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Brian James Donahoe

Brian James Donahoe

Practice areas:

Litigation, Environmental and Natural Resources, Land Use & Zoning

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About Me

I've been in private practice in Sioux Falls, SD since 1995 but provide representation in South Dakota, Minnesota & Iowa. My current focus is in the areas of railroad law, construction law, envrionmental and land use law, and related regulations in all those areas. Personal injury law has also been an area in which I have worked since 1995. Initial consultations are free of charge, and I welcome your inquiries. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Litigation: 75%
    20 years, 182 cases
  2. Environmental and Natural Resources: 15%
    20 years, 24 cases
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 10%
    20 years, 18 cases



Hourly ($250/hour), Contingent (33-45%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

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Contact Info

Donahoe Law Firm, P.C.

401 East 8th St.
Suite 215
Sioux Falls, SD, 57103



MNAuthorized to practice199506/28/2015
IAAuthorized to practice law199508/22/2015
SDAuthorized to practice law199302/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers In America - Railroad LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerGreat Plains Super Lawyers2015
Litigation Fellow - Trial Lawyer Honorary SocietyLitigation Counsel of America2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerDonahoe Law Firm, P.C.2015 - Present
PartnerCutler & Donahoe, LLP1995 - Present
ClerkUS District Court (South Dakota)1993 - 1995
Project ManagerW-W Contractors, Inc.1987 - 1990


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Railroad Trial CounselRegional Vice President - Central2013 - 2014
South Dakota Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2007 - 2008
American Bar AssociationSection of Environmental Law-Const. Law Committee2005 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2003 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Koss v Iowa, Chicago & Eastern RR Corp.Defense verdict at trial, upheld on appeal
Taxi Connection v. Dakota, Minn. & E. R.R. Corp.Affirmance of Summary Judgment
Mayo Foundation v. Surface Transp. Bd.Affirmance of STB authorization for construction

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Publication NameTitleDate
South Dakota Law ReviewToward a Clearer Standard in Federal Preemption1992


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of SD School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
South Dakota State UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
SD Zoning LawZoning and Land Development Law2005