G. Verne Goodsell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury 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 Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    G. Verne Goodsell is a highly regarded civil litigation attorney and one of the founders of Goodsell + Oviatt. His firm is based in Rapid City, South Dakota, and he performs legal services for clients throughout the area. Mr. Goodsell holds a Bachelor of Science in education from what was then known as Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and in 1970 he received a Master of Science in education from that institution. Mr. Goodsell then went on to obtain his legal education at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, graduating with his Juris Doctor in 1973.

    Many of Mr. Goodsell’s clients are people who have been harmed due to the negligence of other parties, and during his career, his cases in this regard have included trucks and other types of motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, premises liability and defective products. Mr. Goodsell’s practice also includes bad faith and other types of insurance coverage disputes.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Goodsell has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for his plaintiff clients through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts, and his successful track record along with his high degree of ethics have not gone unnoticed by his fellow attorneys. Among his honors are an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Goodsell has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America on many occasions.

    Admitted to practice in South Dakota, Mr. Goodsell is also admitted to practice before several tribal courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 8th and 10th circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has held leadership positions in several legal organizations, including the State Bar of South Dakota.

    *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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents

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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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    About Verne Goodsell

    Admitted: 1974, South Dakota

    Professional Webpage: http://www.goodselloviatt.com/lawyers/verne-goodsell

    Honors/Awards:

    • Best Lawyers in American
    • Super Lawyers, Great Plains Super Lawyers, 2007-2017
    • AV Preeminent Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
    • Construction Litigation, Best Lawyers in America
    • Banking and Finance Litigation, Best Lawyers in America
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2014
    • Great Plains Super Lawyers

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • TAOS Injury Attorneys—2010-Present
    • CAMA (Cooperative Association of Malpractice Attorneys) 2008-Present
    • Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (1997-2003)
    • South Dakota State Commission of Engineering, Architectural and Land Surveying Examiners, Counsel (1995-2003)
    • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Pennington County Bar Association, President (1981)
    • Pennington County Bar Association, Member
    • American Association for Justice, Member
    • American Bar Association, Vice Chairman, Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • American Association for Justice, State Delegate (2006-2009)
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 2013
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2014-2015
    • Dakota Plains Legal Services, Board of Directors (Appointed 9.2009)
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary/Treasurer 2012
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • South Dakota Equal Justice Commission
    • The State Bar of South Dakota, Advertising Committee (1999)
    • The State Bar of South Dakota, Chairman – Ethics (2000-2001)
    • The State Bar of South Dakota, Chairman - Multi-Jurisdictional Practice/Internet (2000-2001)
    • The State Bar of South Dakota, Disciplinary Committee (1990-1996)
    • The State Bar of South Dakota, Secretary, Professionalism Committee (1989-1990)
    • The State Bar of South Dakota, President (2003-2004)
    • The State Bar of South Dakota, Commissioner (1984-1987)
    • Supreme Court of the United States – April 27, 2005
    • Chairman--Multi-Jurisdictional Practice/Internet
    • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • United States District Court for South Dakota – February 10, 1977
    • State of South Dakota
    • Member and President (2003-2004) State Bar of South Dakota
    • President-Elect, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
    • State Bar of South Dakota, Chairman-Ethics (200-2001)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Young Life Committee Chair—2012-2015
    • Young Life Committee Committee—2011
    • Christian Life Ministries, Director (1985-2000)
    • Club Champions of America - 1991, 1989, 1998
    • Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club, President (1981-1982) & Director
    • Black Hills Playhouse, Director (1999-2002)
    • Delta Dental of South Dakota, Director (1980-1985) (1992-present)
    • Military Affairs Committee (2008)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Insurance Abuse CAMA (Cooperative Association of Malpractice Attorneys) 2009
    • Engineering Expedition 2003 SD Engineering Society 43rd Annual Conference, Pierre, SD, April 2-4 – "Ethics and Regulations"
    • Never be a Victim USD Law School's Orientation Week 2003, 2004, 2005
    • SDTLA—"Stories that Live in the Hearts of the Jurors" April, 2018
    • Transactional Law and Litigation – State Bar of South Dakota Omni Tucson National Golf Resort, Tucson, AZ, March 13 – 15, 2000
    • Internet Advertising SD State Bar Commissioners' Meeting, Deadwood, SD January 7, 2000
    • Preparing a Persuasive Settlement Brochure Black Hills Legal Professionals Association November 5, 1999
    • Adverse Possession/Litigation South Dakota State Bar - Trial Potpourri CLE in Scottsdale, AZ March 9 - 11, 1998
    • Bad Faith Pennington County Legal Secretaries Association Seminar May 16, 1990
    • Analysis of the Defendant's Case in a Civil Lawsuit - Pennington County Legal Secretaries Association Seminar November 7, 1987
    • Structured Settlement Black Hills Claims Association Seminar 1981
    • SDTLA—"Simplifying Legal Principles: Helping Juries Understand Core Issues In Disputes." May, 2011

    Educational Background:

    • Master of Science in Education, Northern State University
    • Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Associate in Arts
    • Northern State College, Graduate School, Bachelor of Science in Education
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    Office Location for G. Verne Goodsell

    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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