reinstilled my hope and for that I am forever grateful. From Summer 2020 to Spring 2023, the firm fought tooth and nail for me. With their help, we were able to make history and change the law in Eight Circuit regarding traffic stops. This wouldn?t have been possible without HPS! Thank you so much to Pete for the late night phone calls answering all of my questions. You never hesitated to walk me through the legal process and your transparency was the foundation I needed during this time! Thank you for giving me the courage to not only speak out, but to cause a change. Evidently, if you are in the South Dakota area you must trust Heidepriem, Purtell, Siegel & Hinrichs, LLP with your case!

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By Anonymous on Feb. 22, 2023
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Mr. Heidepriem and his team at HPS were great to work with. He was always available and responsive. If I had to start over I would pick the same HPS team.

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By Anonymous on Mar. 09, 2022
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Mr. Heidepriem was professional, effective, and personable throughout my experience with him. He was readily available and always happy to assist with any questions or concerns that I had. He worked diligently to secure a favorable outcome for my case, settling over 3x the amount that was initially offered. I would highly recommend him for any litigation needs.

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