Timothy Billion



Tim practices in Robins Kaplan’s Business Litigation Group and has represented clients in a wide variety of cases, including trust and fiduciary litigation, contract and fraud claims, earn-out disputes, class action lawsuits, personal injury claims, constitutional litigation, internal investigations, and criminal proceedings. Tim also advises tribes across the country. Super Lawyers named Tim a “Rising Star” in 2019 and 2020, and The Best Lawyers in America included Tim on its inaugural “Ones to Watch” list for 2021. Tim has also been named a North Star Lawyer every year since 2015 in recognition of his commitment to providing pro bono legal services.  

Regardless of the size or type of case, Tim uses the litigation process to maximize strategic advantage while staying focused on the client’s goals. Tim has experience at every stage of litigation, including: 

Drafting complaints, answers, and early motion practice
Managing complex discovery, including e-discovery
Taking and defending depositions
Working with expert witnesses
Dispositive motion briefing and oral argument
Post-judgment briefing and appeals
Enforcing judgments

In addition to trial experience, Tim has argued numerous motions, including arguments in federal courts and before the South Dakota Supreme Court. Tim also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. 

Tim is actively involved in bar associations and activities. He is the South Dakota state chair for the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. Tim is an officer of the Second Circuit Bar Association and serves as the Editor of the South Dakota Trial Lawyer’s newsletter, the Barrister. Tim has also been appointed to the South Dakota State Bar’s Indian Law Committee and the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Outside of the office, Tim does his best to keep up with his two young kids, enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelsey, and tries to occasionally play a round of golf. 

Tim attended law school at the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. During law school, Tim also served as a managing editor for the Minnesota Law Review. Prior to joining Robins Kaplan, Tim clerked for a federal district court judge in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and practiced general litigation for two years with a large law firm in Minneapolis.


Represented an insurer in a declaratory judgment action regarding a coverage issue of first impression. After prevailing on summary judgment, the defendants took an appeal to the Eighth Circuit, which was later dropped. Employers Mutual Casualty Company v. Brant Lake Sanitary District, 446 F. Supp. 3d 557 (D.S.D. 2020).

Represented plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of “riot boosting” acts. After the plaintiffs successfully obtained a preliminary injunction, the state agreed not to enforce the challenged laws. Dakota Rural Action v. Noem, 416 F. Supp. 3d 874 (D.S.D. 2019). 
Represented plaintiffs challenging South Dakota statutes relating to ballot access requirements for third political parties. Following a court trial, the district court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. Libertarian Party of South Dakota v. Krebs, 290 F. Supp. 3d 902 (D.S.D. 2018).
Represented a wife pro bono in an appeal related to a divorce decree. After the wife left her husband, the husband chased her down, ran her off the road, shot her, and left her for dead. Following the conclusion of the divorce, the husband appealed numerous issues. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the wife. Vogt v. Vogt, No. A17-0917, 2018 WL 1902443 (Minn. Ct. App. Apr. 23, 2018).
Represented a student pro bono who was expelled for accidentally and unknowingly bringing a pocket knife to school. In a groundbreaking decision interpreting the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the student, finding that because she did not “willfully” endanger students, the school district did not have the authority to expel her. Prior to joining Robins Kaplan. In re A.D., 883 N.W.2d 251 (Minn. 2016).

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (2021 edition)
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2019-2020)
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015-2019)
  • Innocence Project
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif (2013); Minnesota Law Review, Managing Editor and Social Chair (2012-2013), Staff Member (2011-2012)
  • Grinnell College, B.A. in History, with honors (2008)
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers, South Dakota state chair
  • South Dakota State Bar Association, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
  • South Dakota State Bar Indian Law Committee
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Barrister editor
  • Second Circuit Bar Association, Vice President (2020), President (2021)
  • Indian Law Update: Tribal Immunity and the Arm of the Tribe Test
    South Dakota State Bar Association Law for Lunch CLE Series (January 2020)
  • Fiduciary Litigation in the Age of AI and FinTech
    Moderator, Robins Kaplan LLP Wealth Planning, Administration, and Disputes Annual CLE: The Future of the Fiduciary, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 12, 2019)
  • Minimizing Fiduciary Risk and Litigation
    Panelist, South Dakota Trust Association Fall Forum, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (October 17, 2018)
  • Siblings Behaving Badly
    Moderator, Robins Kaplan LLP Wealth Planning, Administration, and Disputes Annual CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 13, 2018)










Links to full publications and news releases.


Spring 2020
Picking Your Team: Getting the Right Trustee or Personal Representative Appointed in a Wrongful Death Case
Teresa Fariss McClain and Timothy Billion - The Robins Kaplan Spotlight, Vol. 5, No. 1
Fall 2019
Winter 2018
‘Tis The Season To Give (Less to the IRS)
The Robins Kaplan Spotlight, Vol. 3, No. 4
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