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Office Address:

Parker Office
120 N. Main Street
P.O. Box 550
Parker, South Dakota 57053-0550
(605) 297-4446


  • South Dakota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American League of Lobbyists
  • South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc.
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • National Health Lawyers Association
  • Forum Committee on Health Law - American Bar Association
  • Group Health Association of America
  • American Medical Association's Doctors Advisory Network

Legal Experience:

Law Firm of Zimmer, Duncan & Cole
June 1974 to Present

Law Clerk to the Honorable Frances Dunn, Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court
June 1973 - May 1974


Born December 11, 1947
Parkston, South Dakota
Two Children

General Counsel:

  • South Dakota State Medical Holding Company, Inc. - DAKOTACARE (HMO)
  • DAKOTACARE Administrative Services, Inc. - DAKOTACARE Design (TPA)
  • South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (PRO)

South Dakota Counsel:

  • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Verizon Wireless, Englewood, Colorado
  • Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services, Viborg, Centerville and Parker, South Dakota
  • Southridge Health Care Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Tieszen Memorial Home, Marion, South Dakota
    South Dakota Healthcare Association, Sioux Falls, South Dakota


  • Formation of Physician Organized IPO, Missoula, Montana

Trial Experience:

  • Trial Practice Before State and Federal District Courts in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska
  • Appellate Practice, Supreme Court of South Dakota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Administrative Practice:

  • Representation of Clients before the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Department of Transportation, Department of Labor, Department of Revenue and Regulation, Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, Department of Health, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Division of Insurance, Department of Commerce and Regulation
  • Federal Government - Health Care Financing Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Social Security Administration and Veterans Administration
  • Appointment as Special Assistant Attorney General on Licensing and Disciplinary Matters for the South Dakota Psychology Board, Board of Nursing Home Examiners, Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners and Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Corporate Counsel:

South Dakota State Medical Holding Company, Inc. (DAKOTACARE) - As general counsel to DAKOTACARE and its subsidiary corporations since its inception in 1986, counsel has been responsible for all corporate compliance activities and acted as lead legal counsel to the Board of Directors. DAKOTACARE is a highly regulated health maintenance organization.

Utilities Practice:

Representation of Verizon Wireless and CommNet Cellular prior to its merger with Verizon Wireless before the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission on issues relating to rulemaking, service issues and access to service rules since 1995.

Representation of Heartland Consumers Power District. The utilities practice includes preparing and filing responses to dockets opened by the Public Utilities Commission.

Legislative Practice:

Lobbyist in South Dakota Legislature Each Year Since 1975 - Emphasis on Health Care, Telecommunications, Public Utilities, Petroleum Pipelines, Insurance Issues and Business Interests

Legislative Clients:

  • South Dakota Association of Mutual Insurers
  • South Dakota Insurance Alliance
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Verizon Wireless
  • TransCanada Corporation (Keystone and Keystone XL Products, a partnership between TransCanada and Conoco-Phillips)
  • South Dakota State Medical Association
  • South Dakota Collectors Association
  • South Dakota Health Care Association
  • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
  • Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company
  • University of South Dakota Alumni Association
  • South Dakota Library Association
  • Heartland Consumers Power District (Electric Power Transmission and Generation)

Muncipal and Local Government Counsel:

  • City Attorney for the Cities of Marion, Monroe and Davis
  • TLC Water Project District
  • TM Rural Water District
  • Vermillion Basin Water Development District


University of South Dakota
B.A. in Government - 1970
Minors:  History and English

University of South Dakota
Juris Doctorate - 1973

Professional Honors & Activities:

State Bar Activities:

  • Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Director - University of South Dakota Law School Foundation
  • Dean Search Committee for University of South Dakota School of Law - 1993
  • Law School Committee - Chairperson, 1994-1998
  • Group Benefits Committee - Chairperson, 2004-2009
  • Municipal Attorneys Association

Bar Admissions:

  • South Dakota State Bar, 1973
  • United States District Court, 1974
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120 N. Main Street
Parker, SD 57053

Phone: 605-297-4446
Fax: 605-297-4488
Toll Free: 888-733-2992
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