Roger A. Sudbeck

Overview

Roger Sudbeck has long been regarded as one of South Dakota’s top trial attorneys. Peers and clients praise his jury appeal and easygoing, likable style. Roger handles a broad range of civil cases in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, construction, products liability and commercial litigation.

Roger is known for his diligence and hard work when representing a client. His skills and integrity are unmatched.

Bio

Roger was born on January 29, 1968, in Yankton, South Dakota. He graduated from Yankton High School in 1986 and then attended South Dakota State University. Roger graduated from SDSU in 1990 with a degree in economics with high honors. Following his graduation from SDSU, Roger attended law school at the University of Nebraska where he graduated in 1993 with distinction. Upon graduation from the University of Nebraska, Roger joined the Boyce Law Firm in 1993 and has practiced with the firm continuously since that time. Roger has been a partner since 1999.

Roger has handled a broad range of civil litigation including medical malpractice, construction defects, products liability and personal injury.

Roger is married to Sara and they have four children who have been actively involved in high school and collegiate activities and athletics. Outside of the law, Roger enjoys his kids’ activities and all forms of outdoor activities including running, hiking, golf, biking, boating and hunting.

Professional and Community

• American Board of Trial Advocates
• Defense Research Institute (Medical Malpractice Committee State Liaison)
• International Association of Defense Counsel
• South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
• State Bar of South Dakota (Ethics Committee 2002-2004) and South Dakota Bar Commissioner (2004-2007)
• Sioux Empire Baseball Association, Youth Baseball Coach (2000-2013)
• Cyclones Baseball Organization, Youth Baseball Coach (2008-2013)
• Cyclones Baseball Organization, Member of Board of Directors (2010-2013)
• President’s Bowl Committee, Sioux Falls Public Schools (2012 – 2015)
• Lincoln High School Booster Club, Vice President (2015)
• Lincoln High School Booster Club, President Elect (2016)

Awards and Recognitions

• Martindale Hubbell AV preeminent
• American Board of Trial Advocates since 2006
• Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2007 with specialties of professional malpractice, medical malpractice and personal injury litigation
• Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in General Commercial Litigation and Medical Malpractice Defense
• Listed in Super Lawyers since 2007

Reported Cases and Results

Jury Trials

• Anderson v. Avera Queen of Peace – Davison County, First Judicial Circuit, 2006
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Ashes v. Avera Sacred Heart – Yankton County, First Judicial Circuit, 2003
Representing Defendant – Admitted Liability; Trial on Damages Only

• Assam v. Jerke Construction – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2008
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Brown v. Surgical Institute – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2016
Representing Defendant – Case dismissed during trial

• Dakota State Bank v. Halter – Moody County, Fourth Judicial Circuit, 1998
Representing Plaintiff – Plaintiff’s Verdict

• Dodson v. Avera McKennan – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2004
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Dullerud v. McKennan Hospital – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 1995
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Ewing v. Knutson – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2010
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Fodness v. Stanga – Lincoln County, First Judicial Circuit, 1999
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Kantack v. Maresh – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2002
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Lavoie v. Brookings Medical Clinic – U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 2003
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Leonard v. Prairie Lakes Health Center- Codington County, Third Judicial Circuit, 2014
Representing Defendant – Defense Directed Verdict

• Little v. Rezac – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2012
Representing Plaintiff – Plaintiff Verdict

• McClure v. Nanton– Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2016
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• McKnelly v. Stanley – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2003
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• McLaughlin v. Carlson – Beadle County, Third Judicial Circuit, 2001
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Meyers v. Sogn – U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1997
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Pebco, Inc. v. Buche – Brule County, Fourth Judicial Circuit, 1998
Representing Plaintiff – Plaintiff’s Verdict

• Plagmann v. Avera Queen of Peace – Davison County, First Judicial Circuit, 2003
Representing Defendant – Admitted Liability; Trial on Damages Only

• Rooney v. McKennan Hospital – U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 2000
Representing Defendant – Settled During Trial

• Rose Marie, Inc. v. Gross – Hutchinson County, First Judicial Circuit, 2003
Representing Defendant – Plaintiff Verdict

• St. Jude’s v. Kaschmitter – U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 2000
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Sletten v. Heartland Medical – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 1997
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Smith v. Avera McKennan – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2006
Representing Defendants – Defense Verdict

• Smith v. Chevron Chemical Co. – U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1999
Representing Defendant – Plaintiff’s Verdict

• Sorenson v. City of Garretson – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 1995
Representing Plaintiff – Plaintiff’s Verdict

• Sturm v. Cross et al. – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2004
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Swedlund v. McKennan Hospital – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2001
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Thomas v. Zoellner – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2008
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• Thompson v. Krouse – Davison County, First Judicial Circuit, 2012
Representing Defendants – Defense Verdict

• Vandermeulen v. Linde – U.S. District Court, 1999
Representing Defendant – Defense Verdict

• White v. Avera McKennan – Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit, 2003
Representing Defendant – Directed Defense Verdict

In addition to the above jury trials, Roger has also tried numerous court trials and binding arbitrations.

Publications and Presentations

• Instructor/Faculty, South Dakota Trial Academy, University of South Dakota Law School, July 11-15, 2016
• “Peer Review Protection”, presentation to Avera McKennan Hospital Staff, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Staff and Avera St. Mary’s Hospital Staff (2015)
• “Expert Witness Retention and Use”, SD Defense Research Institute presentation to members (1-21-11)
• Medical Malpractice and Avoiding Lawsuits, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Lecture to Medical Staff, October, 2009
• Documentation/Informed Consent, Huron Regional Medical Center, Lecture to Medical Staff, October, 2008
• Speaker, “Trial and Jury Techniques”, USD School of Law (2007)
• Speaker, Medical/Legal Issues for Physicians, USD School of Medicine, (2005)
• Speaker, Civil Litigation, USD School of Medicine (2004)
• Speaker, Trial/Jury Practice, USD School of Law (2003)
• Speaker, Review of Involuntary Commitment Criteria, Avera McKennan (2000)
• Depositions: What Are They And What Is Your Role, Sponsored by University Physicians, April 13, 1999
• Medical/Legal Overview, Sponsored by the Doctors Company, March 23, 1999