Andrew R. Damgaard was born in Moorhead, Minnesota on July 12, 1977, but grew up most of his life in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in History from the University of South Dakota in 2001. He then attended the University of South Dakota School of Law and received his law degree in 2005 graduating in the top 5% of his class and earning the distinction of Sterling Honor Graduate.
During law school Andrew received several awards in recognition of his outstanding academic performance. He was a member of the Moot Court Board and participated in four Moot Court competitions. Upon graduation, Andrew clerked for the honorable Richard W. Sabers of the South Dakota Supreme Court. He then accepted a position as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota, defending the United States against civil lawsuits and prosecuting false claims. In July of 2007, Andrew joined Governor William J. Janklow in founding the Janklow Law Firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he practiced law for over eight years until the firm merged to create Johnson Janklow Abdallah, LLP.
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.
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.
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.