Practice Areas

Administrative Law

Located in the capitol city of Pierre, South Dakota, the firm is particularly well situated to provide representation before state administrative bodies. Its administrative practice relates not only to licensing and disciplinary proceedings, but administrative enforcement actions and general regulatory issues.

The firm spends much time representing taxpayers before various South Dakota courts and administrative bodies, including the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.

The firm also has a significant practice in career service issues involving state employees and departments of the state as well as local government entities. The lawyers pride themselves on the variety of administrative proceedings they have handled.

Robert C. Riter, Jr., Darla Pollman Rogers, and Margo D. Northrup are ready to assist you with administrative law issues.


Agriculture Law

The law firm has a strong background in agricultural law in South Dakota. Its involvement covers all aspects of agricultural law including financing, business formation, real estate transactions, tax appeals and involvement in government programs. While all the members of the firm have experience and background in dealing with agricultural issues, Margo D. Northrup and Darla Pollman Rogers are directly from a farm/ranch background and are personally familiar with the day to day challenges involved in the agricultural arena.

For assistance with an ag related problem, contact Darla Pollman Rogers or Jerry L. Wattier.


Business and Corporate Law

The business and corporate practice is on the firm’s most significant areas of practice. This practice encompasses a broad range of legal services for business, professional and non-profit entities of all types and sizes. Legal services provided to clients include the selections and organization of the entity, operation of the entity, employment matters, commercial transactions of all types, contract negotiation, and merger, acquisition, and sale of business and their assets.

Several members of the firm have substantial experience in this area of law. Our firm's business practice includes:

  • Corporate Law
  • Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Business and Financial Transactions
  • Leases
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Foreclosures
  • Banking Law
  • Creditor Bankruptcy Representation
  • Public Utility Law

If you have questions about our services, please contact Jerry L. Wattier, Darla Pollman Rogers, Robert C. Riter, Jr., or Margo D. Northrup


Criminal Defense

When you are confronted with a criminal charge, having an attorney with knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system is especially important.

Darla Pollman Rogers served as Sully County State's Attorney from 1981 to 1997, and Lindsey Riter-Rapp spent five years as an attorney at the Public Defender's Office in Rapid City, South Dakota. In addition to having been responsible for prosecuting crimes on behalf of the State of South Dakota, Darla and Lindsey have also defended numerous clients charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes in the state and federal court systems in South Dakota. These experiences have given them insight into both sides of the criminal justice system.

For assistance with a criminal charge against you contact Darla Pollman Rogers, Margo D. Northrup, or Lindsay Riter-Rapp.


Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration

The firm provides strong experience and knowledge in all aspects of estate planning. Jerry L. Wattier is a past president of the South Dakota State Bar’s Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.

Estate planning services include such basics as drafting Trusts, Will, Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney to more complex plans to assist clients in realizing their estate planning objectives. Such objectives may include minimizing Federal estate taxes, providing for the orderly transition of a family business or farm, providing for the needs of children and grandchildren, planning for disability, and otherwise assisting clients with all their estate planning needs.

The firm has also been active in assisting families after a client’s death with the orderly administration of all estate probate or non-probate proceedings, including post-mortem planning and trust administration.

Jerry L. Wattier and Darla Pollman Rogers have many years experience with estates, financial planning, and probate, and are ready to assist you.


Insurance Defense

Insurance defense litigation in one of the principal areas of practice of the firm. Robert C. Riter earlier completed service on the Board of Directors for the Defense Research Institute, which is a group of approximately 21,000 attorneys practicing principally in the area of defending claims.

The firm has for many years represented a variety of insurance clients both in state and federal courts, including defense of personally injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims. In addition, the firm handles litigation in the areas of product liability, civil rights and insurance coverage disputes. The firm is a member of the USLAW Network.

For assistance with your insurance defense needs contact Robert C. Riter, Jr. or Margo D. Northrup.


Personal Injury

The firm has assisted numerous clients with their personal injury claims in a wide variety of areas including automobile and motorcycle accidents, wrongful death actions, products liability cases, work related and other injuries.

When you or someone you care about is injured you need an attorney with experience. You need someone who is willing to spend time with you to learn your perspectives and discuss your vision of the outcome of your claim and help you evaluate your case. Being centrally located in Pierre, South Dakota, members of the firm are easily available to practice throughout the state appearing with and on behalf of their clients.

If you need assistance with your personal injury claim contact Jerry L. Wattier, Margo D. Northrup, or Lindsay Riter-Rapp.


Real Estate

The firm offers a comprehensive real estate practice which includes not only commercial litigation and transactions, but also assistance with the sale or transfer of business and farm realty and assts. The law firm has experience with foreclosures, condemnations, mechanic’s liens, landlord tenant disputes, title actions, easement disputes, boundary-line disputes, 1031 like kind exchanges, and other issues relating to the ownership, sale, or lease of real property.

The firm also provides legal services in drafting documents such as purchase agreements, deeds, contracts for deed, and is willing to assist in all areas of negotiation, acquisition, and sale or purchase of farms, businesses, or individually owned real property.

It is our goal to assure that all clients are efficiently represented. For further information please contact Jerry L. Wattier, Darla Pollman Rogers, or Margo D. Northrup.


Worker's Compensation

Work related injuries or disabilities are provided special treatment under the laws of South Dakota. The firm has significant experience representing individuals who have been injured while on the job as well as representing employers against whom claims have been filed. Regardless of the client, the firm members work to protect their client's interests under the worker's compensation state laws.

For assistance with your worker's compensation claim contact Jerry L. Wattier or Lindsay Riter-Rapp.