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.

OPEN POSITION: Estate Planning/Trust Attorney – Spearfish

Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C., is a highly-rated and forward-thinking law firm with three offices in South Dakota, serving clients locally, regionally, and nationally. The Firm’s Estate Planning/Trust group is seeking an attorney in its Spearfish office to add to its growing practice area. The Firm’s estate planning and trust attorneys draft wills, trusts, powers of attorney, asset protection plans and transition plans for businesses. In addition, attorneys in the Estate Planning group assist clients with guardianships, conservatorships, probates, and trust administration. As part of the Trust group, our attorneys assist clients in creating, modifying, and reforming a variety of trusts.

The ideal candidate for this position will have 5-6 years of experience in these areas, and must be self-motivated, a problem solver, and detail-oriented. Candidates for this position must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, be licensed in South Dakota, and be interested in becoming an integral part of the local community of the Northern Black Hills.

Lynn Jackson offers a competitive salary, as well as an excellent benefit package, and our attorneys are provided with the latest in technology and continuing education to assist in their practice area. All applications will be confidential and should be directed by mail to Jeff Collins, Managing Director, 909 St. Joseph Street, Suite 800, Rapid City, South Dakota, 57701, or by email to [email protected].

Lynn Jackson Attorneys Brian S. Baczwaski and Mindy R. Werder Elected as Shareholders

For Immediate Release

SOUTH DAKOTA — Lynn Jackson is pleased to announce that business transactional attorney, Brian S. Baczwaski, and family law attorney, Mindy R. Werder, have been voted in as the newest shareholders of the firm, effective March 28, 2022. Brian and Mindy are committed to bringing personalized service and delivering the best results for their clients, which are foundations of Lynn Jackson’s commitment as South Dakota’s leading full-service law firm.

“Lynn Jackson is thrilled to have Brian and Mindy join the ranks of shareholders,” said Managing Director, Jeff Collins. “The firm appreciates and recognizes their years of professional and productive contribution to our culture, business, and clients.”

Brian Baczwaski specializes in helping businesses and individuals with real estate, planning and development, financial services, and corporate law issues. He joined Lynn Jackson’s Spearfish office in 2020 and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in South Dakota. Brian is active in the northern Black Hills community and serves on volunteer boards for Neighborworks Dakota Home Resources, Dakota Land Trust, and the Kanadi Jean Weis Foundation.

Mindy Werder, focuses her practice on family law, including divorce, spousal support, child custody, child support, and adoptions. Mindy is a court-approved Parenting Coordinator for the Second, Third, and Fifth Circuits. She is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in South Dakota. Mindy has assisted innumerable clients with their family law issues, striving to assist her clients in maintaining an amicable relationship with his or her co-parent, and being ever-mindful of the best interests of involved children.

Contact:
Sadie Snyder
Marketing Director
(605) 559-3403
[email protected]

About Lynn Jackson

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 a total of 29 lawyers actively providing legal services to its clients in the entire 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.

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