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Scott R. Swier

Education Attorney at Avon, SD

4.9   12 reviews
  • State Years
    Nebraska - NE 22 years
    South Dakota - SD 26 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NE
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Suspended
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State SD
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Former Member Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2020

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020. See details

About Scott

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Scott Swier is the Founder and Managing Member of Swier Law Firm. He also leads the law firm's Business Litigation Practice Group and Education Law Practice Group.

Scott is a recognized authority in state and federal legal matters. While serving in private legal practice and as Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Dakota, he has represented individuals, businesses, and government entities before state and federal trial courts, state and federal appellate courts, and state and federal regulatory agencies.

As Assistant Attorney General, Scott served as counsel for the State of South Dakota in many high-profile cases and his clients included the Governor's Office, the Attorney General's Office, the Secretary of State's Office, the Department of Education, the Department of Revenue and Regulation, the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, and the South Dakota Commission on Gaming. Scott is also well-versed in the South Dakota legislative process, having coordinated legislative initiatives on behalf of the Attorney General's Office.

Scott is a highly sought-after author and speaker on legal and legislative topics for state agencies, constitutional offices, and professional organizations, including the South Dakota State Medical Association, the South Dakota Pharmacists Association, the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners, the South Dakota Association of County Officials, theSouth Dakota Municipal League, the South Dakota State's Attorney's Association, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, and the School Administrators of South Dakota.

Scott is an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota School of Law where he teaches the popular "Education and the Law" course. He is also the author of numerous legal publications on the topics of estate planning, automobile and motorcycle accidents, school law, scientific evidence, and business law. Scott's book, The South Dakota School Law Deskbook, is considered the premier resource for every school administrator, school board member, and school attorney in the state. In January 2015, Scott was featured on the cover of Sioux Falls BizNOW Magazine.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Mount Marty College in Yankton. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Lawwhere he served on the Board of Editors for the South Dakota Law Review.

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Location

Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC
202 N. Main Street
Avon, SD, 57315
Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC
2121 W. 63rd Place, Suite 200
Sioux Falls, SD, 57108
Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC
142 E. Third Street
Winner, SD, 57580
Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC
240 E. Main Street
Corsica, SD, 57328
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Beth | February 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer and Person
Scott is an amazing attorney. After I lost my husband he helped me with a lot of life changes. His caring and compassion was more than I ever expected. I can’t thank him enough for everything he did tie me.
Posted by Joshua | November 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Student of DWU
I sat through 3 days of lecture I’ve by Mr Swier and was in awe the entire time. I loved his passion for what he does and his knowledge of his practice. I learned so much. Thank you Mr Swier for taking time out of your busy schedule and spending it with we Wesleyan students.
Response from Scott Swier November 22, 2019
Thank you for your great review and kind words, Joshua! It was a pleasure to visit with you and your class - I'm excited to see all the success your hard work brings you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need help. Scott
Posted by Brian | May 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Scott Swier took the time to listen to my personal situation and needs and then explained the law and how it applied to my last will, living will and dynasty trust. He then rendered sound legal advice at a very reasonable rate, answered all of my follow on questions promptly and with ease, produced the documents I needed to sign and ensured his awesome staff was there to assist me in any way necessary. Mr. Swier is a very personable and highly competent attorney. He and his staff were a joy to work with and I have great confidence in their capabilities. I feel certain that I can sleep well having chosen him and I recommend him and his firm highly.
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Posted by Sue | March 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Initial Meeting
Mr. Swier was very helpful and gracious answering our questions and addressing our concerns. He reassured us that he would be able to help us with our case and gave us relief from the pressure of the situation.
Response from Scott Swier March 5, 2019
Thank you for your 5 star review, Sue. It really was a pleasure to visit with you and I look forward to working with you. Have a great day, Scott.
Posted by Cassie | June 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is amazing
Scott listened to everything we had to tell him and took it very seriously. His connections and personality are admirable. He is very personable and cares about your well being. I can't thank him enough for everything.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Mr. Swier provided authoritative, compassionate, and timely support in response to my situation. I chose him for his high ethical standards, as well as his demonstrated expertise in legal fields of relevance to my case, and have not been disappointed in the slightest. I give him my very highest recommendation.
Posted by Ken | May 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Overseas Divorce
I live in Cairo Egypt, so when my exwife and I decided to get a divorce, I had not idea how difficult this would be. The exwife left me with the task, but thankfully I found Scott Swier. I'll never be able to thank Scott and his firm enough for being so dedicate and patient. I can now move on in my life. So appreciative to the Scott Swier firm.
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Posted by Kelly | May 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Made my case seem important
He replied to my question on his site within hours. I am a professional and had a subpoena very soon, so Scott spent time over the weekend on my case. In the end, Scott was able to help me protect the confidentiality of children who were counting on me to do that. Scott is empathetic and it's clear he wants to make sure when he speaks for his clients that he understands what they are wanting to have communicated to the Court. I am extremely satisfied and would use Scott again if a situation arose. His staff is excellent in the same authentic, caring manner. I can't say enough about Swier Law Firm. Kelly Ritzman, Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2016
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Outstanding knowledge and quick response
I worked with Scott on my estate planning and was very pleased with the outcome. He helped me determine my exact needs without pressuring me into choices. He took his time talking with me but finished the work very timely. I appreciate the peace of mind knowing my family will be protected!
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2013
Will/Living Will
Scott was very informative and explained all of the options available to us. Scott made sure we clearly understood the choices we had and he is so personable. He made us feel very comfortable and unafraid to ask questions. Scott has an amaizng understanding of law and is able to convey in laymans terms that knowledge to his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2013
Child custody case
Mr. Swier did a great job representing me in my custody case. I felt totally prepared going into court, which was a bit nerve-wracking as a dad fighting for my son. In the end we came out on top, he knocked it out of the park.
Posted by Tracey | June 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Title IV issue
Scott was very good about getting back to us and easing our worries. He told us that he would take care of the situation and he came through. Thanks for everything!
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020.

