David Barari

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Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Rapid City, SD

Goodsell + Oviatt
 | 246 Founders Park Drive, Ste 201, PO Box 9249
Rapid City, SD 57709-9249
Phone: 605-343-3000
Fax: 605-343-3251
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
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    A highly regarded civil trial lawyer, David Barari is an attorney at Goodsell + Oviatt. Working out of the firm’s offices in Rapid City, South Dakota, he represents people and businesses throughout the region. Mr. Barari is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, and he is also admitted to practice before all state courts in South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.

    A significant portion of Mr. Barari’s caseload is made up of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, in which he represents people who have incurred serious harm as the direct result of the negligence of other parties. His experience in this area of the law has included birth injuries and other forms of medical malpractice, defective products, nursing home abuse, industrial accidents, mesothelioma and motor vehicle crashes. During his career, Mr. Barari has been able to obtain sizable amounts of compensation for his plaintiff clients, through both settlements, which he has negotiated out of court with defendants and their liability insurance providers as well as through jury verdicts at the conclusion of trials.

    Apart from his personal injury practice, Mr. Barari has handled several types of complex commercial litigation. His caseload has covered breach of contract actions, bad faith and other types of insurance coverage claims and environmental matters, among others, and he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Barari attended the University of South Dakota and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude in theatre in 1999. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from that institution, and he is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%General Litigation
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury


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    Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019

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    About David Barari

    Admitted: 2009, South Dakota

    Professional Webpage: http://www.goodselloviatt.com/lawyers/david-barari


    • Pennington County Bar Association President's Award, May 2019

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Montana
    • United States District Court
    • South Dakota State Court
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • Wyoming

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Steppenwolf Theatre
    • Young Professionals, Rapid City Chamber, Community Outreach Committee, 2009 - Present
    • Black Hills Theatre Board of Directors, 2010 - 2012
    • United Way Board of Directors, 2010 - 2012
    • Convention & Visitors Bureau Board, 2013 - 2014
    • Young Professionals, Rapid City Chamber, Vice Chair, 2012
    • Young Professionals, Rapid City Chamber, Chair, 2013 - 2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Indexing the South Dakota Constitutional Conventions: A 21st Century Solution to a 125 Year Old Problem, 53 South Dakota Law Review 260 (2008), co-authored with South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson
    • Legal Research and Writing, 2011 SD Paralegals Association

    Educational Background:

    • University of South Dakota, B.F.A., Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre, Summa Cum Laude, 1999, University Scholar, Golden Key National Honor Society, Mickelson Scholarship (4 Year Academic Scholarship), Master of Public Administration, 2012
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    Office Location for David Barari

    246 Founders Park Drive, Ste 201
    PO Box 9249
    Rapid City, SD 57709-9249

    Phone: 605-343-3000

    Fax: 605-343-3251

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    Last Updated: 10/27/2020

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