Steven W. Sanford

Steven W. Sanford: Attorney with Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP


Member, Board of Editors, South Dakota Law Review, 1973-1974. Adjunct Professor of Law, University of South Dakota School of Law, 1983, 1992. Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, 2002-. Author: "Recent Developments in Conservation Easements," American Agricultural Law Association Annual Meeting (October 2010); "Why Didn't the Court Enforce Your Agreement? A Litigator's Advice to Attorneys Drafting Transactional Documents," ABA Annual Meeting (August 2001) (re-presented as an ABA Video/Teleconference, January 30, 2002) (presented as an ABA Teleconferenece/Webcast January 31, 2008); "The Attorney-Client Privilege for Financial Institutions," Presentation to Financial Institution Compliance Professionals Organization (January 11, 2006); "Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage for Farmers," American Agricultural Law Association Annual Conference (October 2001); "South Dakota Legal Ethics (Conflicts of Interest and Dealings with Third Parties)," Lorman (September 2001); "The Uniform Commercial Code Survey" (Litigation) 56 Bus. Law 1859 (August 2001) (with Jeffrey Wong); "Alvine v. Mercedes-Benz North America: What Doctors Do When Their Mercedes Doesn't Work," South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (April 2001); "Fraud and the Economic Loss Doctrine," ABA Business Law Section Meeting (March 2001); "What You Need to Know About Noncompete Agreements," South Dakota Legal Assistants Association Seminar (June 2000); "Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Coverage Issues in Business Tort Litigation," State Bar of South Dakota (March 2000); "The Evolving Scope of Insurance Agency Liability to Insureds and Others," Property and Casualty Claims Continuing Education Seminar (January 2000); "The Uniform Commercial Code Survey" (Litigation) 54 Bus. Law 1985 (August 1999) (with Jeffrey Wong); "The Federal Rules of Evidence in the Eighth Circuit," State Bar of South Dakota (June 1997); "The Use of Rule 45 Subpoenas To Discover Information Concerning Experts or Underlying Expert Opinions," South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (December 1996); "Pre-Trial Disclosure and Rule 45 Subpoenas," State Bar of South Dakota (June 1996); "Poisoning the Competitor's Well-Business Interference Claims," State Bar of South Dakota (March 1996); "The New (Maybe) UCC Article 9 Obligation of Good Faith," Uniform Commercial Code Newsletter (October 1995); "The Sale of Farm Products & Compliance with the Federal Statute," American Bankers Association, National Agricultural Banker's Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 1992); "Suing and Defending Banks: Theories and Tactics for the 1990's (Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Coverage Issues in Lender Liability Litigation)," ABA Annual Meeting (August 1991) and re-presented as ABA Satellite Seminar (May 1992); "Cross-Examination of an Expert Witness," South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association (November 1990); "The Reborn Farm Products Exception Under the Food Security Act of 1985," 20 Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal 3 (Summer 1987); "Debtor's Rights in Collateral as a Requirement of Attachment of a Security Interest under the Uniform Commercial Code," South Dakota Law Review (Spring 1981), reprinted as Chapter 4B, Coogan, et al., Secured Transactions Under The Uniform Commercial Code (Matthew Bender, 1982); "Involuntary Civil Commitment in South Dakota: A Step Closer to Constitutional Legitimacy," South Dakota Law Review, (Spring 1974); "Constitutionality of the Tax Exempt Status of Municipal Bonds," South Dakota Law Review (Winter 1973).

