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Paul W Tschetter

Construction and development Attorney at Sioux Falls, SD

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Paul joined the firm in 2007 and is a member of both the firm’s Litigation Section and Business Section. Paul's litigation practice emphasizes the areas of construction law and complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction litigation, construction contracts, and mechanic’s lien enforcement. He represents owners, design-builders, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals, as well as homeowner associations and governmental entities. His industry experience includes medical facilities, educational and commercial buildings, and a variety of publicly funded multi-use projects. Paul’s clients include local business owners and individuals in construction defect claims, breach of contract claims, and other business disputes. In addition, Paul represents lenders in work outs, foreclosure actions, and in bankruptcy and has experience in pursuing post-judgment remedies.


As a member of the firm’s Business Section, Paul drafts, reviews, and negotiates contracts for design and construction, and serves as counsel for a wide range of owners, developers, design-builders, and contractors regarding those contracts. Paul’s contract review experience includes both modified standardized form agreements and manuscript construction documents for private and public projects. His unique perspective, gained from broad experience in dispute resolution and problem-solving, helps Paul craft contracts that prevent problems for his clients.


Paul has successfully brought and defended cases before arbitrators as well as in both court trials and jury trials. He has also been involved in successful appeals to both the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the South Dakota Supreme Court.

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Licensed for 15 years
State SD
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/12/2013

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Paul W Tschetter
300 S Main Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD


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Posted by JLWA, Inc. | December 3, 2013
Breach of Contract & Intellectual Property Infringement
My firm uses three different attorneys in Southern California for business/tax law, intellectual property law, and civil litigation. Two of the attorneys we use are rated as San Diego top attorneys (based on client and peer reviews). But, none of them could help us with breach of contract and copyright infringements in South Dakota. So we reviewed the ratings of attorneys in South Dakota and selected Boyce, Greenfield, Pashby & Welk, L.L.P. in Sioux Falls. First, this is not a small-low budget law firm like many firms. During the time we worked with them, they had 18 lawyers and a large support staff. In addition, there law office is an impressive building that is a true reflection of the firm itself. We found their rates to be comparable to the other law firms in the state. The law firm considered our case and assigned Paul Tschetter as our attorney. At first we hoped to work with one of the older attorneys in the firm because we were dealing with complex issues and we had a lot of money at stake. But we decided to rely on the firm’s recommendation and we started work with Paul. We could see from the very beginning that Paul was a highly intelligent, skilled, organized, and detailed-oriented person. Over a three-year period, we worked with Paul directly as he filed motions, argued at federal court hearing, conducted depositions, and represented us at arbitration and settlement negotiations. In fact, we traveled to South Dakota to attend every hearing, deposition, and meeting. The firm’s mission in part states: “It is our commitment to the practice of law, combined with absolute dedication to our clients. We truly care about the people we represent. Your problems become our problems. We won’t stop working until we find a solution. This firm was built on values of perseverance, integrity and hard work…the same values you’ll find in every attorney here.” If you work with Paul Tschetter, this is exactly what you get! We could tell that he really cared about us and our case. He put in a lot of long hours to help us get the job done. We also learned that Paul is well connected in the legal community across the state. This may be an advantage of being part of a large firm. As the plaintiff, part of our strategy was to overwhelm the other party with quick and well–thought out motions, responses, etc. The other party couldn’t keep up. The end result – the federal court made a judgment and large award in our favor that will benefit my business for years to come. As Paul and I traveled from one end of the state to the other, he and I got to know each other well. He is more than our attorney – he has become a close friend. Even though we are in California, we will continue to use Paul as our primary attorney to assist us with contracting and other business matters.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Boyce Law Firm, LLP
  • 2007 - Present


  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 2007
  • Bethel College (St. Paul, MN)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • J.L. Ward Associates, Inc. v. Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board
  • Obtained arbitration award for client.
  • O'Meara v. Inn on Westport
  • Jury award for client.
  • NattyMac Capital, LLC vs. Pesek


  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • 2009 - Present
  • Rotary South Sioux Falls
  • 2009 - Present
  • South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Construction Law Committee
  • N/A
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Business Law Committee
  • N/A
  • Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Sioux Falls
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Joseph N. Spencer III Award – Best Contribution to Volume 51
  • South Dakota Law Review
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Succession Planning for Farmers
  • Entity Selection
  • 2012

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Litigation Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure to serve under Paul's leadership on the South Dakota Bar's Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors. He is a tireless advocate for young lawyers across the state, and enjoys a sterling reputation in the legal community."
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Sioux Falls Construction and development Lawyer Paul W Tschetter
Paul W Tschetter
Construction and development Attorney
Sioux Falls, SD
Licensed for 15 years