James S. Nelson

James S. Nelson: Attorney with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP


James S. Nelson has been practicing law since 1959. He has been with the firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP since 1988 and practices in the areas of Civil Litigation, Corporate and Business Litigation, Personal Injury, Insurance Defense, Business Transactions, Real Estate, and Gaming Law.

Jim earned his B.S. degree at Black Hills State University and received his J.D. from the University of South Dakota. After law school Jim served three years in the United States Army as a Captain in the JAG Corps.

Jim served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1969-1974. He is a member of the State Bar of South Dakota, the American Bar Association, the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates, in which he served on the National Board of Directors and as past president of the South Dakota Chapter. Jim is also a former president of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association and the State Bar of South Dakota.

Jim is also active in the local community where he is currently President of The Mount Rushmore Institute serves on the Board of Directors of the Hope Center and has served on the Board of Directors of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society and was President of the Society from 1999-2005. He has served on various Boards of Directors for profit and nonprofit corporations, including insurance companies and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and was past President of the Rushmore Mutual Life Insurance Company and Mt. Rushmore Casualty Company.

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Civil Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Real Property
  • Business Transactions
  • Gaming Law
  • Insurance Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
605-388-2839  Phone
605-342-1078  Phone
605-342-0480  Fax
University Attended:
Black Hills State University, B.S., 1956
Law School Attended:
University of South Dakota, J.D., 1959
Year of First Admission:
1959, South Dakota
American Bar Association; State Bar of South Dakota (President Elect, 1995-1996 and President, 1996-1997); Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel; South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1984); American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate; National Board of Directors, 1998-2001 and President, South Dakota Chapter, 1992-1993); Defense Research Institute; American College of Trial Lawyers; International Association of Gaming Attorneys; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Mt. Rushmore National Society (President, 1999—).
Capt., JAGC, U.S. Army, 1959-1962
Payment Information:
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  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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Rapid City, South Dakota

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