ATTORNEY PROFILE

Clint Sargent has been practicing law with the Meierhenry Law Firm since his graduation from law school in 1998. He has trained as a trial lawyer with Mark V. Meierhenry, former Attorney General of South Dakota and one of the state’s most reputable trial attorneys. Clint and Mark worked together on civil cases for over two decades, specializing in eminent domain litigation and catastrophic injuries.

In addition to his civil work, Clint also maintains an extensive criminal defense practice, defending his clients at trial on charges ranging from murder and assault to embezzlement and tax evasion.

Clint has tried over 60 jury trials, both civil and criminal cases in state and federal court. He has argued before the South Dakota Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  

Clint has earned an AV rating from Martindale Hubbel and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Personal Injury Litigation since 2010. In June 2015, Clint was named South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year by the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association.

In 2017, Clint was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.  Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.

In 2019, Clint was selected as South Dakota’s representative to Owners’ Counsel of America (OCA), an exclusive national organization of leading eminent domain attorneys who advocate for the rights of property owners.  After an extended vetting process, Owners’ Counsel of America limits its membership to but one eminent domain attorney from each of the 50 states.

EDUCATION

B.S.B.A. Accounting with Honors
University of South Dakota, 1994

Juris Doctor
University of South Dakota, 1998

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

South Dakota
North Dakota
United States District Court, District of South Dakota
United States Court of Appeal for the Eighth Circuit

MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of South Dakota
–  Bar Commissioner 2014-2017
–  Co-Chair, Tort, Insurance & Trial Law Section 2004-2005
–  Law School Committee 2007-2018
State Bar of North Dakota
South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
–  President 2009-2010
–  President-Elect 2008-2009
–  Secretary-Treasurer 2007-2008
–  Board of Governors 2000-2018
American Association for Justice
–  Board of Governors 2009-2018
–  AAJ Ambassador 2004-2010
–  AAJ Press Advisory Board 2003-2006
–  New Lawyers Division Board of Governors 2001-2007
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Board of Trial Advocates
Fellow, International Society of Barristers
Owners’ Counsel of America
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

HONORS & AWARDS

AAJ Ambassador of the Month – April 2006
USD Law School – Student Bar Association, Volunteer of the Year 2011-2012
Second Circuit Bar Association – Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year 2013
Best Lawyers – Sioux Falls Lawyers of the Year 2013 – Personal Injury Litigation
SDTLA Toast of the Trial Lawyers – 2013 and 2014
SDTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year – 2015

JURY TRIALS

M&L Masonry v. Swift Contractors, Inc., (Minnehaha Co. 1999)
Breach of Contract – Construction

Pullman v. Land O’Lakes, Inc., (U.S. District Court 1999)
Negligence & Breach of Warranty – Dairy Cattle

Muhs v. Johnson, (Minnehaha Co. 2000)
Wrongful Death – Drug Dealer Liability

Beesley v. Keller et al., (Hughes Co. 2000)
Negligence – Motor Vehicle Collision

United States v. Totaro, (U.S. District Court 2001)
Wire Fraud – Mail Fraud – RICO

State v. Mulder, (McCook Co. 2002)
Grand Theft – Theft by Deception

City of Sioux Falls v. Missouri River Energy Systems, (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
Eminent Domain – Condemnation – Road Project

Hall v. NACOLAH et al., (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
Insurance Fraud – Infliction of Emotional Distress

Gadbois v. Koch, (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
Civil Battery – “Road Rage”

State v. Klungseth, (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
Abetting Attempted Escape from Jail

Semmens v. Howard, (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
Breach of Contract – Plastic Surgery

Boxa et al. v. Vaughn et al., (Gregory Co. 2002)
Violation of Business Opportunity Act

State v. Abbas, (Turner Co. 2003)
Perjury

State v. Cyre I, (Meade Co. 2003)
Sale of Unregistered Securities – Theft by Deception

Plagmann v. Avera Queen of Peace, (Davison Co. 2003)
Medical Negligence

State v. Norgaard, (Minnehaha Co. 2004)
DUI on bicycle

Sturm v. Cross et al., (Minnehaha Co. 2004)
Negligence – Motor Vehicle Collison

Virchow v. Highland Manufacturing, Inc., (Kingsbury Co. 2004)
Breach of Warranty – Mobile Home

Oehlke v. Fuchs, (Minnehaha Co. 2004)
Negligence – Motor Vehicle Collision

United States v. Khaoon, (U.S. District Court 2004)
Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

