Michael A. Wilson

Michael A. Wilson

Rapid City, South Dakota

Michael A. Wilson earned a bachelor's degree in economics from South Dakota State University in 1983 and graduated from the USD School of Law in Vermillion, SD, in 1986. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Fourth Judicial Circuit Court in Mitchell, South Dakota, before joining the law firm of Morgan, Theeler, Cogley & Padrnos in 1987. In 1992, Mike moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, and joined the firm of Quinn, Eiesland, Day & Barker. Ken Barker and Mike Wilson formed Barker Wilson Law Firm in 2007.

Mike is a member of the State Bar of South Dakota and served as Chairman of the South Dakota Civil Pattern Jury Instruction Committee for several years. He is a sustaining member of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association and has served as President of that organization. Mike is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mike Wilson and his wife Paula have six children. Paula is a school counselor employed by the Rapid City School System. Mike is a former member of the South Dakota Legislature.


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota, 1992


  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
    • J.D. - 1986
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
    • B.S. cum laude - 1983
    • Major: Economics

Representative Cases

  • Larmon v. U.S.A., __ F. Supp. 3d __, 2016 WL 4082634 (D.S.D. 2016)
  • Delaney v. Rapid Response, Inc., 81 F. Supp. 3d 769 (D.S.D. 2015)
  • Johnson v. Matthew J. Batchelder Co., 2010 SD 23, 779 N.W.2d 690

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1992 - Present
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2009 - 2010
  • Pennington County Bar Association, President, 2009