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Russ Janklow

Russ Janklow Personal Injury and Civil Litigation Lawyer Sioux Falls

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Russ Janklow specializes in personal injury and civil litigation, wherein he has tried over 100 jury trials in South Dakota, including several appearances before the South Dakota Supreme Court. Russ has been distinguished as one of the top personal injury trial attorneys in South Dakota and has repeatedly been acknowledged by his peers for his personal approach, diverse skills and his outstanding accomplishments. A tenacious litigator, Russ is recognized annually by Best Lawyers in America, a recognition he’s received since 2010. He was also awarded the “2014 Lawyer of the Year” in Sioux Falls for plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, an exceptional honor bestowed upon only one attorney in a chosen practice area based entirely on peer-review. Russ has also been repeatedly selected as a South Dakota “Super Lawyer” since 2007. Considered among the best in their profession, Super Lawyers represent the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in South Dakota.

Russ was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, but grew up most of his life in Pierre, South Dakota. He received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Creighton University in 1985 and went on to receive his law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1989.

After receiving his law degree he was a Law Clerk for the South Dakota First Judicial Circuit Court in Yankton, South Dakota from 1989 – 1990. In 1990 he joined the law firm of Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and continued his practice with the firm until 1995 when he joined the law firm of Johnson, Heidepriem, Janklow & Abdallah in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was a partner with the firm until September 1, 2008 when he left to join his father in the creation of Janklow Law Firm, Prof. L.L.C, where he remains the owner.

Russ has lectured at the USD School of Law and at several insurance and claims forums. He has successfully acted as a private mediator in over 250 mediation and arbitration cases since 2007 and has also been designated as an expert witness in cases of Worker's Compensation, Insurance Bad Faith and Legal Malpractice. 

Call Russ directly on his cell at 605-359-2021 or by email at It won't cost you anything to see if he can help.

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Russ Janklow Personal Injury and Civil Litigation Lawyer Sioux Falls

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