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Michael A Henderson

Appeals Attorney at Sioux Falls, SD

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Michael Henderson leads Swier Law Firm’s Appellate Law Practice Group. Mike’s practice is focused on legal research and writing, with an emphasis on appellate and trial court motion practice. Mike has extensive experience in appellate law, having been involved in numerous appeals before the South Dakota Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He has drafted briefs and handled appeals involving a wide range of complex legal issues, including medical malpractice, public entity defense, insurance defense, employment law, ERISA, criminal law, securities litigation, defamation, business disputes, personal injury, contractual disputes, commercial law, franchise disputes, worker’s compensation, arbitration, civil rights litigation, and family law.

Mike is a South Dakota native. He grew up on what is now a fifth generation family ranch in northwestern South Dakota. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of South Dakota in 1994 and graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1997. During law school, Mike served as Lead Articles Editor for the South Dakota Law Review. He also published an article in the South Dakota Law Review entitled Today’s Symbolic Speech Dilemma: Flag Desecration and the Proposed Constitutional Amendment.

Following law school, Mike served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Upon the completion of his clerkship, he joined Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP in Sioux Falls. Mike joined Swier Law Firm in 2015.

Mike is admitted to practice before the South Dakota Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the South Dakota Bar Association.

Mike and his wife, Christa, are the parents of two boys. He is extremely involved in youth activities and has coached youth football, baseball, and basketball. Mike also serves as a small group confirmation leader at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.

Mike’s interests include spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, and bass fishing. He also enjoys spending time with his Siberian Husky, Champ. Mike is an avid sports fan and closely follows his favorite teams: the Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Reds, and Oklahoma Sooners.

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Licensed for 24 years
State SD
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 02/23/2015

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

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Michael A Henderson
2121 W 63rd Place, Suite 200
Sioux Falls, SD, 57108

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Posted by Sara | February 19, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very thorough lawyer and upfront
I really liked talking with Mike. He is down-to-earth and personable but very knowledgeable and experienced also. He took his time to analyze the information presented to give me his opinion. He was very frank about the positive and negatives and actually listened to my thoughts. I cannot recommend Mike more - if you need to appeal something, call Mike!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Freelance Legal Writing and Research
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP
  • 1998 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Court Of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of South Dakota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Fin-Ag v. Watertown Livestock, 754 N.W.2d 23 (S.D. 2008)
  • Summary Judgment for plaintiff reversed
  • Nine v. City of Brookings, 797 N.W.2d 73 (S.D. 2011)
  • Judgment for Plaintiff affirmed
  • McDowell v. Citicorp, 752 N.W.2d 209 (S.D. 2008)
  • Denial of motion to amend complaint affirmed
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Associations

  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Thomas Sterling Honor Graduate
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1997
  • Dean's List
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1997
  • Lead Articles Editor
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • 1996
  • Published Comment Writer
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • 1996
  • Dean's List
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1996
  • Dean's List
  • University of South Dakota School of law
  • 1995
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1995
  • Dean's Certificate for Outstanding Performance in Criminal Law
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1995
  • West Publishing Award for Outstanding Performance
  • West Publishing
  • 1995
  • Alan Bogue Excellence in Writing Scholarship
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1995
  • Michael F. Pieplow Memorial Scholarship
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1994
  • Law School Foundation Scholarship
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1994
  • McCusick Law Scholarship
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1994
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Publications

  • South Dakota Law Review
  • Today's Symbolic Speech Dilemma: Flag Desecration and the Proposed Constituional Amendment
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an exceptional attorney with years of experience that allows him to represent his clients best interests and explain the legal premises to his clients so they understand. He mentors other attorneys and has a calm demeanor and presence. Mike is definitely someone to call if you need help."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike's years of experience make him well qualified for any litigation or contract issue. He is well-spoken, highly skilled, and works very hard for his clients."
Appeals Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mike Henderson is both personable and highly competent. He is able to analyze the facts of the legal issue while applying current legal rulings to help his client achieve the best results possible."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is a great litigator. He understands how to make the most compelling case on an issue. He is thorough in his research and eloquent in his argument."
Appeals Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is extremely thorough in his review of contracts and agreements. He is an excellent writer and takes his Appellate work seriously. A friendly and down-to-earth guy who understands appellate procedure in depth. Mike makes it his sole legal focus to help you appeal decisions and enforce the checks and balances of the legal system to his client's benefits and best interests."
Appeals Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is one the foremost appellate attorneys in the state of South Dakota. His expertise and past experience make him a fierce opponent and a staunch advocate for his clients. You will not find a more dedicated and knowledgable attorney in his field."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike Henderson has a keen analytic mind and an excellent understanding of appellate law. Mike is one of the foremost appellate attorneys in South Dakota."
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Sioux Falls Appeals Lawyer Michael A Henderson
Michael A Henderson
Appeals Attorney
Sioux Falls, SD
Licensed for 24 years