Meghann M. Joyce

Overview

Meghann’s practice includes a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including construction and design litigation, labor and employment law, insurance bad faith litigation, appeals, professional liability, commercial litigation, and trusts and estate litigation.

As a result of her experience as a law clerk in the South Dakota Supreme Court, appellate work is a focus of Meghann’s practice, and, during her time at Boyce Law Firm, Meghann has brought and defended several appeals to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Meghann has also appeared in both state and federal courts of South Dakota, has represented her clients in depositions and hearings, and has advocated for her clients to a jury.

Please visit and subscribe to Meghann’s blog following the South Dakota Supreme Court at http://www.southdakotaappeals.com/

 

Bio

Meghann grew up in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and attended the University of South Dakota for both her undergraduate studies and law school. Meghann graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.  While in law school, Meghann competed in both moot court and trial advocacy competitions across the country, earning accolades, including the prestigious Order of the Barristers recognition, for both her oral advocacy and writing skills.  In 2009, Meghann graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School with Sterling Honors.

Following law school, Meghann served as a law clerk to the Honorable Glen A. Severson of the South Dakota Supreme Court.  As a law clerk, Meghann reviewed hundreds of briefs, heard dozens of oral arguments, and assisted the Court in preparing for oral arguments and researching and writing decisions. As a result of this experience, Meghann continues to have an active appellate practice.

Meghann joined the firm after her two-year clerkship with the South Dakota Supreme Court. Since then, she has put her keen analytical skills and talents for both oral advocacy and writing to work for her clients in a variety of civil litigation matters in both federal and state court.

Professional and Community

Admissions:

  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, South Dakota
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Clerkship:

  • South Dakota Supreme Court, Honorable Glen A. Severson, Associate Justice

Memberships:

  • South Dakota State Bar Association, Member
    • Family Law Committee
    • Practice Rules Revision Committee
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Second Circuit Bar Association, Member & Vice President
  • South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association, Treasurer
  • Second Circuit Women in Law, Past President
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association

Community Involvement:

  • Leadership Sioux Falls Graduate (Class 28)
  • Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network, Member
  • National Association of Women in Construction, Member
  • Sioux Empire Human Resources & Management Association, Member

Reported Cases and Results

Some examples of Meghann’s results for her clients include:

  • Christensen v. Quinn, et. al, 45 F. Supp. 3d 1043 (D. S.D. 2014) (prevailing on motion for summary judgment for veterinarians in multiple defendant litigation alleging professional negligence during governmental seizures of hundreds of allegedly neglected dogs);
  • Thompson v. Avera Queen of Peace Hosp., 2013 S.D. 8, 827 N.W.2d 570 (successfully defending jury verdict in medical malpractice action against a challenge to the trial court’s exclusion of an undisclosed expert opinion in appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court);
  • In re Nelson Living Trust, 2013 S.D. 58, 835 N.W.2d 874 (successfully defending substantial judgment against decedent’s estate for the reasonable value of convalescent services that client provided to individual during the final months of his life in appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court);
  • Aggregate Construction, Inc. v. Aaron Swan & Assoc., Inc., 2015 S.D. 79, 871 N.W.2d 508 (successfully defending lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of subcontractor on the basis of a release executed in a companion lawsuit in an appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court);
  • Laska v. Barr, et al., 2016 S.D. 13, 876 N.W.2d 50 (obtaining reversal and remand of lower court’s decision that real estate agreement was a right of first refusal because it contained a fixed price term, was ambiguous, and may therefore actually be a dual-option contract in an appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court);
  • Anderson v. Northland Rest. Grp., L.L.C., 2016 WL 125748 (D. S.D. March 28, 2016) (prevailing on motion for summary judgment for employer against plaintiff’s claims of quid pro quo sexual harassment);
  • Koch v. Tracy, et al., 2016 WL 3817214 (D. S.D. July 12, 2015) (prevailing on motion for summary judgment for employer against plaintiff’s section 1983, breach of contract, intentional interference with contractual relations, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims);
  • Brower v. American Family Ins. Co., Second Judicial Circuit, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, Civ. No. 10-4282 (prevailing on motion for summary judgment for an insured, establishing that insurance coverage existed under renters’ insurance policy and that insurance company breached its duty by failing to defend him in an underlying lawsuit);
  • AFSCME Council 59 v. City of Huron Commission, South Dakota Department of Labor, Division of Labor and Management, HF No. 2 U, 2011/12 (prevailing on motion for summary judgment that proposed amendment to a collective bargaining agreement was a proper subject of negotiation and that employer negotiated the amendment in good faith);
  • AFSCME Council v. Aurora County, South Dakota Department of Labor, Division of Labor and Management, HF No. 5 U, 2014/15 (prevailing on motion for summary judgment for employer against allegations that employee was terminated for engaging in union organization activities).

Publications and Presentations

  • “Human Resources Basics,” South Dakota Municipal League, City Finance Officers’ School, June 12, 2014, Chamberlain, South Dakota.
  • “Interviewing Prospective Employees: What to Say and What Not to Say,” South Dakota Municipal League, Elected Officials’ Workshop, July 8, 2015, Pierre, South Dakota.
  • “Think Like a Lawyer: The Importance of Documentation in the Construction Industry,” National Association of Women in Construction, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Chapter, January 5, 2016, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.