Trial and Litigation News

Fewer lawsuits are being tried these days and fewer yet tried to juries. However, the success or failure of informal resolution or a mediated settlement often depends in part on how the parties perceive each other as trial opponents...

Employment Law: Rights, Benefits, and Emerging Issues

On February 7, 2017, Heather Lammers Bogard spoke at “Employment Law: Rights, Benefits, and Emerging Issues” at the Holiday Inn in Rapid City.

UpcomingEmployee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century Presentation

On May 18, 2016, Heather Lammers Bogard will give a presentation on “Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century” and “Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment context” at a seminar entitled, “Human Resource Law from Start to Finish,” sponsored by the National Business Institute. The seminar will be held in Rapid City, SD.

Handling Medical and Leave Issues Presentation

On February 2, 2016, Heather Lammers Bogard gave presentations on “Handling Medical and Leave Issues” and “Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace” at a seminar entitled, “Essentials of Employment Law,” sponsored by Sterling Education Services, Inc. The seminar was held in Rapid City, SD.

Handling the Workers' Compensation Case From Start to Finish

RAPID CITY, SD – Heather Lammers Bogard, partner at Costello Porter Law Firm, will speak at the “Handling the Workers' Compensation Case From Start to Finish” Seminar being held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015. She will speak on how to determine the value of your claim and how to handle medical issues during the claim process. This course will aid attorneys, in-house counsel, worker’s compensation administrators, insurance claim/risk managers, human resource professionals and paralegals with the step-by-step practicalities of handling a worker’s compensation claim, from the initial intake through the hearing process. Ms. Bogard will appear with other noted speakers: James D. Leach and Rebecca L. Mann.

2015 SoDakSACA Director’s Retreat

KEYSTONE, SD -- On Saturday, April 18, Heather Lammers Bogard spoke at the Director's Retreat of the South Dakota School Age Care Alliance about "Legal Matters in the Workplace." She spoke on the hiring and firing of employees and common areas of concern for employers, including FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, agency law and worker’s compensation. She also discussed immunization of children and provided general recommendations to avoid liability as an employer. "In today's work environment, there is a multitude of legal questions for employers and I was glad that I could answer just a few of them," Lammers Bogard said.

Edward Carpenter Selected as Super Lawyer

We are proud to announce the selection of Edward Carpenter to the South Dakota Super Lawyers list for 2015. This marks the ninth consecutive year in which Edward Carpenter has been selected for this prestigious honor. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 5 percent of attorneys. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel. The selection of Edward Carpenter as a Super Lawyers is a testament to his dedication to the law and his superior legal practice. Please join us in congratulating Edward C. Carpenter on his selection.

Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution Process

The Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution Process is nearing its conclusion, and attorney Jeffrey D. Swett received many favorable results for his clients. Attorney Swett assisted his clients in recovering over $294,000.00, with the highest individual recovery totaling over $107,000.00. The recoveries included cash payments, tax payments, and debt forgiveness. This Claims Resolution Process was created by the USDA after the USDA identified areas of discrimination in its past processing and servicing of loans between 1981 and 2000. Attorney Swett’s practice is primarily focused in Estate Planning and Probate, Business and Corporate Law, Real Estate, and Tax Planning. If you need assistance in any of these areas, please contact attorney Jeffrey D. Swett at (605) 343-2410 or

Costello Porter Law Firm Donates $125 to Pennies for Puppies

On Monday, December 15, 2014, Costello Porter Law Firm donated 12,500 pennies to the Robbinsdale Elementary school fundraiser “Pennies for Puppies Dollars for Dogs” that raises money for the Humane Society of the Black Hills. Attorney Joe Lux said, “Pennies for Puppies just seemed a lot of fun and you were here and it is loads of fun. Costello Porter is 125 years old so we're giving back to 125 different organizations and groups, and what better than kids and puppies?” The donation by Costello Porter Law Firm is only part of the “125 to 125” year-long charitable campaign to help celebrate its 125th year as a law firm.

17th Annual Festival of Trees

Costello Porter donated a tree for the 17th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit Behavioral Management Systems. The tree will be auctioned off on November 21st at the Ramkota.
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