Sara Frankenstein is a partner of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP. She practices in the areas of Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Employment Law, Election Law, Municipal Law, Construction Law, Personal Injury, and Insurance Defense. Sara earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of South Dakota. She served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard H. Battey, U.S. District Court, South Dakota in 2001 and 2002.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently appointed Sara to a four-year term on the South Dakota Advisory Committee as the Vice-Chair, which reports to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Sentinel Federal Credit Union, which has eight locations across South Dakota, also recently appointed Sara to its board of directors for a three-year term. Sara is the city attorney for three towns and represents a number of charitable organizations, individuals, and businesses in the Black Hills area and beyond. Sara has successfully argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc (all eleven judges), successfully briefed a case to the United States Supreme Court, and won the smoking ban election law trial which was the lead South Dakota news story for 2009. Sara has been selected as a Super Lawyer for the last five years in the areas of Legislative & Governmental Affairs. Sara serves on a number of other boards and enjoys singing, emceeing, speaking, and other involvement in her church and community. She and her husband Lew have three children.
Advanced Certified Paralegal
- State Bar of South Dakota
- American Bar Association
- South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
- South Dakota Advisory Committee - Vice Chair
- Sentinel Federal Credit Union - Board of Directors
- 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers’ List
- 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers list as a Top Rated Legislative & Governmental Affairs Attorney
- South Dakota State Bar - 2002
- Law School
University of South Dakota, J.D. - 2001
- Undergraduate School
University of South Dakota, B.A. - 1997
- Law Clerk to Hon. Richard H. Battey. Judge, U.S. District Court, South Dakota - 2001-2002