Kenneth E. Barker

Kenneth E. Barker

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Spinal Injury
  • Condemnation
  • Brain Injury
  • Fraud and Deceit

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 1985
  • Wyoming, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
    • J.D. - 1985
    • Law Review: University of South Dakota Law Review, Topics Editor, 1984 - 1985
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
    • B.S. - 1982
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Economics
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • "The New Federalism: Time for States to Pull the Plow in Soil Conservation", South Dakota Law Review, Vol. 30 S. D. L. Rev. No. 3
  • "Jury Selection in the Next Century" , NDTLA, October, 1999
  • "Making an Impact: The Trial of an Automobile Collision Case", ATLA, January, 2000

Representative Cases


  • Give the Jury a Place to Hang Its Hat--Simplify Your Case, Galaxy of Rising Stars Seminar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dealing with Dirty Tricks: Zealous Advocate or Hardball Litigator?, Mastering Trial Strategies and Tactics Seminar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Maui, Hawaii
  • Demonstrative Evidence--Storyboards and PET Scans, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Spring Seminar, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Know When to Run (How Do You Handle Difficult Clients), South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Fall Seminar, Deadwood, South Dakota
  • David v. Goliath?--Using Chiropractic Experts to Prove Damages, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Jazz Fest, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Issues & Lessons from Grizzly Gulch Power Line Fire Litigation, 2011
  • Oil Creek Fire: A Slippery Slope, 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Named in "The Best Lawyers in America" Continuously since 2001
  • Personal Injury – Plaintiffs Lawyers of the Year – Rapid City Area for years 2013, 2016 and 2019 selected by his peers
  • Super Lawyers, continuously since 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of South Dakota, Member, Committees on Lawyer Referral and Negligence and Tort Law
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, President
  • South Dakota Board of Regents, Student Regent, 1982 - 1985
  • Butte County Bar, President

Pro Bono Activities

  • South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commissioner, 1997 - 2005
  • Belle Fourche Community Center Board., 1997 - 2005
  • Chair, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commissioner, 1998 - 2005