Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. ranked in 2019 “Best Law Firms”


Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. ranked in 2019 “Best Law Firms”

February 4, 2019 • Boyce Law Firm, LLP

Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 13 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. received the following rankings in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:

Regional Tier 1 – Sioux Falls

• Administrative / Regulatory Law
• Commercial Litigation
• Employment Law – Management
• Litigation – Banking & Finance
• Litigation – Construction
• Litigation – Labor & Employment
• Mediation
• Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Regional Tier 2 – Sioux Falls

• Energy Law
• Health Care Law
• Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Congratulations, Matt & Kelsey!

October 29, 2018 • Boyce Law Firm, LLP

Boyce Law Firm congratulates its Attorneys Matt Murphy and Kelsey Knoer, and the Firm’s client, the City of Brandon, for their recent jury trial win. Matt and Kelsey represented the City of Brandon in a slip and fall lawsuit brought by a golfer who claimed the City was liable for his injuries when in 2015 he slipped and fell at the City’s golf course clubhouse. After three hard-fought days of trial (October 16-18, 2018), the jury found that the City did not violate its obligation to exercise reasonable or ordinary care for the safety of its customers.

Boyce Law Firm Marks 140 Years with Focus on Future Workforce

October 10, 2018 • Boyce Law Firm, LLP


Article Published by SiouxFalls.Business on Oct. 8, 2018
Authored by Jodi Schwan

The banners are up on the windows at 11th Street and Main Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls proclaiming the news, but beyond that, one of South Dakota’s oldest law firms won’t be throwing itself a big celebration to mark 140 years in business.

Instead, Boyce Law Firm LLP is investing in the people who will be needed if the firm is to mark another century or more.

In honor of its 140th anniversary, the firm is funding several years of an experience-based course at the University of South Dakota School of Law.

“We thought it was a more meaningful gift, and it’s consistent with our goal of developing younger people,” said attorney Tom Welk, who has practiced at Boyce since 1979.

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3 Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. Lawyers Named 2019 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Sioux Falls Area

September 24, 2018 • Boyce Law Firm, LLP

Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that 3 lawyers were recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas in the Sioux Falls area.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments.

Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. would like to congratulate the following lawyers named as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers:

  • Mike McKnight – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Roger Sudbeck – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Tom Welk – Administrative/Regulatory Law

5 Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. Lawyers Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List

September 17, 2018 • Boyce Law Firm, LLP

Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that 5 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P. would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2019 The Best Lawyers in America list:

  • Lisa K. Marso – Employment Law – Management
  • Michael S. McKnight – Mediation, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Employment Law – Management, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Roger A. Sudbeck – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Michael F. Tobin – Litigation – Construction
  • Thomas J. Welk – Health Care Law, Energy Law, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Administrative / Regulatory Law, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Labor and Employment

Super Lawyers Award Recognition to Boyce Law Firm Attorneys

August 21, 2018 • Shari Gannon

Eight Boyce Law Firm Attorneys Receive Recognition from Great Plains Super Lawyers

Boyce Law Firm is excited to announce eight of its attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers or Great Plains Rising Stars. The Great Plains Super Lawyers organization awards attorneys who have distinguished themselves and who excel in their legal practice. No more than 5% of attorneys across South Dakota are named to the Super Lawyers list and no more than 2.5% of the state’s lawyers are named as Great Plains Rising Stars.

We celebrate the achievements of these fine lawyers:

Michael S. McKnight – Mike practices in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has been selected to Super Lawyers from 2011-2018. He is a skilled mediator with a great talent for helping people resolve their differences. Mike is married with four grown children and has a passion for conservation and environmental causes. Learn more about Mike and his practice.

Gregory H. Wheeler – Greg has 26 years of experience as a litigator, handling cases involving construction disputes, professional malpractice, product liability and complex tort and contract disputes. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers from 2009 through 2018.  Outside of the office, he enjoys coaching and attending his son, Jake’s, sports and activities with his wife, Dawn. Learn more about Greg and his practice.

Thomas J. Welk – One of the most respected business litigators in the state, Tom practices in Administrative Law, Appeals, Business Litigation, Professional Malpractice and Utilities. He has been selected to Super Lawyers from 2007-2018.  Tom has also been named in 2018 a Top 5 lawyer in South Dakota and has received this recognition for the past several years.  Tom and his wife Terry have three grown children and five grandchildren under the age of four. Learn more about Tom and his practice.

Lisa K. Marso – For nearly 25 years, Lisa has put her passion and expertise in Employment, Health, Life & Disability, and Governmental Law and Litigation. She has been selected to Super Lawyers from 2012-2018. When not spending time with her family and friends, she can also be found helping with community and church events, swimming, running and baking. Learn more about Lisa and her practice.

Roger A. Sudbeck – Long regarded as one of South Dakota’s top trial attorneys, Roger thrives in Construction Practice, Health Care Law, Litigation and Professional Malpractice. He has been selected to Super Lawyers from 2007-2018. Roger and his wife have four children and enjoy attending their activities and getting outdoors. Learn more about Roger and his practice.


Rising Stars

Charles A. Larson – Charles exceeds client expectations in the practices of Administrative Law, Employment & Workers’ Compensation and Litigation. He has been named to the Great Plains Rising Stars list 2014-2018. In addition to several professional committees and boards, he serves the community through involvement Midtown Sertoma and Harrisburg Youth Wrestling Association. Learn more about Charles and his practice.

