Thomas J. Von Wald

Overview

Through more than ten years of experience, TJ has developed a solid trial practice by representing plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of disputes, in and out of the courtroom. His common sense approach to litigation has allowed TJ to develop and maintain relationships with his clients that remain after the disputes are resolved.

TJ’s current litigation practice focuses on workers’ compensation matters, general liability matters, commercial litigation and family law. TJ’s affinity with the courtroom and his desire to help clients resolve their disputes grow with each year of practice.

Bio

Background and Experience: TJ Von Wald joined the firm’s Litigation Section in 2012 after practicing with another Sioux Falls law firm for over six years. Before starting in private practice, he clerked for three circuit judges in the First Judicial Circuit of South Dakota. Since being admitted to practice law, TJ has developed his litigation practice and successfully tried cases in the courts of South Dakota regarding employment matters, contract disputes, family law matters and criminal defense. He has also defended numerous claims against contractors and business owners ranging from wage disputes to fraud claims.

TJ has:
•Represented Employers and Insurers in all aspects of workers’ compensation matters
•Represented plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury claims
•Represented clients regarding enforcement of employment agreements and covenants not to compete
•Represented employers in various discrimination and sexual harassment claims
•Defended various medical malpractice claims against health care providers
•Defended nursing home facilities in negligence actions
•Represented numerous criminal defendants in federal felony charges
•First-chaired jury and court trials throughout South Dakota
•Conducted administrative hearings regarding unemployment benefits and wrongful terminations
•Drafted appellate briefs to the South Dakota Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
•Argued to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

Professional and Community

South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Governors, 2005-present)
•Co-Chair of Continuing Education Committee
•Chair of Family Law Committee
South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
State Bar of South Dakota
American Bar Association

Awards and Recognitions

Toast of the Trial Lawyers (SDTLA)

Publications and Presentations

Presented at the 2015 SD Work Comp Summit on employer/insurer subrogation rights