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The Trial Lawyers of Goodsell Oviatt

Verne Goodsell

Partner, Trial Lawyer

Verne is a partner in the Rapid City law firm of Goodsell Oviatt, LLP, where he focuses on medical malpractice, personal injury, insurance bad faith, and strategic business planning. He received a B.S. and M.S. degree from Northern State College, and his J.D. from the Washburn University.

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Nathan Oviatt

Partner, Trial Lawyer

Nate is an experienced trial attorney with a direct, practical, and honest approach to helping clients navigate through tough legal problems. With millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients, he holds insurance companies accountable to honor their promises and follow the law.

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Samuel Strommen


Sam is an associate with Goodsell + Oviatt Law Firm and graduated from the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law in 2022 with a Juris Doctor degree. Having previously interned at the Firm, Sam returned full-time after graduation.

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Kristi Erdman

Attorney Associate

Kristi is an attorney associate with Goodsell+Oviatt Law Firm and assists with Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Birth Trauma, and Insurance Bad Faith cases. Incorporating her legal research and writing skills, academic achievements and practice experience, she helps clients find a successful resolution to their legal issues.

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News & Press
G+O Verdict Confirms that community will not tolerate illegal sex-based discriminationA federal jury in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota – Western Division returned a four hundred-thousand-dollar ($400,000) verdict against Thomas J. Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) for sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e.G+O 42 Million Dollar Verdict Hits National NewsAP News and US News & World Report recently published articles on our recent victory in one of the largest bad faith verdicts in South Dakota history.PRESS RELEASE - FERN JOHNSON v. Liberty Mutual and UPSA Pennington County jury returned a 42-million-dollar verdict against Liberty Mutual and UPS for reprehensible behavior for intentionally denying medical benefits they were ordered to be provided to an injured worker.81st Sturgis Rally Numbers May Be Highest In HistorySome projections indicate that close to a million people will visit the Black Hills to enjoy the Sturgis Rally. Verne and Nate offer advice for a fun and safe vacation to our region during the events."Vaccine Passports" - Verne Goodsell Interview Featured On KEVNVerne Goodsell was interviewed and featured on Black Hills FOX News talking about the realities behind "vaccine passports."Nate Oviatt Interview Featured on KOTA NewsGoodsell+Oviatt attorney, Nate Oviatt, was interviewed and featured on local news outlets on the plausability and legality of vaccine passports. Nate speaks on the details surrounding the issue as it relates to our state.