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During my final year of law school, I served as Copy Editor of the South Dakota Law Review.  I graduated from law school as a member of the Thomas Sterling Honor Society.  After completing law school, I completed a one-year clerkship with the Sixth Judicial Circuit of South Dakota in Pierre.  Since then, I have engaged in private practice, focusing almost exclusively on civil litigation.

On a personal note, when I lived and practiced law in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, I was a member of the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department for nearly a decade.



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  1. Litigation: 50%
    19 years
  2. Personal Injury: 50%
    19 years



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Thomas Braun Bernard & Burke, LLP

4200 Beach Drive - Suite 1
Rapid City, SD, 57702


WYAuthorized to practice law201108/27/2015
MNAuthorized to practice199806/28/2015
SDAuthorized to practice law199604/26/2011

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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerThomas Braun Bernard & Burke, LLP2007 - Present
PartnerThomas Nooney Braun Solay & Bernard, LLP2006 - 2007
PartnerBarker Wilson Reynolds & Burke, LLP2001 - 2006
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Wyoming State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Minnesota Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1997 - Present
South Dakota State BarMember1996 - Present
South Dakota Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Brooks v. Milbank Insurance Company, 605 N.W.2d 173 (S.D. 2000)N/A
Lindskov v. Lindskov, 800 N.W.2d 715 (S.D. 2011)Summary judgment affirmed.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Dakota School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1996
Northern State UniversityFinanceBachelor of Arts1993
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
A Boot Camp for Young Lawyers: Tactics and TipsEntering Unknown Terrain: Discovery Pitfalls and Practice Tips2014
Fall SeminarEthics: Didactic and Dynamic. Yes, I said it!2013
Spring Educational SeminarPretrial Submissions2011