Roger Damgaard is a South Dakota native. He grew up on a farm in northeast South Dakota. He worked as a grain broker for an international grain company after graduation from college and before attending law school.
Roger joined the firm in 1984 and became a shareholder in 1989. He currently sits on the firm’s Board of Directors. His practice concentrates on commercial litigation, including bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, foreclosure and workouts.
Roger served as a law clerk to the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota from 1983 to 1984.
Over the years Roger has served on many committees, including the Bankruptcy Local Rules Committee for South Dakota, the State Bar Debtor Creditor Committee, and the State Bar UCC Committee. He was special counsel to South Dakota Governor William J. Janklow from 1995 to 2003.
He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1989. He was also named 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Sioux Falls for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights by Best Lawyers. He has been named to Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate/Commercial since 2004. Roger is named in “Great Plains Super Lawyers” (published by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine) since 2011 in the area of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor. He is Martindale Peer Review rated A-preeminent.
Roger has represented a major creditor in most of the significant bankruptcies affecting South Dakota including In re The Credit Store, Inc., Case No. 02-40922, In re Veblen East Dairy Limited Partnership, Case No. 10-81546, In re Veblen West Dairy, LLP, Case No. 10-10071, In re Verasun Energy Corporation, Case No. 08-12606 (filed in Delaware), In re Perkins & Marie Callenders, Inc., Case No. 11-11795 (filed in Delaware), and In re Northern Beef Packers Limited Partnership, Case No. 13-81518. Roger has obtained favorable jury verdicts in complex South Dakota state court commercial cases including Gibson vs. Gibson (plaintiff), Civ. 07-11, Civ. 07-31 and Civ. 07-43, Deuel County, Third Judicial Circuit; and Fix vs. First State Bank of Roscoe (defendant), Civ. 06-09, Faulk County, Fifth Judicial Circuit.
Roger is married and has two sons, one of whom is a lawyer. He enjoys motor sports in general, and water sports in particular.