State v. Cyre II, (Meade Co. 2004)
Grand Theft by Deception

State v. Belden, (Minnehaha Co. 2005)
DUI

State v. Oien, (Lincoln Co. 2006)
DUI

State v. Gill, (Union Co. 2006)
Rape – 3rd Degree

Reagle v. Honeycutt, (Todd Co. 2007)
Breach of Contract – Farm and Ranch

State v. Jacobsen, (Minnehaha Co. 2008)
DUI – Hit and Run

State v. Metzger(Lincoln Co. 2008)
DUI

State v. Huber, (Hyde Co. 2008)
Murder – 1st Degree

Reinfeld v. Hutcheson, (Minnehaha Co. 2009)
Negligence – Motor Vehicle Collision

SD DOT v. Woefel, (Minnehaha Co. 2009)
Eminent Domain – Condemnation – Road Project

City of Watertown v. Moriarty, (Codington Co. 2010)
Eminent Domain – Condemnation – Wastewater Plant

Peterson v. Smellie, (Minnehaha Co. 2010)
Civil Battery – Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

United States v. Kelley, (U.S. District Court 2010)
Tax Evasion – False Claims

SD DOT v. P&J Enterprises, et al., (Minnehaha Co. 2010)
Eminent Domain – Condemnation – Road Project

AAA Collections, Inc., v. Doorneweerd, (Lincoln Co. 2010)
Breach of Contract – Medical Bills

United States v. Ortiz, (U.S. District Court 2010)
Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

State v. Valencia, (Minnehaha Co. 2010)
DUI

Reinfeld v. Hutcheson II(Minnehaha Co. 2010)
Negligence – Motor Vehicle Collision

State v. Gross(Beadle Co. 2011)
Manslaughter

State v. Huber II, (Hyde Co. 2011)
Murder – 1st Degree

State v. Halverson, (McCook Co. 2011)
Simple Asssault

E.L. Thompson Farms, LTD v. Aurora County, (Aurora Co. 2012)
Eminent Domain – Inverse Condemnation – Violation Due Process

Diamond Mowers, Inc. v. A&B Business, Inc. et al., (Lincoln Co. 2012)
Breach of Contract – Fraud

Aanenson v. Handwerk, (Minnehaha Co. 2013)
Breach of Contract – Business Partnership

United States v. Dalsted, (U.S. District Court 2013)
Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

Deffenbaugh v. Steffen, (Minnehaha Co. 2014)
Breach of Contract – Defamation

SD DOT v. Miller/Walsh, (Minnehaha Co. 2014)
Eminent Domain – Condemnation – Road Project

Easton v. Davis, (Beadle Co. 2014)
Negligence – Motor Vehicle Collision

State v. McCahren, (Hughes Co. 2014)
Murder – 1st Degree

ND DOT v. Pennington, (Mountrail Co. 2014)
Eminent Domain – Condemnation – Road Project 

ND DOT v. Pennington II, (Mountrail Co. 2015)
Eminent Domain – Condemnation – Road Project 

Handwerk v. Aanenson, (Minnehaha Co. 2015)
Breach of Contract – Construction

ND DOT v. Helling, (McKenzie Co. 2015)
Eminent Domain – Condemnation – Road Project 

ND DOT v. Stubstad, (Mountrail Co. 2015)
Eminent Domain – Condemnation – Road Project 

State v. Bertram, (Gregory Co. 2016)
Murder – 1st Degree

DeJager v. Law, (Yankton Co. 2017)
Breach of Joint Venture – Fraud

State v. Krueger, (Beadle Co. 2018)
Murder – 1st Degree

State v. Hubers, (Charles Mix Co. 2018)
Grand Theft – Receiving Stolen Property

United States v. Eviglo, (U.S. District Court 2018)
False Claim – Wire Fraud

State v. Harruff, (Gregory Co. 2018)
Murder – 1st Degree

State v. Falkenberg, (Yankton Co. 2020)
Murder – 2nd Degree

CIVIC & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Coach & Sponsor – SEBA Youth Baseball
RD Hurd Second Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono Golf Tournament
–  Committee member 2000-2001
–  Co-Chair 2002-present.
Board of Directors – Groove, Inc. Youth Drumline
LHS Booster Club – Executive Committee
SD Trial Academy Faculty – 2018

FAMILY

Clint and his wife, Larissa, have three children, Jack, Kate and Gus.