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Douglas George Fosheim

Practice areas:

General Practice, Estate Planning, Probate, Contracts & Agreements, Criminal Defense

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About Me

I graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego, Californaia in May of 1979..   After my first year of law school I was ranked in the top 10% of my class.   In law school I was active in appellate advocacy and served on the board charged with administering the appellate advocacy program at California Western   I was a member if the Judicial Council at the law school and graduated from law school with the "Dean's Award" which is given to members of the top 25% of the graduating class.   After graduating I moved back to Huron, South Dakota and began practicing law in the firm in which I am currently practicing--Fosheim Haberstick & Hutchinson.   I have attended Continuing Legal Education programs sponsored by the Dakota Bar Association since my admission to the bar in 1979.   In 1986 I was elected to the South Dakota House of Representaives and served 3 terms, opting to retire to participate more fully with my wife in raising of our sons.   I have been recognized by the South Dakota Trial Lawers Assocaion for outstanding service to the legal system as a legislator.  In that capacity I was also awarded as the  "Conservation Legislator of the Year" by the South Dakota Wildlife Federation.   During my legislative service i was appointed and served on the South Dakota Corrections Commision.  For 4 years I served as a member of the South Dakota State Fair Advisory Commission.  I have also served as a board member of the Mid-Dakota Rual Water Systerm, Inc. which provides Missouri River Water to Central South Dakota to farms, ranchs and towns.  As a member of the State Bar I chaired the Public Information Committee, served on the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the bar and am currently am member of the South Dakota State Bar Ethics Committee.   I  served as a part-time Deputy States Attorney in the early eighties and as City Attorney for the City of Huron from 1995-2003. I  am a member of the Huron Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Huron Development Corporation.  Currently, I am engaged in the general practice of law in my Huron, South Dakota   I am a partime public defender and prefer performing legal srvices in the  in the areas of wills and trusts, real estate, probate and business law.  I was married to Ardelle Tschakert in 1981 and together we have rasied two sons.   I currently have a peer review rating of "Excellent" (bv) with Martindale-Hubbell. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. General Practice: 40%
  2. Probate: 20%
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%
  5. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
    36 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Ronald J. Volesky

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Fosheim is a highly intelligent and effective attorney. He is efficient, hard-working, and extremely conscientious. If I had a pressing legal matter, I would not hesitate to engage Mr. Fosheim's legal services.


    Ronald Volesky
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Douglas G. Fosheim

303 Illinois Ave. SW
Huron, SD, 57350


SDAuthorized to practice law197906/24/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Outstanding Service to the Legal System (Legislator)South Dakota Trial Lawyers Assocation1991
Conservation Legislator of the YearSouth Dakota Wildlife Federation1989
Dean's AwardCalifornia Western School of Law1979
Outstanding Double MajorUniveristy of South Dakota History Department1976

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerFosheim, Haberstick & Hutchinson1979 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
South Dakota State BarN/A1979 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Eidahl, 495 NW2d 91 (SD 1993)Criminal charge of DUI dismissed with prejudice
Mayer v. Mayer, 397 NW 2d 638, (SD1986)Reversal
In the Matter of Viereck, 411 NW2d 102 (SD 1981)State Supreme Court affirmed trial court holding that guardian did not act in bad faith

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of South DakotaPolitical Science/HistoryBachelor of Arts1976