Scott N. Heidepriem

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Sioux Falls, SD

Heidepriem, Purtell, Siegel and Hinrichs LLP
 | 101 W. 69th Street, Suite 105
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: 605-252-9277
Fax: 605-679-4379
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    A highly regarded civil trial attorney, Scott Heidepriem is a partner at Heidepriem, Purtell, Siegel and Hinrichs LLP. His firm is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and he represents clients throughout the state. Mr. Heidepriem is admitted to practice in South Dakota 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 Federal Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    A significant portion of Mr. Heidepriem’s practice is dedicated to personal injury and wrongful death litigation, in which he provides advice and counsel to people who have been harmed due to the negligence of other parties. His cases in this regard have involved defective products, nursing home and elder abuse, motor vehicle crashes, workplace accidents, and premises liability, and he has been able to obtain substantial amounts of compensation through negotiated settlements and jury awards. Mr. Heidepriem also represents people who have been injured on the job and who are seeking their rightful benefits under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage. He assists them throughout all stages of the process, from the preparation and submission of the required claim documentation through advocating on their behalf if the claim is delayed, disputed or denied.

    Mr. Heidepriem’s successful track record has earned him a great deal of deserved recognition from his colleagues. He has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he has frequently been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Heidepriem is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law, and he holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.

    *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%General Litigation
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


    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 Scott Heidepriem

    Admitted: 1980, South Dakota

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    • Board Certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate, 1990 - Present
    • Recipient, Bush Fellowship, 1991 - 1992
    • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America - Civil Litigation Section, 2000 - Present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1989 - Present
    • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2000 - Present
    • Speaker Pro Tem, South Dakota House of Representatives, 1984 - 1987
    • South Dakota, 1980
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1982
    • Member, South Dakota Bar Association, 1980 - Present
    • President, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1996 - 1997
    • Member, South Dakota Board of Regents, 1978 - 1980
    • Commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law, 1986 - 2002
    • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 1981
    • Member, American Bar Association, 1980 - Present
    • Member, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1980 - Present
    • Member, The American Association for Justice, 1980 - Present
    • South Dakota Senate, 1989 - 1992
    • Minnesota, 1990
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Negotiations and Settlement" USD School of Law, Adjunct Professor with Martha Davis & Cris Palmer, 1995
    • “Tort Reform in South Dakota: The Plaintiff’s Perspective” South Dakota Law Review, Volume 42, Issue 2 (1998) (with Nancy Turbak), 1998
    • Adjunct Professor, USD Law School Settlement & Negotiation, Pre-trial Process, 1997 - 1998
    • "Common Sense Rules to Guide Your Trial Practice" SDTLA Spring Seminar, Trial Strategies & Techniques, Sioux Falls, SD, April 14, 2000
    • BRING ON THE PIONEERS! A History of Hand County, South Dakota, State Publishing, Pierre, SD 1978
    • A FAIR CHANCE FOR A FAIR PEOPLE, A Biography of Karl Mundt, Mundt Foundation, Madison, SD, 1998
    • "Age Discrimination in Employment" State Bar of South Dakota CLE, Advising Elderly Clients, Pierre, SD, September 18, 1981
    • "Tax Consequences of Repossession and Developments for 1984" State Bar of South Dakota CLE, Mitchell, SD, December 7, 1984
    • "South Dakota's Competitive Advantage" Annual Meeting - Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Calgary, 1985
    • "Subrogation Issues Involving the Government, Worker's Comp, and the Tort Setting" State Bar of South Dakota CLE, Subrogation Issues, Chair of Panel, June 21, 1987
    • "Pretrial Process" USD School of Law, Adjunct Professor with Jonathan Van Patten, 1996-1999
    • “Treatment Plans: Medicate or Amputate?” SDTLA Practice Made Easier, Anatomy of a Law Firm, Chamberlain, SD, November 14, 1996
    • “Going Up Against the Trial Lawyer of the Year, or the Case of the Smoking Belly Button: An Adversary’s Diary” Barrister, Sept./Oct. 1997
    • “The Million Dollar Case” SDTLA, Excellence in Advocacy, Practicing With the Best, Sioux Falls, SD, April 17, 1998
    • “Successful Trial Strategies” Iowa Trial Lawyers Association CLE, Marina Inn, Sioux City, IA, August 1999
    • "Reproductive Rights in South Dakota" Speech at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 2008
    • "Discovery Skills for Legal Staff in South Dakota" Lorman Education Services, Sioux Falls, SD, April 24, 2001
    • "From Miller to Sioux Falls: Is There a Difference in Juries?" SDTLA Spring Seminar, Sioux Falls, SD, April 10, 2003
    • "Preparing the Witness for a Deposition" Trial Academy – USD Law School, Vermillion, SD, July 9, 2007
    • "Taking a Medical Deposition that the Jury Can Understand," South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association - Rapid City, SD, September 11, 2007
    • "Rainmaking" Young Lawyers Regional Conference - Deadwood, SD, September 29, 2007
    • “The 2008 Legislative Session: A Work in Progress” State Bar of South Dakota Early Bird CLE – Rapid City, SD, June 19, 2008
    • "Excellence in Advocacy: Trial Strategies & Techniques", South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, April 13, 2000 - April 14, 2000
    • “Criminal Defense Artistry: Proficiencies & Perspectives” State Bar of South Dakota - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 17, 2009
    • “Debating the Doctrine: Government Speech,” South Dakota Law Review 2012 Symposium – Vermillion, SD, March 1, 2012
    • Assisted teaching environmental litigation at the University of Michigan Law School Ann Arbor, Michigan, October, 2014
    • "Excellence in Advocacy: Successful Trial Strategies", South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, April 13, 2000 - April 14, 2000
    • "Overcoming Juror Bias: How it Affects Your Case", South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, April 10, 2003 - April 11, 2003
    • Adjunct Professor, Pretrial Process, University of South Dakota Law School, 1998 - Present
    • Adjunct Professor, Settlement & Negotiation, University of South Dakota Law School, 1997 - 1998
    • "Tort Reform in South Dakota - The Plaintiffs Perspective" (Co-authored with Nancy Turbak), Volume 42, Issue 2, 1999


