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Johnson Janklow Abdallah Named Top Litigation Firm

May 15, 18

Chambers and Partners research says that once again Johnson Janklow and Abdallah Law Firm is a state leader in the litigation market.  Chambers points out that the firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide array of civil and commercial litigation matters. According to Chambers, the firm is at the forefront of appellate work, with core expertise in high-profile business and personal injury litigation.  Chambers also notes that the firm has a strength in trust and estate litigation and possesses a large corporate client base.

Strengths According to a market commentator, "they're regarded as the best plaintiff firm in the state. They're excellent."

"They do a lot of plaintiff personal injury work and they're very good at what they do," confirms an interviewee.

Work highlights include serving as local counsel for ABC news in defending against an action for defamation.  The firm is also noted for representing Minnehaha County in an administrative appeal brought against the South Dakota Department of Transportation and Transportation Commission over the denial of a Bridge Improvement Grant worth $2.6 million.

Chambers provided the following summary of four lawyers in the firm.

“Steven Johnson boasts standout expertise across a diverse range of issues, from civil trials to business litigation. One source affirms: ‘He's very bright, communicates extremely well with juries and can leverage that into resolving cases on a very favorable basis for his clients.’"

“Scott Abdallah is an experienced practitioner with substantial knowledge of civil litigation. A peer comments: ‘His results are phenomenal and he's able to settle cases on a favorable basis as a result.’"

“Russell Janklow offers a ‘very high level of intelligence’ and comes recommended for his extensive jury trial experience. He is particularly knowledgeable of personal injury cases, and is highlighted by a peer as "a skilled plaintiff lawyer who attracts a very good client base and provides very good representation.’"


It is great to work with the attorneys at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah. They always provide excellent advice and service that is second to none.

Mike Miller | former NBA player

The lawyers at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah are consistently ranked as the top business lawyers in the state. Our business can always count on them to aggressively fight for our rights and provide straight-forward advice on complex issues.

Mark McNeary | Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC

Lawyers from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah regularly participate in legal education by judging intramural student skills competitions; helping prepare our nationally competitive litigation skills teams; serving or leading the South Dakota State Bar's Law School Committee; and, from time to time , providing guest lecturers. The Law School is grateful for the generous participation of lawyers like those from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah.

Tom Geu | former Dean, USD School of Law