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, constitutional and election litigation, civil rights litigation, personal injury claims, internal investigations, and criminal proceedings. Tim also regularly advises tribes across the country.
Tim has garnered numerous recognitions for his practice. In 2023, the National Civil Justice Institute awarded Tim the national Appellate Advocacy Award for a victory on behalf of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in a tribal rights case: Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. United States, 9 F.4th 1018 (8th Cir. 2021). Chambers USA named Tim as one of two nationwide “Leading Lawyer in Native American Law: Associate to Watch” in 2021. Super Lawyers named Tim a “Rising Star” in 2019, 2020, and 2021, a distinction given to the top 2.5% of lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America included Tim on its “Ones to Watch” list in 2021 and 2022 for Commercial Litigation and Trusts and Estates Litigation. Tim has also been named a North Star Lawyer in recognition of his commitment to providing pro bono legal services.
Tim has led trial and appellate teams in both state and federal courts. Regardless of the size or type of case, Tim uses the litigation process to maximize strategic advantage while staying focused on reaching the client’s goals. Tim also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.
Tim is actively involved in bar associations and activities. Tim is a past President of the Second Circuit Bar Association and served as past Editor of the South Dakota Trial Lawyer’s newsletter, the Barrister. Tim also co-chairs the South Dakota State Bar’s Indian Law Committee and serves on the State Bar’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, Tim is the South Dakota state chair for the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers.
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 tribal court officials in a federal lawsuit regarding tribal jurisdiction over an energy company doing business on a reservation. After the federal district court entered an injunction prohibiting the tribal court from exercising jurisdiction, the tribal court officials prevailed at the Eighth Circuit, which ruled that the energy company was required to exhaust its tribal court remedies before filing suit in federal court. WPX Energy Williston, LLC v. Jones, 72 F.4th 834 (8th Cir. 2023).
Represented a tribe in a lawsuit seeking a declaration that the federal government owed a treaty and trust duty to provide healthcare to the tribe. After prevailing in federal district court, Tim briefed and argued the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which affirmed the decision in favor of the tribe. Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. United States, 450 F. Supp. 3d 986 (D.S.D. 2020), affirmed, 9 F.4th 1018 (8th Cir. 2021).
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).
- Innocence Project
- Sioux Empire United Way
- "Judge Won't Consolidate Racial Bias Suits Against SD Hotel," Law360 (February 15, 2023)
- "Court Says U.S. Has Treaty Obligation To Provide Healthcare To Rosebud Sioux Tribe," South Dakota Public Broadcasting (September 1, 2021)
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