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Scott Abdallah Featured in KELO Story Regarding Liability Related to Recent Civil Unrest

Jun 8, 20

Attorney Scott Abdallah was featured in a KELO Money Matters Story related to the recent civil unrest.  As a former prosecutor, Scott discussed how South Dakota law allows parents to be held financially responsible in civil court for vandalism and other malicious acts caused by children living in their household.  Scott also discussed how children under the age of 18 can be held civilly responsible for damages caused by intentional acts like looting and rioting.  Scott explained that once a judgment is obtained against a child in civil court, the judgment is generally valid for 20 years and will follow that child into adulthood when they will ultimately be required to pay.


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