Attorneys

SAMANTHA J. MERRILL

Associate

Samantha J. Merrill
  • University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, J.D., Summa cum laude, Sterling Honors, 2022
  • Chadron State College, B.A. Legal Studies, Summa cum laude, 2019
Samantha J. Merrill

Samantha’s practice consists of representing clients in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, estate planning, probate, and water and natural resources law.

Samantha joined the firm in 2023.  Originally from South Dakota, Samantha received her Bachelor’s in Legal Studies from Chadron State College, summa cum laude, and received the highest graduating honor for a female student, the Platinum Eagle Award.  She also interned for the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of South Dakota, which inspired her to attend law school.

In 2022, Samantha graduated from the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law with Sterling Honors, a recognition only given to those in the top ten percent of the class.  She also earned one of the highest distinctions, the Gavel Award, which the faculty awards to the most outstanding graduating student.  While in law school, Samantha served as Editor in Chief of the South Dakota Law Review and was designated as the student representative for the South Dakota State Bar Association’s Lawyers Assistance Committee.  Additionally, she assisted South Dakota Supreme
Court Justice Mark Salter as his judicial extern. After law school, Samantha clerked for the United States District Court in the District of South Dakota for Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange.

In her free time Samantha enjoys reading, cooking, and photography.

  • University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, J.D., Summa cum laude, Sterling Honors, 2022
  • Chadron State College, B.A. Legal Studies, Summa cum laude, 2019

Admitted:

Nebraska Supreme Court
South Dakota Supreme Court
U.S. District Court—South Dakota
U.S. District Court—Nebraska

Current:
Nebraska State Bar Association
South Dakota State Bar Association
Buffalo County Bar Association

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January 4th & January 5th

Office Closed

Our office will be closed Thursday, January 4 and Friday, January 5 so we can move into our new office.  We will reopen on Monday, January 8 at our new location located at 5408 Global Drive in Kearney. 

Our phone number, 308-234-5579, will remain the same. Our phones may temporarily be down during the move, but all attorneys will still have access to email.  If you need immediate assistance, and cannot get through on the phone, please email your attorney with “URGENT” in the subject line.