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  • Steven Beardsley Lawyer - Beardsley Jensen and LeeSteven C. Beardsley

    Personal Injury, Products Liability Law, Insurance Law, Litigation & Appeals, Construction Law

    Phone 605-721-2800
    Fax 605-721-2801
    View my attorney rating on Martindale-Hubbell


    For over 34 years, Steve Beardsley has engaged in a civil litigation practice that includes personal injury, construction law, commercial law, workers compensation, medical malpractice, insurance defense, and product liability. His work has earned Mr. Beardsley an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. After graduating with honors from law school, Steve served as a Law Clerk in U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota (1978-80), before entering private practice. An accomplished litigator, Steve has tried lawsuits in both state and federal courts across South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Iowa. He has also tried arbitrations in South Dakota and Colorado.

    Steve is a member of the American Association for Justice and has served on the American Bar Association’s committees for Trial Techniques, Automobile Technology, Litigation and Criminal Justice. In addition, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. He is a long-standing member of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel. Steve served on the Board of Governors, South Dakota Trial Lawyers of America (2008-2010), and previously served from 1992 to 1994.

    Examples of Litigation Experience

    Personal Injury

    • Motor vehicle accidents
    • Brain injury
    • Serious spinal injury
    • Partial paralysis
    • Crashworthiness of vehicles
    • Products Liability

    Severe burns, high voltage explosion

    • Multiple injuries, fall from work station
    • Crashworthiness of vehicle
    • Auger injuries
    • ATV rollovers

    Premises Liability

    • Electrocution severe burns
    • Catastrophic burns as a result of fires
    • Electrocution injuries through telephone


    • Bad faith
    • Failure to settle
    • Underinsured coverage
    • Insurance coverage questions


    • Wrongful termination
    • Non-compete agreement enforcement
    • Litigation regarding brokerage firms
    • Antitrust litigation

    Real Estate

    • Finders fee agreement
    • Real estate fraud


    • Claims regarding contamination
    • Claims regarding pollution
    • Policies concerning EDB contamination (pesticide)
    • Claims against United States government

    Construction Litigation

    • All construction litigation

    Representative Cases

    • Kahle v. Leonard, 563 F.3d 736 (8th Cir. 2009)
    • Madison v. Meza, 7th Judicial Circuit, Pennington County Court, File No. 07-209
    • Corcoran v. McCarthy, 7th Judicial Circuit, Pennington County Court, File No. 06-1263
    • Kahle v. Leonard, 477 F.3d 544 (8th Cir. 2007)
    • Lund v. Lombard Securities Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 07-5055
    • Webb v. Douglas County, 224 Fed.Appx. 647 (9th Cir. 2007)
    • Roden v. General Casualty Co. of Wisconsin, 671 N.W.2d 622 (S.D. 2003)
    • Bedney v. Quest Communications, 7th Judicial Circuit, Pennington County Court, File No. 98-868
    • Hensley v. HD Electric Co., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 98-5067
    • Richards v. Lenz, 539 N.W.2d 80 (S.D. 1995)
    • Karas v. American Family Insurance Co., Inc., 33 F.3d 995 (8th Cir. 1994)
    • Winters v. Northwestern Nat’l Casualty Co., 838 F.Supp. 440 (D.S.D. 1993)
    • Hansen v. U.S.A., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 5:02-cv-05101-KES
    • Brown v. Black Hills Federal Credit Union, U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 5:03-cv-05046-KES
    • Ackley v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 5:03-cv-05078-AWB

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Bar Association, 1978- Present
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Products General Liability and Consumer Law Committee
    • Automobile Law Committee
    • Criminal Justice Committee
    • Toxic, Hazardous Substance and Environmental Law Committee
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Committee
    • Litigation Committee Trial
    • Tech Commission
    • State Bar of South Dakota
      • Worker’s Compensation Committee, State Bar of South Dakota
      • Negligence & Tort Law Committee, State Bar of South Dakota
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
      • Chairman, Membership
    • American Association for Justice
    • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel
      • Products Liability
      • Alternative Resolution Dispute
    • National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advocates Association
      • Member
    • Black Hills Claims Association
      • Member
    • Black Hills Criminal Defense Bar
      • Member

    Schedule your consultation with Steve today at 605-721-2800.

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    Beardsley Jensen & Lee

    4200 Beach Dr #3
    Rapid City, SD 57702

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