Brad J. Lee was born in Miles City, Montana. He graduated from Jamestown College, in Jamestown, North Dakota in 1999. In 2003, he graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law. While at law school Brad authored an article discussing statutory interpretation that was chosen for publication in the South Dakota Law Review. He was also voted 1st Place Outstanding Mediator at the 2002 National Law School Mediation Tournament, was a member of the school's Mock Trial Team, and a research assistant to Professors Frank Slagle and Michael Myers. Upon graduation, he served as law clerk to United States Senior District Court Judge Richard H. Battey. In 2005, Brad joined the Rapid City law firm of Beardsley, Jensen & Von Wald, where he focuses on cases involving personal injury, workers' compensation, civil rights, and insurance bad faith.
Since his arrival in Rapid City, Brad has always been active in the local Pennington County Bar Association (PCBA). The PCBA is an organization devoted to educating others about the role of lawyers in our communities as well as helping financially needy organizations in Rapid City. In 2009, Brad was nominated as the Secretary/Treasurer for the PCBA. In 2010, Brad served as the Vice-President before taking on the role of President in 2011.
In 2008, Brad was asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Seventh Circuit’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program. The CASA Program recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers to advocate in court for the best interest of abused and neglected children. The goal of the CASA Program is to have a “voice” in court for every child who needs one. Brad served as the Vice-Chairperson for the Board of Directors until 2014.
In 2010, Brad was asked to serve on the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association as the Chair for the Recruitment & Services Committee. The purpose of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association is to preserve the jury system, promote justice, and establish a high standard of ethics among trial lawyers. In 2011, Brad was appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Governors for the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association.
In 2014, Brad was elected to serve on the Board of Bar Commissioner for the State Bar of South Dakota. The Board of Bar Commissioners has many responsibilities which relate to promoting the interests of the legal profession and working to improve the relationships between the profession and the public.
Brad is an avid golfer and enjoys organizing golf tournaments to raise money for charity. In law school, Brad organized the Delta Theta Phi charity golf tournament for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity. Brad continued that tradition in 2007 when he organized the Seventh Circuit Charity Golf Tournament, which involves a yearly golf tournament that raises money for charities and worth causes in the Rapid City area. Each year Brad has continued to organize this charitable event and has helped raise over $60,000 for charity.
For the past several years Brad has served on the Worker’s Compensation Committee for the State Bar of South Dakota. As a member of this committee Brad is able to monitor developments in South Dakota’s workers’ compensation system and monitor how the changes may affect South Dakota employees.
Brad enjoys spending time with friends and family. He and his wife Ann have two children—Megan and Brody. Aside from work, Brad stays busy coaching and attending his children’s various sports and events, traveling, and golfing.
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• Honors and Awards: In 2011, Brad was selected by the South Dakota Young Lawyers Division as the Young Lawyer of the Year for South Dakota based on his outstanding service to the bar association and to the legal profession.