Kenneth E. Barker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Belle Fourche, SD

Barker Law Firm, LLC
 | 10956 SD Highway 34, Belle Fourche, SD 57717
Phone: 605-723-8000
Fax: 605-723-8010
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Kenneth E. Barker is a personal injury attorney with Barker Law Firm, LLC. Representing clients in South Dakota and Wyoming, he has been selected by his peers as a Best Lawyer® continuously since 2001. He was named by Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation –Plaintiffs Rapid City for years 2013, 2016 and 2019. Mr. Barker is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and peer review rated 5/5.

    Mr. Barker obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and economics from South Dakota State University in 1982. He attended University of South Dakota Law School, where he was appointed by Governor Janklow to the South Dakota Board of Regents and was an editor of the South Dakota Law Review. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1985, and has continuously been a member of the South Dakota State Bar, and become a member of the Wyoming State Bar in 1996.

    Mr. Barker has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) as a Civil Trial Specialist continuously since 1996. As a Civil Trial Specialist, he has been asked to speak on various litigation topics at several national conferences. He represents clients in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and South Dakota, appearing in courts in each of those states, having been admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Mr. Barker specializes in complex litigation cases, including catastrophic death or serious injury caused in industrial and mining accidents, truck, motorcycle, and car collisions, wildland and structural fires, product failures, insurance coverage questions, construction, railroad injuries, and business disputes.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%General Litigation
    • 10%Insurance Coverage
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Litigation, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Products Liability


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

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    About Kenneth Barker

    Admitted: 1985, South Dakota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Great Plains Super Lawyers, 2007 and 2009
    • Named in "The Best Lawyers in America", 2001 - 2019
    • Best Lawyers® - Lawyer of the Year for Rapid City - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs for the years 2013, 2016, 2019 

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified Trial Attorney, National Board of Trial Advocacy

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Butte County Bar, President
    • South Dakota Board of Regents, Student Regent, 1982 - 1985
    • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers
    • American Bar Association
    • Wyoming State Bar
    • State Bar of South Dakota, President
    • State Bar of South Dakota, Committees on Lawyer Referral and Negligence and Tort Law, Member
    • Wyoming, 1996
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
    • South Dakota, 1985

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Chair, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commissioner, 1998 - 2005
    • Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, President
    • Belle Fourche Community Center Board. South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commissioner, 1997 - 2005

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Know When to Run (How Do You Handle Difficult Clients), South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Fall Seminar, Deadwood, South Dakota
    • 2017 Wildland Fire Litigation Conference, in San Diego, CA, April, 2017, “The Oil Creek Fire Case:  ‘A Slippery Slope’ ”, 2017
    • 2011 Wildland Fire Litigation Conference, in San Diego, CA, April, 2011, “Issues and Lessons From the Grizzly Gulch Power Line Fire Litigation”, 2011
    • David v. Goliath?--Using Chiropractic Experts to Prove Damages, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Jazz Fest, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1996
    • Law Review, Topics Editor, University of South Dakota Law Review, 1984 - 1985
    • Demonstrative Evidence--Storyboards and PET Scans, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Spring Seminar, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    • Dealing with Dirty Tricks: Zealous Advocate or Hardball Litigator?, Mastering Trial Strategies and Tactics Seminar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Maui, Hawaii
    • Give the Jury a Place to Hang Its Hat--Simplify Your Case, Galaxy of Rising Stars Seminar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • "Making an Impact: The Trial of an Automobile Collision Case", ATLA, January, 2000
    • "Jury Selection in the Next Century" , NDTLA, October, 1999
    • "The New Federalism: Time for States to Pull the Plow in Soil Conservation", South Dakota Law Review, Vol. 30 S. D. L. Rev. No. 3


    • Clausen v. Aberdeen Grain Inspection
    • Brunner v. Lear-Siegler
    • Stevens v. Wood Saw Mill, et al.
    • Galen Andrews v. Medical Associates Clinic, et al.
    • Schuldies v. Millar, et al.
    • Filip Johnson v. Central Plains Clinic, et al.
    • McIlravy, et al. v. Kerr-McGee
    • Holzer v. Provider's Fidelity Insurance Company
    • Lesmeister v. American Colloid Company

    Educational Background:

    • South Dakota State University, B.S., Honors: Dean's List, Major: Economics, Political Science, 1982
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    Office Location for Kenneth E. Barker

    10956 SD Highway 34
    Belle Fourche, SD 57717

    Phone: 605-723-8000

    Fax: 605-723-8010

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    Last Updated: 4/1/2021

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