Kenneth E. Barker

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  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota
    • J.D. - 1985
    • Honors: 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

Classes & Seminars

  • 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, 1991
  • Dealing with Dirty Tricks: Zealous Advocate or Hardball Litigator?, Mastering Trial Strategies and Tactics Seminar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Maui, Hawaii, 1992
  • Demonstrative Evidence--Storyboards and PET Scans, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Spring Seminar, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1994
  • Know When to Run (How Do You Handle Difficult Clients), South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Fall Seminar, Deadwood, South Dakota, 1994
  • David v. Goliath?--Using Chiropractic Experts to Prove Damages, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Jazz Fest, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1996

Pro-Bono Activities

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

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

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of South Dakota, Member, Committees on Lawyer Referral and Negligence and Tort Law
  • State Bar of South Dakota, President, 1995
  • 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, 1988
  • South Dakota Board of Regents, Student Regent, 1982 to 1985
  • Butte County Bar, President, 1990

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Trial Attorney, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Practice Areas

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

Bar Admissions

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


  • Named in "The Best Lawyers in America," 2001 - 20012
  • Rapid City’s 2013 Lawyer of the Year
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers, 2007 and 2009

Representative Cases

  • Lesmeister v. American Colloid Company
  • Holzer v. Provider's Fidelity Insurance Company
  • Stevens v. Wood Saw Mill, et al.
  • McIlravy, et al. v. Kerr-McGee
  • Filip Johnson v. Central Plains Clinic, et al.
  • Schuldies v. Millar, et al.
  • Galen Andrews v. Medical Associates Clinic, et al.
  • Brunner v. Lear-Siegler
  • Clausen v. Aberdeen Grain Inspection