Richard M. Williams is an associate attorney at Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP in Rapid City, South Dakota. He focuses his practice on Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense, Governmental Law, Environmental Law, and Administrative Law.
Richard grew up in Sturgis, South Dakota, and received a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University in 1997. He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2000 as Juris Doctor. From 2000 to 2001 he served as a Law Clerk for the Second Judicial Circuit in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. After serving as a Law Clerk, Richard began working with the South Dakota Office of Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General where he started in the Appellate Division. He later worked as a prosecutor for the drug unit until he became the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Director in 2003. In 2006, he moved to the Attorney General’s Civil Division where he handled all matters of civil litigation in both State and Federal Court. In 2015, Richard became a Deputy Attorney General and the Chief of the Civil Litigation Division. While practicing with the Office of Attorney General, he successfully argued cases in the South Dakota Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and was integral in South Dakota v. Wayfair, South Dakota’s landmark internet tax case argued in the United States Supreme Court. Richard began practicing at Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP law firm in September 2019.