Michael S. McKnight

Michael S. McKnight: Attorney with Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P.
  • Partner at Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P.
  • 300 South Main Avenue, P.O. Box 5015, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6367
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Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, I graduated in 1981 from South Dakota State University with a degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Management and a minor in Chemistry. Following a short time at the University of Idaho working on a master’s degree in fisheries biology, I attended the University of South Dakota School of Law, graduating with honors in 1986. I have had the privilege of practicing with Boyce Law Firm since my graduation.

During the course of my more than thirty year practice, I have represented hundreds of employers, insurers and self-insurers across the state of South Dakota. In the past ten years, I developed an active and growing practice as a mediator, and alternative dispute resolution has become the focus of my practice. In March 2016, I completed a thirty (30) hour civil mediation training with Mitchell Hamlin University. I am a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and I am on the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of Mediators and Panel of Arbitrators in the employment law section. Additionally, I am on the Resolute System panel of approved mediators, an organization that provides mediation, arbitration, ADR training, and consulting services to its clients throughout the United States. I am also a South Dakota member of NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation). Since 2015, I have been both the Chair and Co-Chair of the State Bar of South Dakota Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

My mediation practice includes mediating all types of disputes, but have developed a particular interest and affinity in employment and workplace dispute resolution. My experience has allowed me to develop a mediation style that easily adapts to the needs of each particular case, allowing parties to resolve disputes that could otherwise prove to incur substantial legal fees.

I have been married to my wonderful wife since 1981, and we have four grown children. Outside of the practice of law and mediation, I enjoy spending time with my granddaughter, and following my passion in conservation and environmental related issues.

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College of Workers Compensation Lawyers.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Administrative Law
  • Workers Compensation Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
888-647-1589  Phone
605-336-2424  Phone
605-334-0618  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 5015, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6367
University Attended:
South Dakota State University, B.S., 1981
Law School Attended:
University of South Dakota, J.D., 1986
Year of First Admission:
1986, South Dakota
State Bar of South Dakota; Defense Research Institute; South Dakota Defense Lawyers; National Worker's Compensation Defense Network.
Birth Information:
Duluth, Minnesota, April 12, 1958
Reported Cases:
•Jewett v. Zandstra Const., 800 NW2d 345 (SD 2011)
•Kuhle v. Levy Chiropractic, 711 NW2d 244 (SD 2006)
•Woodcock v. City of Lake Preston, 704 NW2d 32 (SD 2005)
•Clausen v. Northern Plains Recycling, 663 NW2d 685 (SD 2003)
•St. Luke’s Midland Regional Medical Center v. Kennedy, 653 NW2d 880 (SD 2002)
•Vaughn v. John Morrell & Co., 606 NW2d 925 (SD 1999)
•Sutherland v. Queen of Peace Hosp., 576 NW2d 21 (SD 1998)
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  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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