American College of Trial Lawyers; American Bar Foundation.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Civil Trials
  • Appeals
  • Mediation
  • Commercial Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
605-937-6787  Phone
605-336-0828  Phone
605-336-6036  Fax
University Attended:
University of the South, B.A., 1970
Law School Attended:
University of South Dakota, J.D., 1974
Year of First Admission:
1974, South Dakota and U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota; 1995, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; 1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1992, U.S. Supreme Court
Second Judicial Circuit (President, 1988-1989) and American (Member, Uniform Commercial Code and Commercial Finance Committees, 1981-; Vice Chair, UCC Litigation Subcommittee, Corporation, Banking and Business Section, 1999-; Chair, UCC Litigation Subcommittee, Litigation Section, 1990-) Bar Associations; The State Bar of South Dakota (Chairman, Uniform Commercial Code Committee, 1986-1990); American Inns of Court (Chair, Roy F. Burns Inn, 1996-1997); American Board of Trial Advocates (South Dakota Chapter; President, 1998-1999).
Birth Information:
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, June 19, 1948
Reported Cases:
Barron ex rel. D.B. v. South Dakota Board of Regents, 655 F.3d 787 (8th Cir. 2011); Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern R.R. Corp. v. Schieffer, 648 F.3d 935 (8th Cir. 2011); LOL Finance Co. v. Paul Johnson & Sons Cattle Co., Inc., 2010 WL 5422621, D.Neb., December 23, 2010; Scharnweber v. Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp., 2010 WL 3730112, D.S.D., September 20, 2010; Pinnacle Pizza Co., Inc. v. Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., 395 F. Supp.2d 891 (D.S.D. 2005); 560 F.Supp.2d 786 (D.S.D. 2008); 598 F.3d 970, 2010 WL 1006437, C.A.8 (S.D.), March 22, 2010; Nelson v. Promising Future, Inc., 759 N.W.2d 551, 2008 WL 5413755, 2008 SD 130, S.D., December 30, 2008; McDowell v. Citicorp U.S.A., 734 N.W.2d 14, 2007 SD 53; 752 N.W.2d 209, 2008 SD 50; U.S. ex rel. Greendyke v. CNOS, P.C., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2007 WL 2908414, D.S.D., September 27, 2007; Kent v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 484 F.3d 988, C.A.8 (S.D.) 2007; Broin and Associates, Inc. v. Genencor Intern., Inc., 232 F.R.D. 335, D.S.D. July 26, 2005; Richland State Bank v. Household Credit Services, Inc., 340 F. Supp.2d 1051, D.S.D., September 30, 2004; In re Northwestern Corp. Securities Litigation, 329 F. Supp.2d 1105, 2204 WL 1772968, D.S.D., April 7, 2004; Fritzmeier v. Krause Gentle Corp., 669 N.W.2d 699, 2003 SD 112; FMB BankShares, Inc. v. Hajek, 668 N.W.2d 715, 2003 SD 103; Western Wireless Corp. v. Department of Revenue, 665 N.W.2d 73, 2003 SD 68; Alvine v. Mercedes-Benz of North America, 620 N.W.2d 608, 2001 SD 3; Sawyer v. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., 619 N.W.2d 644, 2000 SD 144; Setliff v. Akins, 616 N.W.2d 878, 2000 SD 124; Read v. McKennan Hospital, 610 N.W.2d 782, 2000 SD 66; Brevet Intern., Inc. v. Great Plains Luggage Co., 604 N.W.2d 268, 2000 SD 5; First Nat. Bank in Sioux Falls v. Drier, 574 N.W.2d 597, 1998 SD 1; Elrod v. General Cas. Co. of Wisconsin, 566 N.W.2d 482, 1997 SD 90; Read v. Medical X-Ray Center, P.C., 110 F.3d 543, C.A.8 (S.D.), April 2, 1997; Chance Management, Inc. v. State of S.D., 97 F.3d 1107, C.A.8 (S.D.) 1996; Krueger v. Austad, 545 N.W.2d 205, 1996 SD 26; Carlsen v. Thomas, 159 F.R.D. 661, E.D.Ky., December 23, 1994; Mid-Western Elec., Inc. v. DeWild Grant Reckert & Associates Co., 500 N.W.2d 250, S.D. 1993; Gulch Gaming, Inc. v. State of S.D., 781 F. Supp. 621, D.S.D. 1991; Moldrem v. Stone Container Corp., 939 F.2d 664, C.A.8 (S.D.), July 30, 1991; Time Out, Inc. v. Karras, 469 N.W.2d 380, S.D., April 24, 1991; Application of Farmers State Bank of Viborg, 466 N.W.2d 158, S.D. 1991; Taggart v. Ford Motor Credit Co., 462 N.W.2d 493, S.D. 1990; Matter of Hadleigh D. Hyde Trust, 458 N.W.2d 802, S.D. 1990; Olson v. Tri-County State Bank, 456 N.W.2d 132, S.D., May 9, 1990; In re Dakota Country Store Foods, Inc., 107 B.R. 977, Bkrtcy.D.S.D. 1989; Schuler v. Meschke, 435 N.W.2d 156, Minn.App., February 7, 1989; Gall v. South Branch Nat. Bank of South Dakota, 783 F.2d 125, C.A.8 1986; Vreugdenhil v. Hoekstra, 773 F.2d 213, C.A.8 1985; Bublitz v. State Bank of Alcester, 369 N.W.2d 137, 1985; Taylor Realty Co. v. Haberling, 365 N.W.2d 870, S.D. 1985; Henningson, Durham & Richardson, Inc. v. Swift Bros. Const. Co., 739 F.2d 1341, C.A.8 1984; Crocker Nat. Bank, Credit Alliance Corp. v. Clark Equipment Credit Corp., 724 F.2d 696, C.A.8 1984; Scherschligt v. Empire Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 662 F.2d 470, C.A.8 (S.D.) 1981.
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