Michael Pickett joined the firm as an Associate in 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pickett worked as a criminal defense attorney at the Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office where he represented indigent clients in a wide range of criminal matters. Michael has also worked in State Government covering the areas of Guardianship, Disability and Insurance Regulation. While in Law School, Michael acted as the secretary for the Veteran’s Legal Education Group and took part in semiannual, Pro Bono legal clinics at Veteran’s Affairs Hospitals across South Dakota. He studied a broad range of law including Antitrust and Competition Law; Environmental and Renewable Energy Law; and Business Associations at the China Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing China.
Prior to attending school, Mr. Pickett joined the US Navy in 2001 and served as a Master-At-Arms. He worked as a base Police Officer in Sardinia for two years before training with Naval Coastal Warfare Group One as an Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Specialist. He joined Mobile Security Squadron 7, a U.S. Navy Mobile Security Force forward-deployed to Guam and carried out missions across the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Michael was born and grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and currently lives in Spearfish with his son Zachary.
LitigationCriminal DefenseGuardianshipIntellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesInsurance Regulation
South Dakota; U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota; Oglala Sioux Tribal Court; Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court; Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Court.
Juris Doctor – University of South Dakota School of Law (2015). Bachelor of Science, Sociology and Human Services – Emphasis in Gerontology, Human Services and Parole/ Probation – Black Hills State University, (2011)
Prior Legal Experience
Deputy, Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office; Program Specialist II, South Dakota Department of Human Services; Staff Attorney, South Dakota Division of Insurance; Legal Externship, Olinger, Lovald, McCahren & Reimers PC.
South Dakota Bar Association