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Merle A. Johnson - Sioux Falls, SD

300 South Phillips AvenueSuite 300 Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Updated: 10/01/2010

Sioux Falls Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer


Merle Johnson joined the firm in 1955. Estate planning constitutes much of his practice. Additionally, he has expertise in corporate and business law and adoptions.

Merle is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the State Bar of South Dakota and serves on the UPC & Guardianship Review Committee of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section...

About Merle A. Johnson

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Senior Counsel

Year Joined Firm

  • 1955

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Family Law
  • Trusts

Representative Clients

  • North Central Heart Institute
  • Anesthesia Physicians, Ltd.
  • Mills Construction Company
  • Golden Rule Construction Company


Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 1955
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1957
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1960

Other Affiliations

  • University of Sioux Falls, 1975 - Present (Member, Board of Trustees)
  • Christian Counseling Services, 1975 - 1993 (Board of Directors)
  • State Bar of South Dakota (Member)
  • Christian Legal Society, 1970 - 1992 (Board of Directors)
  • Manna Retreat Center, 1980 - 1990 (Board of Directors)
  • Woodlawn Cemetery Association, 1984 - Present (Board of Directors)
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Kiwanis (Leadership)
  • Southeastern Mental Health Center (Leadership)
  • First Baptist Church (Leadership)

Past Positions

  • South Dakota State Bar, Bar Commissioner, 1960 - 1963
  • Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C., Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota , Of Counsel


  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1955
  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts



  • First Bank of South Dakota
  • First National Bank in Sioux Falls
  • Wells Fargo

Office Information


300 South Phillips AvenueSuite 300 Sioux Falls, SD 57104


  • 605-339-3357



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