Lynn Jackson Welcomes Three New Associates

Lynn Jackson announces the addition of three new associates, two in its Sioux Falls office and one in its Rapid City office.

Josey Blare is one of the additions to our Sioux Falls office and she will be practicing in the area of civil litigation, as well as probate law. Josey recently completed a judicial clerkship with the Sixth Circuit in Pierre, South Dakota.

Lane Haskell, a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law, is also new to our Sioux Falls office. Lane will be practicing in the area of estate planning and also assisting our Spanish-speaking clients with their legal needs.

Ty Daly will be working in our Rapid City office, specializing in estate planning. Ty is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law.

13 Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers®

South Dakota, August 18, 2022 – Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. is pleased to announce that 13 lawyers have been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, with two lawyers receiving “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions, and two lawyers being honored in the Third Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

“Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession,” said Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer. “After four decades, we are proud to continue to serve as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals worldwide.”

Best Lawyers has earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals.

Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. would like to congratulate the following lawyers for their 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” awards:

Jerry D. Johnson, Rapid City – Litigation – Construction, Real Estate, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Thomas G. Fritz, Rapid City – Litigation – Insurance

Lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America lists are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2023 The Best Lawyers in America list:

Thomas E. Brady – Litigation – Construction, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Jeffery D. Collins – Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Insurance
Thomas G. Fritz – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Aaron T. Galloway – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Jerry D. Johnson – Civil Rights Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation – Real Estate, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Samuel D. Kerr – Education Law
McLean Thompson Kerver – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Barbara Anderson Lewis – Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Litigation – Insurance
Michael L. Luce – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Insurance, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Steven J. Oberg – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Dana Van Beek Palmer – Employment Law – Management, Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance, and Litigation – Labor and Employment
Miles F. Schumacher – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law, Energy Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Municipal Law, Nonprofit / Charities Law, and Real Estate Law
Haven L. Stuck – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Banking and Finance Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Natural Resources Law, Real Estate Law, and Tax Law

Using the same Purely Peer Review™ methodology as traditional Best Lawyers recognitions, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America highlights lawyers who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice. Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2023 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America:

Kassie McKie Shiffermiller – Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Immigration Law, Labor and Employment Law – Employee, and Litigation – Labor and Employment
Cassidy M. Stalley – Insurance Law

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About Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C.

For 75 years, Lynn Jackson has been providing excellent legal advice and services to residents of South Dakota and the surrounding region.

Lynn Jackson was founded in Rapid City, South Dakota, by Charles Whiting and John Wilson under the name of Whiting and Wilson. Kelton S. Lynn later joined that firm, and it was known as Whiting, Wilson and Lynn. Later, Donald R. Shultz, Horace Jackson, and Gene Lebrun would join the Firm and it became Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun or simply “Lynn Jackson” as it is commonly known.

In 1987, the Firm opened an office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and in 2016, it expanded to Spearfish, South Dakota. With our three locations, Lynn Jackson is uniquely situated to meet the legal needs of our clients throughout South Dakota and the Midwest region. Currently, the firm has 29 lawyers actively providing legal services to its clients in the region, including South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

Congratulations to our Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!

SOUTH DAKOTA: Lynn Jackson is pleased to announce eleven of its attorneys have been named as “2022 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars” by the publishers of Thomson Reuters.

“We are excited to have seven of our attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers, as well as four Rising Stars. These honors showcase Lynn Jackson’s knowledge in the legal field, as well as the bright future of our firm.” said Jeff Collins, the firm’s Managing Director.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Super Lawyers launched Rising Stars to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state — those who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.

Learn more about Great Plains Super Lawyers here.

2022 Great Plains Super Lawyers®:

2022 Great Plains Rising Stars:

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About Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C.

For 75 years, Lynn Jackson has been providing excellent legal advice and services to residents of South Dakota and the surrounding region.

Lynn Jackson was founded in Rapid City, South Dakota, by Charles Whiting and John Wilson under the name of Whiting and Wilson. Kelton S. Lynn later joined that firm, and it was known as Whiting, Wilson and Lynn. Later, Donald R. Shultz, Horace Jackson, and Gene Lebrun would join the Firm and it became Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun or simply “Lynn Jackson” as it is commonly known.

