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Verne is a partner in the Rapid City law firm of Goodsell Quinn, LLP, where he focuses on medical malpractice, personal injury, insurance bad faith, and strategic business planning. He received a B.S. and M.S. degree from Northern State College, and his J.D. from the Washburn University.

Verne is a member of the American Bar Association and related committees, the State Bar of South Dakota, The American Association for Justice (AAJ), the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Verne is currently the AAJ Delegate for the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past president of the State Bar of South Dakota, and previously served as chairman of the Ethics 2000, Multi-Jurisdictional Practice/Internet, and Advertising Committees; he also served as a member of the Disciplinary Board (1990-96), Professionalism Committee (1989-90), and Commissioner (1984-87) of the State Bar of South Dakota. Verne served as a member of the South Dakota Equal Justice Commission.

Verne is a past president of the Pennington County Bar Association. He was general counsel for the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions (1995-2003), a past member of the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards, a director of Delta Dental of South Dakota (1980-85) (1991-present), a past director of Christian Life Ministries (1985-2002), past president and director of the Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club, and a past director of the Black Hills Playhouse (1999-2002).

President: South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association

Education

Washburn University of Topeka - School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence

Northern State College

  • Graduate School, Master of Science in Education

Northern State College

  • Graduate School, Bachelor of Science in Education

Miltonvale Wesleyan College

  • Associate in Arts

ADMITTED TO BAR

  • 1974 – No. 614

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • State of South Dakota
  • United States District Court for South Dakota – February 10, 1977
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States – April 27, 2005
  • Various Tribal Courts

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Business/Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Strategic Business Planning

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • Dakota Plains Legal Services
    • Board of Directors (Appointed 9.2009)
  • The State Bar of South Dakota
    • President (2003-2004)
    • Commissioner (1984-1987)
    • Secretary, Professionalism Committee (1989-1990)
    • Disciplinary Committee (1990-1996)
    • Advertising Committee (1999)
    • Chairman - Multi-Jurisdictional Practice/Internet (2000-2001)
    • Chairman – Ethics (2000-2001)
  • South Dakota Equal Justice Commission
  • State Bar of South Dakota
    • President
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member
    • Secretary/Treasurer  2012
    • President Elect  2013
  • American Association for Justice
    • Member
  • State Delegate (2006-present)
  • American Bar Association
    • Member
    • Vice Chairman, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, General Practice Section
  • Pennington County Bar Association
    • Member
    • President (1981)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Dakota State Commission of Engineering, Architectural and Land Surveying Examiners
    • Counsel (1995-2003)
  • Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (1997-2003)
  • CAMA (Cooperative Association of Malpractice Attorneys) 2008-Present
  • TAOS Injury Attorneys—2010-Present
  • "Best Lawyers in America" for Commercial Litigation

PUBLIC SERVICE & CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Military Affairs Committee (2008)
  • Delta Dental of South Dakota, Director (1980-1985) (1992-present)
  • Christian Life Ministries, Director (1985-2000)
  • Black Hills Playhouse, Director (1999-2002)
  • Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club, President (1981-1982) & Director
  • Club Champions of America - 1991, 1989, 1998
  • Young Life Committee Committee—2011
  • Young Life Committee Chair—2012-Present

PRESENTATIONS

  • SDTLA—“Simplifying Legal Principles:  Helping Juries Understand Core Issues In Disputes.”  May, 2011
  • Structured Settlement Black Hills Claims Association Seminar 1981
  • Analysis of the Defendant's Case in a Civil Lawsuit - Pennington County Legal Secretaries Association Seminar November 7, 1987
  • Bad Faith Pennington County Legal Secretaries Association Seminar May 16, 1990
  • Adverse Possession/Litigation South Dakota State Bar - Trial Potpourri CLE in Scottsdale, AZ March 9 - 11, 1998
  • Preparing a Persuasive Settlement Brochure Black Hills Legal Professionals Association November 5, 1999
  • Internet Advertising SD State Bar Commissioners’ Meeting, Deadwood, SD January 7, 2000
  • Transactional Law and Litigation – State Bar of South Dakota Omni Tucson National Golf Resort, Tucson, AZ, March 13 – 15, 2000
  • Engineering Expedition 2003 SD Engineering Society 43rd Annual Conference, Pierre, SD, April 2-4 – "Ethics and Regulations"
  • Never be a Victim USD Law School’s Orientation Week 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Insurance Abuse CAMA (Cooperative Association of Malpractice Attorneys) 2009

ATTORNEY BEST LAWYER AWARDS 

  • Best Lawyers in American—Named
  • Bet-the Company Litigation—2006-Present
  • Commercial Litigation—2006-Present
  • Banking and Finance Litigation—2006-Present
  • Construction Litigation—2006-Present
  • Intellectual Property Litigation—2006-Present