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Associate Attorney - Custer

Associate Attorney - Custer

We are looking to hire an associate attorney to grow and expand our services to the Custer, South Dakota community. This is an associate attorney position ideally for a licensed South Dakota attorney with no experience up to 2 years of experience. Currently, we are a general practice law firm handling a variety of matters from criminal defense, municipality law, estate planning, real estate issues, business formation, and other legal issues. The ideal candidate should be willing to take on various legal matters, and even possibly expand our legal services. If there is a particular area of law you are interested in, we will work to promote that service.

You will be working under an experienced attorney and will be appearing in court, meeting clients, drafting legal documents, and will ultimately be handling your own clients.

Why Custer, South Dakota? The area we cover includes both Custer County and Fall River County. This area is not oversaturated with attorneys and there are many opportunities for a small firm like ours to grow. Additionally, the Custer area offers a wonderful place to live in the Black Hills with many national parks, state parks, lakes, and low taxes. If you love the outdoors, this is the place for you. The people in the Black Hills are great and there are many things to do.

If are seeking a full-time opportunity to practice law with plenty of room for growth, start your application today!


We are looking for someone who can communicate well and a person who is friendly and likable. Being that we live in a small town, reputation and likability play a major role in acquiring new clients and keeping old clients. Sometimes, this means meeting clients after business hours to fit their schedules, going directly to a person’s home or the hospital when they are unable to come to our office, and basically being accommodating and going the extra mile. This position is not for everyone. However, it will be the “perfect” fit for someone.

Candidates should be able to exhibit that they are a hard worker, have attention to detail, they are a self-starter but are able to follow directions, committed to positive outcomes for our clients, committed to teamwork, conscientious of those around him or her, curious, courageous, competitive, and able to respond under pressure and independently.

This firm is looking for someone who will thrive working with our clients and who can manage a range of tasks from a variety of sources; someone who is comfortable multi-tasking and single tasking. This person needs to be punctual, disciplined, and dependable. The position calls for someone who is detail oriented and who can execute a busy schedule with ease. We are looking for someone who is a hard worker, who can work well under deadlines, and fit in as part of our team.

Lastly, communication is key in this business. We need someone who is good at communication, both oral and written, is an active listener, and conducts themselves in a professional manner.

Other Qualifications:

  • Completion of a Juris Doctor (J.D. degree) from an accredited law school (if graduating in 2023, please still apply)
  • Successful completion of the bar exam (if you are planning on taking the 2023 bar exam, please still apply)

Work Activities:

Preparing and Editing Legal Documentation:

  • Drafting estate planning documents, such as trusts, wills, etc.
  • Drafting and proofreading various legal documents: letters, discovery requests, motions, pleadings, contracts, etc.
  • Corresponding and working with governmental agencies such as the state’s attorney.


  • Interviewing prospective clients.
  • Developing legal plans and solutions for our clients.
  • Preparing and editing Legal Documents.
  • Arguing legal issues in court.

Completing Some Administrative Tasks:

  • Returning phone calls and emails in a timely manner.
  • Working with staff to keep track of billing.
  • Keeping a detailed calendar of your schedule.
  • Organizing electronic documents.
  • Calling and emailing various outside contacts: attorneys, paralegals, court staff, etc.
  • Help with the promotion and growth of the firm.

Job context:

Our firm is a growing firm and we feel our staff and clients are like family. We provide various services to the Custer community and you will find out that we wear many hats. Hopefully, the ideal person will join our firm and become a member of that family.


Compensation will consist of a fixed salary and a share of the hours you bill our clients. This requires you to be diligent in keeping up with billing hours and ensuring you are doing enough work to justify your position. The amount of money you can make is completely up to you; however, we spend a significant amount of time and resources advertising and promoting our firm, so we do not feel there will be any lack of work. Additionally, with the hiring of a new attorney, we will likely expand our advertising.

Please Contact:

Garland Goff (owner)

Phone: (605) 673-3529



220 N 5th St

Custer, SD 57730

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

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