Steven W. Sanford

Steven W. Sanford

Phone:  605-336-0828

Fax:   605-336-6036

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Assistant:  Gina Leisinger

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Status:

Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP

  • 1974-1975, Associate
  • 1975-Present, Partner
  • 1983, 1992 - Adjunct Professor of Law, University of South Dakota School of Law
  • 1997-2006 - Section Chief (Civil Litigation), South Dakota Practice Course, University of South Dakota Law School
  • 2002- Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota

Selected Articles and Presentations:

  • "Recent Developments in Conservation Easements," American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting (October 2010)
  • “Why Didn’t the Court Enforce Your Agreement? A Litigator’s Advice to Attorneys Drafting Transactional Documents,” ABA Annual Meeting (August 2001) (re-presented as an ABA Video/Teleconference, January 30, 2002) (presented as an ABA Teleconference/ Webcast January 31, 2008)
  • “The Attorney-Client Privilege for Financial Institutions,” Presentation to Financial Institution Compliance Professionals Organization (January 11, 2006) 
  • “Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage for Farmers,” American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference (October 2001)
  • “South Dakota Legal Ethics (Conflicts of Interest and Dealings with Third Parties),” Lorman (September 2001)
  • “The Uniform Commercial Code Survey” (Litigation) 56 Bus.Law 1859 (August 2001) (with Jeffrey Wong)
  • “Alvine v. Mercedes-Benz North America: What Doctors Do When Their Mercedes Doesn’t Work,” South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (April 2001)
  • “Fraud and the Economic Loss Doctrine,” ABA Business Law Section Meeting (March 2001)
  • “What You Need to Know About Noncompete Agreements,” South Dakota Legal Assistants Association Seminar (June 2000)
  • “Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Coverage Issues in Business Tort Litigation,” State Bar of South Dakota (March 2000)
  • “The Evolving Scope of Insurance Agency Liability to Insureds and Others,” Property and Casualty Claims Continuing Education Seminar (January 2000)
  • “The Uniform Commercial Code Survey” (Litigation) 54 Bus.Law 1985 (August 1999) (with Jeffrey Wong)
  • “The Federal Rules of Evidence in the Eighth Circuit,” State Bar of South Dakota (June 1997)
  • “The Use of Rule 45 Subpoenas To Discover Information Concerning Experts or Underlying Expert Opinions,” South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (December 1996)
  • “Pre-Trial Disclosure and Rule 45 Subpoenas,” State Bar of South Dakota (June 1996)
  • “Poisoning the Competitor’s Well--Business Interference Claims,” State Bar of South Dakota (March 1996)
  • “The New (Maybe) UCC Article 9 Obligation of Good Faith,” Uniform Commercial Code Newsletter (October 1995)
  • “The Sale of Farm Products & Compliance with the Federal Statute,” American Bankers Association,
    National Agricultural Banker’s Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 1992)
  • “Suing and Defending Banks: Theories and Tactics for the 1990's (Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Coverage Issues in Lender Liability Litigation),” ABA Annual Meeting (August 1991) and represented as ABA Satellite Seminar (May 1992)
  • “Cross-Examination of an Expert Witness,” South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (November 1990)
  • “The Reborn Farm Products Exception Under the Food Security Act of 1985,” 20 Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal 3 (Summer 1987)
  • “Debtor' s Rights in Collateral as a Requirement of Attachment of a Security Interest under the Uniform Commercial Code, ” South Dakota Law Review (Spring 1981), reprinted as Chapter 4B, Coogan, et al., Secured Transactions Under The Uniform Commercial Code (Matthew Bender, 1982)
  • “Involuntary Civil Commitment in South Dakota: A Step Closer to Constitutional Legitimacy, ” South Dakota Law Review, (Spring 1974)
  • “Constitutionality of the Tax Exempt Status of Municipal Bonds,” South Dakota Law Review (Winter 1973)

Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
    1. Chair, UCC Litigation Subcommittee, 1990-2000, ABA Litigation Section
    2. Vice Chair, UCC Litigation Subcommittee 1999-2002, Chair 2002-2004, ABA Business Law Section
  • State Bar of South Dakota
    1. Trial Academy Committee, 2006-
    2. Chair, Uniform Commercial Code Committee of The State Bar of South Dakota, 1986-1990
  • Second Circuit Bar Association (President 1988-89)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (President, South Dakota Chapter 1998-99)
  • American Inns of Court (President, Roy F. Burns Inn 1996-97)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Federal Practice Committee for District of South Dakota

CLE and Seminar Speaker for:

  • ABA Litigation Section
  • ABA Business Law Section
  • ABA National Institute on Agricultural & Agri-Business Financing
  • American Bankers Association
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • State Bar of South Dakota
  • South Dakota Trial Academy
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
  • South Dakota Legal Assistants Association

Civic Activities:

