Scott Heidepriem

Heidepriem, Purtell & Siegel, LLP
101 West 69th Street, Suite 105
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
605-679-4470
www.hpslawfirm.com


Scott N. Heidepriem

Scott Heidepriem graduated from the USD Law School in 1980 and has practiced in South Dakota since that time. He has been a past president of SDTLA and a partner in the Sioux Falls firm of Johnson, Heidepriem, Miner, Marlow & Janklow. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of civil litigation. He also holds a masters degree from Harvard University. Heidepriem spent time in the South Dakota Legislature between 1982 and 1992. His practice is confined to litigation. Heidepriem is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate.

Scott is married and his wife's name is Susan. They have two sons, Peter and Sam. During his spare time, Scott enjoys books, golf, running, and is active in local politics.

Areas of Practice

Animal Bites -- Plaintiff

Arbitration

Bad Faith

Class Actions

Complex Litigation

Debtor/Creditor

Divorce

Employment Discrimination -- Employee

Employment Discrimination -- Employer

Federal Appellate Practice

Federal Trial Practice

Insurance Subrogation

Legal Malpractice

Machinery & Tools

Mediation

Medical Malpractice

Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff

Pharmaceutical Products

Premises Liability -- Plaintiff

Railroad

Sexual Harassment -- Employee

Sexual Harassment -- Employer

Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff

State Appellate Practice

State Trial Practice

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

US Supreme Court

Workers' Compensation Appeals

Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff

Wrongful Termination -- Employer

Litigation Percentage

95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

South Dakota, 1980

Minnesota, 1990

U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 1981

U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1982

U.S. Supreme Court, 2004

Education

University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
J.D. - 1980

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
M.P.A. - 1992

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota
M.A. - 1983
Major: History

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota
A.B. - 1978
Major: Political Science
Major: History

Published Works

"Tort Reform in South Dakota - The Plaintiffs Perspective" (Co-authored with Nancy Turbak), Volume 42, Issue 2, 1999

Representative Cases

Olson v. Equitable Life Assur. Co., 681 N.W.2d 471 (S.D. 2004)

In re Arendt, 684 N.W.2d 79 (S.D. 2004)

Kwongyuen Hangkee Co., Ltd. v. Starr Fireworks, Inc., 634 N.W.2d 95 (S.D. 2001)

Jackson v. Motel 6 Multipurposes, Inc., 1998 WL 154451, 11 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D 660 (M.D. Fla. 1998)

Sorrels v. Queen of Peace Hosp., 575 N.W.2d 240 (S.D. 1998)

Cramer v. Smith, 572 N.W.2d 445 (S.D. 1997)

Himrich v. Carpenter, 569 N.W.2d 568 (S.D. 1997)

Bruske v. Hille, 567 N.W.2d 872 (S.D. 1997)

Dakota Cheese, Inc. v. Taylor, 525 N.W.2d 713 (S.D. 1995)

Cournoyer v. Montana, 512 N.W.2d 479 (S.D. 1994)

U.S. v. Hacker, 883 F.Supp. 444 (D.S.D. 1994)

Mueller v. Zelmer, 525 N.W.2d 49 (S.D. 1994)

State v. Sondreal, 459 N.W.2d 435 (S.D. 1990)

Prentice v. Classen, 355 N.W.2d 352 (S.D. 1984)

Olson v. Cass, 349 N.W.2d 435 (S.D. 1984)

Gross v. Gross, 355 N.W.2d 4 (S.D. 1984)

Northwest Realty Co. v. Carter, 338 N.W.2d 669 (S.D. 1983)

U.S. v. Oakie, 709 F.2d 506 (8th Cir. 1983)

Classes/Seminars

Frequent Lecturer, University of South Dakota School of Law and Trial Techniques Class, Law Day Seminars, Ethics Class and Other Programs

"Criminal Defense Artistry: Proficiencies & Perspectives", State Bar of South Dakota & Committee on Continuing Legal Education - Sioux Falls, SD, April 17, 2009

"The 2008 Legislative Session: A Work in Progress", State Bar of South Dakota Early Bird CLE - Rapid City, SD, June 19, 2008

"Rainmaking", Young Lawyers Regional Conference - Deadwood, SD, September 29, 2007

"Taking a Medical Deposition that the Jury Can Understand", South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association - Rapid City, SD, September 11, 2007 - Present

"Preparing the Witness for a Deposition", Trial Academy - USD Law School, Vermillion, SD, July 9, 2007

"Overcoming Juror Bias: How it Affects Your Case", South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, April 10, 2003 - April 11, 2003

"Common Sense Rules to Guide Your Trial Practice", "Excellence in Advocacy: Trial Strategies & Techniques", South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, April 13, 2000 - April 14, 2000

Adjunct Professor, Pre-trial Process, USD Law School, 1988 - Present

Adjunct Professor, Settlement & Negotiation, USD Law School, 1997 - 1998

"Tax Consequences of Repossession and New Tax Developments for 1984", An Income Tax Update for the General Practitioner, State Bar of South Dakota Committee on Continuing Legal Education - Mitchell, SD , December 7, 1984

"Age Discrimination in Employment", Advising Elderly Clients - State Bar of South Dakota Committee on Continuing Legal Education - Pierre, SD, September 18, 1981

Honors and Awards

Recipient, Bush Fellowship, 1991 - 1992

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America - Civil Litigation Section, 2000 - Present

Board Certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate, 1990 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Member, 1980 - Present

South Dakota Bar Association, Member, 1980 - Present

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 1989 - Present

South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1980 - Present

South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1996 - 1997

American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 2000 - Present

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, 1980 - Present

South Dakota Board of Regents, Member, 1978 - 1980

South Dakota House of Representatives, Elected 1982, 1984, 1988; Speaker Pro Tem, 1984 - 1987

South Dakota Senate, 1989 - 1992

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law, Commissioner, 1986 - 2002

Past Employment Positions

Heidepriem, Widmayer, Zell & Jones, Associate Attorney, 1980 - 1992

Jerauld County, South Dakota, State's Attorney, 1980 – 1982