Robert M. Ronayne

Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in Aberdeen, South Dakota

Ronayne Law Office, P.C.
Robert M. Ronayne
Ronayne Law Office, P.C.

Practice Areas: Estate planning & probate, Business & corporate, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in South Dakota since: 1985

Education: University of Virginia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020, 2022

Ronayne Law Office, P.C.

24 Fifth Avenue SW
PO Box 759
Aberdeen, SD 57402 Visit website


Robert M. Ronayne is a managing shareholder and an attorney at Ronayne Law Office, based in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He focuses his practice on estate planning, personal injury law, corporate and business law, real estate, and probate and wills in the Brown County area in South Dakota.

With almost 37 years of experience, Mr. Ronayne is board-certified by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils as an estate planning law specialist. He completed his bachelor’s degree in speech communication and rhetoric and political science from the University of South Dakota in 1981. He completed his doctorate in jurisprudence in 1985 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Mr. Ronayne is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He was on the board of directors of the Aberdeen Area Career Planning Center and the Farmers State Bank, and the chairman of the Plains Commerce Bank in South Dakota.

Mr. Ronayne was elected to serve as a member of the Aberdeen City Council in 2013 and continues to serve in that capacity.  He has been elected by his peers to serve as Deputy Mayor for a majority of years of service on the council.

A member of the State Bar of South Dakota, Mr. Ronayne is affiliated with the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Northern State University and was the vice president of the Brown County Bar Association.

Mr. Ronayne received a Distinguished* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell which is a testament to his professionalism and work ethic. He is also rated “Good” on Avvo reflecting his quality of interaction with his clients and the services provided.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate planning & probate, Business/corporate, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Real estate: consumer

Focus areas

Estate planning, Trusts, Wills, Personal injury - plaintiff

  • 40% Estate planning & probate
  • 20% Business/corporate
  • 20% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Real estate: consumer

First Admitted: 1985, South Dakota

Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning Law
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • South Dakota Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the District of South Dakota

Office location for Robert M. Ronayne

24 Fifth Avenue SW
PO Box 759
Aberdeen, SD 57402

Phone: 605-225-0100


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020, 2022

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