In 1987, the Firm opened an office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and in 2016, it expanded to Spearfish, South Dakota. With our three locations, Lynn Jackson is uniquely situated to meet the legal needs of our clients throughout South Dakota and the Midwest region. Currently, the firm has 29 lawyers actively providing legal services to its clients in the region, including South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C. is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

OPEN POSITION: Law Firm Administrator

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position: Law Firm Administrator
Reports To: Managing Director and Management Committee

Position Purpose and Objectives:
The Law Firm Administrator will oversee non-legal/legal staff who perform a variety of clerical and administrative support tasks to facilitate the efficient operation of the law firm.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Trains all employees regarding firm procedures and information systems.
  • Supervises administrative support staff.
  • Recruits and assists in hiring of new employees.
  • Conducts performance evaluations.
  • Handles discipline and termination of non-attorney employees.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the offices.
  • Manages vendor contracts, relations, and performance.
  • Manages the daily operations of information systems including client-accounting system, printer plant, software, and integration between each of the systems.
  • Manages equipment, office services and facilities, including leases and contracts for each vendor.
  • Manages and maintains all insurance programs, including annual renewals, maintenance, and compliance audits.
  • Administers firm’s retirement deferral plans, including payroll contributions and firm’s matching contributions, loan approvals, beneficiary designations, and works with plan administrator on annual compliance audit and required communications.
  • Manages schedule of all firm meetings and attorney and staff retreat.
  • Prepares legal correspondence and documentation related to firm operations management.
  • Participates in strategic planning process with management.
  • Prepares and manages the firm’s annual budget, including a compilation of firm, practice group, office, and administrative revenue and expenses.
  • Performs or facilitates accounting functions as needed. These may include, billing, preparation of financial statements, management of reports, and collections.
  • Consults with outside accountants for audits, preparation of tax returns, and the production of other reports as required by law.
  • Maintains corporate documents and shareholder documents.
  • Drafts, implements, and administers operational and human resource policies and practices.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Finance, or related field required.

Experience: At least five years in a senior management position. Law Firm experience is preferred.

Required Skills:

  • Must demonstrate initiative, be highly organized, able to manage multiple projects while prioritizing work assignments, and able to work well with attorneys and staff.
  • Needs good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to understand the attorney-client relationship are critical.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to write effectively for audiences inside and outside the firm and to prepare written materials to support and to follow-up marketing opportunities for the firm and for individual attorneys. Ability to evaluate opportunities for business development and manage a budget.

Other: Must be able to travel to the firm’s three offices located in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Spearfish.

To Apply:
Please send a resume to:
Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C.
Attention: Marketing Director
311 N. 27th Street, Suite 4
Spearfish, SD 57738
OR email [email protected]. No phone calls please.

Lynn Jackson Welcomes Sioux Falls Summer Intern

Lynn Jackson is proud to welcome Lila Batcheller as our Sioux Falls intern for the summer of 2022. Lila will be interning with Lynn Jackson for 13 weeks this summer.

Lila is fluent in Spanish and will be working alongside attorney, Cesar Juarez, and assisting him with his bilingual practice. Lila attended the Spanish Immersion Program in the Sioux Falls School District during the entirety of elementary school. Her entire elementary school was taught in Spanish, half of the day in middle school was taught in Spanish, and in high school she took a Spanish class every year, along with Spanish Literature courses at Augustana University.

Interning at a law firm was a perfect fit for Lila. “Within the legal field, I have really enjoyed the cross-cultural connections made with Spanish-speaking clients, whether that’s in business law, estate planning or preparing visa applications. Academically, I have gravitated toward interdisciplinary fields, so I love the flexibility and variety that comes with working in the legal field.”

Lila graduated from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls in 2022 and will be attending Stanford University in the fall. She plans on majoring in Economics with a concentration in behavioral economics.

Outside of her academics, Lila enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family. “I really enjoy running, biking and being outside. I ran five years of varsity cross country and track for Lincoln High School starting in 8th grade. I also like going to yoga classes. My family has three black labs and one Havanese, so we are big fans of dogs.”

