Raleigh Hansman is a Sioux Falls, SD native. After graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder and spending two years working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, CA, Raleigh returned to South Dakota to attend law school. She graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in May 2012 with Sterling Honors. During her law school career, Raleigh was the Lead Articles Editor for Volume 57 of the South Dakota Law Review and published two articles, Time Does Not Heal All Wounds: An Analysis of the Defendant Disarming Decision in Murray v. Mansheim, 2011 SD 155, and Doctrinal Development or Devolution?:  An Examination of the Incidental Regulation Test from Texas v. Johnson through Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, 2012 SD 122.  

Raleigh interned with the Meierhenry Sargent law firm during the 2011 Summer. She joined the firm as a full-time associate in August 2012 and became partner in 2017. She works closely with Mark Meierhenry and Clint Sargent. Raleigh’s present practice includes civil litigation, criminal defense, and appellate practice.


University of Colorado-Boulder, 2007
Political Science; Certificates in Leadership and Peace & Conflict Studies

University of South Dakota School of Law, 2012
Sterling Honors Graduate


South Dakota
U.S. District Court, South Dakota
U. S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
United States Supreme Court


South Dakota Bar Association
Social Medical Committee 2012-2016
Women in Law 2014-Present

South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
Board of Governors 2013-Present

2nd Circuit Bar Association
President 2015-2016

South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

American Association for Justice
Young Lawyers Division

Haddasah’s Attorney and Judges Council


South Dakota Trial Lawyers  -Toast of the Trial Lawyers Award 2014
USD School of Law Student Bar Association’s Inaugural Alumni Service Award – 2020


State v. Halverson, (McCook Co. 2011)
Aanenson v. Handwerk, (Minnehaha Co. 2013)
United States v. Dalsted, (U.S. District Court 2013)
Deffenbaugh v. Steffen, (Minnehaha Co. 2014)
Easton v. Davis, (Beadle Co. 2014)
State v. McCahren, (Hughes Co. 2014)
Steinhaus v. Seager, (Minnehaha Co. 2015)
Handwerk v. Aanenson, (Minnehaha Co. 2015)
State v. Harruff, (Gregory Co. 2018)
State v. Falkenberg, (Yankton Co. 2020)


In re Ibanez, 2013 SD 45, 834 N.W.2d 306
Colombe v. Rosebud Sioux Tribe, et al., 747 F.3d 1020 (8th Cir. 2014)
O’Neill v. O’Neill, 2016 SD 15, 876 N.W.2d 486
State v. McCahren, 2016 SD 34, 878 N.W.2d 586
In re Estate of Colombe, 2016 SD 62, 885 N.W.2d 350
State v. Bertram, 2018 SD 4, 906 N.W.2d 418
Lammers v. State by and through Department of Game, Fish and Parks,
2019 SD 44, 932 N.W.2d 129
State v. Harruff, 2020 SD 4
State v. Ceplecha, 2020 SD 11