Staff Spotlight: Kristi Wood, Legal Assistant
Meet Kristi Wood, Cris Palmer’s legal assistant for the last seven years! Kristi’s favorite part of being a legal assistant for attorney Cris Palmer, who focuses on insurance defense, is problem-solving and helping their clients. A typical day for Kristi consists of mail, emails, telephone calls, scheduling, drafting pleadings, settlement agreements, and letters. She has been with the firm for 13.5 years and a lot of her favorite memories are the team building and socializing events like the YMCA Corporate Cup, staff retreats, and Christmas parties.
Differing Construction Site Conditions
Differing site conditions on a project can be very costly for a construction company. Proper management of the risk requires an awareness of the possibility and diligence upon discovery. Jason Smiley, an attorney at our firm writes about the two different site conditions and the risks associated with each.
Attorney Spotlight: Rebecca L. Mann
Meet Rebecca L. Mann, a lawyer who has been at our firm for the last 10 years! She was born and raised in Spearfish, South Dakota, and attended undergraduate school at Black Hills State University followed by law school at the University of South Dakota. Rebecca enjoys all aspects of litigation work from motions practice, trial work, and appellate advocacy. Her practice areas include litigation, worker’s compensation, and her favorite practice area, governmental liability, because she enjoys representing counties and county officials in civil rights actions.
Staff Spotlight: Beth Young, Advanced Certified Paralegal
Meet Beth Young, an Advanced Certified Paralegal with a specialty in litigation! She has been working with Cris Palmer for 24 years, primarily in insurance defense, and enjoys the challenge of assisting him in the continuously evolving practice of law.
Attorney Spotlight: Justin DiBona
Meet Justin DiBona, an associate attorney at our law firm! Justin has been a lawyer with us for the last three years, practicing in the areas of Business, Estate Planning, and Probate. When we asked Justin why he wanted to become an attorney, his response was “I was intrigued by the work and I enjoy being able to help people accomplish their goals.
Attorney Spotlight: Don Knudsen
Meet Don Knudsen, one of our Employment Law attorneys who has been a lawyer for over 31 years! When we asked Don what he liked the most about being a lawyer, he stated “Piecing together little bits of evidence to reconstruct some past event and prove (as best I can) my client’s position is correct. And when it’s not, negotiating the best possible outcome for my client.” Don’s practice areas include primarily employment law which consists of discrimination, retaliation, employment contracts, and governmental tort liability which entails defending cities, counties, townships, school boards, etc. He also handles personal injury and commercial litigation. Out of all the practice areas, civil rights is his favorite.