Suspension issued in SD, 2020
updated on 05/05/2023

Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Founder and Managing Member
  • Swier Law Firm, Prof. LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney General/Director of Legislative Affairs
  • South Dakota Attorney General's Office
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Private Practice
  • 1998 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • South Dakota - Seventh Judicial Circuit
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

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

Sample of Legal Cases

  • O'Neill v. O'Neill, 876 N.W.2d 486 (SD 2016)
  • Reversed in Part
  • Rush v. Rush, 866 N.W.2d 556 (SD 2015)
  • Reversed
  • Qwest Communications Corporation v. Free Conferencing Corporation, 2014 WL 5782543
  • Judgment for Free Conferencing Corporation
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Associations

  • Dakota Wesleyan University Board of Trustee
  • Trustee
  • 2018 - Present
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2010 - Present
  • South Dakota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Mount Marty College Board of Trustees
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • South Dakota Attorney General's Open Government Task Force
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • South Dakota Trial Academy
  • Graduate
  • 2005 - 2005
  • South Dakota Voices for Children
  • Chairperson
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Mount Marty College
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2015
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • Board of Editors
  • 1996 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotans
  • South Dakota Jaycees
  • 2005
  • South Dakota Young Lawyer of the Year
  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • 2002
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award
  • Mount Marty College
  • 1998

