Laura K. Hensley


Laura Hensley is an experienced litigator in a variety of practice industries, including workers’ compensation, insurance defense, and employment law matters. She represents employers and insurers in all stages of workers’ compensation and employment matters, and regularly counsels clients prior to litigation.

Laura also has experience in managing and defending bad faith claims, and enjoys using that knowledge to assist and benefit her clients. In her litigation practice, Laura believes in a focused and strategic approach, and uses that approach to benefit her clients through all phases of a contested matter, including settlement and trial.


• Representing numerous insurance companies in all levels of workers’ compensation disputes, including before the Administrative Law Judge, Circuit Court, and Supreme Court
• Representing insurance companies in disputes regarding negligence disputes
• Preparing and negotiating settlement agreements for clients to resolve workers’ compensation disputes
• Counseling clients on compliance with workers’ compensation laws and employee documentation
• Conducting training for adjusters, employees and management at client sites.
• Representing clients before state unemployment compensation department.
• Counseling clients on ADA Post-Offer Employment Examinations

Laura is a Sioux Falls native, and graduated from Augustana College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government & International Affairs.  Laura then attended Creighton University School of Law,  where she graduated cum laude in 2009.

Professional and Community


South Dakota
Iowa (Inactive)
Nebraska (Inactive)


South Dakota Bar Association, Member
2nd Circuit Bar Association, Member
Women in Law, President
SDDLA Young Lawyers, Committee Member
National Worker’s Compensation Defense Network, Planning Committee Member
Carroll Institute, Board Member


Publications and Presentations


9.22.2016:        Medical Panel Discussion for the State of South Dakota.  National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

8.31.2016:        “Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice” Sterling Education Services 1st Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

6.23.2016:        “Absence Management:  Handling the Sick, Injured, or Disabled Employee.”  Presented at the South Dakota Workers’ Compensation Summit, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

6.24.2015:        “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Workers’ Compensation.”  Presented at the South Dakota Workers’ Compensation Summit, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

2.19.2015:        “Employment Practices and South Dakota Workers’ Compensation Laws.”  Presented for the South Dakota Society for Human Resource Management, Brookings, South Dakota.