    • Bell Paper Box, Inc. v. Trans Western Polymers, Inc., 53 F.3d 920 (8th Cir. 1995)
    • Cournoyer v. Montana, 512 N.W.2d 479 (S.D. 1994)
    • Johanns v. Livestock Marking Association et a;l., 544 U.S. 550, 125 S.Ct. 2055 (2005)
    • Maryott v. First National Bank of Eden, 2001 S.D 43, 624 N.W.2d 96
    • Haar v. Callahan, 2009 WL 1408671 (D.S.D. 2009)
    • Papke v. Harbert, 2007 SD 87, 738 N.W.2d 510 Bird Hotel Corp. v. Super 8 Motels, Inc., 246 F.R.D. 603, 605 (D.S.D.2007)
    • Stockwell v.Stockwell, 2010 S.D. 79, 790 N.W.2d 52
    • Bair v. Callahan, 775 F. Supp.2d 1163 (D.S.D. 2011)
    • FB & Bldg. Products, Inc. v. Superior Truss & Components, A Division of Banks Lumber, Inc., 2007 S.D. 13, 727 N.W.2d 474
    • Lagler v. Menard, Inc. & Zurich American Insurance Co., 2018 S.D. 53, 915 N.W.2d 707

    Representative Clients:

    • Olson v. Equitable Life Assur. Co., 681 N.W.2d 471 (S.D. 2004)
    • U.S. v. Oakie, 709 F.2d 506 (8th Cir. 1983)
    • Jackson v. Motel 6 Multipurposes, Inc., 1998 WL 154451, 11 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D 660 (M.D. Fla. 1998)
    • Himrich v. Carpenter, 569 N.W.2d 568 (S.D. 1997)
    • U.S. v. Hacker, 883 F.Supp. 444 (D.S.D. 1994)
    • Prentice v. Classen, 355 N.W.2d 352 (S.D. 1984)
    • Northwest Realty Co. v. Carter, 338 N.W.2d 669 (S.D. 1983)
    • Kwongyuen Hangkee Co., Ltd. v. Starr Fireworks, Inc., 634 N.W.2d 95 (S.D. 2001)
    • Cramer v. Smith, 572 N.W.2d 445 (S.D. 1997)
    • Dakota Cheese, Inc. v. Taylor, 525 N.W.2d 713 (S.D. 1995)
    • State v. Sondreal, 459 N.W.2d 435 (S.D. 1990)
    • Gross v. Gross, 355 N.W.2d 4 (S.D. 1984)
    • In re Arendt, 684 N.W.2d 79 (S.D. 2004)
    • Sorrels v. Queen of Peace Hosp., 575 N.W.2d 240 (S.D. 1998)
    • Bruske v. Hille, 567 N.W.2d 872 (S.D. 1997)
    • Mueller v. Zelmer, 525 N.W.2d 49 (S.D. 1994)
    • Olson v. Cass, 349 N.W.2d 435 (S.D. 1984)

    Educational Background:

    • Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, M.P.A., 1992
    • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, M.A. Major: History, 1983
    • University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, A.B. Major: Political Science Major: History, 1978
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    101 W. 69th Street
    Suite 105
    Sioux Falls, SD 57108

    Phone: 605-252-9277

    Fax: 605-679-4379

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