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503 South Pierre Street
Pierre, South Dakota 57501Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 605-224-8803
Fax: 605-224-6289
www.mayadam.net
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 160, Pierre, SD 57501-0160
Established: 1881

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Governmental Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
ACUITYAFLAC, Inc.
ALLIED Property and Casualty Insurance CompanyAllstate Insurance Company
American Concept Insurance CompanyAmerican Family Insurance Company
American Modern Home Insurance CompanyAmerican Reciprocal Insurance Association
BancInsure, Inc.Bituminous Casualty Corporation
California Automobile Club InsuranceCentral Farm Mutual Insurance Company
CGU GroupChubb/Pacific Indemnity Company
Claims Associates, Inc.CNA Insurance Companies
Combined Insurance Company of AmericaConnecticut General Life Insurance Company
Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance CompanyContinental Western Insurance Company
Dakota Fire Insurance CompanyDe Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company of South Dakota
De Smet Insurance Company of South DakotaEmployers Casualty Company
The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United StatesFarm Bureau Insurance Companies
Farmers Insurance GroupFarmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska
Federated Insurance CompanyFireman's Fund Insurance Company
General Casualty CompaniesGovernment Employees Insurance Company
Great American Insurance CompanyGreat Central Insurance Company
Great West Casualty CompanyHarleysville Insurance Company
Hartford Life and Accident Insurance CompanyImperial Casualty and Indemnity Company
Interstate Insurance GroupJohn Hancock Life Insurance Company
Liberty Mutual Insurance CompanyLloyd's
Lumbermens Mutual Casualty CompanyMidland National Life Insurance Company
Milbank/State Auto Insurance CompanyMissouri Valley Mutual Insurance Company
National Aviation UnderwritersNational Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI)
National Farmers Union Casualty GroupNorthbrook Property and Casualty Insurance Company
Northland Insurance CompanyNorth Star Mutual Insurance Company
Prudential Insurance Company of AmericaRanger Insurance Company
Safeco Insurance Company of AmericaScottsdale Insurance Company
Sentry Insurance a Mutual CompanySouth Dakota Public Assurance Alliance
Statesman Insurance CompanyTransport Indemnity Company
Travelers Insurance CompaniesTri-State Insurance Company of Minnesota
United American Insurance CompanyUnited Fire & Casualty Company
United Pacific Insurance CompanyViking Insurance Company of Wisconsin
Woodmen Accident and Life CompanyW.R. Berkley Group
Non-Insurance Clients
A. O. Smith CorporationSecurity Group
South Dakota Public Entity Pool for Liability
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Personnel Information
Retired
Glenn W. Martens — (1881-1963)
Karl Goldsmith — (1885-1966)
Brent A. Wilbur — (1949-2006)
Of Counsel
David A. Gerdes
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:dag@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 1968
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1968
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1973
Education:
  • Northern State College, B.S., 1965
  • University of South Dakota, J.D. (cum laude), 1968
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Charles M. Thompson
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:cmt@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 1969
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1969
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1973
  • U.S. Claims Court, 1989
Education:
  • Colorado State University, B.S. (cum laude), 1965
  • University of South Dakota, J.D. (cum laude), 1969
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Robert B. Anderson
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:rba@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • Crow Creek Sioux, Lower Brule Sioux, Rosebud Sioux and Cheyenne River Trial Courts
Additional Biographical Details:
Federal Practice Committee, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 2004-
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of South Dakota (Negligence and Tort Law Committee, 1980-1986; Disciplinary Board, 1990-1996)
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 1988-1992)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., 1973
  • University of South Dakota, J.D., 1977
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Timothy M. Engel
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:tme@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of South Dakota
Education:
  • University of South Dakota, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • University of South Dakota, J.D. (with honors), 1985
Law Review:
Editor-in-Chief, South Dakota Law Review
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1985-1986
Honors:
Sterling Honors Graduate
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Michael F. Shaw
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:mfs@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of South Dakota
  • South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Western Kentucky University, B.A., 1981
  • University of South Dakota, J.D., 1987
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Sixth Judicial Circuit, 1987-1988
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Brett M. Koenecke
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:koenecke@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 1995
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
Memberships:
  • The State Bar of South Dakota
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • South Dakota State University, B.S. (with honors), 1990
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., 1994
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Christina L. Klinger
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:clk@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2004
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of South Dakota
Education:
  • University of South Dakota, B.S., 2000
  • University of South Dakota, J.D., 2003
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Justin L. Bell
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:jlb@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • The State Bar of South Dakota
Education:
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 2005
  • University of South Dakota, J.D., 2008
Law Review:
South Dakota Law Review, 2007-2008
Clerkship:
Law Clerk, Sixth Judicial Court, 2008-2009
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Douglas A. Abraham
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:daa@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Memberships:
  • The State Bar of South Dakota
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • South Dakota State University, B.S., 2006
  • Drake University Law School, J.D. (with honors), 2008
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Kara Semmler
Pierre, SD
E-Mail:kcs@mayadam.net
Admitted
  • South Dakota, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2005
Education:
  • Carthage College, B.A., Business Administration, 2001
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 2004
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South Dakota Insuranc Law Digest
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Service Areas
Aberdeen, South Dakota169 miles
Rapid City, South Dakota183 miles
Sioux Falls, South Dakota235 miles
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(Revisors of the South Dakota Insurance Law Digest for this Publication)