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Scott N. Heidepriem - Sioux Falls, SD

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

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Updated: 03/15/2023

Sioux Falls Trial Lawyer


Scott Heidepriem has been trying lawsuits in South Dakota for 43 years. Scott practices in all areas of civil litigation in both federal and state court.

He graduated from the University of South Dakota, School of Law in 1980, and from Harvard in 1992 with a Master's degree in Public Administration.

Scott is listed by Super Lawyers as one of the top 5 lawyers in South Dakota and has held that distinction for many years...

About Scott N. Heidepriem

Practice Areas

  • Trial
  • Appeals

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • South Dakota

Other Affiliations

  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (Past President )
  • American Association of Justice (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • South Dakota Board of Trial Advocates Association (Past President, Member since 2000)
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • ABOTA (Senior Life Fellow)
  • S.D. Judicial Qualifications Commission, 2012 - 2016 (Chair)


  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1980
  • Harvard University, 1992
  • University of South Dakota, 1983
  • University of South Dakota, 1978

Classes and Seminars

  • "Negotiations and Settlement" USD School of Law, Adjunct Professor with Martha Davis & Cris Palmer, May 1995
  • "Pretrial Process" USD School of Law, Adjunct Professor with Jonathan Van Patten, 1996-1999


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Included on the 2023 Great Plains list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Great Plains Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Scott N. Heidepriem on Super Lawyers


  • One of the Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - Present
  • “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Super Lawyers of the Midwest Top 25, as one of the top 25 lawyers, one of the top 5 in South Dakota
  • Selected as nation’s top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association



Office Information


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


  • 605-679-4379

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

M-F: 8am – 5pm



  • Assisted teaching environmental litigation at the University of Michigan Law School Ann Arbor, Michigan, October, 2014
  • “Debating the Doctrine: Government Speech,” South Dakota Law Review 2012 Symposium – Vermillion, SD, March 1, 2012
  • “Criminal Defense Artistry: Proficiencies & Perspectives” State Bar of South Dakota - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 17, 2009
  • “The 2008 Legislative Session: A Work in Progress” State Bar of South Dakota Early Bird CLE – Rapid City, SD, June 19, 2008
  • "Reproductive Rights in South Dakota" Speech at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 2008
  • "Rainmaking" Young Lawyers Regional Conference - Deadwood, SD, September 29, 2007
  • "Taking a Medical Deposition that the Jury Can Understand," South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association - Rapid City, SD, September 11, 2007
  • "Preparing the Witness for a Deposition" Trial Academy – USD Law School, Vermillion, SD, July 9, 2007
  • "Overcoming Juror Bias: How it Affects Your Case" South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, April 10-11, 2003
  • "From Miller to Sioux Falls: Is There a Difference in Juries?" SDTLA Spring Seminar, Sioux Falls, SD, April 10, 2003
  • "Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in South Dakota" Lorman Education Services, Sioux Falls, SD, April 24, 2001
  • "Common Sense Rules to Guide Your Trial Practice" SDTLA Spring Seminar, Trial Strategies & Techniques, Sioux Falls, SD, April 14, 2000
  • “Successful Trial Strategies” Iowa Trial Lawyers Association CLE, Marina Inn, Sioux City, IA, August 1999
  • “The Million Dollar Case” SDTLA, Excellence in Advocacy, Practicing With the Best, Sioux Falls, SD, April 17, 1998
  • “Tort Reform in South Dakota: The Plaintiff’s Perspective” South Dakota Law Review, Volume 42, Issue 2 (1998) (with Nancy Turbak), 1998
  • “Going Up Against the Trial Lawyer of the Year, or the Case of the Smoking Belly Button: An Adversary’s Diary” Barrister, Sept./Oct. 1997
  • “Treatment Plans: Medicate or Amputate?” SDTLA Practice Made Easier, Anatomy of a Law Firm, Chamberlain, SD, November 14, 1996
  • "Subrogation Issues Involving the Government, Worker's Comp, and the Tort Setting" State Bar of South Dakota CLE, Subrogation Issues, Chair of Panel, June 21, 1987
  • "South Dakota's Competitive Advantage" Annual Meeting - Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Calgary, 1985
  • "Tax Consequences of Repossession and Developments for 1984" State Bar of South Dakota CLE, Mitchell, SD, December 7, 1984
  • "Age Discrimination in Employment" State Bar of South Dakota CLE, Advising Elderly Clients, Pierre, SD, September 18, 1981

Representative Cases

  • Lagler v. Menard, Inc. & Zurich American Insurance Co., 2018 S.D. 53, 915 N.W.2d 707.
  • FB & Bldg. Products, Inc. v. Superior Truss & Components, A Division of Banks Lumber, Inc., 2007 S.D. 13, 727 N.W.2d 474.
  • Bair v. Callahan, 775 F. Supp.2d 1163 (D.S.D. 2011)
  • Stockwell v.Stockwell, 2010 S.D. 79, 790 N.W.2d 52
  • Haar v. Callahan, 2009 WL 1408671 (D.S.D. 2009)
  • Papke v. Harbert, 2007 SD 87, 738 N.W.2d 510 Bird Hotel Corp. v. Super 8 Motels, Inc., 246 F.R.D. 603, 605 (D.S.D.2007)
  • Johanns v. Livestock Marking Association et a;l., 544 U.S. 550, 125 S.Ct. 2055 (2005)
  • Olson v. Equitable Life Assur. Co., 681 N.W.2d 471 (S.D. 2004)
  • In re Arendt, 684 N.W.2d 79 (S.D. 2004)
  • Kwongyuen Hangkee Co., Ltd. v. Starr Fireworks, Inc., 634 N.W.2d 95 (S.D. 2001)
  • Maryott v. First National Bank of Eden, 2001 S.D 43, 624 N.W.2d 96
  • Sorrels v. Queen of Peace Hosp., 575 N.W.2d 240 (S.D. 1998)
  • Cramer v. Smith, 572 N.W.2d 445 (S.D. 1997)
  • Himrich v. Carpenter, 569 N.W.2d 568 (S.D. 1997)
  • Bruske v. Hille, 567 N.W.2d 872 (S.D. 1997)
  • Dakota Cheese, Inc. v. Taylor, 525 N.W.2d 713 (S.D. 1995)
  • Bell Paper Box, Inc. v. Trans Western Polymers, Inc., 53 F.3d 920 (8th Cir. 1995)
  • Cournoyer v. Montana, 512 N.W.2d 479 (S.D. 1994)
  • U.S. v. Hacker, 883 F.Supp. 444 (D.S.D. 1994)
  • Mueller v. Zelmer, 525 N.W.2d 49 (S.D. 1994)
  • State v. Sondreal, 459 N.W.2d 435 (S.D. 1990)
  • Prentice v. Classen, 355 N.W.2d 352 (S.D. 1984)
  • Olson v. Cass, 349 N.W.2d 435 (S.D. 1984)
  • Gross v. Gross, 355 N.W.2d 4 (S.D. 1984)
  • Northwest Realty Co. v. Carter, 338 N.W.2d 669 (S.D. 1983)
  • U.S. v. Oakie, 709 F.2d 506 (8th Cir. 1983)

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