David J. King

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Sioux Falls, SD

King Law Firm, P.C.
 | 101 N Phillips Ave, Suite 602
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605-332-4000
Fax: 605-334-5797
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (40%),
  • Social Security Disability (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    The founder of the King Law Firm, P.C., David J. King has spent the greater part of his career fighting for the rights of people who have been injured on the job or through the negligence or recklessness of other parties. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, his client base spans the entire state as well as parts of Iowa.

    In addition to his personal injury and workers' compensation practice, Mr. King provides assistance to people who have become unable to work and who are seeking Social Security Disability benefits and his experience also includes the representation of people whose insurance claims have been delayed or denied. Admitted to practice before all South Dakota and Iowa state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

    The types of personal injury cases that Mr. King has handled during his career have included those arising out of truck and other motor vehicle crashes, dog bites, burn injuries and premises liability. He has been able to obtain millions of dollars for his clients through settlements and jury awards, and his successes have earned him the high regard of his fellow attorneys. The recipient of an "Excellent" peer review rating through Avvo, Mr. King has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

    After being awarded his Juris Doctor from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1990, Mr. King clerked for a justice on the South Dakota Supreme Court before entering private practice. His professional affiliations include the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 40%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
    • 20%Social Security Disability
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020

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    About David King

    Admitted: 1990, South Dakota

    Professional Webpage: https://www.davidkinglawfirm.com/About/David-J-King.shtml


    • Lead Counsel Rated
    • Member, American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys (Only Member in South Dakota as of 6/7/2016), 2016
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2015-2016
    • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in South Dakota
    • Top Lawyer, Global Directory of Who's Who, 2016
    • Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2016
    • Top 10%, America's Most Honored Professionals, 2016
    • Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 1991
    • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Association for Justice, Member, 2001-2016
    • Workers Injury Advocacy and Law Group, Member, 2006-2016
    • Iowa, 1991
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1992
    • Iowa Bar Association
    • Iowa Bar Member Association, Member, 1990-2016
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1990-2016
    • South Dakota, 1990
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1992
    • American Bar Association
    • Workers Compensation Litigation Group
    • South Dakota Bar Association, Member, 1990-2016
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1992

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • National Organization for Social Security Claimant's Representatives, Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Attorney for Appellant, McGuire v. Curry and Park Jefferson Speedway, South Dakota Appeal, This appeal asks whether a business has a duty of ordinary care in the hiring, retention, and supervision of its underage employees, employees who have unmonitored access to alcohol, become drunk on the job, and cause injury to members of the general public on property adjacent to the business’s property. On August 16, 2003, Dean Curry, an employee of the Park Jefferson Speedway, Inc. (the Speedway) left work an hour after his shift ended. It was approximately 12:45 a.m. Curry, in his personal pickup, drove around the Speedway track a couple times, cut through a ditch, and entered a road bordering the Speedway’s property. Not seeing a northbound motorcycle driven by Chris Mollet, on which Catherine McGuire was a passenger, Curry crashed into the motorcycle. Curry was drunk, speeding, and driving on the wrong side of the road. The accident seriously injured McGuire. McGuire brought suit against the Speedway and Curry. She alleged that Curry was negligent in the operation of his vehicle and the Speedway negligently hired, retained, and supervised Curry. Unbeknownst to the Speedway, Curry had a history of alcohol abuse and would drink regularly on the job. Curry, hired as a “runner,” was given a key to the cabinet storing alcohol and afforded unmonitored access to the Speedway’s alcohol. Curry stated that he would drink from the beginning of his shift until the end. On the evening of the accident, Curry drank two beers, four vodka drinks, two whiskey and cokes, and rum. After his shift, while still in the Speedway’s parking lot, Curry drank a 32-ounce beer. 29 The Speedway twice moved for summary judgment claiming, among other things, that it owed no duty to McGuire because the accident happened off the Speedway’s property and was not caused while Curry was using any property of the Speedway. In response, McGuire asserted that the Speedway had a duty (1) under SDCL 35-4-79 to supervise its underage employees who had unmonitored access to alcohol during work, and (2) based on the common law duty of ordinary care in the hiring and supervision of employees. Ultimately, the court granted the Speedway’s motion for summary judgment, concluding that the Speedway owed no duty to McGuire under the law related to negligent hiring, retention, and supervision. The court based its conclusion on the fact that the accident happened off the Speedway’s property and did not involve any property of the Speedway. The court also rejected McGuire’s claim that SDCL 35-4-79 created a duty on the part of the Speedway, because the statute was designed to protect minors and not the public at large. McGuire appeals asserting that the court erred when it granted the Speedway’s motion for summary judgment on the claim of negligent hiring, retention, and supervision. Mr. Ronald A. Parsons, Jr., Mr. Grant G. Alvine and Mr. David J. King, Attorneys for Plaintiff and Appellant, Catherine McGuire Mr. William C. Garry and Mr. Shawn M. Nichols, Attorneys for Defendant, Dean Curry Mr. James W. Redmond, Attorney for Defendant and Appellee, Park Jefferson Speedway Ms. Susan M. Sabers, Attorney for Third Party Defendant and Appellant, Christopher Mollet, Attorney for Appellant, McGuire v. Curry and Park Jefferson Speedway, South Dakota Appeal
    • Issue Dedicated to Chief Justice Robert A. Miller, Former Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice, South Dakota Law Review, Volume 44, 1998


    • Car accident underinsured settlement - $50,000.00, 2016
    • South Dakota Workers Compensation Settlement - $200,000.00, 2016
    • Slip and Fall Insurance Claim - $300,000.00, 2016
    • Car Accident Verdict - $575,000.00, 2014
    • Car accident settlement - $51,000.00, 2016
    • Car accident settlement - $50,000.00, 2016
    • Car Accident Settlement (3 claims) - $240,000.00, 2016
    • Iowa Workers Compensation Settlement - $192,500.00, 2016
    • Car Accident Settlement - $500,000.00, 2009
    • Car Accident Settlement (2 claims) - $81,000.00, 2016
    • Iowa Workers Compensation Settlement - $165,000.00, 2016
    • South Dakota Workers Compensation Settlement - $80,000.00, 2015
    • Car Accident Settlement - $900,000.00, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • Trial Lawyers College, 2003
    • University of South Dakota, B.S., Bachelor of Science, Major: Political Science & Government, 1987

    Industry Groups

    • Insurance
    • Labor
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    Office Location for David J. King

    101 N Phillips Ave
    Suite 602
    Sioux Falls, SD 57104

    Phone: 605-332-4000

    Fax: 605-334-5797

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