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).
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