The Firm is proud to offer this opportunity for college students to learn more about the practice of law and working in the legal field.

Open Position: Receptionist/Front Office Clerk in our Rapid City Office

The Rapid City office of Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun seeks a full time Receptionist/Front Office Clerk. In this position, the Receptionist will report to the Executive Director.

Job Duties

• Responsible for answering switchboard phones, routing phone calls to appropriate offices, and taking messages.
• Maintain documentation of telephone system and making appropriate changes as needed.
• Responsible for pleasantly and professionally greeting all visitors and clients, third parties and vendors.
• Knowledge of the central calendar to appropriately answer questions from the public.
• Maintaining and scheduling conference rooms.
• Maintaining the waiting area, lobby or other public areas.
• Serving water, coffee, etc. to guests.
• Create and maintain various forms for effective correspondence and backup logs
• Perform data entry and general administrative tasks, such as scanning, photocopying, faxing and filing documents.
• Provide assistance in sorting incoming mail, as well as in processing outgoing mail.
• Provide support to the Executive Director and staff as needed.
• Accounts payable and accounts receivable assistance as needed.
• Special projects as assigned.

A high school diploma is required. Prefer some formal office education or training.

Skills

• Strong orientation for quality customer service delivery and pleasant attitude on the phone.
• Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with senior level attorneys, associates, clients, opposing counsel, court reporters, vendors, staff, and others.
• Must also have the ability to operate multi-line telephone systems and office equipment such as computers, printers, scanners, copiers and video conferencing equipment.
• Strong spelling and grammar skills.
• Attention to detail.
• Ability to perform multiple tasks, and work efficiently with other team members.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Respect for confidentiality and discretion.
• Adept at working with Microsoft Office Suite.
• Dependable Standard 40-hour work week, M-F 8 to 5.
• Work Environment

Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $10.00 – $17.50 per hour

Attorney Aaron Galloway Speaks at the Naturalization Ceremony at Mt. Rushmore

Lynn Jackson attorney Aaron Galloway gave a heart-warming and moving speech at the Naturalization Ceremony at Mt. Rushmore on Wednesday, June 29th. Aaron is currently serving as the Mt. Rushmore Society President and spoke of the new citizens getting to celebrate their first Independence Day as citizens of the United States of America.

“Thank you for wanting to be a part of the fabric of this Nation,” he said. “Working and wanting it for yourselves, your family, and now all of your fellow citizens. We are happy, we are humbled, and most of all, excited to be here with you.”

We appreciate Aaron’s ongoing work in the community and thank him for representing Lynn Jackson at such a wonderful event.

Paralegal Rebekah Mattern is Named the South Dakota Paralegal Association’s Member of the Year

Congratulations to our very own Rebekah Mattern on receiving the South Dakota Paralegal Association Member of the Year Award. Rebekah devotes countless hours to the Paralegal Association and is one of the best in the industry.

Rebekah is a paralegal in our Sioux Falls office, working with attorney Mindy Werder in the area of family law and with attorney Mike Nadolski on various civil cases. We are proud of Rebekah’s endeavors and thankful she is part of the Lynn Jackson team.

Attorney Erika Olson elected to the Board of Bar Commissioners for the State Bar of South Dakota

Lynn Jackson is pleased to announce that Erika Olson, an attorney in our Rapid City office, has been elected to the Board of Bar Commissioners for the State Bar of South Dakota. The Board of Bar Commissioners provides oversight to the various operations of the State Bar, such as finance, public policy, professional standards, member services, and communications. Olson will represent the 7th Circuit, which includes 4 counties in western South Dakota, and will serve a three-year term.

Olson focuses her practice on assisting individuals and businesses with legal issues in the areas of real estate, business planning and organization, water law, probate and estate planning, and guardianships. Erika is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and West River Estate and Financial Planning Council, as well as the South Dakota, Pennington County, Wyoming, and American Bar Associations.

Olson earned her undergraduate degree and law degree, with honors, from the University of Wyoming.

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