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About me

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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Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 20%
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 20%
  3. Trucking Accident: 20%
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
  5. Car Accident: 20%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Nathan Ryan Chicoine

    John is a zealous advocate and is professional in dealing with counsel.


    Nathan Chicoine Contracts and agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joseph A Wetch Jr.

    Mr. Burke and I worked on a complicated construction case involving 2 hotels. He was always prepare. He is a thoughtful, intelligent, lawyer who advocates tirelessly for his clients. I whole-heartedly endorse him.


    Joseph Wetch Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Thomas Braun Bernard & Burke, LLP

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


WYAuthorized to practice law201105/29/2016
MNAuthorized to practice199807/15/2016
SDAuthorized to practice law199604/26/2011
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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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 LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Northern State UniversityFinanceBA - Bachelor 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