  • Current or former board member:
      1. Sioux Falls Community Playhouse
      2. Sioux Empire United Way
      3. South Dakota Children's Home Society
      4. Sioux Falls High School Foundation (President)
      5. South Dakota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (Chair, Board of Trustees)
      6. Great Bear Recreation Park, Inc. (President, nonprofit operator of Great Bear Ski Valley)
      7. Northern Prairies Land Trust (Founding Director)

Reported Cases (Selected):

  • LOL Finance Co. v. Paul Johnson & Sons Cattle Co., Inc., 2010 WL 5422621, D.Neb., December 23, 2010
  • Scharnweber v. Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp., 2010 WL 3730112, D.S.D., September 20, 2010
  • Pinnacle Pizza Co., Inc. v. Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., 395 F. Supp.2d 891 (D.S.D. 2005); 560 F.Supp.2d 786 (D.S.D. 2008); 598 F.3d 970, 2010 WL 1006437, C.A.8 (S.D.), March 22, 2010
  • Nelson v. Promising Future, Inc., 759 N.W.2d 551, 2008 WL 5413755, 2008 SD 130, S.D., December 30, 2008
  • McDowell v. Citicorp U.S.A., 734 N.W.2d 14, 2007 SD 53
  • Kent v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 484 F.3d 988, C.A.8 (S.D.) 2007
  • Broin and Associates, Inc. v. Genencor Intern., Inc., 232 F.R.D. 335, D.S.D. July 26, 2005
  • Pinnacle Pizza Co., Inc. v. Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., 395 F. Supp.2d 891, D.S.D., July 19, 2005
  • Richland State Bank v. Household Credit Services, Inc., 340 F.Supp.2d 1051, D.S.D., September 30, 2004
  • In re Northwestern Corp. Securities Litigation, 329 F.Supp.2d 1105, 2204 WL 1772968, D.S.D., April 7, 2004
  • Fritzmeier v. Krause Gentle Corp., 669 N.W.2d 699, 2003 SD 112
  • FMB BankShares, Inc. v. Hajek, 668 N.W.2d 715, 2003 SD 103
  • Western Wireless Corp. v. Department of Revenue, 665 N.W.2d 73, 2003 SD 68
  • Alvine v. Mercedes-Benz of North America, 620 N.W.2d 608, 2001 SD 3
  • Sawyer v. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., 619 N.W.2d 644, 2000 SD 144
  • Setliff v. Akins, 616 N.W.2d 878, 2000 SD 124
  • Brevet Intern., Inc. v. Great Plains Luggage Co., 604 N.W.2d 268, 2000 SD 5
  • First Nat. Bank in Sioux Falls v. Drier, 574 N.W.2d 597, 1998 SD 1
  • Elrod v. General Cas. Co. of Wisconsin, 566 N.W.2d 482, 1997 SD 90
  • Read v. Medical X-Ray Center, P.C., 110 F.3d 543, C.A.8 (S.D.), April 2, 1997
  • Chance Management, Inc. v. State of S.D., 97 F.3d 1107, C.A.8 (S.D.) 1996
  • Krueger v. Austad, 545 N.W.2d 205, 1996 SD 26
  • Carlsen v. Thomas, 159 F.R.D. 661, E.D.Ky., December 23, 1994
  • Mid-Western Elec., Inc. v. DeWild Grant Reckert & Associates Co., 500 N.W.2d 250, S.D. 1993
  • Gulch Gaming, Inc. v. State of S.D., 781 F. Supp. 621, D.S.D. 1991
  • Moldrem v. Stone Container Corp., 939 F.2d 664, C.A.8 (S.D.), July 30, 1991 
  • Time Out, Inc. v. Karras, 469 N.W.2d 380, S.D., April 24, 1991
  • Application of Farmers State Bank of Viborg, 466 N.W.2d 158, S.D. 1991
  • Taggart v. Ford Motor Credit Co., 462 N.W.2d 493, S.D. 1990
  • Matter of Hadleigh D. Hyde Trust, 458 N.W.2d 802, S.D. 1990
  • Olson v. Tri-County State Bank, 456 N.W.2d 132, S.D., May 9, 1990
  • In re Dakota Country Store Foods, Inc., 107 B.R. 977, Bkrtcy D.S.D. 1989
  • Schuler v. Meschke, 435 N.W.2d 156, Minn. App., February 7, 1989
  • Gall v. South Branch Nat. Bank of South Dakota, 783 F.2d 125, C.A.8 1986
  • Vreugdenhil v. Hoekstra, 773 F.2d 213, C.A.8 1985
  • Bublitz v. State Bank of Alcester, 369 N.W.2d 137, 1985
  • Taylor Realty Co. v. Haberling, 365 N.W.2d 870, S.D. 1985)
  • Henningson, Durham & Richardson, Inc. v. Swift Bros. Const. Co., 739 F.2d 1341, C.A.8 1984
  • Crocker Nat. Bank, Credit Alliance Corp. v. Clark Equipment Credit Corp., 724 F.2d 696, C.A.8 1984
  • Scherschligt v. Empire Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 662 F.2d 470, C.A.8 (S.D.) 1981