Publications

  • South Dakota School Law Notes
  • Editor
  • 2016
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • The South Dakota Public Dispute Resolution Procedure and Public Records Act: A Fundamental Change in South Dakota Law
  • 2010
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • Daubert, Kumho, and Its Impact on South Dakota Jurisprudence (with Honorable Janine M. Kern)
  • 2004
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Barrister
  • The Admissibility of Expert Testimony in South Dakota After Daubert, Kumho, Hofer, and Guthrie
  • 2004
  • North Dakota Trial Association Pleader
  • Daubert, Kumho and the South Dakota Supreme Court's Most Recent Rulings Regarding "Reliability" and "Relevancy"
  • 2001
  • Newsletter of the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
  • United States Supreme Court Extends Daubert Ruling in Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael
  • 1999
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • The Employee/Independent Contractor Dichotomy in South Dakota for Unemployment and Workers' Compensation Purposes: An Examination and Suggested Analytical Framework
  • 1998
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc.: "Gatekeeping" or Industry "Safekeeping"? (with Honorable Janine M. Kern)
  • 1998
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • The Tenuous Tale of the Terrible Termites: The Federal Arbitration Act and the Court's Decision to Interpret Section Two in the Broadest Possible Manner: Allied-Bruce Terminix Companies, Inc. v. Dobson
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Aspiring or Perspiring - South Dakota Superintendents' Conference
  • Legal Issues for South Dakota's School Superintendents
  • 2013
  • Associated School Boards of South Dakota/School Administrators of South Dakota Annual Convention
  • A Whole New World for Public Records in South Dakota
  • 2010
  • South Dakota State's Attorney's Association Spring Conference
  • 2009 Legislative Update
  • 2009
  • South Dakota State Pharmacists' Association Annual Meeting
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring in South Dakota – A Primer
  • 2009
  • South Dakota State Medical Association - Council of Physicians' Meeting
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring in South Dakota – A Primer 2009.
  • 2009
  • South Dakota Municipal League Spring Workshop
  • South Dakota Open Records Law
  • 2009
  • South Dakota Municipal League - Elected Officials Workshop
  • Open Meetings, Executive Session & Open Records
  • 2009
  • South Dakota Association of County Commissioners and County Officials Annual Convention
  • The South Dakota Public Records Act
  • 2009
  • City of Rapid City and Pennington County Summer Seminar
  • A Whole New World for Public Records in South Dakota
  • 2009
  • Associated School Boards of South Dakota/School Administrators of South Dakota Annual Convention
  • The Presumption of Openness: What it Means for South Dakota’s School Districts
  • 2009
  • South Dakota Sheriff's Association Annual Convention
  • Public Records – Dispute Resolution Procedure
  • 2008
  • South Dakota Municipal League Annual Meeting
  • Public Records – Dispute Resolution Procedure
  • 2008
  • MADD National Conference
  • Innovations In Drunk Driving Enforcement
  • 2008
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Find it Fast and Free on the Internet: Advanced Internet Strategies for South Dakota Legal Professionals
  • 2005
  • DAKOTAFEST
  • Wind Energy in South Dakota
  • 2002
  • Mid-West Electric Consumers Association Annual Conference
  • Wind Energy Legal Issues
  • 2001
  • South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association Fall Seminar
  • Daubert, Kumho, and the South Dakota Supreme Court’s Most Recent Rulings Regarding “Reliability” & “Relevancy”
  • 2000
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association Excellence in Advocacy Seminar
  • The Daubert Opinion & Expert Testimony Admissibility (with Honorable Janine M. Kern)
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Estate planning Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Swier is not only an experienced and knowledgeable estate planning attorney, he is a generous and caring person who goes out of his way to help others."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is an incredible asset to the legal community. His clients are well served by his experience and extensive knowledge."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"With Scott's years of experience and knowledge of South Dakota law, each client is given first rate legal advise. Scott connects with his clients, is a great leader of his firm, and surrounds himself with like-minded people. He is truly one-of-a-kind."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is an incredible attorney with years of experience and a wealth of information. He is a great leader, always willing to explain legal issues, and is very approachable. I definitely recommend Scott!"
Education Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is an incredible person, attorney, and mentor. He is kind, genuine, very knowledgeable and always willing to listen to a new idea. He loves to connect with his clients and always works for their best interest."
Education Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have know Scott and his office staff for several years and I am deeply impressed. In 37 years of law practice I have met all types of attorneys from the worst to the best. Scott and his office rank at the very top. His knowledge of the law, his passionate representation for clients and community, and his supportive and embracing office support are a marvel to behold."
Education Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Swier is a tremendously entrepreneurial, smart lawyer. He has become the "go to"guy in several practice areas and of course, wrote the book on education law that is used all over the state. Importantly, Scott has built a team of really good lawyers who now serve the public in a number of different practice areas. Reach out to him. You won't be disappointed."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an excellent attorney who really cares about his clients. His passion to serve his clients and his community is evident in everything he does. I am proud to endorse him and urge anyone seeking a great attorney to reach out to him."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Other
"Scott is an excellent leader and lawyer. I heard Scott speak at a practice development seminar. And it was truly inspiring to see what Scott has done in such a little time. Not only for himself and his family, but for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is very professional and takes his clients' interests very seriously."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott keeps his client's best interests in mind at all times. He is very knowledgeable about the law."
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Avon Education Lawyer Scott R. Swier
Scott R. Swier
Education Attorney
Avon, SD
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020. See details