Paul W. Tschetter – Paul has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year (2014-2018) by Great Plains Rising Stars. Paul has more than a decade of experience in construction-related matters, including real estate development, construction risk management, and construction litigation. In addition, Paul represents lenders and producers in agriculture-related matters and small businesses in entity formation and entity maintenance. Outside of work, Paul enjoys time with his wife and two young sons. Learn more about Paul and his practice.

Jason R. Sutton – Jason has represented Boyce clients in a variety litigation matters in federal and state court in South Dakota for the last eleven years.  His practice areas include Administrative Law, Appeals, Business Litigation, Professional Liability, Trusts & Estates Litigation and more. A Watertown, South Dakota native, Jason has been selected to the Great Plains Rising Stars list 2013-2018.  When he isn’t assisting clients, Jason loves spending time in the outdoors with his wife and three children. Learn more about Jason and his practice.

Boyce Law Firm is proud of our team’s fine accomplishments and looks forward to serving our clientele with integrity and excellence – every year.


Boyce Law Promotes Patrick J. Knecht and Matthew D. Murphy to Partners

March 15, 2018 • Boyce Law Firm, LLP

Boyce Law has a 140-year history of valuing people – our clients and our own. That’s why we’re excited to announce Patrick J. Knecht and Matthew D. Murphy as new partners in Boyce Law, as of January 1, 2018.

“Patrick and Matt have not only demonstrated exemplary practice of the law,” says Tom Welk, “But they are also exceptional people of high character.”

Patrick Knecht served as the Law Clerk for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court in Mitchell, South Dakota after graduating with honors from law school at the University of South Dakota in 1996. He practiced a number of years in Sioux Falls with the national law firm of Kutak Rock LLP in Omaha, Nebraska.  Patrick joined Wells Fargo Financial’s legal department in Des Moines, Iowa, a Senior Vice President and the Managing Attorney of the department’s Commercial Law/Finance Section.  In 2004, Patrick returned to practice law at Boyce Law Firm.

Patrick guides clients through all aspects of real estate transactions. His clients, benefit from Patrick’s practical and service-oriented approach. With nearly twenty years of experience in handling all law matters, Patrick is a great addition as partner.

Matt Murphy grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and attended the University of South Dakota for both undergraduate and law degrees.  He played football for the University and was involved in various organizations while graduating with Sterling Honors.

Following law school, Matt completed a clerkship with the Second Judicial Circuit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  He then joined the Firm’s Litigation Section in 2011.  He has represented clients in both the State and Federal Courts of South Dakota, including at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and has prepared and represented clients at depositions, hearings, in court trials, jury trials and mediation.

A litigation specialist focused primarily on guiding hospitals and health care practitioners through health care litigation, Matt also excels in employment litigation, premises liability and other commercial litigation.

Boyce Law Firm welcomes Patrick and Matt to their new roles and is excited to put their collective expertise to work for our clients.

As a firm, Boyce Law is committed to caring about the people we represent –  and building relationships that grow and evolve over time. At Boyce Law, we not only seek out lawyers who hold these values dear, but we support them with cutting edge technology, metrics and data to further serve the clients who have put their trust in us.

Another Supreme Court Win!

January 23, 2018 • Boyce Law Firm, LLP

We are celebrating another Supreme Court win here at Boyce Law, with congratulations going out to attorneys Matthew D. Murphy and Roger A. Sudbeck. The opinion can be reviewed in full at the following link:

Congratulations to attorneys Matthew D. Murphy and Roger A. Sudbeck for winning their case for the Defendant at the South Dakota Supreme Court on December 20, 2017. 

The lawsuit was captioned BASIL O’DAY and TRACY MCCLURE, as Guardians Ad Litem for N.W.O., v. STEPHEN NANTON, M.D.  It involved a claim against the Defendant, a pediatric gastroenterologist, alleging that he committed medical malpractice in prescribing a certain prescription drug to treat N.W.O.

Roger and Matthew represented the Defendant and won at the jury trial in June of 2016.  On the appeal, the South Dakota Supreme Court affirmed the jury’s verdict after rejecting the Plaintiffs’ appellate challenges concerning expert testimony and the jury instructions from trial.

Supreme Court Win!

January 2, 2018 • Boyce Law Firm, LLP

Congratulations to attorneys, Matthew D. Murphy and Roger A. Sudbeck, for winning their case for Defendant at the South Dakota Supreme Court on November 13, 2017.

The case was captioned Alfreda Siems v. Pilot Travel Centers, LLC, d/b/a Flying J Truck Plaza (CIV 14-1067).  We represented the Defendant.  The case involved a motor vehicle accident that occurred on a roadway adjacent to our client’s property.  The Circuit Court granted summary judgment in our client’s favor, dismissing all claims against it.  The South Dakota Supreme Court summarily affirmed that decision on November 13, 2017.

Boyce Law Firm’s Appellate Section is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, South Dakota Appellate Reporter!

October 11, 2017 • Boyce Law Firm, LLP

Boyce Law Firm’s Appellate Section is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, South Dakota Appellate Reporter.  The Appellate Section will be publishing posts on the work of the South Dakota Supreme Court, including information regarding the Court’s calendar, summaries of published opinions, and explanations of anticipated and adopted rule changes.  In addition, the Section will be also offer tips for practicing before the Court and statistical analysis of the Court’s docket.  The Section’s hope is to provide you and your clients timely updates and helpful insights regarding the Court’s work.

 The new blog can be assessed at  Please visit the site and subscribe to the blog by entering your e-mail address on the right-hand side of the webpage.  You will then receive a confirmation email for you to validate your subscription request.  As always, we value your feedback.  If there is a particular question that you would like us to answer, we are always open to suggestions for new content.