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Raleigh Hansman

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, Times 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 a partner in 2017. She works closely with Clint Sargent. Raleigh’s current practice includes criminal defense, civil litigation, and appellate practice.

She and her husband, Tom, have two children.



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

University of South Dakota School of Law, 2012
               Sterling Honors


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


State Bar of South Dakota
–  Social Media committee 2012-2015
–  Women in Law 
South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
–  Board of Governors 2013-present 
American Association for Justice
–  New Lawyers Division
South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Circuit Bar Association
–  President, 2015-2016   
–  Board 2013-1016
Hadassah’s Attorneys and Judges Council
The Infinity Project (www.theinfinityproject.org)
– South Dakota Organizer
Eighth Circuit Bar Association
– South Dakota Director, 2021-Present 


SDTLA Toast of the Trial Lawyers – 2014
USD School of Law Student Bar Association’s Inaugural Alumni Service Award – 2020
South Dakota Young Lawyer of the Year – 2021
South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Outstanding Lawyer Award – 2021

Jury Trials

  • State v. Halverson, (McCook Co. 2011)
          Simple Assault
  • 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
  • Easton v. Davis, (Beadle Co. 2014)
         Negligence – Motor Vehicle Collision
  • State v. McCahren, (Hughes Co. 2014)
         Murder – 1st Degree
  • Handwerk v. Aanenson, (Minnehaha Co. 2015)
         Breach of Contract – Construction
  • Steinhaus v. Seager, (Minnehaha Co. 2015)
         Negligence – Motor Vehicle Collision
  • State v. Harruff, (Gregory Co. 2018)     
         Murder – 1st Degree
  • State v. Falkenberg, (Yankton Co. 2020)
          Murder – 2nd Degree
  • State v. Brumbaugh, (Gregory Co. 2021)
          Simple Assault (Domestic) 
  • State v. Schwartz, (McCook Co. 2021)
          Simple Assault
  • State v. Lawrence, (Codington Co. 2022)
          Grand Theft


In re Ibanez, 2013 SD 45

Colombe v. Rosebud Sioux Tribe, 747 F.3d 1020 (8th Cir. 2014)

O’Neill v. O’Neill, 2016 SD 15

State v. McCahren, 2016 SD 34

In re Estate of Colombe, 2016 SD 62

State v. Bertram, 2018 SD 4

Lammers v. State of South Dakota, by and through the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, 2019 SD 44

State v. Harruff, 2020 SD 4

State v. Ceplecha, 2020 SD 11

State v. Falkenberg, 2021 SD 59

State v. Law, Summary Disposition, Docket No. 29592 (2021)