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Kenneth M Tschetter

Criminal defense Attorney at sioux falls, SD

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All felony and misdemeanor charges; DUI; controlled substance and narcotics offenses; theft, assault; Federal and State Court; appeals; post-conviction expungement and executive clemency

    25 years

  2. Family
    Family law; Divorce, child custody and parenting time; child support; ARTS law including gestational surrogacy contracts and parentage orders; adoption; paternity

    23 years

Ken is a South Dakota native who was raised in Rapid City and moved to Sioux Falls in 1999. Ken earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and subsequently graduated from law school at KU in 1994. During law school he was selected for the Law Review, won several American Jurisprudence academic Awards, and finished in the top ten percent of his class, earning membership in the Order of the Coif.


After graduation Ken obtained valuable experience as a research attorney for the Kansas Court of Appeals, and also served as the research attorney for the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals.  Ken returned to South Dakota, and began practicing criminal defense at the Minnehaha County Public Defender’s Office.  After two years, he entered private practice by joining Rhonda Lockwood’s office in Sioux Falls as an associate attorney.  In 2003, Ken opened his own law office, and focused on criminal defense and family law. Now, after twenty-two years working as an attorney, Ken has significant experience handling many types of legal matters.


Today Ken’s practice remains primarily family law and criminal defense.  As part of his family law practice, Ken also handles cases involving adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ARTs).  he has handled many gestational surrogacy matters, including drafting surrogacy contracts and helping intended parents establish legal parentage for children born through surrogacy.  Ken is a member of the ARTs Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, and is Of Counsel for two national ARTs groups, the Reproductive Law Center and the International Fertility Law Center.


Ken is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in South Dakota, and also holds licenses in both Kansas and Utah.  He is a member of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, the Second Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Ken also serves on the Family Law Committee for the State Bar of South Dakota, and previously served on the Supreme Court’s Committee to Study the Use of Interpreters and Translators in the South Dakota Court System.


Ken and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of four young daughters.

Licensed for 28 years
State SD
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 06/21/2018
State UT
Status Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1998
Updated 03/11/2023
State KS
Status Inactive
Acquired 1994
Updated 02/05/2023

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Tschetter & Adams Law Office, PC
4201 S. Minnesota Avenue
Suite 113
sioux falls, SD, 57105


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Tschetter & Adams Law Office, PC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Tschetter Law Office, PC
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Lockwood Law Office
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office
  • 1999 - 2001
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  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • 1994


  • Kansas Bar Association; Utah Bar Association; South Dakota Bar Association; South Dakota Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; Second Circuit Bar Association, American Bar Association; ARTS group of ABA
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Awards
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1994

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sioux falls Criminal defense Lawyer Kenneth M Tschetter
Kenneth M Tschetter
Criminal defense Attorney
sioux falls, SD
Licensed for 28 years