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Brian James Donahoe

Litigation Attorney at Sioux Falls, SD

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    75%

    28 years, 182 cases

  2. Environmental and natural resources
    15%

    28 years, 24 cases

  3. Land use and zoning
    10%

    28 years, 18 cases

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. 

Licensed for 29 years
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1995
Updated 10/29/2022
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/15/2022
State SD
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 02/11/2014

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

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Donahoe Law Firm, P.C.
401 East 8th St.
Suite 215
Sioux Falls, SD, 57103

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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Donahoe Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Cutler & Donahoe, LLP
  • 1995 - Present
  • Clerk
  • US District Court (South Dakota)
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Project Manager
  • W-W Contractors, Inc.
  • 1987 - 1990
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Education

  • University of SD School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • South Dakota State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • 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
  • Koss v Iowa, Chicago & Eastern RR Corp.
  • Defense verdict at trial, upheld on appeal

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Section of Environmental Law-Const. Law Committee
  • 2005 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Regional Vice President - Central
  • 2013 - 2014
  • South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers In America - Railroad Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Litigation Fellow - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2008

Publications

  • South Dakota Law Review
  • Toward a Clearer Standard in Federal Preemption
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • SD Zoning Law
  • Zoning and Land Development Law
  • 2005

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Sioux Falls Litigation Lawyer Brian James Donahoe
Brian James Donahoe
Litigation Attorney
Sioux Falls, SD
Licensed for 29 years