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 continue to work together on civil cases, 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.


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

Juris Doctor
University of South Dakota, 1998


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


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


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


M&L Masonry v. Swift Contractors,Inc., (Minnehaha Co. 1999)
Pullman v. Land O’Lakes, Inc., (U.S. District Court 1999)
Muhs v. Johnson, (Minnehaha Co. 2000)
Beesley v. Keller et al., (Hughes Co. 2000)
United States v. Totaro, (U.S. District Court 2001)
State v. Mulder, (McCook Co. 2002)
City of Sioux Falls v. Missouri River Energy Systems, (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
Hall v. NACOLAH et al., (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
Gadbois v. Koch, (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
State v. Klungseth, (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
Semmens v. Howard, (Minnehaha Co. 2002)
Boxa et al. v. Vaughn et al., (Gregory Co. 2002)
State v. Abbas, (Turner Co. 2003)
State v. Cyre I, (Meade Co. 2003)
Plagmann v. Avera Queen of Peace, (Davison Co. 2003)
State v. Norgaard, (Minnehaha Co. 2004)
Sturm v. Cross et al., (Minnehaha Co. 2004)
Virchow v. Highland Manufacturing, Inc., (Kingsbury Co. 2004)
Oehlke v. Fuchs, (Minnehaha Co. 2004)
United States v. Khaoon, (U.S. District Court 2004)
State v. Cyre II, (Meade Co. 2004)
State v. Belden, (Minnehaha Co. 2005)
State v. Oien, (Lincoln Co. 2006)
State v. Gill, (Union Co. 2006)
Reagle v. Honeycutt, (Todd Co. 2007)
State v. Jacobsen, (Minnehaha Co. 2008)
State v. Metzger, (Lincoln Co. 2008)
State v. Huber, (Hyde Co. 2008)
Reinfeld v. Hutcheson, (Minnehaha Co. 2009)
SD DOT v. Woefel, (Minnehaha Co. 2009)
City of Watertown v. Moriarty, (Codington Co. 2010)
Peterson v. Smellie, (Minnehaha Co. 2010)
United States v. Kelley, (U.S. District Court 2010)
SD DOT v. P&J Enterprises, et al., (Minnehaha Co. 2010)
AAA Collections, Inc., v. Doorneweerd, (Lincoln Co. 2010)
United States v. Ortiz, (U.S. District Court 2010)
State v. Valencia, (Minnehaha Co. 2010)
Reinfeld v. Hutcheson II, (Minnehaha Co. 2010)
State v. Gross, (Beadle Co. 2011)
State v. Huber II , (Hyde Co. 2011)
State v. Halverson, (McCook Co. 2011)
E.L. Thompson Farms, LTD v. Aurora County, (Aurora Co. 2012)
Diamond Mowers, Inc. v. A&B Business, Inc. et al., (Lincoln Co. 2012)
Aanenson v. Handwerk, (Minnehaha Co. 2013)
United States v. Dalsted, (U.S. District Court 2013)
Deffenbaugh v. Steffen, (Minnehaha Co. 2014)
SD DOT v. Miller/Walsh, (Minnehaha Co. 2014)
Easton v. Davis, (Beadle Co. 2014)
State v. McCahren, (Hughes Co. 2014)
ND DOT v. Pennington, (Mountrail Co. 2014)
ND DOT v. Pennington II, (Mountrail Co. 2015)
Handwerk v. Aanenson, (Minnehaha Co. 2015)
ND DOT v. Helling, (McKenzie Co. 2015)
ND DOT v. Stubstad, (Mountrail Co. 2015)
State v. Bertram, (Gregory Co. 2016)
DeJager v. Law, (Yankton Co. 2017)
State v. Krueger, (Beadle Co. 2018)
State v. Hubers, (Charles Mix Co. 2018)
United States v. Eviglo, (U.S. District Court 2018)
State v. Harruff, (Gregory Co. 2018)


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


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